Craig Ehlo, a former NBA player and standout at Washington State University, was released without bail Friday and ordered not to contact family members or return to his rural Spokane County home.
Appearing in a yellow jumpsuit via teleconference at the Spokane County Courthouse, Ehlo agreed to orders from Superior Court Judge James Triplet not to leave Washington state and not to possess fire-starting materials. Triplet set an arraignment for Ehlo on Aug. 14 on charges of first-degree reckless burning domestic violence, a class C felony.
Ehlo was arrested early Thursday morning at his home in the 3300 block of East 77th Avenue after sheriff’s deputies discovered him being held down by family members near a burning pile of his clothes. Court documents state Ehlo had a dispute with his wife prior to the fire being set.
Ehlo was treated for undisclosed injuries at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center before being booked into the Spokane County Jail. No other family members were injured.
Ehlo has no felonies on his record. The charge he faces carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.
Deer Park woman killed in collision
A Deer Park woman was killed in a two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 395 on Friday afternoon.
Judith Porter, 67, was driving east on Dahl Road northwest of Deer Park just after 3 p.m. She attempted to cross the highway after stopping at a stop sign but failed to yield to a Ford pickup driven by Randall Nelson, 39, of Clayton, who was southbound on the highway.
Porter was declared dead at the scene. Nelson was transported from the scene with injuries. His condition was not immediately available Friday.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts.
Northern Quest to hold wine, food event
Fans of the grape can head to Northern Quest Resort and Casino on Sunday night to sample wines from 50 regional wineries and food from the resort kitchens.
Vintage Spokane: A Wine and Food Affair will be held in the resort’s outdoor concert venue. It begins at 6 p.m., although VIP ticket holders will gain admission one hour earlier.
Tickets are $45, or $60 for VIP admission, and are available through the casino box office at (509) 242-7000 or online at northernquest.com.
A notice in Friday’s 7 section listed the event on the incorrect day.
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