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April 2013 Archives

Flavor Flav will face felony charges in trial

Washington residents who follow celebrity news may have heard that TV-star and rap artist Flavor Flav is facing felony charges. The 54-year-old entertainer was involved in a domestic violence dispute, which lead to an escalated argument with his girlfriend's son. The incident occurred in October 2012 and involved Flav, whose legal name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., stabbing a knife through the bedroom door not more than two feet away from the teen. The rapper threatened to kill the boy and used the profanities to scare him. The dispute started around 3 a.m. with the teen's mother and quickly accelerated into a heated discussion. The boy was awakened by the raised voices and reacted by pinning the rapper to the kitchen floor in a headlock. As the situation progressed, they kept pushing each other, eventually leading to physical fight.

Federal agents help make arrest after shots reported at warehouse

Several agencies were involved in an arrest after shots were fired around 7 a.m. at a warehouse in Spokane Valley. The arrested suspect is facing weapons charges in relation to the incident. During the arrest and subsequent search of the warehouse, there was a five-hour period in which several businesses in the area were unable to operate. The whole incident started when a man showed up at a Spokane Valley sheriff's precinct alleging that another man had opened fire on him at a warehouse over on Dishman Road. During the course of the investigation, the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force notified the sheriff's office that the warehouse where shots were reported was part of an ongoing gang-related investigation.

Man allegedly shoots, kills car thief in Washington

A 25-year-old thought to be a car thief was allegedly shot and killed by the vehicle's 56-year-old owner. A search warrant identified the SUV owner on March 25. However, he has not been taken into custody. Spokane detectives seized the SUV's headrest after determining a bullet pierced it. Although they found a gun on the man, they did not specify if it was the gun that shot the alleged thief. The authorities are investigating criminal charges of second degree murder. The vehicle owner allegedly waited until the younger man drove off with his car before shooting. The authorities are speculating on a possible justification for the shooting.

Investigation of car theft that led to a fatality still underway

Following a Spokane car theft that led to a fatal gunshot that killed the 25-year-old alleged thief, police are investigating second degree murder charges. No criminal charges have yet been filed in the case. The alleged shooter was the owner of the stolen SUV, a 56-year-old man who had a concealed weapons permit.Using a search warrant, investigators seized the driver's side headrest of the SUV that the bullet went through before striking the alleged thief in the back of the head. Medical examiners later determined that the bullet remained there and that the man died from the gunshot wound. No weapons were found in the vehicle during the search, but officers seized two guns from the vehicle owner, a 9mm and a .38 handgun. The officers also found shaved keys in the vehicle, the type that are typically used in car thefts.