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Hamline announces wide-reaching discipline after alleged assault

Hamline announces wide-reaching discipline after alleged assault


In the wake of felony assault charges stemming from an altercation in a team hotel, Hamline University issued a statement announcing wide-reaching discipline for their men's basketball program.

Eugene Lawrence, a first-year forward from New Orleans, is accused of hitting a woman so hard it broke her jaw on New Year's Eve, when the team was in town for a tournament at Whitworth University. After the young woman returned to consciousness, Lawrence and other members of the team allegedly refused to escort her to the hospital because it was past curfew.

“Eugene Lawrence has been released to the custody of his parents in his home state,” the statement said. “Fourteen students face disciplinary procedures for student handbook violations and team suspensions of varying lengths of time for violating standards set forth in Hamline's athletic code of conduct.”

The statement also said that the team's head coach is suspended indefinitely, and they will be forfeiting the team's scheduled game on Saturday.

Police searching for murder suspect

Police searching for murder suspect

Spokane police continue their search for the suspect in what hopefully will be the last homicide of 2012.

On Sunday, patrol officers were called to a home near the intersection of Wall and Augusta on reports that a man had been shot to death there. Now major crimes detectives say they have probable cause to arrest Salvador Rivera Romero, 26, for that killing.

The shooting has all the hallmarks of a drug-related murder with both the suspect and the home where the murder happened having a history of guns and drug dealing.

About 5:30 p.m. Sunday witnesses said the gunman knocked on the door, and when the victim answered he was shot to death. Patrol officers flooded the area looking for the suspect but later determined he had driven away from the scene.

The three women inside the home at the time of the shooting were taken down to the Public Safety Building and detectives later determined Rivera Romero was a viable suspect.

Three arrested for drive-by paintball shootings

Three arrested for drive-by paintball shootings

Three teens have been arrested and are facing felony assault charges after they were caught driving around Spokane neighborhoods shooting pedestrians with a paintball gun.

On Wednesday, Spokane police received multiple calls that a truck was driving past pedestrians in the Shadle and Hillyard neighborhoods, and shooting them with paintballs.

At least five people reported they had been shot by paintballs from the truck, though officers believe more people were assaulted.

Maria McLauchlin was hit three times while standing outside her house on North Addison.

"It was like a pop, pop type of thing and then it was over," Maria McLauchlin said. "Oh, it just stung really bad," she added.

McLauchlin's mom, Cleta Delacruz was also hit while driving a few blocks away.

"All of a sudden we heard this boom, hit our windshield and yellow paint was like splattered on it and he [husband] says 'that truck just shot a paintball," Cleta Delacruz said.

"How bizarre to hit a car and it just so happens to be the parents of the girl you just hit? I mean how bizarre it that?" Delacruz said.

Level III Sex Offender moves to North Spokane

Level III Sex Offender moves to North Spokane

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office wants neighbors in North Spokane to know that a Level 3 Sex Offender has moved into the area.

Details from the news release...


Law Enforcement has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may or may not live. Unless court ordered restrictions exist, this offender is constitutionally free to live wherever he/she chooses.

  • Afr Amer Male, age 47 years, Brown hair, Brown eyes
  • Residence: 7700 block of N YALE ST , SPOKANE
  • Derald Alexander has been convicted of second degree Rape, Kidnapping and Sexual Intercourse with a child. His victims were 15 and 16 years of age. He is no longer under DOC supervision at this time.
  • Convicted of: Rape in the second degree.,
  • Convicted Date: Nov 17 1998


Shadle Park gazebo popular choice for late night activity

Late night activity at Shadle Park’s gazebo has become a problem for officers in the recent weeks as they respond to more incidents at the park.

Highlighted in this week's incident recap from Spokane Police say they’ve been responding to assaults, parties and noise calls at the park. Alcohol containers, drug paraphernalia and discarded clothing are frequently found at the park.

Additional lighting has been a recommendation by police, but the manager of park planning, Taylor Bressler, said lighting doesn’t stop the activity.

“Lights don’t really make them nervous anymore. They’re almost arrogant and bold about it to tell you the truth,” Bressler said.

Bressler said the gazebo at Shadle Park is the perfect location for the above activity saying it's close to the bus stops and the water tower. 

"It's fair pickins -- they're out there camping while the weather is still good. It's not visible from the street and you can see people coming to the shelter," Bressler added. 

Double stabbing suspect arrested

Spokane police said they arrested a man responsible for stabbing two people Saturday morning in Hillyard.

Officers said just before 2:30 a.m., 42-year-old Donald Dyson and two other men got into an argument in the parking lot at the Special K Tavern. That's when Dyson stabbed one of the men in the neck and the other on the left side of his head.

Police said they were told Dyson ran from the scene and located him near Market Street and Courtland Avenue.

Officers said they saw Dyson throw a knife into a nearby field. When they tried to arrest him, they said he was belligerent and uncooperative.

Dyson was booked into the Spokane County Jail for two counts of 1st Degree Assault. Both victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.


Man arrested for breaking into dialysis facility

Police arrested a man for commercial burglary at a north Spokane dialysis facility last month.

An audible alarm alerted officials of the August 22 break-in in the 7400 block of north Division around 2:30 a.m. A phone call to the facility was answered by a subject inside the building who was unable to provide a pass code.

Officers responded to the scene 20 minutes later and found signs of a burglary including a broken window. A K-9 unit led officers to a male inside the building who was described as “high” in a weekly report.

The man, identified as Scott M. Roarke, 27, was also wearing purple rubber gloves and a stethoscope. Police arrested Roarke for 2nd degree burglary.