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By John McCallum
Managing Editor 

Arrests made in Cheney vehicle vandalism spree


Last updated 12/12/2019 at 12:51pm

CHENEY – Police have arrested two individuals suspected of damaging at least 14 vehicles in the city overnight on Dec. 9-10.

In a Dec.12 news release, Police Chief John Hensley said the pair, 19-year-old Joseph M. Porter and a 17-year-old male, both of Cheney, were arrested while exiting a townhouse on Blackhawk Lane late Wednesday night. The pair admitted to damaging the vehicles, including one near Garden Manor Apartments that was also spray-painted with apparent racist language.

Hensley said no hate crime charges would be brought in that incident as one of the individuals arrested was black.

More information is coming in the Dec. 19 issue of the Cheney Free Press.

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John McCallum, Managing Editor

John McCallum is an award-winning journalist who has been with the Cheney Free Press for over 20 years. He has received 10 Washington Newspaper Publisher Association awards for journalism and photography, including first place awards for Best Investigative, Best News and back-to-back awards in Best Breaking News categories. He has been serving as editor of the Spokane Valley News Herald since March 2020.

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