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Argument over money turns violent

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - An argument between two friends over money turned violent ending with one man in the hospital and one in jail.

Police were called to the scene of the fight, in the 200 block of N. Marguerite, Monday evening after a neighbor called to report two men fighting in the street. They found 42-year-old Jon Bedard walking near Main and Sargent and saw his shirt soaked in blood.

Bedard told police he had been in a fight with a friend and that the friend had been driven to a Spokane Valley medical center. Officers went there and found the 45-year-old friend with a two-inch gash in his head and injuries to his right thumb that likely will require reconstructive surgery.

The victim said he had confronted Bedard about going in his home while he was out of town and the discussion turned into a fight in which Bedard armed himself with an axe handle.

The victim said Bedard smashed his thumb with a shovel handle while he was on the ground being choked. He was unsure what he had been hit in the head with, but said the blow followed the suspect arming himself with the axe handle.

Officers did find a bloody axe handle, but no shovel handle. They also found a piece of metal pipe that had one end pinched closed so that it was very sharp and believe Bedard had used it in the fight.

Bedard was arrested on a pre-existing warrant and was taken to jail.  After interviews with the victim were complete, he was also charged with Second-Degree Assault, a felony.

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