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Church trasher heads to court

SPOKANE, Wash. - A 56-year-old man suspected of trashing a North Spokane church Monday night over a $70 check made his first appearance in court Wednesday.

Mark Heitman is suspected of ramming his truck into Country Crossroads church, smashing the glass out of his pastor's car and breaking every window, television and computer monitor screen and lighting fixture in the building.

The rampage, it seems, was over a $70 electrical bill for work Heitman had performed at the church. He apparently wanted to be paid in cash and the treasurer wanted to pay with a check.

In court Wednesday, Heitman, being held on a $10,000 bond, expressed the need to speak with mental health professionals.

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The church windows have been boarded up since Heitman went on his suspected rampage Monday

"I'm a disabled vet, I'd like to talk to my mental health people out there," said Heitman.

Back at the church, the situation was starting to look much better on Wednesday as the congregation is already moving forward, continuing to worship.

"From what I saw last night compared to tonight it's just amazing," said Country Crossroads Pastor Dale McKean.

McKean says he's impressed by the work Covington Construction has done to make the building usable for services.

Glass no longer covers the floor, broken light bulbs are replaced and windows are boarded up.

"The grinch tried to steal our Christmas... Satan didn't win this battle," said McKean.

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