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Tekoa man jailed for mental health issues

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TEKOA — A 31-year-old Tekoa man faces criminal charges for threatening and attacking his grandparents despite their insistence he is mentally ill.

Ryan G. Keller was arrested on March 30 after he allegedly resisted Whitman County deputies and assaulted his grandmother.

He faces two counts of harassment – threats to kill, two counts of

assault in the fourth degree – domestic violence, and resisting arrest in Whitman County Superior Court

The arrest happened during a second call for help on the same day.

“(Grandmother) had called in and said (Keller) was schizophrenic and was having delusions,”...


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