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In brief: Police seek man suspected of rape

Coeur d’Alene police are looking for a 30-year-old man suspected of raping a 17-year-old girl.

Scott Patrick Giordano may be with his girlfriend, Grace Emery, and their 3-month-old baby, police said Wednesday.

Giordano is accused of raping the girl early Wednesday at a home in the 800 block of Mullan Avenue.

The victim said she was sleeping when the attack occurred, according to a police report.

Giordano is a friend of her family, police said. He is from Arizona but has a criminal history in Kootenai County dating back to 1999.

Anyone with information on Giordano’s location is asked to call Coeur d’Alene police at (208) 769-2320.

Vaccination rules tighten in Idaho

More vaccinations are being required for Idaho children.

Those entering child care centers, kindergarten or the seventh grade now will need more immunizations unless a parent opts out for medical, religious or personal reasons.

The state’s vaccination rates have lagged, despite strong recommendations from physicians and health officials.

Idaho legislators approved the requirements, which are effective immediately.

Children in day care centers need four additional immunizations, for chickenpox, hepatitis A, pneumococcal and rotavirus.

Kindergartners will need two chickenpox immunizations, two hepatitis A shots and the other required vaccinations.

Children entering seventh grade will need two additional immunizations, including the Tdap, which is a whooping cough booster that also contains vaccines against tetanus and diphtheria, and one meningococcal shot.

The vaccines are available at many physician clinics and at all Panhandle Health District offices.

For more information, go to www.phd1.idaho.gov.

Man accused of using gun in threat

A Spokane man is accused of pointing a loaded shotgun at a man in retaliation for a marijuana theft.

Steven T. Casados, 21, was jailed on a first-degree assault charge after witnesses told police he arrived at an apartment in the 900 block of East Eighth Street armed with a shotgun Tuesday night.

Casados reportedly kept his finger on the trigger when he approached the alleged thief’s brother, police said. Casados told the man his brother had “robbed him of a quarter-pound of weed,” police say.

One woman told police she heard Casados say, “I’m not playing; this is serious” and heard a gunshot “within a couple of seconds” of Casados leaving the apartment, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Casados also is accused of breaking an apartment window with a rock about a week ago.

He told police the broken window was “a forewarning for him to pay me back,” according to the affidavit.

Casados’ bond was set at $50,000 at his first appearance Thursday before Superior Court Judge Michael Price.



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