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In brief: Husband charged in deaths of two

Fri., Aug. 1, 2014, midnight

A man accused of strangling his wife and her young daughter in their Post Falls apartment on July 8 was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on two counts of first-degree murder, the Post Falls Police Department said.

Angel Albertico Morales-Larranaga, 24, is accused of killing his wife, Facunda Velenzuelaleon, 24, and Dayana M. Valencia, 6, at their apartment at Tullamore Commons.

The indictment states that Morales-Larranaga killed them “willfully with premeditation, and with malice aforethought,” the police department said in a news release.

Morales-Larranaga was arrested July 8 in his SUV at Spokane Street and Poleline Avenue after a friend called police to report what he had told her.

Officials say inmate hanged himself

A man in the Boundary County Jail died Wednesday night from apparent suicide by hanging.

David Lee Erickson, 43, a resident of the county, was arrested Wednesday in Bonners Ferry on an outstanding warrant from Bonner County related to his failure to pay court fines and fees. He also was charged with resisting arrest, according to a Boundary County news release.

Erickson had no injuries and was in good health when he was confined to a cell for the night, the county said. He, like all inmates, was checked by the jail staff every 30 minutes. Upon discovering his condition, Erickson was given CPR and transported to the Boundary County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Foul play is not suspected, and no other subjects were involved, the county said Thursday. Reports on toxicology and a full autopsy are proceeding.

The Idaho State Police is investigating.

Third lawsuit filed over E. coli outbreak

An Idaho company shut down twice over concerns that its raw sprouts were making people sick is facing a third lawsuit in connection with the most recent outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said earlier this year that 17 people in five states had contracted E. coli after eating raw clover sprouts traced to Evergreen Fresh Sprouts LLC of Moyie Springs.

Evergreen Fresh Sprouts previously recalled its alfalfa sprouts in 2011 after 21 people contracted salmonella after eating the sprouts.

Food and Drug Administration inspections of the facility in May and June of this year found unsanitary conditions that included corroded metal and leaking pipes, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court on Wednesday.

The lawsuit was filed by Wilson Criscione, an intern at The Spokesman-Review.

Criscione spent three days in the hospital in May after eating a sandwich at the Pita Pit made with clover sprouts sold by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts, the lawsuit said. Lab tests showed he had the same strain of E. coli that others sickened during the outbreak had, according to the lawsuit.

Earlier this year separate lawsuits were filed by Honey Sayler and Robin Happeny against Evergreen Fresh Sprouts in Kootenai County Superior Court.


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