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Sirens & Gavels archive for Dec. 23, 2009

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 23, 2009

Spokane cop shooter still at large

A gunman fired several rounds at a Spokane police officer early this morning, missing the officer but striking his patrol car.The shooting occurred as the officer, who has not been identified, was guarding the scene of a shooting several hours earlier in the 1100 block…

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Thoma files $4 million claim 

A Spokane police sergeant fired after a drunken hit and run crash filed a $4 million claim against the city of Spokane Wednesday, claiming he was wrongfully fired because he’s an alcoholic. Bradley N. Thoma, 44, was fired Monday after refusing an offer from Chief…

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Charge reduced in Mead murder

A Mead man accused of killing his wife in front of their 11-year-old son has been charged with second-degree murder. Sheriff's detectives recommended charging Jeffery N. Canino, 46, with first-degree murder for the Dec. 2 stabbing death of Michelle Canino at their Mead home, but…

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GPS phone leads to theft arrest

A stolen cell phone with a GPS tracker installed led to the arrest of two teenagers this morning. The phone was stolen from an unlocked car this morning in near 6th Avenue and Pines Road in Spokane Valley, then recovered when police used the GPS…

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Richard Heene, center, looks up as he sits in the courtroom with his wife Mayumi, right, and attorney David Lane, left, before he and his wife were sentenced in connection with the balloon boy hoax on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, in Fort Collins, Colo. (AP Photo/Rich Abrahamson, Pool)
 (AP Photo/Rich Abrahamson)

Jail for Balloon Boy's parents

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The parents who carried out the balloon boy hoax were sentenced to jail today and given strict probation conditions that forbid them from earning any money from the spectacle for four years. Richard Heene was sentenced to 90 days in jail,…

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More charges in Friday's shooting

Two men arrested in a shooting Friday are due back in court today on more charges related to the alleged robbery attempt that began as an apparent carjacking attempt. Joseph P. Ellery, 30, is charged with attempted first-degree robbery and drive-by shooting, as well as…

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