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Sirens & Gavels archive for Dec. 21, 2010

TUESDAY, DEC. 21, 2010

Mead man pleads guilty in wife's slaying

Jeffrey N. Canino pleaded guilty today to second-degree murder for the Dec. 2, 2009, slaying of his wife, 43-year-old Michelle Canino. As part of the plea, Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor John Love agreed to drop a two-year weapon enhancement. He recommended that Superior Court Judge…

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Woman duped in 'grandparents scam'

Law enforcement is again warning of a swindle known as the grandparents scam after a 79-year-old Spokane Valley woman sent money to a con man claiming to be her grandson. The woman called Crime Check on Monday and said a man claiming to be her…

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Assault suspect avoids officer gunfire 

A state probation officer nearly shot a Spokane woman last week after she tried running him over in an SUV to avoid arrest, according to police. Judith M. Freese, 53, faces a first-degree assault charge for a confrontation with Department of Corrections Officer James Hathaway…

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Neighbor dispute ends in deadly attack

A North Idaho woman died Monday after she and three others were bludgeoned with a hammer in what authorities describe as an ongoing neighbor dispute that took a violent twist. A suspect, Larry W. Cragun, 31, was arrested after employees at several Bayview businesses said…

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