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Sirens & Gavels archive for Dec. 23, 2010

THURSDAY, DEC. 23, 2010

'Santa Claus' sought in armed robbery

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Call it a ho-ho-holdup. Police say a man dressed as Santa Claus has robbed a Rhode Island yacht club. Authorities say a bartender was alone in the East Providence Yacht Club Sunday night when a large man wearing a red…

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Hammer attack victim improving in CdA

A woman seriously injured in a hammer attack that killed another woman is improving at a Coeur d'Alene hospital. Lorraine Y. Wallis, 58, has been upgraded to fair condition, Kootenai Medical Center employees said Wednesday. Wallis was in critical condition after being beaten with a…

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Andrew Gallo reacts as he is sentenced to 51 years in prison, in court in Santa Ana, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010. At right is his attorney, Jacqueline Goodman. Gallo was convicted in September of three counts of second-degree murder and single counts of drunken driving, hit-and-run driving, and driving under the influence of alcohol and causing great bodily injury. Killed in the crash were Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, 20-year-old Courtney Stewart and 25-year-old Henry Pearson. A fourth passenger, Jon Wilhite, was severely injured. (Mark Rightmire / (AP Photo/Mark Rightmire, Pool))

Man gets 50+ years for fatal DUI crash

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A construction worker who killed a promising rookie pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels and two other people in a horrific drunken driving crash said Wednesday he had all but ended his own life that night by getting behind the…

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