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Sirens & Gavels archive for Feb. 4, 2011

FRIDAY, FEB. 4, 2011

GPS app cracks Sandpoint phone caper

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — Recovering a stolen cell phone? There's an app for that. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports 22-year-old Sean B. Mahoney of Sandpoint pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft and possession of drug paraphernalia on Wednesday in a case that was cracked by…

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Jury rejects lawsuit against CdA police

A federal jury recently rejected a Coeur d'Alene man's claims of excessive force by police related to a May 2008 traffic stop in which he was shocked with a Taser several times. Jurors found that Coeur d'Alene police Officers Jonathan Cantrell and Timothy Neal did…

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Strine: Cops pinned fatal crash on me

A Spokane stockbroker admits to drinking alcohol the day his Mercedes crashed into a motorcycle, paralyzing the driver and killing the passenger, but he told jurors he wasn’t drunk. He’d told the doctor who examined him after the June 2, 2009, crash that he hadn’t…

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Edgar Steele seeks new defense lawyer 

Edgar Steele is set to ask for a new attorney in his murder-for-hire case. Longtime Denver defense lawyer Robert T. McAllister said a hearing will take place Monday morning in Coeur d'Alene. "I am not Mr. Steele's attorney of record at this point in time,…

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In this 1950's photograph provided by William Brown through The Concordia Sentinel shows Frank Morris, fourth from right wearing a visor, and his employees standing before his shoe repair shop in Ferriday, La. Morris was a successful shoe repairman and part-time gospel radio host in Ferriday who was died as a result of injuries caused in a deliberately set fire Dec. 10, 1964 that destroyed his shop while he was still inside. Morris' death is one of more than 100 unsolved civil rights cases the FBI reopened in recent years.  ((AP Photo/William Brown Archives via the Concordia Sentinel))

Editor links ex-Klansman to '64 murder

FERRIDAY, La. (AP) — Arthur Leonard Spencer says sure, he made some mistakes back when he was a "snot-nose kid," like joining the Ku Klux Klan. But murder? No, the 71-year-old Spencer says, a small-town weekly paper got it wrong when it reported recently that…

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Giant spoon stolen in Bellingham

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Hey, diddle, diddle! The cat and the fiddle ... the thief ran off with the spoon? The owner of Bellingham's Fountain Bistro is hoping someone will spot a 4-foot-tall silver spoon that vanished from the restaurant over the weekend. Jill Holmes…

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