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Sirens & Gavels archive for Feb. 9, 2011


Teen sentenced for '09 fatal beating

A teenager involved in the fatal beating of a Spokane man in November 2009 was sentenced recently to five months in jail. Justin A. Summa, 18, also will be on probation for a year after pleading guilty to second-degree assault. He had been charged with…

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Chainsaws stolen in business burglary

Here's a news release from the Spokane Valley Police Department: "A thief smashed a window in the front wall of Country Homes Power Equipment overnight and made off with a pair of high-end Stihl chainsaws. The store is located at 5323 East Sprague. The company…

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Phone scam targets jury duty absconders

A nationwide identity theft scam is targeting citizens who may have neglected to fulfill their civic duties. The Grant County Sheriff's Office is warning of a cam that involves a caller telling citizens a warrant has been issued for the their arrest because they failed…

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Steele's lawyers hint at defense plan 

Two private defense attorneys representing accused North Idaho lawyer Edgar Steele said in documents filed this week that they intend to "introduce expert evidence relating to a mental disease or defect." That disease or defect has "bearing on (Steele's) guilt or his lack of a…

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Before and after: Montana fugitive

A Butte man arrested after a police shooting that killed his passenger in North Idaho had escaped from a halfway house in Helena last October. Mark Marion Maykopet, 24, is pictured at the far left in 2009, courtesy of the Montana Deparmtent of Corrections. The…

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