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Sirens & Gavels archive for Jan. 31, 2012

TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2012

Man guilty in road rage murder re-trial 

A jury today convicted a North Idaho man of second-degree murder for fatally running over a woman during a 2006 road rage incident with her husband and two daughters. Jonathan Wade Ellington, 51, has already served six years in prison for the Jan. 1, 2006,…

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Jury still out in road rage murder case

Jurors today continue to deliberate the fate of of a North Idaho man charged with murder for running over a woman during a road rage encounter with her husband and daughters six years ago. The jury of 12 Kootenai County residents asked 1st District Judge…

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Ex-deputy gets 30 days in federal prison 

A former Spokane County sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to serve a month in prison after he previously pleaded guilty to defrauding a federal program that allows law enforcement officers and other public employees to buy homes at a discount. Brett J. Peterson, 41, had…

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7 assault charges reduced in plea deal 

A man who fired several gunshots into a house, narrowly missing two toddlers, after a 2009 dispute over a dog accepted a plea bargain Monday that called for 60 days in jail, which he’s already served. Lucas J. Merrill, 28, had faced seven counts of…

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Emphasis patrol follows weekend crashes

Crashes that hurt one man and killed another in Spokane last weekend occurred as local authorities are working to emphasize pedestrian safety to motorists. Emphasis patrols Tuesday and next month in Cheney are part of an ongoing effort in Spokane County to reduce the number…

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