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Sirens & Gavels hammers archive

THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012

Man gets 6 months in horrific dog cruelty 

A Post Falls man who beat his dog with a hammer as his neighbor watched in horror has been sentenced to six months in jail. Calvin Franklin Palmer, 53, who served 33 years in prison in Arizona for murder, apologized at his sentencing Friday and...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2011


John Wayne mocking leads to assault 

A homeless man was sentenced today to 15 months in prison after he attacked another man with a claw hammer for making fun of John Wayne. Joel S. Parsons, 42, had been charged with first-degree assault but agreed to a plea agreement for second-degree assault...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 18, 2011

Drug robbery targets chronic DUI suspect

A violent home-invasion robbery in Spokane Valley last month targeted a former sheriff's deputy with a history of DUI crashes. James L. Crabtree, 49, was struck in the head with a claw hammer early Jan. 21 by a man who demanded "dope and money," according...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 21, 2010

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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SUNDAY, DEC. 19, 2010

Bayview hammer attack investigated

Four people reportedly were hospitalized this afternoon apparently after being attacked in their Bayview, Idaho trailer home by a hammer-wielding neighbor.Details were sketchy and the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department did not return calls Sunday seeking information, but residents said authorities at the scene of the...

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