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Joseph Duncan extradited

Joseph Duncan, the killer and child molester who attacked a Coeur d’Alene family, has been extradited to California, where he faces another possible death sentence for the 1997 kidnapping and murder of 10-year-old Anthony Martinez.

“It is imperative that this defendant be held accountable for his crimes,” Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco said, at a news conference where he was joined by Anthony’s mother, Diana Gonzales.

“The family of Anthony Martinez deserves justice, and this office intends to make that happen.”

Earlier, Duncan received three death sentences in federal court in Boise for the kidnapping, torture and murder of 9-year-old Dylan Groene, of Coeur d’Alene, and multiple life sentences for the murders of Dylan’s mother, his mother’s fiance and his 13-year-old brother, and for the kidnapping and molesting of his then-8-year-old sister, the only one to survive Duncan’s 2005 attack on the family.

Riverside County authorities picked Duncan up from federal death row in Terre Haute, Ind., and flew him to California; he’s now being held at the Riverside County Jail in Indio. His arraignment is scheduled for Monday.

Betsy Z. Russell


Man pleads guilty in child’s beating

A North Idaho man has pleaded guilty to beating a 3-year-old girl whose injuries were so severe that doctors had to amputate her feet.

Charles Smith, 29, of St. Maries, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of felony injury to a child and faces a maximum 10 years in prison.

Smith was arrested in June and accused of beating his girlfriend’s daughter, Kyra Wine. Prosecutors say the girl had deep bruises, dried blood over her body and was slipping in and out of consciousness. She was transported to a Spokane hospital, where she underwent multiple surgeries and now is living with her grandmother.

The case generated an outpouring of community support last summer.

Associated Press


Boy faces felony graffiti charge

A stricter graffiti ordinance enacted Thursday landed a juvenile a felony charge within hours.

The juvenile was caught tagging the Hillyard Center, 4410 N. Market St., around noon, said Kiley Friesen, a Spokane police spokeswoman. The juvenile said he’d also put graffiti on a 30-foot wall two days earlier, police said.

The boy faces a felony malicious mischief charge, Friesen said.

The ordinance gives the city the power to enforce removal of all graffiti, not just the roughly 15 percent of graffiti that’s gang-related, and increases the penalties for vandals who are caught. The ordinance also has a “clause that says that parents or legal guardians may be held jointly and severally liable for any damage caused by a minor,” Friesen said. This may also include reimbursement for the removal of graffiti by either the city or property owner.

In 2008, graffiti caused an estimated $100,000 in damages.

Jody Lawrence-Turner

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