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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Shawn Vestal: Leland’s Barber Shop owner can’t forget grifter who skipped on clip

It was a Monday afternoon when a young man calling himself Chris stepped into Leland’s Barber Shop and asked if they had an opening for a drop-in. “Chris” told owner Claudia Kirkebo that he was a medical student, working for Group Health. When the haircut was concluded, he stood and patted his pockets, and then told her he had a 20 in his car and he’d be right back. Sure, Kirkebo told him. After all, customers do that all the time, and they had always returned.

Panhandler found dead

A panhandler died outside a Spokane gas station and restaurant Wednesday morning, hours after police had been called because he appeared drunk. An employee found the man, who appeared to be in his mid-40s, after daybreak, police said. He was slumped next to a pair of telephone booths at the Chevron station and McDonald’s restaurant at West Fourth Avenue and South Maple Street.

Panhandler dies at Spokane gas station

A local panhandler died outside a Spokane gas station and restaurant this morning hours after police had been called because he was drunk. An employee found the man, said to be in his mid-40s, after daybreak today slumped next to a pair of pay telephone booths at a Chevron station and McDonald’s restaurant at West Fourth Avenue and South Maple Street, police said.