Thursday, January 31, 2013

MORNING BRIEFING: Spokane developer arrested for alleged Ponzi scheme

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 9:39 AM

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Yesterday, Federal authorities arrested Spokane developer Greg Jeffreys -- who's been considered largely responsible for the demise of the Ridpath Hotel -- along with his wife, Kimberly Jeffreys, and his girlfriend, Shannon Stiltner, under a 73-count indictment for their alleged roles in numerous fraudulent activities. (S-R)

An accidental shooting on Tuesday has quickly evolved into a messy murder cover up attempt, a 19-year-old man's death and a manslaughter charge for the accidental shooter. (S-R)

A man wearing a SpongeBob SquarePants mask robbed a drive-up coffee stand last night in Coeur d'Alene. (CdA Press)

The escaped inmate from Geiger Corrections Center was taken into custody last night after being pulled out of the Spokane River at High Bridge Park. 

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The U.S. Justice Department wants to block beer giant Anheuser-Busch's proposal to buy control of Mexican beer company Grupo Modelo for $20.1 billion, arguing the merger would reduce U.S. beer market competition. (NYT)

Chuck Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska and a twice-wounded Vietnam vet, is expected to face some tough questions today during his confirmation hearing for his nomination as U.S. secretary of defense. (CNN)

A teenage girl from Chicago who performed at President Obama's second inauguration was shot to death earlier this week as she sought cover from a rainstorm in a park shelter. 

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