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Sgt. Moore's Last Words

May 7, 2015 - 1:07pm

"K27 Central your status?" The simple phrase, from a police dispatcher to a Coeur d'Alene police officer, asking how they were doing. Only this call would go unanswered. “K27?” It's 1:35 a.m. Tuesday and a police dispatcher is trying to contact badge number K27, Sergeant Greg Moore. Less than five minutes before Moore called in about a suspicious person walking down the street. “Renfro … Robert Edward Nora Frank Robert Ocean … first Jonathan,” Moore said minutes before, calling in Renfro's identification for a check of his information, a routine warrant check. It was Moore's final words/Alyssa Donovan, KXLY. More here.

Cowles Montana Media Grieves

May 7, 2015 - 1:03pm

The Cowles Montana Media family has been hit hard today with the loss of one of our own. KTMF Station Manager Tom Ciprari has confirmed that ABC/FOX News Director Kalee Scolatti was one of the two victims killed in yesterday's triple shooting at a home near Brooks and Tremont. Kalee would have celebrated her 10th Anniversary with KTMF (Missoula) and KYWB (Butte/Bozeman) tomorrow/KHQ. More here.

Procession Begins In Spokane

May 7, 2015 - 11:51am

Spokane police officers take the lead in a procession of law enforcement vehicles leaving Holy Family Hospital to escort the body of slain Coeur d'Alene police Sgt. Greg Moore back to Idaho. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

AM Scanner Traffic -- 5.7.15

May 7, 2015 - 11:43am
  • 11:45 a.m. Post Falls city PSA: Friday, May 8, 7am - 5pm: Syringa St. just north of Mullan Ave. the southbound lane will closed for installation of Avista gas service.
  • 11:31 a.m. Officer helps lost couple find Rathdrum post office.
  • 11:27 a.m. Officer transporting female prisoner from Probation & Parole to county jail.
  • 11:07 a.m. 56YO female is having trouble breathing @ 3400 block of Alfalfa Loop/Post Falls.
  • 11:05 a.m. Deputy stopping for security check of Bell Bay Campground on Lake Coeur d'Alene.
  • 10:54 a.m. Female doesn't have equipment to fix flat on her silver Subaru @ n/b H95/MP 415 (Rockford Bay).
  • 10:51 a.m. Post Falls father on Crestview Drive can't find daughter who was suppose to stay w/friend last night.
  • 10:17 a.m. Unknown injury accident reported @ Ramsey Road/Kathleen Ave, CdA.
  • 10:09 a.m. 80YO male suffering breathing problems @ Pacifica assisted living, 800 block of Dalton Ave/CdA.
  • 9:51 a.m. Smoke coming from behind cab of white semi w/white trailed @ w/b I-90/MP 8 (Huetter area).
  • 9:20 a.m. A motorcycle is tailgating a green Subaru station wagon @ s/b H41/MP 9 (Willadsen Road/Rathdrum).
  • 9:02 a.m. Male dress in black w/black hat is walking e/b along I-90 @ MP 15 (Sherman Ave/CdA).
  • 8:43 a.m. Someone is suffering stomach pain @ 1100 block of E. Mullan Ave/Post Falls.
  • 8:41 a.m. KCSDeputy is stopping @ 2100 block of W. Caroline Road/Rathdrum for a property posting.
  • 8:25 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 3800 block of Ramsey Road/CdA.

An Ode To A Hero

May 7, 2015 - 11:23am

From lakeside beat to urban street
The city's finest keep
A watchful eye through darkened sky
To give us peaceful sleep.

Their badges worn to hide hearts torn
The black stripes show their grief.
They know too well, a good man fell,
His lifetime much too brief.

From our highways to our byways
His comrades will connect.
To welcome home with song and poem
Their Brother with respect.

Where do we find this Thin Blue Line?
'Protect and Serve' their call.
From families' door they risk it for
The safety of us all.

So now they'll mourn, their candles borne
With horns and bagpipes send.
To Sergeant Moore our tributes pour:
'A Hero To The End'.

John Austin

Viks Stripped Of Regional Win

May 7, 2015 - 11:00am

The Coeur d’Alene baseball team isn’t headed to state – at least not yet and not by the shortest route. Coeur d’Alene on Wednesday had to forfeit its 4-2 5A Region I tournament championship victory over Lewiston on Tuesday after it was discovered the Vikings violated a pitching rule. Colin Richards threw a one-hitter, striking out eight in seven innings. He closed out CdA’s regional opener on Monday, collecting the save in the final inning of a 7-6 win over Lake City. The rule states that a pitcher shall not be permitted to pitch more than seven innings in a) one game; b) a total of seven innings in two games on the same day; or c) in two games on consecutive games. CdA appealed the forfeit Wednesday afternoon to the District II Board of Control, where the violation occurred. But the appeal was denied. That means Lake City (16-10), which topped Post Falls 4-3 in an elimination game Tuesday, visits CdA (17-8) this afternoon at 4 in a loser-out game. The winner advances to a play-in game for a state berth on Saturday against the District III fifth-place team/Greg Lee, SR. More here.

Slide Show: Escorting Sgt. Moore

May 7, 2015 - 10:20am

Here's a slide show compiled from Twitter photos from the Spokesman-Review, KHQ and the city of Post Falls, The first photo shows supporters lined up this morning waiting for the procession near English Funeral Home on 4th St in Coeur d'Alene. (SR photo)

Donations, Tributes Pour In

May 7, 2015 - 10:17am

Blue porch lights were sold out, store fronts painted, marquees were dedicated and fundraisers formed all over Kootenai County Wednesday. This is all in memory of Coeur d'Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore, who was killed in the line of duty on Tuesday. Almost $60,000 in direct donations were raised for Moore's family in less than 24 hours. Addison Arce, director of the Kootenai County Police and Fire Memorial Foundation, said the foundation established two charitable funds to benefit Moore's wife, Lindy. One account, in Moore's name, has been established at Umpqua Bank at 1106 E. Sherman Ave. As of 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Arce said walk-in contributions totaled more than $16,000 in cash/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Benefits For Fallen Officers Better

May 7, 2015 - 10:12am

A gunbattle that left two sheriff’s deputies dead in southern Idaho back in 2001 became the legislative catalyst for improving the state’s support for families of fallen officers. “That was the incident that caused us to start thinking about survivor benefits,” said former Ada County Sheriff Vaughn Killeen, who now serves as executive director of the Idaho Sheriffs’ Association and helped spearhead the push for greater state support in 2002. “The shooting was fresh in everyone’s mind. We had no problem whatsoever … getting the bill through the Legislature on the first try.” Now, family members of slain police officers in Idaho are eligible for state and federal cash payments, plus monthly pension and other benefits including college tuition waivers and scholarships. Similar packages are available in most states, though dollar amounts vary, and – as in Idaho – often are augmented with support from  local governments, private organizations and individual community members. The U.S. Justice Department typically is the single-largest contributor/David Wasson, SR. More here.

AM Headlines -- 5.7.15

May 7, 2015 - 10:10am

Following a march around McEuen Park to honor Sgt. Greg Moore, many gather for a prayer led by Coeur d’Alene resident Scott Maclay. Story here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Kristen McPeek)

RR's To Hear About 'Muslim Refugees'

May 7, 2015 - 9:41am

Announcement from Kootenai County Reagan Republicans:

"We are meeting Thursday at Avondale Golf Club Pub and Grille. Social hour starts at 6:00pm with the meeting beginning at 6:30pm.  Our speaker for the evening will be Barbara Bell. She will be speaking about these Muslim refugees that are to arrive into southern Idaho this Oct. The Kootenai County Reagan Republicans are going to donate ALL of the money collected in the bucket to the family of Sgt. Moore who was killed in the line of duty."

Community Mourns For Sgt Moore

May 7, 2015 - 8:55am

“He was my friend,” Sunshine Smith said to her son Stuart Cornelsen, 4, as they visited the site on Wednesday where Coeur d’Alene police Sgt. Greg Moore was shot Tuesday morning. Smith was a student at Lakes Middle School when Moore was a resource officer there. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Reeling from the fatal shooting of a Coeur d’Alene police officer, the community expressed its heartache and paid tribute to the service of Sgt. Greg Moore in a range of gestures Wednesday. People left American flags, flowers and heartfelt notes at the scene of Tuesday’s shooting on a quiet residential street and at police headquarters across the street from the elementary school where Moore’s widow teaches third grade. They lined up by the hundreds at a coffee stand pledging to donate the day’s sales to the officer’s family, while hundreds more gave to a family fund that surpassed $66,000 in a little over a day. And they gathered in a city park in the evening to show their appreciation and solidarity with the police and emergency services community. Flags were lowered to half-staff across the region and at all state buildings in Idaho, and police placed black mourning bands over their badges/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: If you've been part of the outpouring of community support for the late Sgt. Greg Moore or the Coeur d'Alene Police Department, can you describe what you've experienced?

Raul Finds Fault w/GOP Budget

May 7, 2015 - 8:51am

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador says a highly touted GOP budget resolution is "irresponsible and unrealistic" and could cost Republicans a shot at the White House next year. The resolution was approved 226-197 last week by the U.S. House of Representatives. It passed the Senate Tuesday on a 51-48 vote, making it the first GOP budget plan to pass both bodies in nearly a decade.The measure lays out a path toward balancing the federal budget in 10 years, without raising taxes. It proposes nearly $500 billion in non-defense discretionary spending cuts during that time, as well as another $4.2 trillion in entitlement cuts to programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and higher education Pell Grants. It also increases military spending to $563 billion per year, in part by pumping an additional $40 billion into an off-budget account. In addition, the resolution includes a provision allowing the House and Senate to vote on repealing Obamacare without the option of a filibuster. Labrador was one of 14 House Republicans and two Senate Republicans to oppose the bill. No Democrats voted for it/William L. Spence, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you think Congressman Raul Labrador enjoys being a maverick, even in his own party, for the sake of being known as a maverick?

GoFundMe Account Tops $50K

May 7, 2015 - 8:46am

One of the accounts set up for contributions to the family of the late Sgt. Greg Moore topped the goal of $50,000 in one day. At this point, 951 people have contributed to the family of the fallen officer, for a total of $50,926. You can find the GoFundMeAccount here.

Volunteers Help Fill Wine Bottles

May 7, 2015 - 8:41am

When I was a little girl, my mother frequently read me the story of the Little Red Hen. The tale involves a hen who plants some seeds, grows some wheat, takes it to a mill and eventually bakes a loaf of bread. Throughout the story she asks for help, but the lazy dog, the sleepy cat and the noisy duck all answer “Not I.” At last the bread is ready and the hen asks, “Who will help me eat the bread?” “I will!” the animals say. But the little red hen won’t let them have any of her delicious bread. They didn’t help with the work, so they weren’t allowed to eat the tasty fruit of her efforts. I thought of that story last month while visiting Barrister Winery to witness the wine bottling process. Every year this small winery enlists the help of volunteers to bottle their wine. In addition to letting Barrister fans get a behind-the-scenes peek at how their favorite wine goes from barrel to bottle, owners Greg Lipsker and Michael White appreciate the extra hands during this busy time of year/Cindy Hval, SR. More here.

Question: Which wine is your favorite?

Edit: Ybarra Can't Duck This Fight

May 7, 2015 - 8:36am

In today's Lewiston Tribune editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase comments:

State schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra did not create Idaho's child support enforcement mess. She had nothing to do with the House Judiciary and Rules Committee's nine-member majority that refused to bring the state into compliance with federal law. Ybarra has no authority to call lawmakers back to fix it. That's strictly within Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter's discretion, which he has exercised by calling a May 18 special session. So she apparently intends to sit this one out. Full editorial here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree that Superintendent Ybarra can't duck the fight over Child Support Enforcement legislation?

Video: McEuen Vigil For Sgt Moore

May 7, 2015 - 8:25am

About two-hundred people came to McEuen Park in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to honor and remember Coeur d’Alene Police Officer Sgt. Greg Moore who was killed in the line of duty. (SR video: Colin Mulvany)

Senior Prank

May 7, 2015 - 8:24am

Huckleberries has learned ... that seniors at Coeur d'Alene High, as part of their traditional senior prank, brought their pets to school today -- dogs, cats, fish, etc. However, they were met by administrators who told them that their action was against the rules and that they needed to get their animals off-campus pronto or face school discipline. It was a good prank, according to my sources (except that there are a number of students allergic to pets and the prank was affecting them).

Body Camera Captures Shooting

May 7, 2015 - 8:18am

Grieving family, friends and co-workers of a slain Coeur d’Alene police officer are preparing for his funeral Saturday, while new details emerged Wednesday about the early morning encounter that left Sgt. Greg Moore gravely wounded. The shooting was captured by Moore’s body camera, and the Rathdrum man who is expected to face a murder charge in Moore’s death said in a police interview he shot the officer fearing Moore would find the gun in his pocket. Jonathan Daniel Renfro, a 26-year-old felon who was on parole and could not legally possess firearms, pulled out his 9 mm Glock pistol and shot Moore on a residential street about 1:20 a.m. Tuesday, court documents allege. He then stole the officer’s gun, ammunition and patrol car, investigators say. Moore, who served 16 years with the department, died that evening at Kootenai Health from a gunshot wound to the head. Escorted by a dozen police cars and motorcycles, his body was transported Wednesday morning to Providence Holy Family Hospital in Spokane for an autopsy/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (SR photo: Spokane County sheriff’s Deputy Craig Chamberlin shrouds his badge in a mourning band on Wednesday in honor of slain Coeur d’Alene police Officer Greg Moore)

CPD To Escort Officer's Body To CdA

May 7, 2015 - 8:12am

From Sgt. Christie Wood: "This morning at 09:30 Coeur d'Alene Police will escort Sgt. Greg Moore's body back to Coeur d'Alene. Officers will leave Holy Family Hospital and travel on I-90 to 4th St to English Funeral Home.  We expect a large procession of Law Enforcement vehicles and other emergency vehicles on the route home. Thank you."