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Renfro Preliminary Continues

August 27, 2015 - 8:12am

Police officers testified Wednesday about the moments after they found Coeur d’Alene police Sgt. Greg Moore sprawled on a street, bleeding and unresponsive, and how they tried to save his life. Others described the manhunt for Moore’s shooter and how they apprehended the suspect hiding under a semitruck trailer, with a police dog latched onto one arm and a stolen gun within the man’s reach. First District Senior Magistrate Barry Watson listened to the witnesses during the first day of Jonathan Daniel Renfro’s preliminary hearing in the May 5 shooting death of Moore. Watson will determine if prosecutors have sufficient evidence for Renfro, 27, to proceed to trial on first-degree murder and other felony charges/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Gun Violence

August 27, 2015 - 8:04am

Nick Anderson/Houston Chronicle

Hump Day Wild Card -- 8.26.15

August 26, 2015 - 5:12pm

I have reserved 2 tickets apiece to the North Idaho Fair for the following Huckleberries: Spudbob, Nic, Eman, JimmyMac, JT, JohnA, Farm Gal, Spudbrother1 & gitrdun (come to office & call 765-7125 when you get here. I'll be here except for lunch hour). I'd only ask that you pick them up today, if possible. I still have some more tickets but they're going fast. If you want 2 of them, tell us why you're worthy (under this thread). Now for today's Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 8.26.15

August 26, 2015 - 5:09pm

To close National Dog Day, how about this AP photo: Haven Maddox, 6, gets to know Daisy, a four-year-old Goldendoodle owned by Richard and Beverly Fox, in Matter Park in Marion, Ind., on Tuesday. (Jeff Morehead(/The Chronicle-Tribune via AP)

Barville: Behind every good book there's at least one bored critic

August 26, 2015 - 5:05pm

Today, my friend Cindy Hval blogged about the first bad review she’s received for her book, War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation. In one scathing sentence on Goodreads a woman named Frances Fuller claimed that the book bored her so much she didn’t finish it. This made me ponder the nature of book reviews and the people who write them. I wondered what kind of women decides to read a book filled with World War II love stories then puts it down. Love isn’t boring. War isn’t boring. This book is far from boring/Jill Barville, SR correspondent. More here.

Question: Have you ever received a bad review re: something you've written?

PM Scanner Traffic -- 8.26.15

August 26, 2015 - 4:42pm
  • 5:37 p.m. Suicide Threat -- 2800 block of Honeysuckle Ave/CdA.
  • 5:21 p.m. Suicide Threat -- CdA female being evicted from rental tells landlord she wants to kill herself.
  • 5:16 p.m. Rolling Domestic -- Couple, with kids in back seat, are fighting @ H95/Appleway, CdA.
  • 5:14 p.m. Unconscious Person -- 58YO female unconscious @ Versailles/St. Michelle, CdA.
  • 5:01 p.m. Domestic Dispute -- 1900 block of N5th St/CdA.
  • 4:58 p.m. Trespassed -- Robert has been trespassed from CityLink buses (4:12 item).
  • 4:37 p.m. Reckless Rider -- Male on black motorcycle passing unsafely @ Beck Road/Seltice Way, Post Falls.
  • 4:34 p.m. Suspicious Person -- 6300 block of Meadow Brook Loop/CdA.
  • 4:31 p.m. Rollover Crash -- Chatcolet Road/Dage Foerde, Athol.
  • 4:22 p.m. Suspicious Vehicle -- Spirit Lake officer checking on vehicle in trees @ 1st Ave/Jefferson St.
  • 4:12 p.m. Battery -- CityLink driver reports male who won't get off bus @ Riverstone is yelling at her.
  • 3:54 p.m. Suspicious Person -- Blond male in early 20s going door-to-door in Spirit Lake selling "YCA."
  • 3:53 p.m. Stolen Vehicle -- Stolen gold Chrysler 300 w/b @ I-90/MP45 (near Pinehurst).
  • 3:44 p.m. 2-Vehicle Crash -- 2 small vehicles hit each other & crashed into trees @ H41/Seasons Road, Twin Lakes.
  • 3:17 p.m. Chest Pain -- 600 block of W. Harrison Ave/CdA.
  • 3:15 p.m. Fall -- 84YO female needs help getting up @ 1200 block of Loch Haven/Hayden.
  • 3:14 p.m. Unknown Medical -- 28YO male in driveway @ 3200 block of Hudlow Drive/Post Falls.
  • 3:01 p.m. Domestic Abuse -- Female reports boyfriend tried to choke her @ El Rancho/E. Sherman Ave, CdA.
  • 2:59 p.m. Breathing Problem -- 76YO female having trouble @ 5900 block of Monroe St/Spirit Lake.
  • 2:47 p.m. Injury Accident -- 18YO female hit by car in front of Winton Hall/North Idaho College.
  • 1:55 p.m. Unknown Medical -- 11900 block of Stinson Loop/Hayden.
  • 1:36 p.m. Diabetic Problem -- 300 block of W. Brunner Road/Athol.
  • 1:35 p.m. Disabled Vehicle -- Deputy checking red Subaru stopped in middle of E. Wyoming Ave/Hayden.
  • 1:32 p.m. Vehicle Fire -- Male using extinguisher on fire in his blue pickup @ H95/MP 427 (Cougar Gulch Road).
  • 1:16 p.m. Gun on Campus -- Caller wants to know if he can carry a gun on North Idaho College campus.
  • 1:15 p.m. Drunk & Disorderly -- Drunk male is trying to get into house @ Meadow Brook Circle/Rathdrum.
  • 1:13 p.m. Trespassing -- LDS church staffer, 4th & Honeysuckle Ave/Hayden, wants male trespassed from grounds.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote

August 26, 2015 - 4:28pm

Two woman lie in a puddle of squashed tomatoes during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta, in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, today. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

Tuesday's Winner -- YPMule, with 8 likes: "When I grow up I want to be a physicist and she wants to be an
engineer." You can see the Tuesday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.

Idaho exchange rates to rise 7-26%

August 26, 2015 - 3:52pm

Health insurance plans in Idaho will see rate increases next year, the AP reports, ranging from 7 percent to 26 percent. Idaho Department of Insurance Director Dean Cameron said he did not find any proposed rate changes to be unreasonable. "In spite of our best efforts in working with carriers, health insurance rates will be increasing for some Idahoans in 2016," Cameron said in a statement. "We will continue to explore ways to minimize increases going forward. In the meantime, we urge consumers to review their plans and shop wisely with assistance from a licensed agent and Your Health Idaho"/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you find an increase of 7 to 26% in the Idaho health insurance rate to be reasonable?

Guard deployed to Tower Fire

August 26, 2015 - 3:37pm

The Idaho Air National Guard deployed 40 members today to support firefighting efforts for the Tower Fire, which is nearing the Washington-Idaho line in North Idaho. The Guard members were placed on active duty on Aug. 26 at the order of Gov. Butch Otter; they will operate control points on roads leading into the fire area near Priest Lake. The convoy left Gowen Field in Boise at 9 a.m. today and is expected to be at work as early as tonight. Their mission is scheduled to run through mid-September/Eye on Boise. More here.

HucksOnline Blogos -- 8.26.15

August 26, 2015 - 3:12pm

Smoke on the Waters: Don Sausser, our Eye on Downtown Coeur d'Alene, shot this photo at sunset Tuesday evening, showing some paddleboarders enjoying the final rays of sunlight near the Coeur d'Alene resort boardwalk.

HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday, Aug. 25): 11,630 page-views/7,855 unique views.

Quotable Quote -- Gary Crooks

August 26, 2015 - 3:01pm
"This stock market ride is brought to you by Timber Terror!" -- Gary Crooks, SR editorial board, tweet.

Gunman kills news team in Virginia, himself

August 26, 2015 - 2:30pm

A former reporter who had been fired by a Virginia television station shot and killed two of the station’s journalists as they broadcast live on Wednesday morning, officials said, recording the act on video himself and then posting the video online. He later took his own life, officials said. The shooting and the graphic images that resulted marked a horrific turn in the national intersection of video, violence and social media. The gunman’s own 56-second video showed him waiting until the journalists were on air before raising a handgun and firing at point-blank range, ensuring that it would be seen, live or recorded, by thousands. A reporter, Alison Parker, 24, and a cameraman, Adam Ward, 27, were killed, according to their station, WDBJ, while the person they were interviewing, Vicki Gardner, was wounded and underwent surgery. She was listed in stable condition. After leading the police on a high-speed pursuit, the gunman shot himself in the head. He died around 1:30 p.m. after being airlifted to a hospital/New York Times. More here.

Also: Suicide note: Shooter wanted to start race war/The Hill

Question: Frankly, I don't know if the photo attached to his post is too harsh. Let me know if you think it is.

Latest North Idaho Wildfire Info

August 26, 2015 - 2:18pm

The USFS, Idaho Department of Lands and Coeur d'Alene Tribe provide all the latest info about wildfires burning throughout North Idaho here. Here's the latest on the Tower Fire near Priest Lake:

Tower Fire (Kansu Complex includes areas in Washington and Idaho.  Complex= 13,854 acres. Includes Baldy, Grease Creek, Onata Creek and Tower) ICT (Kurth) Tower Fire is 12,281 acres on the Idaho Panhandle NF and is all within Washington state.  The fire started on the Colville NF and is visible from Priest Lake. Area Command is in place for fires in the Colville National Forest (NF). Colville NF is managing the fire with guidance from Idaho Panhandle NF fire management. Fire personnel: 682 on complex. Yesterday, the Tower Fire was very active, especially on Pyramid Pass and around Brown’s Lake. Firefighters made significant use of retardant drops in these areas late in the day. The Brown’s Lake campground and boat launch were protected. The fire has reached, but not crossed, the Cee Cee Ah Road. South of Brown’s Lake, crews again successfully kept the fire from spreading further southwest. The north end of the fire was held at the Squaw Valley Road. Crews will continue to work on line construction and reinforcement on the east and south sides of the fire. Closures and evacuations remain in effect.   Fire Information is 907-750-1639.


August 26, 2015 - 1:37pm

While covering the preliminary hearing for Jonathan Renfro this morning at the Kootenai County Jail courtroom, SReporter Scott Maben spotted this confederate flag poking from the bumper of a vehicle in a handicap spot in the parking lot.

Sims, Orzell & Co. Bash ignite cda at NI fair

August 26, 2015 - 1:34pm

State Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, Frank Orzell & Co are behind a 12-page, multi-color brochure attacking ignite cda, at the North Idaho Fair today. Sims & Orzell, who were ringleaders in the failed effort to recall them mayor Sandi Bloem & three council members, have entitled their booklet, "LCDC: Urban Renewal Abuse in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho." If you didn't catch their drift in the title, they add at the bottom of the first page: "Taxation without Representation."

Update: Judge allows body cam video

August 26, 2015 - 1:20pm

Update: Judge allows body cam footage from #SgtMoore to be entered into evidence. He's now viewing the 23-minute video/audio recording in chambers -- Scott Maben SR tweet.

Kootenai County prosecutors are attempting to enter into evidence the body camera footage they say shows Jonathan Daniel Renfro shooting Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore in the face early in the morning of May 5. Renfro’s public defense team is objecting to the video’s introduction in Renfro’s preliminary hearing, which began this morning. Kootenai County Deputy Public Defender Jay Logsdon questioned the authenticity of the first few minutes of the video, which recorded Moore’s contact with Renfro, and the relevance of the rest of the recording, which includes fellow officers rushing to the scene and trying to save Moore’s life/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Ancient Cedars Should Survive Fire

August 26, 2015 - 1:06pm

Ancient trees in the Ross Creek Cedar Grove in Northwest Montana should survive the Sawtooth blaze, fire officials say.

The wildfire is burning less than a mile to the southwest of the 100-acre grove, which contains 500 to 1,000 year old western red cedar trees. Some of the trees in the grove are eight feet in diameter, and were already mature when Columbus set sail for the New World.

“The trees have survived large fires in the past, including the 1910 fire, because of how the area sits with natural barriers,” said Bob MacGregor, a fire information officer.

High humidity in the creek bottom has also helped protect the grove from past fires, MacGregor said. The Forest Service has also thinned nearby stands of trees in recent years to reduce the risk of fire spreading to the cedars.

Fire managers expect the cooler burning part of the Sawtooth blaze to pass near the cedars. The grove is located about 29 miles southwest of Troy on the Kootenai National Forest.

The Sawtooth blaze is part of the Clark Fork complex of fires burning on both sides of the Idaho-Montana border/Becky Kramer, SR.

Oldest Post Falls Biz Nears End?

August 26, 2015 - 11:38am

Some of Walter Glass's fondest memories have been at the Slab Inn. The Rathdrum man has enjoyed dancing and listening to music at the historic honky-tonk bar since 1978. He met his wife, Connie, there on the dance floor in 1998. Those good times at the Slab, Post Falls' oldest continuously-operating business at 81 years, could come to a halt if a new owner doesn't surface to carry the torch. Randy and Deb Berlin, who have owned the bar for the past 19 years, have the business for sale for $725,000. "It's been a struggle the past three years just keeping up with the bills and taxes and the clientele is declining," Deb said. "It's been touch and go for a long time, but it finally got to the point where we can't continue. It's time to go." Several musicians who have performed at the Slab over the years will perform on Sunday starting at 4 p.m. The bar will be open on Fridays and Saturdays in September from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. with Sept. 26 being the last night/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Have you spent any time at The Slab?

Testimony in Sgt. Moore slaying

August 26, 2015 - 11:34am
  • 11:02 a.m. Dunham raced to the scene and said he saw #SgtMoore laying in the street with blood and what looked like brain matter under his head.
  • 11:00 a.m. CDA Police Officer Hank Dunham testifies he heard on the radio #SgtMoore call in to police dispatch the name Renfro the day of the shooting.
  • 10:23 a.m. Hearing in #SgtMoore case: (Pleger quote cont'd): "I knew we had to stop the bleeding and start the breathing."
  • 10:14 a.m. #SgtMoore case hearing: Pleger resorted to medical training fr Marine Corps service "I was looking for wounds."
  • 10:13 a.m. Hearing in #sgtmoore case: Pleger, who described Moore as a friend, said Moore was lying in street when he arrived "w/ his face toward me"
  • 10:12 a.m. Hearing in #sgtmoore case: Pleger said blood was coming from Moore's mouth, nose & eyes. He & Officer Hank Dunham began CPR...
  • 10:10 a.m. Hearing in #sgtmoore case: @CdAPD Officer Jacob Pleger 1st to arrive on scene of shooting; testified today that he detected no pulse and ...

AM Scanner Traffic -- 8.26.15

August 26, 2015 - 11:28am
  • 11:57 a.m. Highway Hazard -- Concrete chute fell from truck & is lying on H95, north of Hayden.
  • 11:54 a.m. Unknown Medical -- 3200 block of Painters Loop/Post Falls.
  • 11:29 a.m. Possible DUI -- Driver of blue car changing low speeds, swerving @ e/b I-90/NW Blvd, CdA.
  • 11:25 a.m. Unconscious Person -- 7800 block of Franklin St/CdA.
  • 11:22 a.m. Unknown Medical -- Ash St/Hayden Ave, Hayden.
  • 10:17 a.m. Injury Fall -- 77YO female injured in fall @ English Point Trailhead/Hayden Lake.
  • 10:16 a.m. Structure Fire -- 3 distressed people outside building on E. Ryan Drive/Hayden.
  • 10:13 a.m. Stolen Vehicle -- 1/2 mile east of H95 on Parks Road, Athol area.
  • 10:03 a.m. Ruptured Gas Line -- Excavation work ruptured gas line that's blowing on E. Mullan Ave.
  • 9:55 a.m. Found Child -- On west side of Lowes/Appleway, CdA.
  • 9:51 a.m. Parking Violation -- CPD officer reports car @ 1st St/Elm Ave blocking hydrant, too far from curb.
  • 9:42 a.m. Rear-end Crash -- Elderly female has shoulder pain after accident on s/b H41.
  • 9:26 a.m. Damaged Mailbox -- Driver who wasn't DUI hit mailbox on Fruitdale Lane/CdA.
  • 9:10 a.m. Hit-and-Run Crash -- Caller reports male ditched vehicle & ran from crash site @ 17th St/Lunceford Ave w/two dufflebags. His damaged car has 2 flat tires. He left trunk open.
  • 9:06 a.m. Unwanted Person -- LDS church @ 477 E. Honeysuckle Ave/Hayden wants male trespassed from property. Same disorderly male was trespassed from water district office, Honeysuckle & Finucane Tuesday.
  • 8:59 a.m. Suicide Threat -- Female has received from Coeur d'Alene male who is threatening suicide.
  • 8:53 a.m. Disabled Vehicle -- 21st St/Sherman Ave, CdA.
  • 8:52 a.m. Reckless Driver -- Semi weaving as it approaches H95/H53, Garwood area.
  • 8:25 a.m. Unknown Medical -- 45YO female @ 2500 block of N. Bradley Drive/Post Falls.
  • 8:10 a.m. Chest Pain -- Coeur d'Alene Casino, H95/Worley.
  • 8:02 a.m. Unconscious Male -- Male in pickup @ Fernan Boat Launch is unconscious, wanted on warrant.