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AM Scanner Traffic -- 1.23.15

January 23, 2015 - 11:35am
  • 11:53 a.m. CPD officer tells animal control officer that she has a better chance of catching 2 mid-sized, playful dogs running loose at Honeysuckle Ave/Lunceford Ave, CdA: "They run faster than me, but you probably run faster than them."
  • 11:45 a.m. This week's Kootenai County Sheriff's Office warrants roundup here.
  • 11:30 a.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Jan. 22-23 here.
  • 11:15 a.m. Kootenai County Sheriff's Office property crimes report Jan. 22-23 here.
  • 10:44 a.m. Unknown medical emergency for 91YO male @ 21400 block of Circle Road/Rathdrum.
  • 10:32 a.m. Dog running loose @ Roberts Road/Arthur Road, Athol.
  • 10:31 a.m. 3YO locked in vehicle @ 1500 block of Front Ave/CdA.
  • 10:18 a.m. Distraught Post Falls female reports son who is driving black Honda has warrant for his arrest.
  • 10:18 a.m. Gittel's Grocery clerk reports elderly male dialed 911 and then left store s/b on Govt Way @ Harrison Ave.
  • 10:11 a.m. 74YO male suffering unknown medical emergency @ 700 block of N. Syringa St/Post Falls.
  • 10:03 a.m. Diabetic suffering unknown medical emergency @ Urgent Care, 566 Prairie Ave/Hayden.
  • 9:41 a.m. False fire alarm sounds @ Guardian Angel assisted living, 1136 E. Mullan Ave/Post Falls.
  • 9:37 a.m. Resident @ Warm Springs Ave/Stoneybrook Loop, Post Falls, reports shotgun blasts in field nearby.
  • 9:36 a.m. Unknown medical emergency @ 3300 block of Park Ridge Loop/Post Falls.
  • 9:27 a.m. Disorderly male reported @ 1325 Riverstone Drive/CdA.
  • 9:25 a.m. Chimney fire, with flames showing & smoke in house, @ 925 Estates Loop/Priest River.
  • 9:12 a.m. Unknown medical emergency @ Urgent Care, 1300 E. Mullan Ave/Post Falls, doctor on scene.
  • 9:03 a.m. A dead deer is lying on highway @ H95/MP 422 (near Kidd Island Road, south of CdA).

Idaho Poll: Don't Expand Medicaid

January 23, 2015 - 11:31am

A new poll finds Idahoans are decidedly opposed to Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in Idaho, and that almost two-thirds of voters would be less likely to re-elect a legislator who supports Medicaid expansion. The poll was commissioned by the Foundation for Government Accountability and the Idaho Freedom  Foundation. The survey found that, when first asked about Medicaid expansion, 46 percent of voters say they’re opposed to Medicaid expansion, 39 percent are supportive and the rest are undecided. “Idahoans don’t want Medicaid expansion. They don’t want more Obamacare and they don’t want to enact another program that competes for precious taxpayer resources,” said Wayne Hoffman, president of the Idaho Freedom Foundation/Idaho Freedom Foundation news release. More here. And: Poll results here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with the poll results? Do you want to see the Legislature expand Medicare?

PFPD Gets Facebook High Five

January 23, 2015 - 11:16am

A comment left on the Facebook wall of the Post Falls Police Department applauds an act of chivalry by Officer Pat Eisemann. It read: "Just a quick note to thank Officer Pat Eisemann (I believe) for helping out the two girls on Spokane Street today. The girls were in a car that had stopped working and Officer Pat was helping the two young girls push the car out of the way, in the pouring wet snow. It was definitely an act of chivalry and one of care. Definitely proud to say that he is one of our finest! Way to go officer! I've known you since we were young teenagers and I'm proud to say you've grown up to be such a wonderful example for our youth and our community"

Question: Do you think most officers consider themselves "peace officers" or "law enforcement" officers?

AM: FBI Contacts Area Activists

January 23, 2015 - 10:28am

Helen Yost, an anti-megaload activist, posed for a photograph in downtown Moscow Jan. 8. She said she was contacted by the FBI in December, but refused to talk to them. Activists around the Northwest say they had been contacted by FBI agents. Story here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

IFF: The Netflix Tax

January 23, 2015 - 10:16am

State lawmakers like to talk about how they’re opposed to higher taxes; now they have an opportunity to put their money where their mouths are. All they have to do is reject a questionable regulation that has Idahoans unnecessarily paying sales tax for streaming video services like Netflix. If lawmakers don’t act, they’re potentially exposing Idaho residents to even more taxes on video and audio subscription services that are a product of the digital age/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.

Question: Would you mind being taxed for your access to Netflix?

Poll: Protect Executioners' Names

January 23, 2015 - 10:01am
  • Thursday Poll: Two-thirds of Hucks Nation agree with proposed legislation that would protect the names of those involved in Idaho executions, as well as those who provide the drugs for the execution. 158 of 236 respondents (67%) supported the legislation that would protect the identities of executioners. 69 of 236 respondents (29%) say the names should be made public. 10 (4.22%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Should Idaho accept any more spent nuclear fuel from the U.S. Department of Energy?

Letter: Local 12th Man Misbehaves

January 23, 2015 - 9:33am

12th man: That is a great attitude to have and I am glad everyone is a fan of the Seahawks, but there is a huge problem with this. The problem lies when the fans start to belittle other fans because their team lost. I had people come up to me everywhere Sunday night (including the bathroom) and they would say things like “The Packers are losers, you need take that sweatshirt off right now, Hey the packers lost,” etc. My mom told me a story how she was harassed by Seahawks fans in Walmart after their win Sunday. SERIOUSLY? How pathetic can you be? It’s a freaking game! The Seahawks don’t make you a better person than I am for pulling off a miracle win in the last two minutes of the game/Kendall Parrett, Hayden. More here.

Question: As a fan, are you behave yourself when your team wins or loses?

The Dike Without A Tree?

January 23, 2015 - 8:54am
"I hope that I will never see, the Coeur d'Alene dike without a tree" -- Facebook Friend Linda Lewis.

Blogfest 2015 Set Feb. 21

January 23, 2015 - 8:50am

The Bard of Sherman Avenue may or may not be there, but Cindy and I will be. I've nailed down the hours and date at the Fort Ground Grill for Blogfest 2015 -- 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. Owner/Mayor Steve Widmyer hasn't provided a menu yet. But I suspect it'll be the usual tasty pulled pork (from Bent), baked beans, cole slaw, cookies & all the pop you can drink. You have to buy your own beer. I've asked Cindy to bring some of her "War Bonds" books to sell and autography. We may even get a few words from the mayor. And our ailing Bard hasn't totally counted out an appearance. See you there?

Spokane Grabbing Local Deputies

January 23, 2015 - 8:47am

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office has lost eight patrol deputies to better-paying law enforcement jobs in Spokane since August 2013. Kootenai County commissioners met with sheriff's office leadership on Thursday to discuss the need for salary increases as a means to retain patrol and jail deputies working for the county. Commissioner David Stewart said for every deputy who leaves to go to another agency, the county loses a minimum of $30,000 in training costs. "This has gone on for many years and it's something that's going to take time to fix; it's not something that's going to happen overnight," Stewart said. "But you have to start somewhere. We need to figure out how we can correct this problem and stop Spokane and other jurisdictions from using us as a training grounds for their departments"/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you blame Kootenai County deputies for jumping to better paying jobs in Spokane?

Trib: GOP Partisans Forget Manners

January 23, 2015 - 8:35am

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune gives jeers to ... Idaho GOP Chairman Steve Yates and Executive Director David Johnston. When the White House announced Obama was coming here, some Idahoans just cringed with anxiety. It didn't matter that any presidential visit is an honor. Or that it offered Idaho the opportunity to showcase one of its major universities. Or even that the family of Saeed Abedini, a man Iranians have imprisoned for two years, could plead for his release. Even staunch Republicans such as Congressman Raul Labrador had the good grace to welcome Obama to their home. But you just knew some partisan dimwit would forget his manners. Such as Johnston. Speaking to Boise's KTVB, he described the president's pending visit as "disrespectful" and just a public relations ploy. He then invited Obama to remain in Washington, D.C. More here.

Question: Shouldn't we be honored in Idaho when any president, Republican or Democrat, pays a visit?

Chilling Out Before Game

January 23, 2015 - 8:34am

Gonzaga University students left to right, Lauren Uhl, 19, Riley Soukup, Natalie Gordon, 19, Danielle Field, 18, and Colin Bonini,18, try to stay warm while holding their tent-mate's spot in line for tickets to Thursday night's basketball game with Saint Mary's College. In an annual Zag tradition, students pitch tents on campus a day before the big game to get the best tickets in the student section. Chilled students, working in two-hour shifts, passed the long, cold night and next day in the Kennel Club Tent City doing homework or socializing with friends. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany)

Question: What is the longest time that you've waited in line for a ticket to enter an event?

Senate Cool To 'Instant Racing'

January 23, 2015 - 8:30am

The Senate State Affairs Committee sounded no more receptive this morning to the spread of so-called “instant racing” terminals that resemble slot machines to Idaho communities than the House State Affairs Committee was a day earlier. The Senate panel voted unanimously to introduce legislation proposed by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe to repeal the 2013 law that authorized “historical” horse racing in Idaho – betting on replays of past races that already have been run – and resulted in the machines showing up at the Greyhound Park Event Center in Post Falls, Les Bois Park racetrack just west of Boise, and the Double Down Betting Bar and Grill and grill in Idaho Falls, that got the machines by signing on with a local horse racing track, Sandy Downs/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Sounds like it's all over but the shouting for "instant racing." Thoughts?

Athol: Finding An Embezzler

January 23, 2015 - 8:18am

For Athol Mayor Darla Kuhman, the past year has been nothing short of surreal. Kuhman, who was elected to the Athol City Council in 2013, quickly found herself moving from the position of councilwoman to interim mayor when Mayor Lanny Spurlock took ill and eventually succumbed to his illness. When Spurlock, 76, passed away, the city council voted Kuhman into the office. That's when she started to find evidence supporting her suspicion that something was a little fishy at City Hall - she didn't know it then, but she was looking at an embezzlement scheme. Kuhman said as a councilwoman she asked the mayor and city clerk for information regarding the city's finances and was told that was not her responsibility/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.


Breeding Like Rabbits

January 23, 2015 - 8:04am

Joe Heller/Hellertoons

GU defeats Saint Mary's 68-47

January 22, 2015 - 10:02pm

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered GU's home game against Saint Mary's.  Check out this big picture gallery of game photos. You can read ESPN game story and boxscore here.

Wild Card/Thursday -- 1.22.15

January 22, 2015 - 5:32pm

Those pops you heard all around North Idaho Tuesday afternoon were Tea Party heads exploding as Air Force One touched down on Boise tarmac. And then continued to explode as President Barack Obama addressed a packed house at Boise State. Sure sounds as though the president hasn't embraced his lame-duck status. Should make for an interesting two years as Hillary and maybe Mitt run around the country trying to wrap up their party nominations. Here's your day-after-the-prez-visit Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 1.22.15

January 22, 2015 - 5:21pm

Ashley Maggard, right, embraces her husband, U.S. Army 1st Lt. Kyle Maggard, after he returned from Liberia to help with the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak Thursday at the Fort Carson Special Events Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Maggard and other soldiers with the 4th Engineer Battalion were held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for a 21-day monitoring period before returning home. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)

Idaho Falls Mental Center Helps

January 22, 2015 - 5:19pm

In Idaho Falls, the doors of the Behavioral Health Community Crisis Center of East Idaho have only been open for a little over a month. But already, it's having an impact. "We have family members bring in people, [asking us] 'Can you help them? Because we really love them,'" says Brenda Price, the crisis center's coordinator. "We had a father bring in his grown daughter, [telling her] 'I'm going to take care of your kids, because you've just been depressed too long.'" Stays at the Crisis Center are voluntary and limited to 24 hours. Yet in that time, the center's experts help them weather the roughest moments, develop a recovery plan and connect with the right community support systems/Daniel Walters, Inlander. More here. (Inlander photo)

Question: Do you think any of our Teapublican legislators from Kootenai County have wised up since they opposed the mental health center for Coeur d'Alene last year?

PM Scanner Traffic -- 1.22.15

January 22, 2015 - 4:58pm
  • 5:33 p.m. Traffic lights not cycling at end of off-ramp @ I-90/H41, Post Falls.
  • 5:08 p.m. CPD officer needed to trespass juvenile boy who may be on roof at Lakes Middle School.
  • 5:05 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Jan 21-22 here.
  • 4:55 p.m. Kootenai County Sheriff's Office property crimes report for Jan. 21-22 here.
  • 4:51 p.m. Female in sweat pants dumped items she shoplifted @ Hayden Walmart before leaving store.
  • 4:39 p.m. Animal control officer captures loose black lab mix @ Atlas Road/Prairie Ave, Hayden.
  • 4:24 p.m. Someone is threatening suicide by pills @ Port of Hope, 2100 E. Sherman Ave/Cda.
  • 4:11 p.m. Disputants are separated in verbal argument @ 3000 block of N10th St/CdA.
  • 3:47 p.m. 6-0, 180lb male in black sweats threatening suicide after fight with girlfriend @ 1621 Sherman Ave/CdA.
  • 3:32 p.m. CPD officer checking body shops near 12th St/Sherman Ave for hit-and-run Audi registered in Sagle.
  • 3:16 p.m. Male who had been walking near school in Spirit Lake arrested, unknown reason.
  • 3:15 p.m. Driver of silver Audi w/Bonner Co plates drove off after crash @ 3rd St/Wallace Ave, CdA.
  • 3:03 p.m. Male on Box Canyon Drive/Post Falls reports another male threatening to beat him up.
  • 2:41 p.m. Male w/long goatee is screaming @ female in parking lot of Pizza Hut, 920 E. Polston Ave/Post Falls.
  • 2:38 p.m. Time-Warner cable man reports male @ 9700 block of Shaw St/Post Falls may have suffered stroke.
  • 2:21 p.m. Fire alarm sounding @ 6670 Spurwing Loop/CdA.
  • 2:17 p.m. Spirit Lake Elementary teacher confronts shaggy-hair male w/unzipped pants who's walking up & down Madison St/Spirit Lake with a rifle over his shoulder. Man ignores teacher. School is nearby @ 32605 5th Ave.
  • 2:12 p.m. Someone is suffering a seizure @ 200 block of W. Hilgren Ave/Janis St, Hayden.
  • 2:09 p.m. Dog running loose @ 613 Locust Ave/CdA.
  • 1:57 p.m. Noninjury, nonblocking crash reported @ s/b H95, north of Kathleen Ave/CdA/
  • 1:55 p.m. Someone at Pawn 1, 326 4th St/CdA, wants to follow up on previous theft report.
  • 1:31 p.m. Undisclosed type of animal abuse reported @ Haycraft Ave/Govt Way, CdA.
  • 1:19 p.m. Homeland Security wants check on agent who hasn't been heard from in hours after saying he was interviewing someone in residence @ Riverside Drive/Lawrence St, Post Falls. (Update: Agent was OK)
  • 1:09 p.m. Officer en route to follow up on eviction on Marie Ave/CdA.