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THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2006, 10:09 A.M.

Because You Asked II …

... Mike Kennedy sends along an e-mail from Police Chief Wendy Carpenter (pictured) explaining that multi-officer response to that Super One call:

"The call originally started at the Super One in Hayden. A male suspect had been passing Account Close Checks (Felony) mostly in the county. He left the Hayden store and went to the Cd'A Super One. A detective with the County had been working with Super One and other stores trying to catch this guy. A deputy was at the Hayden store taking another bad check report when the guy walked into the Cd'A store. He was immediately recognized by employees and the manager walked up to him and asked him to come to the office. The guy immediately became combative and tried to leave the store by knocking down several employees and customers. Citizens and employees were fighting with the male trying to detain him so I can only imagine what the 911 call sounded like. It appears a Sergeant and a Lieutenant with my department were first on scene. Three County officers arrived next. The county was there because of the crime which had just occurred in Hayden. The Lieutenant in an unmarked left shortly after every thing was calm. My Sergeant waited until an Cd'A officer arrived to take over the investigation. The radio log shows the Sergeant left approx. five minutes after the officer arrived. So at this point Cd'A only has one officer on scene. The suspects car was in the parking lot. It was searched and towed, this would have taken at least 30 minutes. One of the deputies transported the suspect to the jail. Another deputy would have remained on scene to follow up on his report. If there were other deputies on scene I can't say what they were doing.

"As far as why so many officer responded to the call I can only guess that the call was toned which meant it was a priory, a felony in progress and it is not uncommon for any available officer to respond until peace is restored. This call was a little unusual because the city and county were both investigating a crime at basically the same time so both agencies would have responded. I know for the public to view this they think officers are just hanging around but in reality they have to talk with each other to see what has happened and who is going to do what. I can say for the city we don't have time to stand around and do nothing."

Wendy Carpenter
Coeur d'Alene police chief

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.