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Sandpoint Sue: BC Doesn’t Handle Its Zehms Well

"The Otto Zehm story affected me so much, and I'd like to offer a suggestion for you to think about for future articles on this subject. Bonner County has a very bad reputation for dealing with mentally ill people in emergency situations. My sister witnessed an episode at the Safeway store here yesterday. A young man known to have problems started acting up, throwing things in the store. The police were called. Thankfully they didn't taser or hogtie him, but they simply escorted him out of the store and told him to go home. I hope he got there. He was apparently off his meds, and needed some medical attention. Unfortunately, Bonner General deliberately removed the padded room they have for mental patients several years ago, and instead require them to be transported to Kootenai at great expense to the police and sheriff. Because of this situation, law enforcement usually ignores these people. Its a sad thing for those troubled people, and for the safety of the community. I'm not sure what other towns experience, but its not a good situation here."

Sandpoint Sue

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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.