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Thu., June 24, 2010, 2:17 p.m.

Ex-Police Chief Finds Racist Graffiti

Sheriff's deputies are looking for the vandal(s) who painted a 2-by-2-foot swastika in front of a retired Coeur d'Alene police chief's home. Robert Nuttleman, who served as the Coeur d'Alene chief in the 1970s, said he found the swastika and the words, "white power," painted at 11273 Avondale Loop (Avondale Lake) at 6 o'clock Wednesday morning. Nuttleman told a Kootenai County deputy that the vandalism happened between 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday. He also said he didn't know if the graffiti was directed at him, because he's a former police chief, or someone else. The deputy asked that the Lakes Highway District remove the racist graffiti. Earlier last week, a Garwood area resident found a swastika sign hanging on her door in the morning. Also, Rachel Dolezal, director of Coeur d'Alene's Human Rights Institute, found a noose hanging from her carport in the last week.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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