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Ex-Sheriff Wannabe Back In Jail

One week after announcing he would not run for sheriff as he had recently planned, North Idaho businessman Adam M. Johnson was behind bars in Kootenai County. Johnson, 28, of Coeur d'Alene, was arrested Wednesday for technical violations of his probation, said Jeff Ray, a spokesman for the Idaho Department of Correction in Boise. Johnson was ordered to serve seven days discretionary jail time, Ray said. He said the violation wasn't significant enough for Johnson to go before a judge. Johnson was instructed to turn himself in to the jail, and he complied, Ray said/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: What advice would you give Adam Johnson?

Johnson Pulls Out Of Sheriff Race

Adam Johnson sent this Facebook message to HucksOnline: “After much consideration on whether to pursue official judicial clarification regarding the implications of how a withheld judgement differs from a straight conviction, I have made the decision to officially cease my pursuit of the office of Sheriff in the upcoming 2012 election cycle. Though disappointed that I will not be able to run this time around, the causes of such were the result of my own actions and lapse in judgement that led to the charges that now ultimately disqualify me from running for office. The experience up to this point has been exhilarating and the support I have received in this endeavor has been nothing short of amazing. I look forward to such time when there will be no barriers to my pursuit of public office and to restoring the public's faith in me that had been previously lost for reasons aforementioned. Here's to seeing you all again in 2016.

Question: Right call?

Johnson Not Qualified For Sheriff Run

The criminal history of a declared candidate for Kootenai County sheriff might prevent him from entering the race. Adam M. Johnson, a former North Idaho businessman and Post Falls Chamber of Commerce board member who played a central role in a high-profile shooting in downtown Coeur d'Alene, announced in January he planned to run. It's not the shooting, however, but a guilty plea to a heroin possession charge, a felony, last year that might derail his shot at being the county's top cop. “I knew he was convicted of a felony,” said Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes. “I asked the prosecutor to review the law.” Barry McHugh, the county's prosecutor, submitted a written opinion on Wednesday/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Photo: Adam Johnson Facebook wall)

Question: Would Johnson's candidacy have made any difference in the final outcome of the GOPrimary involving the sheriff's race?

McHugh: Johnson Ineligible For Sheriff

Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh says sheriff hopeful Adam Johnson's probation status on a felony charge makes him ineligible to file a declaration of candidacy. McHugh sent the opinion Wednesday to Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes. Here's a copy of the opinion/Coeur d'Alene Press Online.


Letter: Johnson Candidacy A Farce

To begin with I believe The Press owes me a fresh bowl of cereal as I knocked mine over while laughing and reading the announcement of Adam Johnson running for sheriff of Kootenai County. According to the paper this is the same man who plugged two guys on Sherman Avenue sometime back and got away with it. He also pled guilty to felony possession of heroin last year. The story points out that Mr. Johnson is a failed businessman but remains as a board member of the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce. WOW! What a resume. Mr. Johnson admits that he has absolutely no law enforcement experience but is quite confident that his financial background would be of great benefit to the operation of the Sheriff’s Department. Oh did I mention that his business is closed?/Michael J. Murphy of Hayden, in letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Photo from Adam Johnson Facebook page)

Question: Should Adam Johnson be running for county sheriff, given his total lack of law enforcement background and his scrapes with the law in recent years?

Johnson: KCSD Isn’t Paramilitary

On his Facebook wall, Adam Johnson, one of five candidates for the Kootenai County GOP nod, posts: “During the Sheriffs Candidate forum last night, one of the other candidates (sheriff's Major Ben Wolfinger) equated the sheriffs department to a paramilitary organization. A statement I wholeheartedly disagree with in every sense of the meaning. Thoughts?

Question: Do you consider the sheriff's department to be a paramilitary organization?

Johnson Explains Sheriff’s Candidacy

A former North Idaho businessman and Post Falls Chamber of Commerce board member who was involved in a high profile shooting in downtown Coeur d'Alene announced he is running for Kootenai County Sheriff. Adam M. Johnson, 27, will seek the elected post as a Republican. He said finding a solution to the jail capacity issue without asking taxpayers to a fund a new building is key for the county, as is trimming the sheriff's office budget while finding ways to financially incentivize deputies to remain here instead of leaving for other departments. Johnson said his recent legal troubles - which include a citation for consuming alcohol from the December 2009 shooting and a 2011 guilty plea for felony heroin possession - don't mean he isn't serious about the job/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: How will Adam Johnson's candidacy affect an increasingly crowded Republican race for Kootenai County sheriff?

JohnA: Idaho Sheriffs Can Be Felons

Item: Adam Johnson announces for sheriff/HucksOnline

JohnA: Well, unable to sleep, I did some research on who can be Sheriff in Idaho. Idaho Code 34-618 (2) states ‘No person shall be elected to the office of sheriff unless he has attained the age of twenty-one (21) years at the time of his election, is a citizen of the United States and shall have resided within the county one (1) year next preceding his election.’ That’s it. However, in 2008 Senate Bill 1356 would have changed the qualifications, adding ‘and is not a convicted felon’ to 34-618 (2). The bill also added training for newly elected Sheriffs. The bill was approved by the Senate but when it went to the House it was amended to remove ‘and is not a convicted felon’. How crazy is that? A person who can’t vote for themselves or carry a gun can still be a Sheriff in Idaho. And who in the House do you think seconded the motion to allow felons to be Sheriff? Our very own Phil Hart. :) Oh, my.

Question: Should Idaho change state law to prevent convicted felons from running for the office of sheriff?

Adam Johnson Announces For Sheriff

Following is the announcement made by Adam Johnson of Coeur d'Alene today that he will run for Kootenai County sheriff. Johnson is a Coeur d'Alene businessman who was involved in a December 2009 shooting that wounded two Mose Lake men. Johnson didn't say which party nomination he'll seek: : “Friends, Family, and citizens of Kootenai County, it is with great pleasure that I announce today, my intention to run for the office of Sheriff of Kootenai County in the upcoming 2012 election. A press release and press conference will be released and scheduled soon to formally announce these intentions with the public-at-large. In the meantime and throughout the season we will use the linked Facebook page, as well as a soon to be active website that will be used to provide updates, event notifications, how to contribute to the campaign/get involved, and other related items.” (Photo from Adam Johnson Facebook page) More below.


Adam Johnson Rebuilds His Life

  • The article below is the 3rd in a 3-part series on a December 2009 shooting that involved Coeur d'Alene businessman Adam Johnson. You can read Part 1 here, and Part 2 here.

For Adam Johnson, life is being rebuilt piece by piece. Two years is a blink of an eye, the 27-year-old says, but each day he's putting one piece on top of another. “My eyes have definitely been opened,” said Johnson, sitting at a coffee shop recently in Coeur d'Alene. “Before I was young, successful, running a business. You kind of get some blinders on.” Even after attempted murder and aggravated battery charges were dropped against him in January 2010 after a sealed grand jury found the shooting was in self defense, Johnson had questions of his own. If the shooting was ruled self defense, where were new charges against the aggressors? He was beaten so badly that around one year after the incident, doctors discovered he had several broken C7 and T1 vertebrae in his neck. And there were reports - which the Moses Lake visitors deny — that the visitors were kicked out of the Torch Lounge moments before the encounter/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you think downtown Coeur d'Alene has gotten safer since the December 2009 shooting?

Downtown CDA shooting concerns business owners

Young people partying and drinking in downtown Coeur d’Alene is nothing new; it’s been going on for years.

However, one thing that might have changed, several downtown business owners said Monday, is seeing young people bring guns along for the night. An early Sunday shooting outside a downtown bar left two young men hospitalized, one fighting for his life. In May, a young man was shot and killed outside a downtown bar after arguing with another patron.

Some business owners were surprised to discover they knew the suspected shooter in Sunday’s incident. Adam Johnson, 25, owns a telecommunications company and belongs to the same civic organizations they do. Full story.

Are downtown business owners right to be concerned? Do you feel safe after hours in the downtown area?

Johnson Claims Self Defense

A young businessman facing attempted murder charges after a chaotic confrontation in downtown Coeur d’Alene told police he felt threatened when he opened fire on a group of men looking for a fight.

“I did what I was trained,” Adam M. Johnson told police, according to court documents filed Monday. “I felt threatened and I didn’t feel that there was any other way out of it.” But authorities investigating the early Sunday shooting in the 200 block of Sherman Avenue that left two Moses Lake men with gunshot wounds are skeptical. Full Story.

Spoke: Anyone notice a broken window at Tito’s?

The CDA press offers a few additional details.

Spokelooneh says “The witness also said Johnson was thrown through a window at Tito Macaroni’s. Anybody notice if that window was broken or boarded up, or notice it getting replaced?” Full comment.


HBO comes through for Reporter

Adam M. Johnson, 25, was arrested early Sunday, accused of shooting in downtown Coeur d’Alene that left one person in critical condition.

Information provided by Huckster bpoole was instrumental in helping Meghann Cuniff break the story of last night’s shooting in downtown Cda. Says Cuniff: “It was huge, huge help. I was able to find the suspect’s name on the page, then confirm through the jail that the guy is the same guy arrested downtown this morning.” Full comment.

Read her story here.

I find it interesting that a commenter at OpenCDA criticized a reporter for asking for and following up tips posted on this blog. Because, uh…that’s exactly what a reporter is supposed to do. You know– work sources, follow leads. Maybe some folks aren’t aware of the role social media plays in reporting the news.

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