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Sgt. Wood Explains Hearing Role

Sgt. Christie Wood (RE: Council 4-2 against guns-on-campus, bias bills): Yesterday I was called to speak to the Mayor and Council as an employee of the Police Department. I am the Law Enforcement liaison to the legislative committee that advises the Mayor and Council on pending legislation that could have potential impact on the City of CDA. I presented the views of the Chief of Police who does not support the guns on campus bill in its current form. As a practice when testifying before Mayor and Council our officers are in uniform as a show of respect. During the workshop I was asked by Councilman Gookin to provide my insight as a NIC Trustee. I shared with him the views of the Majority of the Board. The bottom line is everyone is having productive conversation about how to keep our campus safe. The NIC Trustees are exploring ideas and possible changes to our weapons policy. We hope to keep our policy decisions at a local level where we can best assess the safety practices of our campus. Full comment here.

Question: Do you have any problems with Sgt. Christie Wood being involved in the community, for a long time, as a Coeur d'Alene School Board member (past) and now as an NIC trustee and chairman of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations?

Lean Bean Robbery Reward Offered

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Video still from Coeur d'Alene Police Department, of robber brandishing gun at Lean Bean.

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest has offered a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of a male responsible for the Lean Bean Espresso Robbery that occurred on Tuesday at 1820 North West Boulevard at 5:28 p.m. A white male described as wearing blue jeans, grey hooded sweatshirt and red shoelaces displayed a gun and demanded money.  The clerk gave the male an undisclosed amount of cash and the suspect fled on foot into the 1000 block of Emma Avenue. Video surveillance of the suspect is attached to this press release. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 208-667- 2111 or 1-800-222-TIPS. Information can be submitted on line here. Callers are asked to use a code name or number and do not have to use their own name to be eligible for a reward.

DFO: Let's catch this punk.

Adams: No On Fed $$$ For New Cops

In the draft minutes for the Coeur d'Alene City Council meeting Tuesday, City Clerk Renata McLeod reports the discussion that led to a 5-1 vote (w/Councilman Steve Adams dissenting) to accept $125,000 in federal money to add officers to understaffed Coeur d'Alene Police Department:

Finance Director Troy Tymesen stated that the grants were the same and that leveraging dollars is an efficient way of managing staffing levels.  He clarified that the City does not know when these grants are going to be available, so they have to be responded to quickly.  Councilman Gookin stated that he understands that there are strings that come with a grant; however, the City needs the police positions and he will support this item.  Councilman Adams stated that he has made his position clear, and clarified that as a fundamental fact government does not produce anything; therefore it has nothing to give.  Anything the government gives away it must take from somebody else to do, therefore violating their rights.  He believes it is a liberty and moral issue.  He believes modest restructuring within the budget could cover the positions.

Question: Do you consider the ongoing, anti-federal government position by Adams to be principled or unreasonable?

Adams Votes Against Cops, Lease

City Councilman Steve Adams doesn't want to hire two more police officers despite the department's claim it's understaffed. Nor does the second-year councilman support the city extending its lease with the University of Idaho to allow the school to operate at the Harbor Center inside the education corridor. He says government doesn't have a role in education, which is why he's voting against the lease extension. And as for the additional officers, he opposes paying for them with the help of a federal grant, which is what the police department is proposing. “I'm not opposed to having additional officers or increased public safety, but I am opposed to the funding method, as I have been in the past,” said Adams, nicknamed by some Dr. No for frequently voting no, including against any grant tied to federal money, on Monday/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you think Adams is making a principled stand?

McHugh To Take CoiNuts Case Lead

Some of you commenters were critical of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department for not moving on case against CoiNuts owner Kevin E. Mitchell. CPD spokeswoman Sgt. Christie Wood provided the Coeur d'Alene Press with an extensive time line that shows the police investigated several complaints against CoiNuts but there was no follow-up prosecution. Now, it appears Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh will take the lead on the case, saying it's too complex for one deputy. Quoth McHugh: “The reality is I'm going to be taking the lead on (the case). There certainly are a number of people who said they've lost money, and I believe that to be the case.” Many former CoiNuts customers told The Press that Mitchell allegedly failed to deliver on purchased gold and silver, and that Mitchell often paid for the metals with bad checks. Story here.

Question: After reading the Coeur d'Alene Police Department time line, do you now think the police gave proper attention to this case? How about the prosecutor?

CPD To Honor Vigilant Citizen

From Coeur d'Alene Police Department Facebook wall:

Your PD responded last evening to a report of an armed robbery that had occurred at a quick stop store in the Riverstone area on NW Blvd. An alert citizen had witnessed the incident and followed the suspect from a distance as he fled on foot in the Riverstone area. He provided up to the minute details on location and responding officers were able to arrest the suspect on the trail west of the Hampton Inn. The citizen will be honored at a future council meeting for his willingness to put himself in harms way and help keep our community safe. Be safe out there and have a great weekend.

DFO: This sounds like the knife assault reported at 6:55 last evening in Scanner Traffic. Click here.

CPD Report Of Proxygate Available

Last week, you read about the decision by the Latah County prosecutor's decision not to file charges in the county GOP Central Committee Proxygate caper, which involved a challenged proxy ballot filed on behalf of Kelly Chadderdon. The ballot made the difference in a 31-30 vote by the CC to disinvite controversial Richard Mack to speak at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner. Some members called for a private investigation of the proxy ballot & overturned the full CC vote, reinviting Mack. You can read the Coeur d'Alene Press story about the outcome of the Latah County investigation here. And, for the first time, you can read the Coeur d'Alene Police Department report re: its investigation of the challenge ballot w/Latah County prosecutor's cover letter here.


CdA Police Oppose Recall Try

Huckleberries just received this email from the Coeur d'Alene Police Association: “The Coeur d’Alene Police Association announced today they strongly support Council members McEvers, Kennedy, Goodlander and Mayor Bloem for their continued work on behalf of the City of Coeur d’Alene. The Police Association consists of many long-term employees who have served with several administrations. “These three Council members along with Mayor Bloem have shown continuous, strategic support with the City budget toward public safety, and a good quality of life for all of our citizens. Police officers are provided with the necessary training, technology and tactical equipment to do their day to day jobs as safely as possible for our citizens and officers. We are fortunate to have such skilled leadership, and grateful for their willingness to serve.” said Police Association President Rory Johnson.”

CPD Blue: Protect Pets On 4th Of July

The Coeur d’Alene Police Animal Control Division is requesting citizens make plans for their pets on the 4th of July. Animal control deals with a large volume of dogs that become frightened by the noise of fireworks and run from their residence. This results in many more calls for service of dogs “running at large”. The dogs are put at risk of being hit by a car, fighting with other dogs, or possibly biting someone out of fear. Police Chief Wayne Longo asks citizens to “please use caution over the holiday weekend and be aware that due to the increase in calls for service our response will be prioritized but we will try and respond as we are available”/Sgt. Christie Wood, Coeur d'Alene Police Department news release. Full release here.

Question: How do you pretect your pets from being scared by fireworks on the Fourth of July?

CPD Blue Seek Rape Suspect

At 12:18 p.m. Wednesday, Coeur d’Alene police responded to a report of a rape that allegedly occurred sometime during the early morning hours at a residence in area near Coeur d'Alene City Hall. The victim, a 17-year-old girl, stated she was sleeping when the attack occurred. The suspect is known to her as a family friend. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Scott Patrick Giordano, 30, from Arizona. He is possibly driving a red pickup with a canopy. His girlfriend, Grace Emery, and their 3-month-old baby are reported to be with him/via Coeur d'Alene Police Department Twitter here.

CdA Police Now On Facebook, Twitter

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department has eagerly embraced the age of social networking by starting up a Facebook page and utilizing Twitter. Both entities will prove valuable in posting timely, and critical information necessary to public safety. The Facebook site will provide general departmental information, crime prevention tips, the latest press releases, and details about various events. Twitter will be used to provide instant information about crimes in progress, road closures, or any hazards to the public/Christie Wood, Coeur d'Alene Police Department spokeswoman. More here.

Question: Do you plan to follow the Coeur d'Alene Police Department on Facebook and Twitter? Why? Why not?

Spokane Deputy Cited In CdA DUI

Update: The lead firearms instructor for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving last weekend in Coeur d’Alene. Deputy Daniel Knight, 42, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 and 0.188 during breath tests administered after his arrest early Sunday. The legal limit for driving is .08. Coeur d’Alene Police Officer Jared Reneau said he was about to turn into the police substation on Fourth Street and Foster Avenue when he noticed a silver truck driving an estimated 40 mph on Fourth, where the speed limit is 25 mph/Meghann Cuniff, SR. More here.

HMOffsuite: Why does the press and media always have to mention a person’s profession, affiliation or association when an individual gets a DUI, while enjoying his leisure time? He’s really just a person, having a good time on his weekend, and made a stupid decision to drive his car, when he shouldn’t have been driving.

Question: Is it fair for the media to draw attention to the fact that a Spokane County deputy was cited for DUI?

2 Accused Of 3 CdA Robbery Tries

Update: Arrested and charged with three counts of robbery is Stephen J. Beck, 23 years of age, and a transient, and Michael D. Frank, 20 years of age from Coeur d’Alene. CPD Blue Press release here.

Three attempted robberies in Coeur d’Alene late Wednesday and early today are believed to be the work of two people arrested trying to steal OxyContin from Walgreens about 5 a.m., police said. The first occurred about 8:30 p.m. when a clerk at Piggies Deli & Market, 2001 Sherman Ave., refused to hand over cash to a gunman who fled in a Nissan driven by a woman … Later that night, a man matching the description of the man at Piggies tried to rob Taj Grocery, 1003 N. 15th St., but fled when the clerk refused, police said/Meghann M. Cuniff, SR. More here.

Question: Still feel safe in Coeur d’Alene?

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