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Wannabes Square Off Over Jail

Kootenai County Commissioner Todd Tondee and challenger Marc Eberlein revealed diverging opinions on county policy Thursday, when they squared off at a forum hosted by the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans. Responding to questions from group founder Jeff Ward, Eberlein criticized the county's past attempts to fund a jail with a bond measure. “This has already been put out two times for a vote, and each time voters said no,” said Eberlein, Post Falls resident and owner of a cabinet business. He would rather see more effort invested in programs like work-release to free up space, he said/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: You know what's going to happen, right? Someday, sooner than later, a judge will rule that the jail is too crowded — and the county has to build another one. Happened to the old jail back when. Can you see any other way a new jail will be built?

Jail, Turnover Topics Of Sheriff Debate

Item: Sheriff candidates face public: Five hopefuls state their case during forum/Alecia Warren, Press

More Info: Kootenai County has a high turnover of deputies, noted Keith Hutcheson on Wednesday night, and he believes it's clear why. “Where they're going is Spokane County,” said Hutcheson, Coeur d'Alene Tribe police chief and candidate for Kootenai County sheriff. “They're making 22 percent more by crossing the state line.” Deputy retention, as well as jail overcrowding and officer prioritization were among the issues analyzed on Wednesday at a forum of sheriff candidates, held by the Coeur d'Alene Police Officers Association. The approaching retirement of longtime Sheriff Rocky Watson has garnered five candidates campaigning to win the county's highest law enforcement position in the May 15 primary.

Question: Did you watch the debate? Thoughts?

Car Thieves Are Handy Sometimes

In the Coeur d'Alene Press, local attorney Suzie Graham tells of a woman with car trouble accidentally locking her keys in her vehicle Thursday. According to the Press: The driver, Graham said, didn't jump for joy at the thought of a tow truck bill, but behind the officer drove up a Kootenai County Sheriff's deputy, with a gang of its labor program workers. “Don't any one of you guys know how to break into a car?” Graham asked the incarcerated, paroled or probationed workers. They did. One unscrewed the car's antenna and used it, like a coat hanger, to unlock the door by sliding it down the window. Presto. Full story here.

Question: Have you ever locked yourself out of your vehicle?

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