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North Idaho Crime Outpaces Boise

Sheriff Ben Wolfinger patrols the streets during recent Coeur d'Alene 4th of July activities. (SR file photo)

North Idaho has the highest crime rate in the state, eclipsing the Boise area, according to the state’s latest crime statistics. It’s a trend that’s been growing in recent years. The Boise area had a much higher crime rate than the Panhandle as recently as 2008, but since then, North Idaho’s rate has surged as the state’s overall crime rates have dropped. “Our guys are working hard and they’re doing a good job, but it’s just trying to keep up is the hard part,” said Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger. One factor: Kootenai County is becoming part of a Spokane-North Idaho metropolitan area, rather than an isolated, more rural area with a seasonal influx of visitors/Betsy Z. Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you feel less safe today in Kootenai County than you did 10 years ago?

How religion cuts crime

People who regularly visit a place of worship are less likely to get involved in low level crime and delinquency, according to new research.

A survey from Manchester University found a direct correlation between higher visits to religious places and lower crime figures, especially in relation to shoplifting, drug use and music piracy.

Researchers believe this is because religion not only teaches people about 'moral and behavioural norms', but also spending time with like-minded people makes it less likely they'll get mixed up with the 'wrong crowd'. Read more. Daily Mail

The study found people who visit places of worship commit fewer crimes— the more frequent the visits, the lower the chance of deliquent behaviour.

How often do you visit a place of worship?


  

Hydroplanes Took Bite Out Of Crime

Believe it or not, the 2013 Coeur d'Alene Diamond Cup event appears to have taken a bite out of crime. “I was just looking at the bookings, and there weren't as many bookings this weekend as we would ordinarily have on a weekend,” Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger said Tuesday. In fact, other than one arrest for boating under the influence, and one vehicle that was towed for blocking traffic, parking tickets made up the worst Diamond Cup offenses over the holiday weekend. “Other than that, we had very few calls for service related to the hydroplane races,” said Coeur d'Alene Police Sgt. Christie Wood/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Sounds like we can finally put riots of the 60s in rear-view mirror, right?

‘Judge Judy’ spot leads to more charges

An appearance on the TV reality show “Judge Judy” has brought a Spokane man more than just 15 minutes of syndicated fame.  Joshua J. Mulvey, 26, now faces new criminal charges in an Internet fraud scheme after a Snohomish County man who saw the episode recognized Mulvey as the same person who conned him out of $2,500 last year, police say. Mulvey was arrested at a Coeur d’Alene motel in February. Detectives used a cell phone tower ping triggered by Mulvey’s mobile phone to trace him to the Lake City after they say he escaped from his Spokane apartment during a raid. Read more about the latest twist in the case, and see a video of his Judge Judy appearance, here.

Question: Do you know someone who has ever been on a courtroom TV show? Or any reality TV show?

Sex crime charge reduced, to, um, burglary

Here’s an odd one: A former BSU football player who was charged with two counts having sexual contact with a female inmate while working as an officer at a state prison has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge - burglary. Timothy Ryan Gilligan will not have to register as a sex offender after he admitted in court that he twice entered the Idaho Maximum Security Institution with the intent of having sexual contact with a female inmate, a felony, the Idaho Statesman reports. Entering a building with the intent to commit a felony is burglary. / More here

Thoughts?

CDA Man Shoots Self In Knee

A 45-year-old Coeur d’Alene man accidentally shot himself in the leg as he was leaving his vehicle this morning in the parking lot of the Guesthouse motel. Kevin M. Peterson said he had his 9mm handgun in his left hand when it discharged. He was hit in the knee by the bullet. His wife was present when the accident occurred. He is in stable condition at Kootenai Medical Center, facing possible charges for discharging a firearm in city limits. Peterson has a criminal arrest record/Sgt. Christie Wood, CPD Blue. Full news release here.

Man Tries To Run Over PG Wife

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an Aggravated Battery that occurred in the parking lot of Wells Fargo Bank/Hayden. Initial investigation indicates that Kimberly Booker, 24, or Athol, Idaho was arguing with her estranged husband, Jerry Booker, 25 also of Athol, over income tax return when he tried to leave the area.  Kimberly, who is 8 months pregnant, stood behind Jerry’s car and attempted to call for law enforcement, when Jerry backed up the car, striking Kimberly, knocking her to the ground. Emergency Medical personnel from the Northern Lakes Fire District responded and concluded that Kimberly was not injured in the incident/KCSD news release. Complete release here.

 

In A Story That Shocked CHS Today …

… Jerry Carlson, a well-known insurance agent and major athletic supporter, was arrested over the weekend for possession of cocaine — with more charges pending. Meghann Cuniff is working on the story now. More to come.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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