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PM: Semanko Picks Cross

Angela Cross, the choice of Idaho GOP Chairman Norm Semanko to replace a “fired” redistricting commissioner, is shown above. Betsy Russell reports on the showdown involving two redistricters who refused to be fired by Semanko and House Speaker Lawerence Denney here.

MT: Grow’s Rights Don’t Outweigh Duties

Nez Perce County Commission Chairman Mike Grow, pictured, showed up for work last week after he was charged with a violent felony. Like every other criminal defendant, Grow is presumed innocent — repeat, innocent — until proved guilty. But Grow's constitutional rights as an individual do not parallel — nor do they outweigh — his obligation to serve the public interest. Valley County deputies arrested Grow April 14 at his Brammer Building office. The next day, he appeared before Magistrate Henry R. Boomer on a charge of sexually assaulting a woman April 3 inside a residence at Tamarack Resort near Donnelly. A preliminary hearing is set for May 10. Released on $15,000 bail, Grow attended the April 18 commissioners' meeting. So far, he has declined to talk about his case, except to say he intends to remain in office/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Should an elected official, like Nez Perce County Commissioner Mike Grow, continue in his job when he's charged with sexual assault or any other violent crime?

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.

Sexual Assault At Denver Airport?

Most travelers likely consider airports to be safe spaces, but that sense of security could shaken for some after a disturbing report out of Denver. Denver's KUSA Channel 9 reports: “Police say they have arrested a 26-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a woman at Denver International Airport early Tuesday morning. Denver Police say Noel Alexander Bertrand faces charges of felony sexual assault.” The alleged incident is said to have happened late-night in an empty terminal area. The victim says she was connecting via Denver and decided to spend the night in the airport after missing the last flight of the day to her destination/Ben Mutzabaugh, USA Today. More here. (AP file photo of man sleeping in Denver airport concourse during snow storm)

Question: Have you ever had a problem at the Denver airport?

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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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