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Spirit Lake Official Faces 2 Charges

Item: Fight, folly lead to charges: Spirit Lake official allegedly hit man, exposed himself/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: Spirit Lake City Councilman Jimmy K. Brown Jr. has been charged with misdemeanor battery and indecent exposure. Brown's charges stem from an incident in mid-June when he allegedly got into a fight and exposed his penis behind Jo's Hole Saloon on Maine Street. The criminal complaint filed in Kootenai County court said Brown, 56, allegedly hit a Spirit Lake man named Eric D. Vangemert, 44, several times in the face on June 16. Court documents show Brown was served on Sept. 23. He didn't return a call Friday seeking comment. The indecent exposure charge stems from the alleged exposure of Brown's penis in front of Vangemert and his wife, Randi M. Vangemert, 43, in the alley behind Jo's saloon.


Cops Outnumber KKK In Spirit Lake

Knights of the Ku Klux Klan held a membership eat, greet, and meet in Spirit Lake, Idaho Saturday. They asked for their supporters to “come out and meet the Aryan Nations” and to “get involved.” 12 members of law enforcement from Spirit Lake Police, Kootenai County Sheriff's Office, Idaho State Police and U.S. Secret Service were all there to assist. There were no major disturbances except for a minor incident when a protestor unplugged the speaker's microphone. Eleven protestors and 6 KKK members were there and no new members came to take part/Shawn Chitniss, KREM2. More here.

Question: Why do Aryan Nations/KKK stage rallies in out-of-the-way places that attract few people? Media exposure? To let people know that they haven't totally gone away? What?

Update: Man Faces Murder Charge

Dylan P. Paschall said the last time he saw Luke Anana-Kuewa, the teenager was alive. That was nearly one year ago, after authorities say an evening of drinking rum and smoking marijuana turned into a violent clash on the bank of the icy Mill Pond at Spirit Lake. Now Paschall, of Post Falls, is in the Kootenai County Jail on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Anana-Kuewa. Investigators say the 18-year-old was beaten, choked, smothered and left in the frigid water on the evening of March 24, 2012. Kootenai County sheriff’s detectives arrested Paschall, 20, Monday night. He is being held on $100,000 bail/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: There's a place called Bubba's Pit at Spirit Lake? Who would know?

Spirit Lake Cop Quits After Sex Claim

City sources confirm to KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus, the Spirit Lake police chief has resigned his position effective Wednesday, nearly 5 months after a sexual harassment tort claim was filed. KHQ reached out to Mayor Todd Clary who said Lawless has resigned his position for “personal reasons” and is no longer employed by the city.  KHQ also reached out to Patrick Lawless but calls were not returned. The former chief was also being investigated for child abuse allegations in Post Falls involving his girlfriends children. No charges were ever filed against Lawless/Dylan Wohlenhaus, KHQ. More here. (KHQ photo of Patrick Lawless)


Spirit Lake Now More ATV Friendly

Why did the ATV cross Highway 41 in Spirit Lake? Because it's legal. Utility and all-terrain vehicles can now cross Highway 41 in Spirit Lake without being ticketed. State law prohibits the ATVs and UTVs from crossing state highways in cities without an encroachment permit - a practice that has been commonplace in small, outdoorsy Spirit Lake nonetheless - but the city obtained a permit from the Idaho Transportation Department to legally allow the passage. “It's been done for years, but the issue started to come up,” said Spirit Lake Police Chief Pat Lawless, adding that he was unaware of the state law until last year. His department didn't issue any tickets as a result. But apparently Idaho State Police, which patrols Highway 41, took notice/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (SR file photo for illustrative purposes)

Question: Do you ride an ATV?

NI Blogs: Spirit Lake Moose At Play

On her Facebook wall, KXLY meterologist Kris Crocker posts this photo from a viewing friend, with the note: “Frequent 'Pic of the Night' contributor Cindy Murphy has done it again! I LOVE this shot of two moose playing on her property in Spirit Lake. She says there have been four moose hanging around the past couple of days. Isn't the Inland Northwest amazing?”

HucksOnline numbers (for Wednesday): 8349/4937; and (for Thursday): 8012/4942

Aylward Sets Targets Ironman Again

When readers of The Spokesman-Review last heard from Tom Aylward, the Spirit Lake man who lost 80 pounds while training for his first Ironman, he had fallen short of completing the 2011 Coeur d’Alene race. He made the 2.4-mile swim and 112-mile bike ride just fine, but had nothing left for the marathon – a 26.2-mile run. He was at peace with his performance and didn’t plan to attempt the grueling endurance race again. Three days later, he woke up and signed up for the 2012 race. “I gotta do it again,” said the 63-year-old. “I was so close. I had to finish it because it’s something I haven’t finished. I don’t want to give up again. This time I’ve got to finish it”/Alison Boggs, SR. More here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Question: What is one thing you want to accomplish in 2012?

3 Towns Falls Below Huetter Line

Kage Mann: I was looking at the election numbers and did you know that the direction of Huetter was made by only FOUR voters. Four out of only 40 registered in the town. Talk about voter apathy.

Baseball has the “Mendosa Line,” named after former Seattle Mariners player Mario Mendoza, whose lifetime MLB batting average over 9 seasons hovered a little above .200. No one wants to be hitting “below the Mendoza Line,” which means you're batting less than .200, which is border-line dreadful. Several North Idaho communities fell well below 20% (.200) re: voter turnout last Tuesday, including Huetter's dreadful 10% in which 4 of 40 registered voters bothered to cast ballots to decide who would run the small town for the next two to four years. So let's see who fell below the “Huetter line.” Spirit Lake did at 9.8% turnout. Athol did at 9.4% turnout. And Hauser did at 6.9% turnout. Voters in those towns could say there were no contested races to drive them to the polls. Which makes Post Falls, with a 14.8% turnout look even worse. Post Falls had three contested races. If Post Falls was the exact same size as Huetter, a 14.8% turnout would mean that 6 people voted. F'shame.

Question: Would you rather see people vote for the sake of voting and boosting turnout? Or see smaller turnouts with only informed voters casting ballots?

Local Man Sheds Pounds, Eyes Ironman

A dramatic lifestyle change has melted 78 pounds off Tom Aylward’s 6-foot-4-inch frame and introduced him to healthy eating habits for the first time in his 62 years. Fifteen months ago, the Spirit Lake man weighed 319 pounds and couldn’t walk upstairs without losing his breath. Stepping on the scale made him feel bad about himself. Now the retiree has completed three sprint triathlons, the Coeur d’Alene Triathlon and the Spokane half-marathon. Each accomplishment moves him a step closer to his goal: finishing Ironman. The day after the 2010 Ford Ironman Coeur d’Alene, Aylward signed up for the 2011 race. It includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a marathon – 26.2 miles/Alison Boggs, SR. More here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Question: How is your New Year's resolution to lose weight going?

Spirit Lake Man Admits Gun Charges

A self-described militia leader pleaded guilty this week to federal gun charges connected to a grenade manufacturing operation at his trailer in Spirit Lake. Kenneth B. Kimbley Jr., 58, discussed bombing local bridges with an undercover federal agent and made threatening statements toward President Barack Obama, leading investigators last July to seize 20,000 ammunition rounds and several firearms from Kimbley’s property, where he and other suspected militia members gathered to construct grenades, according to court documents/Meghann Cuniff, Sirens & Gavels. More here.

Question: Do you think the militia movement is as strong today in North Idaho as it was in the 1990s?

GOP Leaders Lunch In Rathdrum

Here’s another Crazy Homeschool Mama Twitter photo of the state’s top elected GOP officials stopping at Spirit Lake City Park to address about 100 people on hand to rally with them. At last report, they’d stopped for lunch at the Golden Spike in Rathdrum, where Rally Right holds its meetings.

GOP Bus Tour Reaches Spirit Lake

Gov. Butch Otter speaks to a constituent moments ago during a stop by the GOP bus at Spirit Lake City Park. Crazy Homeschool Mama took this photo. She announced via Twitter that she talked to the governor about the wolf problem.

Skookum: Melvin & His Electric Motor

Melvin is a tricycle ninja. Pass him at the Post Office and by the time you pull up to the pumps three blocks away, exit your car, lift the cap and insert a card for the inevitable $40 debit, he’s on his third lap around you like a porpoise in a silent sea, quietly getting closer. The tricycle he rides is sweatless. More from Ralph Bartholdt/Skookum Photography here. (Skookum Photography photo)

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