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Meth dealer nabbed by chief sentenced

A Coeur d'Alene methamphetamine dealer arrested at gunpoint by the city's police chief was sentenced Monday to 14 years in federal prison.

 Daniel W. Bisher, 36, was arrested in a sweeping methamphetamine investigation that has resulted in prison sentences for several North Idaho residents. He pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy to distribute meth, distribution of meth and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Bisher, who has previous felony convictions, will serve 168 months in prison, be on probation for five years, forfeit two firearms and perform 100 hours of community service, U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge ruled Monday.

Bisher was one of several people believed to have been supplied by Hector Palomera-Palomeras, who was sentenced last year. Bisher also was linked to the sale of methamphetamine in Montana.

He fled a stolen motorcycle Aug. 10 when Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo, backing up a patrol officer, chased him through the Appleway Avenue and Government Way area.

Bisher had a loaded .40 caliber Glock handgun in his jacket and a knife in his pants pocket upon his arrest, as well as methamphetamine. Bisher told the FBI after his arrested that he'd bought about four pounds of methamphetamine from a source and Washington and from people involved with Palomera-Palomeras.

Other defendants sentenced in the case include Brenda Barron, Amber Larsen, Harold R. “Hank” Dillon, Daniel Napier, Charlotte Wilson, Randi Peil, Gregory Herron and N'Quala Bigman.

CdA police chief chases down fleeing man

Coeur d’Alene’s police chief chased down a man suspected of stealing a motorcycle and arrested him at gunpoint this week.

 Chief Wayne Longo (left) was backing up Officer Hank Dunham on a stolen vehicle stop when Daniel W. Bisher, 35, took off on foot through heavy traffic in a commercial area at Appleway Avenue and Government Way just before 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

Longo chased Bisher as Dunham ran to Appleway to intercept him. Bisher twice reached to the front of his coat and ignored Longo’s demands, saying “he was not going to jail,” police said. 

Longo pulled his gun on Bisher, but Bisher (right) continued running before Dunham and Longo caught up with him.

Bisher had a loaded .40 caliber Glock handgun in his jacket and a knife in his pants pocket, as well as methamphetamine.

The gun had been reported stolen in Coeur d’Alene; the motorcycle had been stolen from Spokane, police said.

Coeur d’Alene police Capt. Steve Childers called Longo “a street partolman at heart.”

Department spokeswoman Sgt. Christie Wood said Longo always monitors his police scanner and frequently backs up patrol officers.

Bisher has a criminal history that includes a pending felony charge in Spokane County of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Police said he lives in Spokane, but newspaper archives show he’s also lived in Coeur d’Alene, Spirit Lake and Rathdrum.

CdA seeks legal costs in dismissed lawsuit

The city of Coeur d’Alene is seeking recovery of legal fees after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed police assaulted her.

Shannon Kanda had a blood alcohol level of .28 when she had a neighbor call police to report she’d been assaulted, according to court documents.

Police responded to an apartment in the 1800 block of Legends Parkway around 9:20 p.m. May 7, 2009, where they say Kanda was uncooperative and hit an officer’s hands, then swung at an officer.

An officer deflected a punch and struck Kanda in the chin, the both offers “took hold of Kanda and put her down face first on the stairwell landing,” according to U.S District Judge Edward Lodge’s judgment, filed this week. One officer “informed Kanda that she had hit her head on the iron stairwell in the process.”

Kanda’s lawyer, Larry Purviance, said his client was unsteady because of alcohol and resisted a police order because she was afraid, according to the lawsuit.

Kanda injured her left eye and required surgery. Idaho State Police investigated the case. Kanda pleaded guilty to battery in February.

Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo said he’s “pleased but not surprised” buy the dismissal.

“Every day our officers do their best to respond in a professional manner in very difficult situations like this,” Longo said in a prepared statement. “It is unfortunate that as a result they become targets of meritless lawsuits.”

Coeur d’Alene City Attorney Mike Gridley said he’ll “definitely ask the court to order the plaintiff to pay the city’s legal costs.”

Kanda’s lawsuit was one of several filed by Purviance.

Two others mentioned in this story from last summer still are pending.

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