April 1, 2005 in Idaho

Two sought in home-invasion robbery

Compiled from staff and wire reports The Spokesman-Review
 

Coeur d’Alene police are looking for two men who broke into a home on Fuller Court off Fruitland Lane early Thursday morning and robbed a woman who was home with her two children, according to Sgt. Christie Wood.

The robbery happened at 1:28 a.m. while the 37-year-old mother and her two daughters, ages 12 and 15, were sleeping, according to Wood. The woman told police she heard three loud bangs coming from the front door, presumably from the door being kicked in, and then a man entered the bedroom.

The man yelled at the woman, and her 12-year-old daughter, who was sleeping with her, and demanded money. He took her purse from the side of the bed, making off with an undisclosed amount of money, according to Wood.

The man, who the 12-year-old daughter thought was carrying a pistol, was talking to another man outside the bedroom, according to Wood. The 15-year-old was in another room, but also heard the banging, the man yelling for money, and going through the living room knocking things over, she told police. The frightened teenager lay still, trying not to breath or move, she told police.

The victims did not get a good description of the robbers, but saw them leave in a newer medium-sized car, according to Wood. The 12-year-old also told police that she saw someone standing next to a shed near the house on Tuesday who seemed to be watching their residence, according to police.

The police ask that anyone with information that might lead to the arrest of the robbers to call the police department at 769-2320, or the Tip Line at 769-2296, or e-mail the police at policetips@cdaid.org.

Police shoot man after high-speed chase

Lewiston A 34-year-old Lewiston man is in critical condition at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane following a high-speed chase that ended in a shooting Wednesday night, according to the Idaho State Police.

The incident started after an alleged aggravated assault at about 6 p.m. that brought Lewiston police officers to respond. Daryl A. Taylor, the suspect in the assault, fled police. The pursuit was discontinued by police when speeds reached more than 60 mph on Lewiston city streets, according to the ISP.

A Nez Perce tribal officer spotted Taylor on U.S. Highway 95 in Lapwai, Idaho, less than an hour later and Taylor attempted to elude the officer, the ISP reported. The pursuit this time led south into Cottonwood, Idaho, and involved officers from the Nez Perce Tribal Police and Idaho County Sheriff’s Department.

Taylor was cornered by officers at 6:56 p.m. at a dead end intersection in Cottonwood, the ISP reported, and Taylor threatened officers with a shotgun. The officers fired on Taylor, who was critically injured. The officers were uninjured, according to ISP.

Taylor was first taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood, and then transferred to Deaconess by air ambulance. The ISP has been asked to lead the criminal investigation into the shooting while the Idaho County Sheriff’s Department and Nez Perce Tribal Police conduct joint cooperative administrative reviews.

Motorcycle raffle to aid injured officer

A $3,000 “Mock-Harley” motorcycle is being raffled off to raise money for the continuing support of Coeur d’Alene police Officer Mike Kralicek, the Kootenai County Deputy Sheriff’s Association has announced.

Tom Addis Motors donated the 100cc motorcycle to the association for the raffle. The association fund-raiser is part of an effort to support the family of Kralicek, who was critically wounded in a gun battle in December. The man who shot Kralicek was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy.

Kralicek is undergoing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Raffle tickets are $20 each and will go on sale Monday. Tickets will be sold until the raffle drawing on Aug. 28 at the end of the North Idaho Fair. Tickets are available at Tom Addis Dodge or Tom Addis Lake City Ford in Coeur d’Alene or from any Deputy Sheriff’s Association member.

Sentencing delayed for teen killer

Boise The sentencing hearing for an Idaho teen convicted of killing her parents has been delayed a month.

Sarah Johnson’s sentencing will now take place June 29-30, according to Blaine County officials in Hailey.

District Court Judge Barry Wood, who presided over the six-week trial after it was moved to Boise because of pretrial publicity, didn’t give a reason in his order to postpone the hearing from May 19, court officials said.

Johnson, now 18, was convicted March 16 of shooting her mother, Diane Johnson, as she lay in bed. She then turned the .264 caliber rifle on her father, Alan Johnson, as he exited the shower in the couple’s bedroom in their Bellevue home on Sept. 2, 2003.

She faces up to two life terms for aggravated first degree murder, plus 30 additional years behind bars because she used a gun in the slayings.

Her lawyer, Bob Pangburn, has said he’ll appeal the conviction following the sentencing hearing.

Pangburn says Wood misled jurors with instructions prior to the start of about 10 hours of deliberations before they found Johnson guilty.

Northwestern debaters win tournament

Northwestern University debaters Joshua Branson and Tristan Morales were crowned champions at the National Debate Tournament on Monday night.

Judges scored a 3-2 victory for the Northwestern students, who were matched against the University of California-Berkeley in the finals, held at the Red Lion Inn at the Park. The 59-year-old tournament was hosted by Gonzaga University.

The four-day event attracted 78 debate teams from 51 schools. Washington was represented by Gonzaga and Whitman College.


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