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In brief: Camper shot by frightened companion

A man camping near Cataldo suffered a gunshot wound to the hand early Thursday after his friend tried to use a rifle to scare off wild animals but shot him instead.

Jordan E. Williams, 22, told an Idaho State Police sergeant that he and a woman had been camping in separate tents about three feet from each other when the woman awoke to what she thought were animal noises. After firing a shot, hearing Williams scream and finding him bloodied, the woman went with Williams to a nearby road to try to flag down a car, according to a report from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department. A motorist eventually called 911 about 2:30 a.m.

Emergency crews took Williams to Shoshone Medical Center, where a doctor determined the bullet had shattered his right-hand thumb bone, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Williams and the woman, whose name was not released, were adamant the shooting was accidental, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Police will recommend one charge of careless discharge of a firearm, according to the police report.

Hayden Lake safe after sewage spill

Hayden Lake is safe for swimming despite a sewage spill discovered Thursday in Cooper’s Bay.

Tests showed only a small area in the bay near the Hayden Lake Marina boat launch had been affected by the spill and that the rest of the lake is fine for swimming, fishing and boating, according to the Hayden Lake Recreational Water and Sewer District.

Officials initially estimated 50 gallons to 11,000 gallons of sewage could have spilled into the lake because of a plugged pipe, possibly a result of residents flushing diapers and baby wipes.

Coeur d’Alene

Bicyclist accused of attacking cop

A police officer used his Taser on a man Thursday night, but the man grabbed the officer’s flashlight afterward and struck him repeatedly in the face, causing minor injuries, according to police.

Coeur d’Alene police Officer Eric Turrell was making a traffic stop near 14th Street and Coeur d’Alene Avenue about 10:30 p.m. when Deloyd Scott, 54, approached on a bicycle without a light and appeared to say something. Scott became confrontational when approached, and refused to give his name, according to police.

Turrell shocked Scott with the Taser, but it “appeared to have no effect,” according to police, and Scott grabbed Turrell’s large flashlight and hit him in the face, causing cuts and bruises.

Scott was arrested and booked into the Kootenai County Jail on three counts of felony battery on a police officer and one count of resisting arrest.

Motorcycle rider killed in crash

A 31-year-old motorcyclist died after his bike crashed into the side of a Toyota pickup during rush hour on Government Way in Coeur d’Alene.

The man, whose name was not released pending notification of family, was southbound in the 5800 block of Government Way when Charles L. Taylor, 65, of Dalton Gardens, attempted to turn northbound from a commercial parking lot on the west side of the street, according to Coeur d’Alene police.

The rider tried to avoid the collision but crashed into the driver’s-side door of the truck, according to police.

Taylor was not injured.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor, according to police. The Idaho State Police is investigating.


Two charged in shooting on I-90

A 31-year-old man from Tacoma and a 20-year-old woman from Malaga have been charged with first-degree assault after a car-to-car shooting on Interstate 90 in central Washington.

The Kittitas County prosecutor’s office charged Delilah Garaas and Eric Hernandez with four counts apiece.

They are accused of firing shots from their car at another car carrying four people on the freeway Sunday night about 15 miles west of Easton. Bail for each is set at $1 million.

Washington State Patrol investigators found that three bullets struck a 1992 Acura Integra driven by a 59-year-old Mount Vernon man. Also in the car were a 25-year-old man, a 5-year-old girl and a 3-year-old girl. The 3-year-old was treated for a minor cut caused by broken glass.

Trooper Rich Magnussen said the victims told investigators they were being followed too closely by a vehicle shining its high-beam lights. The victims later were attempting to pass the other vehicle when their vehicle was struck by three rounds.