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Man pleads guilty to child porn charge

A Silverton, Idaho, man pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to possession of sexually explicit images of minors, U.S. Attorney Tom Moss said.

Last September, detectives with the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office, working with federal agents, searched the home of Kenneth Hendryx, 57. Detectives found a hard drive containing sexually explicit images and videos of minors. Many of the videos and images were of children under 12, the U.S. attorney said in a news release.

During the search, Hendryx told detectives that he had been downloading child-porn videos and images using “file sharing” software, the release said.

Hendryx is a registered sex offender. In September 1993, he pleaded guilty to lewd conduct with a minor under 16 in a Shoshone County District Court.

Hendryx has been in the custody of U.S. Marshals since his arrest last October. Following his guilty plea, Hendryx was ordered to remain in custody until his sentencing June 24 before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill, in Coeur d’Alene.

Hendryx faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and supervised release of not less than five years following incarceration.

Grant county

Sheriff seeks help finding shooter

A 19-year-old man was shot to death in Adams County Wednesday, and the Sheriff’s Office is asking for information that helps solves the crime.

Ismael Garcia Jr., 19, of Warden, was pronounced dead from two bullet wounds after being taken to the Othello Community Hospital in a private car, according to a news release.

The teen was shot during a fight between two small groups of friends in Taggares Park, northwest of Othello, about 6:20 p.m., according to the Sheriff’s Office. The shooter left with friends, and the other group took Garcia to the hospital, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Adams County Sheriff’s Office at (509) 488-2061.

Inland northwest

Radio host to wed girlfriend on-air

Listeners to KISC-FM (KISS 98.1) will hear something unusual this morning: an on-air wedding.

Mark Holman, part of the station’s Morning Crew team, will marry Bev Bell, his girlfriend of nearly 25 years, live during the 8 a.m. hour. Bell also works in the radio station’s offices. Holman said that once they made the decision to get married, it seemed natural to do it on the air.

The ceremony itself should take only about 10 minutes, and the entire thing should be wrapped up by around 8:30 a.m.

SEATTLE

State’s plants reduced toxic releases

The Environmental Protection Agency says the amount of toxic chemicals released by Washington factories and industrial plants dropped between 2006 and 2007.

The agency’s data, issued Thursday, says 28 million pounds of chemicals were released into the air, water and land in Washington in 2007, or about 4 percent less than in 2006.

There was also an overall decline in toxic chemicals released nationwide, but the EPA says more mercury, dioxin and polychlorinated biphenyls entered the environment.

VANCOUVER, B.C.

Quarantine lifted at poultry farms

A bird flu-related quarantine has been lifted on 22 poultry farms in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver, B.C.

The restrictions were lifted after three weeks of surveillance and testing by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Avian flu outbreaks of a low-pathogenicity virus were traced to two poultry farms in January and February, and others nearby were also quarantined farms.

About 60,000 turkeys on the first farm were euthanized and 12,000 breeder birds on the second farm were destroyed.

The birds were composted on the farms at high temperatures to ensure any viruses were killed.

PORTLAND

Jury backs cops who arrested cyclist

A federal jury says two Portland police officers did not violate the civil rights of a 57-year-old woman they arrested in 2003 for riding a bicycle without a light.

Deputy City Attorney James Rice said Thursday that Freedom Child did not prove her case.

The Oregonian newspaper reported Child accused the officers of excessive force, unlawful arrest and malicious prosecution. She sought about $100,000 in non-economic damages and $1 million in punitive damages.

Her lawyer, Steve Sherlag, accused Officers Jason Harris and Jeffrey Dorn of lying. Child said the police approached her in an unmarked car, did not identify themselves, and officers yanked her from her house.

Police said they did identify themselves, grabbed her and took her into custody.

From staff and wire reports



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