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In brief: Swastika painted on garage door


SANDPOINT – Police in Sandpoint say they are investigating vandalism at a home that included a swastika painted on a garage door and slashed tires on three vehicles and a trailer.

Sandpoint police Chief Mark Lockwood told the Bonner County Daily Bee that the vandalism was discovered about 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Lockwood said police have leads on who might have vandalized the home.

The family at the home asked not to be identified.

Similar incidents of harassment have been reported in North Idaho and Spokane since last spring, including a noose left on the doorstep of black residents and spray-painting of swastikas on vehicles.

More money added to unclaimed list

The Washington Department of Revenue is encouraging people to take another look at its online database of unclaimed cash because the agency recently added another $87 million owed to 410,000 individuals.

“Even if you didn’t find any unclaimed property at http://claimyourcash.org the last time you looked, it’s time to check again,” the department said in a news release. The database has more than 3 million names.

Businesses are required by law to report unclaimed property in November. That’s defined as property they have held for at least three years and have been unable to return to rightful owners, including unclaimed paychecks, utility deposits, bank accounts, refunds, stocks and bonds and contents from safe deposit boxes.

Illegible script prompts arrest

PORTLAND – An Oregon woman was briefly jailed when bad handwriting helped cause a mix-up over a prescription she was trying to fill for a teenage nephew suffering from an infected tooth.

Catherine Hoagland, of Portland, was jailed for several hours when police were called because a pharmacist believed the prescription for painkillers was faked.

Officials at Providence Portland Medical Center, where Hoagland’s 19-year-old nephew was treated, said the signature of the nurse practitioner was not legible, she mixed up a federal registration number for narcotics, and the prescription was not immediately logged into the patient’s record.

Hospital officials said they would pay for the nephew’s dental care and help Hoagland get the record of her arrest expunged.

Zoo hopes new lioness will mate

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Tautphaus Park Zoo in Idaho Falls has traded its lioness after officials determined a California lioness made a better mating match for the zoo’s male lion.

Tautphaus Park Zoo Superintendent Bill Gersonde said Sukari was sent to the San Francisco Zoo in exchange for 7-year-old Kimani.

He said mating will be encouraged between Kimani and Dahoma, the zoo’s resident 5-year-old male lion.


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