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In brief: Student arrested after knife attack

For the second time in a month, a North Idaho middle school student has been arrested for aggravated assault.

On Wednesday, a 13-year-old boy held a knife to the neck of another 13-year-old boy in the cafeteria during lunch at Lakes Middle School, according to Coeur d’Alene police. The victim grabbed the knife to get away and cut his hand. He was treated and released from Kootenai Medical Center.

Authorities said the incident occurred about 12:30 p.m. and was not preceded by a fight or yelling.

The boy with the knife was arrested and booked into the Kootenai County Juvenile Detention facility. The incident remains under investigation, police said.

On March 12, a Woodland Middle School eighth-grade boy was stabbed by another eighth-grade boy with a pocketknife.

“Obviously, we are very concerned that despite our admonitions and zero-tolerance policy that kids are still bringing knives to school,” said Coeur d’Alene School District Superintendent Hazel Bauman.

Jody Lawrence-Turner

Spring storms continue in region

A line of heavy showers moving through Spokane County and North Idaho on Wednesday brought precipitation in the forms of rain, snow, snow pellets and small hail.

The showers are expected to continue today.

“If we’re looking for any dry weather, it looks like Friday will be the day,” said meteorologist Steve Bodnar with the National Weather Service in Spokane. “Saturday looks fairly dry as well.”

However, showers are expected again Saturday night and into Sunday as another storm system enters the area.

Temperatures are expected to remain in the upper 40s to low 50s, which is below normal. Normal temperatures this time of year are in the mid-50s.

Wednesday’s weather caused problems for several drivers on Highway 20 near Sherman Pass when a semitruck collided with two pickup trucks about 5:34 p.m., a Washington State Patrol dispatcher said. No injuries were reported in the collision, which apparently occurred when the semi, which did not have chains on, slid into the trucks, the dispatcher said. It was snowing heavily at the time of the collision.

Chelsea Bannach


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Freeman students march in unity to honor memory of slain classmate Sam Strahan

UPDATED: 9:38 p.m.

Drenched in sunshine and a sharp spring wind, more than 70 students marched Friday out of Freeman High School behind a “Freeman Strong” banner to the same football field where they sheltered in fear last September following the shooting that killed 15-year-old Sam Strahan and injured three girls.