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In brief: More human remains found near campsite

More bones have been found near the Coeur d’Alene River south of Rose Lake, the area where skeletal remains were found on Saturday, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department said.

Investigators and volunteers have spent the past few days scouring the area, the release said.

The bones will be sent to a forensic anthropologist in Seattle for dating and possible identification.

Campers discovered human remains on Saturday at an area off Highway 3, just south of the community of Rose Lake. An official said the remains appeared to have been there for some time.

Officials are hoping to be able to compare the remains found Saturday with dental records contained in missing persons reports, the release said.

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Truck driver sought in connection to crash

Detectives are asking for help finding a driver who seriously injured a horse and rider in a hit-and-run crash in North Idaho last week.

Lauren Johnson, 20, was injured about 8:45 p.m. Aug. 16 north of Hayden when a pickup truck hit the horse she was riding then fled the scene. Johnson suffered serious injuries; her horse, Blondie, suffered cuts and bruises.

The truck is described as a dark-colored, full-size pickup with a rack.  Anyone with information about the driver or the truck, which is likely to have body damage on its passenger side, is asked to call Kootenai County sheriff’s Detective Jason Austin at (208) 446-1300.

A fund has been set up to help with Johnson’s medical expenses. Contributions may be made at any Washington Trust Bank.

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Otter letter defends grizzly shooter

Gov. Butch Otter has written a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in defense of Jeremy M. Hill, the Boundary County man who faces federal charges for shooting a grizzly bear that had entered his yard while his young children were out playing.

“I recognize the federal jurisdiction under the Endangered Species Act, but I strongly support the right of individuals to defend themselves and others in such situations,” Otter wrote. “Many, including me, feel Mr. Hill did what a concerned parent would do.”

Hill pleaded not guilty Tuesday of illegally taking a protected species, a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, he could face a year in prison and $50,000 in fines.

A trial is scheduled for Oct. 4.

Betsy Z. Russell