A Coeur d’Alene taco stand that employees said has been picketed recently by white supremacists was vandalized last week.
The owner of Tacos Los Panchos, 2102 N. Fourth St., discovered the vandalism when the trailer opened for business on Feb. 11, said Sgt. Christie Wood, a Coeur d’Alene Police Department spokeswoman. The employees said that when they left the night before, the trailer was secure and nothing had been damaged, Wood said.
In the morning, they noticed that someone cut the power, propane and heater lines to the trailer – a total of $1,500 worth of damage, Wood said. The owner, Ignacio Sanabria, told police that people who are “KKK members” have protested outside his stand recently, telling him to go back to his own country, Wood said.
Wood said malicious injury to property is a misdemeanor. Police have no suspects.
Driver injured in car-truck crash
A 19-year-old Sandpoint man was in stable condition Thursday at Bonner General Hospital after suffering injuries in a Wednesday night accident with a semitruck at Sagle.
Andrew M. Pearlstein was headed south on U.S. Highway 95 in a 2000 Buick LeSabre when he drifted out of his lane and collided with the semitruck about 10:15 p.m., the Idaho State Police said. It was not known whether Pearlstein was wearing a seat belt.
The truck driver was identified as Claude Christy, 74, of Moxee, Wash., who was not injured. Christy was wearing a seat belt.
He was in a 2007 Peterbilt with trailer and had a passenger on board, who also was not injured.
The accident remained under investigation on Thursday.
Ex-deputy injured in home invasion
A violent home-invasion robbery in Spokane Valley last month targeted a former sheriff’s deputy with a history of DUI crashes.
James Crabtree was struck in the head with a claw hammer early Jan. 21 by a man who demanded “dope and money,” according to charging papers filed Wednesday against suspects Matthias Piggot and Sandy K. Perreira, both 29.
Police allege Perreira had been to the apartment Crabtree shares with his girlfriend, in the 12700 block of East Shannon Avenue, two days before she showed up with Piggot.
Crabtree, 49, told police he grabbed a folding knife but dropped it after he was threatened with the hammer. He told his attackers he didn’t have any drugs or money, so the two left with his checkbook, wallet and credit cards. Crabtree suffered a concussion in the attack.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Piggot and Perreira. Anyone with information on their locations is asked to call (800) 222-TIPS or submit tips online at www.crimestoppersinland northwest.org.
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