In brief: Woman sentenced for shooting death
SANDPOINT – A 45-year-old Clark Fork, Idaho, woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the shooting death of her boyfriend during an argument in a recreational vehicle north of Priest River last fall.
Lorraine Kathryn Kenitzki was sentenced Thursday in 1st District Court and must serve at least five years before becoming eligible for parole.
Kenitzki entered an Alford plea to a charge of voluntary manslaughter in January.
Forty-one-year-old Erik David Foust died Oct. 6 after being shot in the chest with a 9-millimeter pistol.
Police say Kenitzki and Foust had used meth before the shooting.
The Bonner County Daily Bee reported that during her sentencing Kenitzki said she missed Foust and wished she could undo the shooting.
Boy dies after SUV hits motor home
GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A 9-year-old boy was killed and a 3-year-old was injured when the driver of the SUV they were riding in lost control of the vehicle and struck a motor home on Interstate 5 near Grants Pass.
Sadhana Kumar, a 29-year-old from California, attempted to pass the motor home Friday but lost control and struck the motor home twice.
The crash ejected 9-year-old Krish Kumar. He died at the scene despite resuscitation efforts by the driver of the motor home, a retired firefighter.
Two other children, ages 1 and 3, were taken from the scene by ambulance. Sadhana Kumar and the 1-year-old were treated and released. A 3-year-old was taken to a Portland hospital with serious injuries.
City’s burglaries nearly doubled
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Burglaries in Corvallis, Oregon’s 10th-largest city, have nearly doubled in the first five months of 2011, and local police blame the struggling economy.
In the first five months of 2010, Corvallis police responded to 53 reports of burglaries.
This year, 78 burglaries have been reported in the same period, a jump of 47 percent.
Corvallis police spokesman Cord Wood said police expect to see increases in property crime as the economy continues to struggle.
Official accused of violating oath
TOPPENISH, Wash. – The Yakama Nation has suspended one of its council members after he was accused of buying alcohol in Idaho during a business trip last August.
The Yakima Herald reported that Yakama council members refrain from alcohol use as part of their office’s oath.
The suspension of Donald Isador was effective Thursday and remains until November. He was elected to the 14-member tribal council in 2007.
Tribal members will vote on whether to keep Isador in office.