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In brief: Court hearing set in Bustamante case

Latah District Court Judge John Stegner on Friday set Oct. 3 for oral arguments concerning the personnel records of former University of Idaho employee Ernesto Bustamante.

Police say that on Aug. 22, Bustamante shot UI student Kathryn “Katy” Benoit, with whom he had had a romantic relationship, before killing himself.

The university is asking the court to interpret the meaning of the Idaho Public Records Law, which bars public agencies from releasing most personnel records for current and former employees without the employee’s consent, said a University of Idaho news release. The court will decide if the law applies after the death of the employee.

University officials have received numerous requests to release Bustamante’s personnel records, the news release said.

“The university is grateful to the court for putting this on a fast track,” said Charles Graham, senior associate general counsel for the University of Idaho.

Chelsea Bannach

Child enticement incident reported

Coeur d’Alene police on Thursday received another report of an attempted child enticement.

Several instances of child enticement have been reported in Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene and Spokane County over the past year, but police do not think the most recent case is connected, said Lt. Don Ashenbrenner.

The incident occurred about 4:54 p.m. in the area of North White Pines Drive and North Grand Fir Drive, according to the police report.

The victim was leaving a friend’s house by bicycle when she noticed a black van parked nearby. As she rode her bike away, the van followed her in reverse, the report said. At one point, she saw the driver wave his arm out the window and motion for her to come to the van.

The girl told police it was a full-size van, dull black in color, with shiny, black-tinted windows. She thought the driver was a white male but was unable to tell for sure.

The girl made it home safely, and her mother reported the incident.

Coeur d’Alene school officials in December alerted parents after a girl reported being followed home from school by a man driving a blue van. A similar incident was reported in Post Falls on Nov. 9.

A Mead girl reported being followed by a man in a blue van in May.

Chelsea Bannach