A Colville tribal member was sentenced Wednesday for a violent assault that left one person dead and another permanently disabled.
Kevin Isaac Pakootas, 25, of Inchelium, Wash., pleaded guilty in November to second-degree murder and assault with a dangerous weapon. He was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison, five years supervised probation upon release, and $152,678 restitution, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Rice.
Authorities say Pakootas was drinking at a tavern before attending a party on Sept. 5, 2009. When he returned home about 4:30 a.m., he apparently found his wife, Colette Pakootas, 23, having “intimate relations” with Mark Edgette, 39, and beat the two until they were unconscious, Rice said in a news release.
Colette Pakootas died Sept. 11, 2009, from blunt-force trauma to her head. Edgette suffered traumatic brain injury and other injuries that left him permanently disabled.
Dog owner faces cruelty charges
A dog owner is facing animal cruelty charges after bringing his emaciated pit bull to a veterinarian.
The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service filed a charging request against Randy Jensen for first- and second-degree animal cruelty. SCRAPS also filed a charging request against Jensen’s sister, Talina Jensen, for first-degree animal cruelty and confinement in an unsafe manner.
Randy Jensen took his dog, Jackson, in for veterinary care Sept. 9 after the dog lost 20 pounds and stopped eating, according to a SCRAPS news release. He did not have money for the exam but did not want to euthanize the dog, so he took Jackson to Talina Jensen for care. Jackson continued to suffer “substantial and unjustifiable pain,” the news release said.
On Sept. 26, SCRAPS animal protection officers rushed Jackson in for care after they began an investigation. Tests showed Jackson’s intestines had burst, the news release said. Jackson was euthanized.
Reward for tips on bomb threat
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information on who was responsible for a bomb threat Monday at Lake City High School.
About 11:30 a.m., someone left a note in a visible location stating there was a bomb inside the school, according to a Crime Stoppers news release.
A school resource officer immediately sheltered the students in a safe place while police and a bomb-sniffing dog searched the school.
Students were evacuated for the rest of the school day. No suspicious devices were located.
Anyone with information regarding the crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (509) 667-2111, or toll free at (866) 667-2111. Callers are asked to use a code name or number and do not have to use their own name to be eligible for a reward.
Public can view tree-climbing contest
Members of the public will have a chance to watch some agile climbers Sunday at Coeur d’Alene’s City Park when the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture holds a tree-climbing championship.
About 30 contestants from Idaho, Washington, Oregon and British Columbia will compete. The event starts at 9 a.m., with the master’s challenge beginning in midafternoon.
The competition simulates working conditions of arborists in the field. Competitors use ropes and harnesses. The events test their ability to maneuver safely in a tree to care for it with minimal impact to the tree’s health.
City Park contains some of the city’s largest public trees. It’s adjacent to Lake Coeur d’Alene, at the intersection of Northwest Boulevard and Garden Avenue.