In brief: Walck held without bail in North Dakota

FRIDAY, DEC. 7, 2012

There’s no bond available for kidnapping suspect Mitchell Lee Walck, 57, who faced a North Dakota judge Thursday afternoon.

Bismarck police officers arrested the fugitive Wednesday morning after he threatened a man, identified as Dallas Hatzenbuhler in court documents, with a gun while hiding in his truck.

The stolen Subaru of Rathdrum kidnapping victim Susan Smith was found nearby.

In addition to a federal arrest warrant and a $1 million bond from Kootenai County, Walck faces felony charges of terrorizing, unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

He remains in custody at Burleigh County Detention Center.

Idaho extradition is possible for Walck, Burleigh County prosecutor Pam Nesvig said, but he’ll likely stay in North Dakota until his charges are resolved.

United Way reports increased giving

The Spokane County United Way says donations continue to increase despite challenging economic times.

The agency announced Thursday that donations increased 5 percent. Agency officials said it’s a continuing trend.

Local donors, including more than 600 businesses and organizations, raised $4,270,920 this year.

“This is the highest amount raised through our United Way campaign since the new millennium,” Jeff Philipps, the 2012 United Way campaign chair and CEO of Rosauers Supermarkets, said in a news release.

Philipps announced the record to donors, volunteers, business leaders and community agencies at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park, where he recognized 30 companies for collectively raising $320,000 more than last year – an “amazing 20 percent increase.”  

Philipps announced that Greg Seibly of Sterling Bank will lead the campaign next year, and Mike Wilson of Providence Health Care will lead the 2014 campaign. 

Deck the halls; share with us the pictures

Residents of the Inland Northwest have been busily decking their halls, and we want to know all about it.

If you or your neighbors have a noteworthy holiday display this year, share the details with Spokesman-Review readers. Go to holidaylights/ and click on the “Tell us about it” link. There, you’ll be asked to provide an address for the festive home, as well as a brief description of the display. We’ll need your contact information, too, but don’t worry – we’ll keep that information to ourselves.

The list will be posted at holidaylights, where you can see all of the addresses, sort them by neighborhood or even create maps for your own personal tour.

We’ll publish a roundup of the decorated homes on Dec. 15 in the Today section.

Idaho transient convicted of battery

A Kootenai County jury has convicted a 56-year-old transient of aggravated battery for stabbing another homeless man in Coeur d’Alene earlier this year.

James H. Kountz was also found guilty Wednesday of using a deadly weapon in the June attack on James R. Hoglen.

During the two-day trial, prosecutors argued that Kountz was an aggressor, was not acting in self-defense and was on the run for days after the attack.

Hoglen suffered four serious stab wounds to his abdomen, two of which were 4-inch-long gashes, the Coeur d’Alene Press reported. He also suffered a stab wound to the center of his face, severing nerves and affecting his breathing.

Kountz is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 6.


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