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In brief: Parking lot bump escalates to arrest

A dispute over a dinged car in a parking lot led to an assault arrest when a woman brandished a weapon after being told to “take a Midol,” police say.

Shawna M. Sweet, 23, is accused of striking Derek Boyer’s hand with the butt of a large hunting knife that was still in its sheath.

Boyer was sitting in a parked car outside the Smoker’s Outlet, 928 W. Indiana Ave., on Monday when Sweet struck the car with the passenger side door of the vehicle she was in.

A verbal confrontation ensued, and Boyer told Sweet to “take a Midol” and called her a derogatory term. Boyer told police that Sweet charged at him and pounded his hand with the butt of the knife. He struggled to get free and Sweet hit the car roof, denting it.

Police reviewed surveillance video that corroborates the victim’s account.

Sweet told police she struck Boyer’s hand with her fist, according to court documents.

Wolf hunting season yields 379 in Idaho

Idaho hunters and trappers harvested 379 wolves during the state’s 2011-’12 hunting season, which ended on Saturday.

Hunters killed 255 wolves, and trappers took 124.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game didn’t set a quota for the number of wolves that could be taken, which had concerned some conservation groups.

Though the general wolf season has ended, a season on private land in Idaho’s Panhandle opened Sunday. Wolf hunters may use five tags – one wolf per tag. There is no overall harvest limit in the region.

More information is available at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/docs/rules/bgWolf.pdf. Wolf tags are available for $11.50 for Idaho residents and $31.75 for nonresidents.

Coal spill cleanup starts; air monitored

Mesa, Wash. – Crews began cleaning up coal today that spilled Monday night when about 30 train cars derailed in this Franklin County town.

The cause of the derailment was still under investigation, officials said.

A state Department of Ecology spokeswoman said the agency was not called about the derailment because coal is not considered a hazardous material and it’s not oil.

The agency is, however, monitoring the air quality in Mesa because of the coal dust, spokeswoman Jani Gilbert said.

“We did see a slight bump in the particulate matter in the air for a couple hours after the derailment,” Gilbert said. “But that could have happened had a diesel truck been idling in the area. With levels that we’re talking about, there’s nothing to be alarmed about.”

The train originated in Wyoming and was headed for British Columbia.



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