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In brief: Loon Lake shooting suspect identified

Authorities Saturday released the name of a man suspected in a Loon Lake shooting that left one person in critical condition.

Stevens County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Matthew Richmond, 26, of Loon Lake, on suspicion of first-degree assault and booked him into Stevens County Jail. Authorities say a “confrontation over driving issues” led to the Friday shooting and that several shots were fired at the 26-year-old victim’s vehicle.

The unidentified victim suffered a single gunshot wound to his shoulder and was airlifted to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. He underwent surgery and was listed in stable condition.

Authorities say just before 8:30 p.m. Friday, someone at the Loon Lake Saloon and Grill called sheriff’s deputies to report a gunshot victim had come in seeking help. Deputies and emergency medical personnel responded.

Richmond also reported the incident and met with deputies at the location of the shooting, near the intersection of Highway 292 and Maple Street.

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Embezzlement plea deal rejected

SANDPOINT – A judge has rejected a plea deal that recommended a 90-day sentence at the Bonner County Jail for a woman who pleaded guilty to embezzling about $250,000 from Coldwater Creek.

First District Judge Steve Verby on Friday postponed the sentencing after telling 54-year-old Susan Alene Hopkins that the sentence wasn’t tough enough. The plea agreement also called for Hopkins to repay $251,193 and receive a suspended prison term of three to 10 years.

Hopkins was originally charged with two counts of grand theft but entered into a plea agreement last year that dismissed one count in exchange for an admission of guilt on the other.

Verby said getting only local jail for such a serious series of offenses was not appropriate.

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