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In brief: Woman pleads guilty to embezzling

Sat., Sept. 22, 2012

A Spokane woman pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Coeur d’Alene on Friday to embezzling money from an Indian tribal organization.

Debora J. Zimmerman, 46, faces up to five years in prison, a fine up to $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release, according to U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson.

Investigators say Zimmerman, former finance operations director for the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Housing Authority, embezzled more than $20,000 between September 2008 and September 2010 by issuing herself unauthorized checks and making unapproved purchases.

Sentencing is set for Nov. 30 at the federal courthouse in Coeur d’Alene.

VA Medical Center deemed excellent

The Spokane VA Medical Center was recognized for excellence in care in a report released Wednesday.

It was one of 620 hospitals nationwide leading the way in using evidence-based care processes closely linked to positive patient outcomes, according to the Joint Commission, a not-for-profit accreditor of health care organizations. The hospitals identified were selected for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability, according to the report.

The VA center was recognized for its clinical processes that are shown to improve care for patients with pneumonia, according to a news release.

The announcement was in the Joint Commission’s report “Improving America’s Hospitals Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2012.”

More than 3,300 hospitals submitted performance data for the report.

Police testing reserve officers

The Spokane Police Department will test candidates for reserve officers, unpaid volunteers that assist full-time officers with patrol-related duties.

Candidates must complete a 15-week academy. The training is held Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings, as well as eight hours on Saturdays.

Candidates must be 21 or older and must have a high school diploma or equivalent, with a minimum 2.0 GPA. A candidate must have a valid driver’s license with no suspensions in the last five years and must be a U.S. citizen or legal alien.

Once academy training is complete, reserve officers carry a full police commission while on duty and work side-by-side with full-time officers. Patrol schedules are flexible. Those who attend the academy are asked for a one-year commitment and are required to attend training once a month, as well as volunteer at least 20 hours a month.

A physical agility assessment is the first step. Dates for testing are Sept. 30 at 11 a.m., Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. and Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. To sign up, call the Volunteer Services Unit at (509) 363-8283 or (509) 363-8281.

Kootenai offers disaster plan help

The Kootenai County Office of Emergency Management will conduct three presentations next week on how to prepare for a disaster.

Attendees will learn how to assemble an emergency supply kit, make an emergency plan and get additional training and education.

The presentations will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. on:

• Tuesday at Fire Station 3, 1500 N. 15th St., Coeur d’Alene.

• Wednesday at Northern Lakes Fire, 125 W. Hayden Ave., Hayden.

• Thursday at Kootenai Fire and Rescue, 404 N. Idaho St., Post Falls.

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