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In brief: One arrested after CdA hotel robbery

Coeur d’Alene police have arrested a man suspected of robbing a hotel Wednesday afternoon.

The Ameritel Inn in Coeur d’Alene was robbed around 1 p.m. by two men who demanded cash from the front desk clerk, indicating they had a gun, a police news release said.

The men ran east from the hotel, 333 W. Ironwood Drive, and were seen near the Mountain West Bank parking lot on Government Way.

Detectives arrested Christopher Michael Huckaby, 39, on a tip later in the afternoon, according to police. The investigation is continuing.

Deer killed illegally in Dalton Gardens

Three deer were killed illegally in Dalton Gardens between Thursday and Saturday, Idaho Fish and Game Department officials say.

The agency is looking for tips on the killing of a buck, doe and fawn white-tailed deer in the small community just north of Coeur d’Alene.  The deer, each shot with a small-caliber firearm, were left to waste.

The violators could be charged with hunting in closed season and discharging firearms within the city limits.

Report tips to the agency’s Coeur d’Alene office at (208) 769-1414. Rewards are possible, officials said.

College Scoreboard can help students

The U.S. Department of Education has launched an interactive website designed to inform college students and their families about the best higher education institution for their desired degree, and what the choice will mean to their pocketbooks.

The College Scoreboard offers information on costs, graduation rate, loan default rate, median borrowing and employment, according to a White House news release.

People can search by region, occupation, degree, state, campus setting, distance education or student body size.

Additionally, the department plans to publish information on earnings potential in the coming year.

“We know students and families are often overwhelmed in the college search process – but feel they lack the tools to sort through the information and decide which school is right for them,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in the release. “The College Scorecard provides a snapshot about an institution’s cost and value to help families make smart decisions about where to enroll.”

To visit the College Scorecard, go to scorecard.

People can also email comments or questions about the tool to

Commuter train kills woman in Puyallup

PUYALLUP, Wash. – Police in Puyallup, Wash., said a southbound Sounder commuter train struck and killed a female pedestrian Wednesday evening in that community southeast of Tacoma.

Capt. Scott Engle says the woman was struck while walking north at 15th Street Southeast and East Pioneer Avenue and she didn’t appear to try to move out of the path of the train. Police are investigating.