November 6, 2013 in City, Idaho

In brief: Coeur d’Alene law enforcement search Tubbs Hill for kidnap suspect

From Staff And Wire Reports

Coeur d’Alene police detectives and the multiagency SWAT team spent several hours scouring Tubbs Hill in a search for fugitive Douglas J. Standish.

Police learned the 49-year-old kidnapping suspect may have been hiding out on the hill near downtown. They may continue the search today.

Standish is suspected of kidnapping a Dalton Gardens woman at gunpoint Monday.

The woman reported the kidnapping about 3:30 p.m. Monday after she was released in Coeur d’Alene. She said she was taken from her home about 10:30 a.m. and identified Standish as the suspect.

A warrant for his arrest sets bail at $100,000 on a first-degree kidnapping charge.

Standish is 5-foot-10 and 225 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen driving a blue Chrysler Town and Country van with a possible Idaho license plate of K303434.

Anyone with information about Standish’s location is asked to call police at (208) 769-2320 or email “>

Police: Tequila bottle used as weapon

A Spokane man was arrested on robbery charges after police say he stole tequila from a grocery store and used the bottle to smack the store’s security guard on the head.

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies responded to the Safeway at 1441 N. Argonne Road after Jordan Thomas allegedly shoved a bottle of tequila down his pants and attempted to flee the store, according to a news release. The security guard confronted 18-year-old Thomas, who struck the guard on the head with the bottle then ran, police say.

Deputy Bob Bond and his police dog Jet found Thomas within minutes inside a waiting room at a business complex at 8817 E. Mission Ave.

E-cigarette explosion causes fire

There’s a new entry on the dangers-of-smoking list.

An e-cigarette exploded in a home over the weekend, igniting a fire and scaring a Coeur d’Alene family, according to KHQ reports. No one was hurt.

Fire investigators blame an e-cigarette that was plugged into a laptop on a coffee table to charge.

The gadgets are becoming popular as an alternative to tobacco.

Kootenai County Fire Marshal Jeryl Archer said people who use e-cigarettes should make sure they use the correct chargers and unplug them once they are fully charged.

Recreation included in Hanford plan

KENNEWICK – Officials in the Tri-Cities have unveiled a draft plan for recreational opportunities that could be opened up by environmental cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

The Tri-City Herald reported that the Department of Energy plans to complete most Hanford cleanup along the Columbia River by the end of 2015.

The agency’s plans have called for some Hanford land to be used for industrial development, but most to be set aside for preservation of desert shrub steppe habitat.

The Tri-City Development Council hired MacKay Sposito in January to develop a community proposal for using Hanford land for outdoor recreation.

The Hanford site made plutonium for nuclear weapons during World War II and the Cold War. But the future of much of the site could include hiking, wildlife viewing and boating.

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