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In brief: Catholic bishops elect new president

Thu., Nov. 14, 2013

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops elected Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., as president.

Kurtz’s selection in Baltimore this week was expected. Tradition holds that the vice president becomes the next president.

Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane was among 10 bishops in the running for the leadership post.

The conference president is often considered the public face of the Catholic Church in the United States. Bishop William Skylstad, who led the Catholic Diocese of Spokane for 20 years until retiring in June 2010, was president of the bishop’s conference from 2004-07.

Woman sentenced in drug conspiracy

A North Idaho woman was sentenced Wednesday to 7 1/2 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Vanessa Louise Wagner, 30, admitted that she conspired with Spokane man Charles Edward Gibson to sell 50 grams or more of meth last December and January, according to a news release.

Gibson, 43, was sentenced Oct. 22 to 20 years in federal prison after he sold $35,000 of the drug to an undercover officer, according to the release.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Drug Enforcement Administration, Idaho State Police, Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police and the Plummer Police Department.

Thai Bamboo to aid typhoon victims

Two Thai restaurants in Spokane will donate 30 percent of their sales on Sunday to a nonprofit that provides grants in the Philippines.

Thai Bamboo North, at 5204 N. Division St. in Spokane, and Thai Bamboo Coeur d’Alene, at 2010 N. Fourth St., will participate in the benefit for victims of the recent typhoon. Money raised will be donated to Feed the Hungry Inc., a nonprofit in Springfield, Va. That organization’s website is www.feedthe

For information on the benefit, contact Norma Gavin at (509) 448-6464. 

Two Idaho men sentenced for drugs

Two North Idaho men were sentenced this week to serve more than seven years in federal prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamines.

William Russell, 27, of Sandpoint, and Michael Alan Briggs, 43, of Hayden, worked together to sell meth in the Coeur d’Alene area, according to a U.S. attorney’s news release. Both admitted to conspiring to work with other dealers as well.

Briggs was sentenced Tuesday to serve 87 months. Russell was sentenced Wednesday to serve 89 months.


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