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In brief: ISP looking at death of toddler in Kingston

The Idaho State Police is investigating the death of a toddler in Shoshone County.

The agency said it’s treating the weekend death of the 22-month-old as suspicious, KHQ reported.

The toddler was found unresponsive Saturday morning in a home in Kingston, Idaho. The Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office and emergency personnel responded. The child was pronounced dead at Shoshone Medical Center. 

A Shoshone County deputy coroner told KHQ an initial examination showed no evidence of physical trauma, but an autopsy report could take weeks.

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Nurses at Holy Family protest stalled talks

Nurses at Providence Holy Family Hospital staged an informational picket Monday afternoon to protest stalled contract negotiations, working conditions and pay disparity.

The 400 registered nurses are members of a union represented by the Washington State Nurses Association.

Workplace issues include staffing levels, breaks and nurse mentors for new hires.

The nurses also claim they are paid less at Holy Family than at sister hospital Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center even though the two hospitals are increasingly integrated and many perform tasks at both.

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Robbery suspect facing new charges

A 23-year-old Spokane man accused of robbing a pharmacy of prescription painkillers also is suspected of stealing from a Wal-Mart in July while out on bond.

Police arrested Eric S. Reisen last week, two months after he posted $50,000 bond on charges of robbery, assault, drug possession and eluding police. Those charges stem from an alleged robbery of a north Spokane pharmacy in November, after which Reisen reportedly attempted to take a homeowner hostage, investigators said at the time.

Reisen was captured on surveillance camera July 31 at the Wal-Mart on Wellesley Avenue attempting to flee with several items, including expensive cologne and an electric toothbrush. Police said Reisen used a screwdriver to pry off security packaging and struck a store employee during his flight.

Reisen is jailed on $80,000 bond.

Kip Hill

Man found in garage faces drug charges

A man facing drug trafficking charges told police he stumbled upon needles, a digital scale and heroin while looking for a place to urinate, according to court records.

Police arrested David D. Maden, 32, just before 6 p.m. Sunday after a neighbor reported people breaking into an abandoned garage in the 1100 block of West Mansfield Avenue.

He was found inside the garage surrounded by drug paraphernalia. Investigators also reported seeing “fresh blood droppings” on Maden’s “chest, hands and forearms,” according to court documents.

When asked why he was in the garage, Maden said he didn’t want to be arrested for urinating in public, according to court records.

Kip Hill