February 21, 2014 in City

In brief: Colville tribal leader quits post after arrest in North Idaho

From Staff And Wire Reports

A high-ranking member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation resigned Tuesday following his arrest on a rape charge in North Idaho.

Ernest “Sneena” Brooks III, vice chairman of the Colville Business Council, the governing body of the tribes, represented the Omak district. He stepped down for personal reasons, the tribal chairman’s office said Thursday.

Brooks was arrested Friday at the Coeur d’Alene Casino by Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police and booked into the Kootenai County Jail. He posted a $5,000 bond and was released that same day.

Brooks was named vice chairman of the tribal council last July and also was selected to chair the Tribal Government Committee.

The Colville Business Council will meet today to determine who will fill the  vacancy.

Five medical school seats added to Idaho budget bill

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers are backing adding five more Idaho seats to a program to train future doctors, in hopes of addressing the state’s doctor shortage.

The Legislature’s joint budget committee agreed unanimously on Thursday to target $113,400 toward the five additional medical school seats next year through WWAMI, which stands for Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, and serves a five-state region. Because Idaho has no medical school, the program allows Idaho students to attend classes through the University of Washington. The move would bring the number of seats for Idaho students in the program to 30.

The budget bill for health education programs approved by the joint committee Thursday also includes $200,000 toward the start of a new family practice residency program in Kootenai County. Gov. Butch Otter had recommended the residency funding, but not the additional WWAMI seats.

Concert seeks new uniforms for pipe and drum band

A fundraising concert to help a popular pipe and drum band buy matching uniforms will be held Saturday at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene.

Albeni Falls Pipes and Drums, based in Sandpoint, has an opportunity to buy “a bulk supply of beautiful Scottish made Prince Charlie vests and jackets,” the group said in a news release. There are more than 30 members of the group and it has become difficult to find matching uniforms at a price the nonprofit can afford, the release said.

The group was formed in 2000 by two workers at Albeni Falls Dam, and its members come from as far away as Butte.

The event begins at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $15 for ages 13 through 59, or $12 for those 12 and under or over 60. The Kroc Center is located at 1765 W. Golf Course Road.

Teacher pleads not guilty in case involving child, 5

A North Idaho teacher who prosecutors say had inappropriate contact with a 5-year-old girl has pleaded not guilty to lewd conduct with a child under the age of 16.

Daniel Abram Taylor, 32, made the plea Wednesday in 1st District Court, according to the Coeur d’Alene Press.

Court records say the girl reported three instances of sexual abuse that began in January 2011 and ended in August 2012. The girl’s mother went to police in December.

Taylor was a science teacher at Venture High School in Coeur d’Alene but has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the court case.

Court records say Taylor acknowledged touching the child for sexual gratification.

Man facing shooting charge held in store clerk assault

A 22-year-old Spokane man facing drive-by shooting charges in a September incident is accused of assaulting a convenience store manager less than a week after being released on bond.

Jayme Rodgers left jail Feb. 10, according to court records. He had been held there since Sept. 25, a day after allegedly firing a gun at a man emerging from a Hillyard convenience store who said he was targeted because of the blue shoes he was wearing. The victim identified Rodgers and another man, Thomas Weatherwax, as members of a gang, according to court records.

On Friday, Rodgers entered a gas station near Shadle Park with another man and stared down the clerk, according to court records. When the employee asked the two men to leave, they became violent, throwing objects at him and ripping his shirt. Surveillance video confirmed the clerk’s accusations, investigators said.

Rodgers has already been ordered to pay $10,000 bail for the burglary and assault charges. He was ordered held on $75,000 bond in the drive-by shooting incident on Thursday.

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