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Dave Oliveria: Amanda Knox’s ex supposedly sought Coeur d’Alene bride

The international murder case involving Seattle’s Amanda Knox has a Coeur d’Alene connection, according to entertainment website Radar Online.

Knox and her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted of the 2007 murder of 21-year-old language student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy. The convictions were overturned four years later.

Knox returned to the Puget Sound area. Sollecito has been staying with relatives in New Jersey. According to Radar Online, Sollecito tried to avoid extradition to Italy by asking Knox to marry him. When she refused, the article said, he responded to a message left by Kelsey Kay, of Coeur d’Alene, on his website to raise money for legal expenses.

Sollecito called Kay and immediately discussed the marriage idea. Six days later, he was in Coeur d’Alene wining, dining and trying to get Kay to sign a prenuptial agreement that included a financial penalty if she left him within three years. The Radar Online article included photos taken of Sollecito and Kay in front of a Coeur d’Alene Resort tour boat.

You can read the rest of the weird tale by Googling Knox/Sollecito/Coeur d’Alene.

KKK in the ’hood

Customers of Hayden Cinemas, Triple Play and Holiday Inn Express at Hayden returned to their cars on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day to find racist fliers. A group calling itself the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan had placed fliers on their windshields. The sneaky racists urged the motorists to contact them if they discovered trouble in their neighborhood.

My definition of trouble in the ’hood? Racists putting fliers on cars …

So an Oregon guy calls our circulation desk at the S-R’s Coeur d’Alene office and asks: “How thick is your paper?” Not how much. How thick. Seems his wife is raising rabbits. And the hometown paper is too thin to properly line the bottom of the cages …

Imagine the surprise of the drive-through attendant at the Coeur d’Alene Taco Bell on Hanley Avenue when a man jumped from a customer’s Chevy Cavalier and ran off around 2:30 p.m. Friday. Someone from the car recaptured the fugitive and forced him back into the trunk. Prank? Probably.


Poet’s Corner: “Can the fans/still be as noisy/at a game played/in New Joisy?” – The Bard of Sherman Avenue (“12th Man”) … At about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, an aggressive pit bull ran off to Phippeny Park in Coeur d’Alene during a domestic fight on East Sherman Avenue. But the animal control officer couldn’t respond to the scene because (drum roll, please) – she was busy chasing a loose pit bull at the Oak Crest Mobile Home Park …

Dueling Polls: Sixty-nine percent of my Huckleberries blog readers said the fatal shooting of a Dalton Gardens man by a Coeur d’Alene police officer last August was justified. However, only 48 percent of the respondents of a Coeur d’Alene Press online poll agreed. Why the gap? Dunno …

The Kootenai County Tea Party turned out en masse to welcome Golden Boy Raul Labrador at Post Falls on Thursday. A man who asked why Labrador hadn’t moved to impeach President Barack Obama received one of the biggest cheers from the audience of 250 …

Jamie Lynn Morgan knew it was time to obtain a new driver’s license without looking at her expiration date. Facebooks she: “Girl at Fed Ex wasn’t going to give me my Cinder Wine shipment. Said my license photo doesn’t look anything like me.”

Parting shot

That shooting in the engineering department of Purdue University on Tuesday hit close to home for Huckleberries blog reader Matthew Root, of Pullman. Matthew’s son teaches in the department. Matthew reports that his son gathered his students and locked them and himself in his office. Matthew speaks for a lot of us when he says: “This is too much.”

Read Dave Oliveria’s North Idaho blog, Huckleberries Online, at

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