In brief: Tips sought in CdA pipe bomb incident


Coeur d’Alene police are asking for the public’s help in identifying those responsible for a pipe bomb found outside a middle school Monday morning.

Authorities responded to Lakes Middle School at 930 N. 15th St. around 7:30 a.m., according to a news release. They found a suspicious device, later identified as a pipe bomb, on the west side of the school.

Explosives experts from the Spokane Police Department arrived at the school, which was unoccupied, and safely detonated the device, Coeur d’Alene police said.

Authorities are reviewing surveillance video in an attempt to identify those responsible. Anyone with information about the device is asked to contact the Coeur d’Alene Police Department at (208) 769-2320.

Funds boost primary care provider training

The nonprofit Spokane Teaching Health Center will receive $900,000 to train new primary care providers.

The federal award, announced Monday by the Health and Human Services Department, will help train medical school graduates in 2014-15. Half of the money will be used for family medicine and half for internal medicine.

Created by the Affordable Care Act, the Teaching Health Center Program expands residency training in an effort to increase health care access.

Spokane’s center is a partnership of Empire Health Foundation, Providence Health Care and Washington State University Spokane.

Spokane man, 30, faces child rape charge

A 30-year-old Spokane man with a lengthy criminal history faces a charge of child rape after he allegedly coerced a 13-year-old into having sex with him last week.

Stephen Bayless was booked into Spokane County Jail on Thursday, several hours after investigators allege he lured the girl, who was staying overnight with a friend who also lived in the home, into his basement room for sex. The girl said Bayless had a toy to show her and eventually took her clothes off, and she feared he’d use a knife against her if she tried to escape.

Bayless has a criminal history including robbery, escape and domestic violence, according to court records. Court officials said he has nine felony convictions. Physical evidence supported the teenage victim’s story, but Bayless denied to police that he touched her, according to court records.

Spokane Superior Court Judge Annette Plese set Bayless’ bond at $125,000 at an initial court appearance Monday.

Diamond Cup organizers not giving up

Organizers of the Diamond Cup hydroplane races on Lake Coeur d’Alene are asking the public to contact the Kootenai County sheriff and ask him to grant more time for them to qualify for a water event permit this summer.

Sheriff Ben Wolfinger last week denied the permit, saying the applicant had failed to meet his July 1 deadline for a list of requirements, including insurance, service contracts and securing other permits. The races were scheduled for Labor Day weekend.

Doug Miller, president of Diamond Cup LLC, released a statement Monday saying the race committee was “stunned” by the sheriff’s decision, which he said was “based upon artificial deadlines that were impossible to meet.”

“At the end of the day, the Diamond Cup will create jobs and promote tourism in a tourist-based community,” Miller said. “It wasn’t too long ago when economic conditions were such that the community was in need of positive exposure such as an event of this scope and magnitude. Many of you have likely not forgotten that fact.”

He asked people to email the sheriff’s office at


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