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CdA police looking for person with purloined pills

Coeur d’Alene police are looking for a thief who stole a bottle of prescription pills sometime late Tuesday by cutting a hole in a screen window and swiping them from the sill.

The owner of the home in the 1500 block of Sixth Street called police after 8 p.m. Tuesday to report the theft. Authorities believe the thief walked up to a south-facing window that was cracked and cut a hole in the screen with a knife or other sharp object, then took the bottle of pills that is valued at $20. Police did not say what type of pills were taken, though the thief selected a specific brand of medicine and left other prescriptions on the sill alone.

The case is being investigated as a felony residential burglary. No arrests have been made.

Sgt. Wood Explains Hearing Role

Sgt. Christie Wood (RE: Council 4-2 against guns-on-campus, bias bills): Yesterday I was called to speak to the Mayor and Council as an employee of the Police Department. I am the Law Enforcement liaison to the legislative committee that advises the Mayor and Council on pending legislation that could have potential impact on the City of CDA. I presented the views of the Chief of Police who does not support the guns on campus bill in its current form. As a practice when testifying before Mayor and Council our officers are in uniform as a show of respect. During the workshop I was asked by Councilman Gookin to provide my insight as a NIC Trustee. I shared with him the views of the Majority of the Board. The bottom line is everyone is having productive conversation about how to keep our campus safe. The NIC Trustees are exploring ideas and possible changes to our weapons policy. We hope to keep our policy decisions at a local level where we can best assess the safety practices of our campus. Full comment here.

Question: Do you have any problems with Sgt. Christie Wood being involved in the community, for a long time, as a Coeur d'Alene School Board member (past) and now as an NIC trustee and chairman of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations?

Lean Bean Robbery Reward Offered

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Video still from Coeur d'Alene Police Department, of robber brandishing gun at Lean Bean.

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest has offered a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of a male responsible for the Lean Bean Espresso Robbery that occurred on Tuesday at 1820 North West Boulevard at 5:28 p.m. A white male described as wearing blue jeans, grey hooded sweatshirt and red shoelaces displayed a gun and demanded money.  The clerk gave the male an undisclosed amount of cash and the suspect fled on foot into the 1000 block of Emma Avenue. Video surveillance of the suspect is attached to this press release. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 208-667- 2111 or 1-800-222-TIPS. Information can be submitted on line here. Callers are asked to use a code name or number and do not have to use their own name to be eligible for a reward.

DFO: Let's catch this punk.

Adams: No On Fed $$$ For New Cops

In the draft minutes for the Coeur d'Alene City Council meeting Tuesday, City Clerk Renata McLeod reports the discussion that led to a 5-1 vote (w/Councilman Steve Adams dissenting) to accept $125,000 in federal money to add officers to understaffed Coeur d'Alene Police Department:

Finance Director Troy Tymesen stated that the grants were the same and that leveraging dollars is an efficient way of managing staffing levels.  He clarified that the City does not know when these grants are going to be available, so they have to be responded to quickly.  Councilman Gookin stated that he understands that there are strings that come with a grant; however, the City needs the police positions and he will support this item.  Councilman Adams stated that he has made his position clear, and clarified that as a fundamental fact government does not produce anything; therefore it has nothing to give.  Anything the government gives away it must take from somebody else to do, therefore violating their rights.  He believes it is a liberty and moral issue.  He believes modest restructuring within the budget could cover the positions.

Question: Do you consider the ongoing, anti-federal government position by Adams to be principled or unreasonable?

Adams Votes Against Cops, Lease

City Councilman Steve Adams doesn't want to hire two more police officers despite the department's claim it's understaffed. Nor does the second-year councilman support the city extending its lease with the University of Idaho to allow the school to operate at the Harbor Center inside the education corridor. He says government doesn't have a role in education, which is why he's voting against the lease extension. And as for the additional officers, he opposes paying for them with the help of a federal grant, which is what the police department is proposing. “I'm not opposed to having additional officers or increased public safety, but I am opposed to the funding method, as I have been in the past,” said Adams, nicknamed by some Dr. No for frequently voting no, including against any grant tied to federal money, on Monday/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you think Adams is making a principled stand?

McHugh To Take CoiNuts Case Lead

Some of you commenters were critical of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department for not moving on case against CoiNuts owner Kevin E. Mitchell. CPD spokeswoman Sgt. Christie Wood provided the Coeur d'Alene Press with an extensive time line that shows the police investigated several complaints against CoiNuts but there was no follow-up prosecution. Now, it appears Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh will take the lead on the case, saying it's too complex for one deputy. Quoth McHugh: “The reality is I'm going to be taking the lead on (the case). There certainly are a number of people who said they've lost money, and I believe that to be the case.” Many former CoiNuts customers told The Press that Mitchell allegedly failed to deliver on purchased gold and silver, and that Mitchell often paid for the metals with bad checks. Story here.

Question: After reading the Coeur d'Alene Police Department time line, do you now think the police gave proper attention to this case? How about the prosecutor?

CPD To Honor Vigilant Citizen

From Coeur d'Alene Police Department Facebook wall:

Your PD responded last evening to a report of an armed robbery that had occurred at a quick stop store in the Riverstone area on NW Blvd. An alert citizen had witnessed the incident and followed the suspect from a distance as he fled on foot in the Riverstone area. He provided up to the minute details on location and responding officers were able to arrest the suspect on the trail west of the Hampton Inn. The citizen will be honored at a future council meeting for his willingness to put himself in harms way and help keep our community safe. Be safe out there and have a great weekend.

DFO: This sounds like the knife assault reported at 6:55 last evening in Scanner Traffic. Click here.

Tips sought on CdA gun, car thefts

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that solve a gun and car theft at a Coeur d'Alene business.

Someone entered Tate Engineering, 1103 N. 4th St., early July 30 and stolen two guns and credit cards, as well as a 2003 GMC Sierra pickup.

The truck has “Tate Engineering” written on both doors and is black with Idaho plates K462722.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online. Tipsters do not have to leave their name to collect a reward but should lave a code name or number.

N. Idaho check theft suspects arrested

  A 28-year-old man and a 17-year-old runaway linked by police to check thefts in Coeur d'Alene are in custody.

Michael Graham Wilkins and Lacey Lynn Fugate were arrested at the Lake Drive Motel, 316 E. Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive, Friday about 6:30 p.m. after detectives received a tip that they were there, Coeur d'Alene police said today.

Police found property purchased with stolen credit cards and checks in the motel room, including a printer and package of blank checks purchased online.

Officers arrested Wilkins and Fugate on warrants out of Douglas County, Oregon, where Roseburg is.

They face new charges of grand theft and burglary in Kootenai County.

Tattoo could help track mail theft suspect

   A 28-year-old Coeur d'Alene man and a 17-year-old runaway from Oregon are suspected of stealing checks from mailboxes in the Lake City.

Michael Graham Wilkins and Lacey Lynn Fugate are suspected of stealing two checks from a business' mailbox in the 100 block of East Locust Avenue around July 28, police said Thursday.

Police released their photos Thursday, along with a photo of an tattoo on Wilkins' right arm.

Wilkins is accused of adding his name to the checks and cashing them at Safeway.

An employee told police he cashes checks there recently.

A warrant has been issued for Wilkins' arrest. Fugate is a runaway from Douglas County, Oregon.

Anyone with information on their location is asked to call the Coeur d'Alene Police Department at (208) 769-2320.

Tips sought on CdA car prowlers

Thieves stole a a credit card from a car near Sanders Beach in Coeur d'Alene last week, then used it to rack up $185 in charges at Walgreens.

Surveillance photos from Walgreens released on Thursday show a man and two women, and police are looking for tips on their identities.

A photo of their vehicle also is included.  The victim told police he'd left his wallet in his unlocked car in the 900 block of East Young Avenue on July 26.

The vehicle was secure between midnight and 4 a.m. That's when the owner got a call from Citi Bank reporting fraudulent activity on his credit card and discovered his car had been prowled.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Coeur d'Alene Police Department at (208) 769-2320.

CPD Report Of Proxygate Available

Last week, you read about the decision by the Latah County prosecutor's decision not to file charges in the county GOP Central Committee Proxygate caper, which involved a challenged proxy ballot filed on behalf of Kelly Chadderdon. The ballot made the difference in a 31-30 vote by the CC to disinvite controversial Richard Mack to speak at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner. Some members called for a private investigation of the proxy ballot & overturned the full CC vote, reinviting Mack. You can read the Coeur d'Alene Press story about the outcome of the Latah County investigation here. And, for the first time, you can read the Coeur d'Alene Police Department report re: its investigation of the challenge ballot w/Latah County prosecutor's cover letter here.

Thoughts?

CdA cops seek tips on storage unit thefts

Coeur d'Alene police are asking for help identifying thieves who broke into storage units on North Atlas Road last month.

Employees at Coeur d'Alene Place Self Storage, 5850 N. Atlas Road., reported April 28 that several locks had been cut from storage units throughout the complex, police said today.

Survellance video shows three men in hooded sweatshirts and dark clothing walk through the proprety just before midnight. The men walked around until 4:30 a.m. and appear to cut locks with a bolt cutter on several occassions, according to police.

Employees beleive the thieves cut a chain link fence to acess the building. They discovered several RVs that had been damaged and burglarized.

A surveillence image of two of the thieves was released today.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Coeur d’Alene Police Department at (208) 769-2320.

Reward for tips on stolen for-sale cars

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead them to five vehicles stolen from Kootenai County car dealerships in the past two months.

A reward also is available for tips on the people who stole them.

According to Coeur d'Alene police Sgt. Christie Wood:

A 1999 white Jeep Wrangler sport 2-door with a black roof has been missing since March 16.

A 2001 blue Dodge Durango was stolen between April 14 and April 17.

A 1996 blue Chevrolet 1500 extended cab truck was stolen between April 28 and April 30.

A 2004 GMC Sierra 2500 crew cab, duramax, 4-door truck was stolen between April 28 and May 2.

Finally, a 1995 white Dodge Ram 3500, 2-door, flatbed truck was stolen between May 1 and May 2.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online. Tipsters do not have to give their names to receive a reward but should leave a code name or number.

Fiberglass cow statue stolen in CdA

Police in Coeur d'Alene are investigating the theft of a large fiberglass cow statue from outside an antique store.

Jeffrey Gagnon, who owns Paris Flea Market at 1815 N. 4th St., has a broken piece of the cow's tail that can be used to positively identify the statue, Officer Bruce Reed noted in his report.

Gagnon said the red and white statue, which was made in the 1940s, was secured with chains that were bolted to the ground but had been cut. The theft occurred between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday, Gagnon told police.

Gagnon said the statue was worth about $2,300. He obtained it about two years ago and said it'd be easy for someone to carry it away because it only weights about 70 pounds.

Anyone with information on the theft should call the Coeur d'Alene Police Department at (208) 769-2320.
  

Man gets 8+ years for domestic assault

A Coeur d'Alene man who choked a woman unconscious and caused her severe head injuries is to spend at least eight years in prison.

John Joseph Marr, 57, said he walked in on his victim choking herself when they contacted him at his home last Sept. 25 in response to a domestic violence report, according to the Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office.

The victim was bleeding under her eyes and had bruising on her lip and jaw. Marr first told Ceour d'Alene police officers the injuries occurred as he was trying to restrain the victim, but he later said in court that he walked in on the victim trying to strangle herself, officials say.

Judge John Mitchell sentenced Marr Thursday to 10 years in prison with eligibility for parole after eight years.

Mitchell cited the unbelievability of Mar's story and the need to protect the public from someone with little chance of rehabilitation, the prosecutor's office said.

Marr has four previous felony convictions for making terrorist threats, felon in possession of a firearm, domestic battery and assault with a deadly weapon.

Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh praised the work of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department and of deputy prosecutor Donna Gardner in a prepared statement.

“The long sentence imposed by Judge Mitchell is justified by the nature of this crime and Marr's history of victimization of similar women. Mr. Marr's failure to accept responsibility is troubling,” McHugh said. “The long fixed sentence will prevent similar incidents for at least eight years, and we hope that Mr. Marr will be deterred from similar conduct in the future.”

Tips sought on CdA gymnasium thefts

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 Coeur d'Alene police are asking for help identifying men believed to be responsible for thefts at local gymnasiums.

At least two gyms have reported at least four thefts since March 20 in which thieves walk into the gyms and help themselves to keys and wallets in the men's locker rooms, according to the Coeur d’Alene Police Department.

They use the keys to prowl vehicles in the parking lot.

Surveillance video released today from 360 Fitness, 410 W. Neider Ave., on March 20 shows one of the suspected thieves.

Photos from video at Safeway in Liberty lake show two men believed to be connected to the use of a credit card stolen from Peak Fitness on April 16.

The men are driving a dark-colored compact car.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Coeur d'Alene Police Department at (208) 769-2320.

CdA Police Oppose Recall Try

Huckleberries just received this email from the Coeur d'Alene Police Association: “The Coeur d’Alene Police Association announced today they strongly support Council members McEvers, Kennedy, Goodlander and Mayor Bloem for their continued work on behalf of the City of Coeur d’Alene. The Police Association consists of many long-term employees who have served with several administrations. “These three Council members along with Mayor Bloem have shown continuous, strategic support with the City budget toward public safety, and a good quality of life for all of our citizens. Police officers are provided with the necessary training, technology and tactical equipment to do their day to day jobs as safely as possible for our citizens and officers. We are fortunate to have such skilled leadership, and grateful for their willingness to serve.” said Police Association President Rory Johnson.”

Police: Woman had meth in body cavity

Police said a Coeur d'Alene woman was arrested with methamphetamine inside her vaginal cavity this morning, but they later said the woman only said meth was located there, and none was found.

 Detectives with the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force located Christine R. Davis-Jasinki, 35, at the Coeur d'Alene Casino and searched her home at 114 Borah Ave. in Coeur d'Alene about 5:30 a.m. today, where they found a surveillence system and other drugs.

Davis-Jasinki was booked into jail for drug charges for meth and drug paraphernalia found in the home. A SWAT team used an armored vehicle to approach the home.

Police used the extreme measures because of “information about several weapons inside the residence as well as four pit bull dogs,” according to a news release by Coeur d'Alene police Sgt. Christie Wood.

A SWAT member used a dog snare to control  “a large, vicious pit bull,” but the other dogs were cooperative and none were injured, Wood said. The dogs were seized by animal control officers.

Police found what they described as a sophisticated video surveillance inside the home that monitored the street and included audio capabilities and a view of the home's entrance. They also found a large amount of suspected stolen property, including jewelry and power tools. Police are working to identify the owners.

Arrested at the home were Coeur d'Alene residents Chase A. Nutting, 21, on a failure to appear warrant for attempted robbery, and a warrant out of Kitsap County, Wash., and Stevan E. Hemming, 25, on a warrant for violating his probation and parole for aggravated assaulted.

Davis-Jasinki has been booked into the Kootenai County Jail 30 times since 1996, said Major Ben Wolfinger.

Related coverage:

July 21, 2011: Woman with $26,000 in bra pleads guilty

March 25, 2011: Pa. cavity search produces 50 bags of heroin

Sept. 17, 2010: Police get search warrant for man's rectum
  

CdA sex crime fugitive arrested in LA

A child molestation suspect who has been missing since escaping a manhunt in North Idaho in December was arrested Thursday in Los Angeles.

Nathaniel Robert Howell, 32, was booked into jail in Los Angeles County about 3:52 p.m. Thursday, according to online records.

Howell had been wanted on a felony warrant in Kootenai County charging him with four counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and five counts of sexual exploitation.

Coeur d'Alene police notified the public about his fugitive status after he ran from police through the woods in the 1500 block of South Sagle Road last December.

Howell had seen police while visiting relatives nearby. He's now awaiting extradition to North Idaho from California.

CdA police cleared in man’s July death

COEUR D’ALENE (AP) — A North Idaho prosecutor says an investigation shows Coeur d’Alene police acted appropriately when they arrested a man who lost consciousness and later died.

 The Coeur d’Alene Press reports that a forensic pathologist found Nicholas Andrew Clason stopped breathing because of methamphetamine toxicity, and that after he was resuscitated he died of a lack of oxygen to the brain.

Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh investigated the death and said those findings showed that the Spokane man didn’t die because of the way police restrained him.

Police arrested Clason last July after they got a report of a suicidal man who was trying to stab himself on Interstate 90. During the arrest, officers realized Clason had stopped breathing and began CPR. He died four days later.

Past coverage:

July 14: Man dies in police custody in Coeur d'Alene

CdA man accused of raping teenage boy

A 41-year-old Coeur d'Alene man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly raping a 16-year-old boy.

Sonny Novero Coley was booked into the Kootenai County Jail on charges of rape, sexual battery and sexual exploitation of a child.

Detectives received a report Tuesday that detailing Coley's alleged contact with the boy, police said Wednesday. They interviewed Coley at the police station and arrested him about 8:30 p.m.

The alleged victim knew Coley “and spent a lot of time with him,” according to a Coeur d'Alene Police Department news release.

Police did not release further details.

New details on chase that led to suicide

A North Idaho man who killed himself during a police chase was allegedly trying to persuade his wife to drop charges against him.

Daniel Joe Zehm, 52, contacted his wife Sondra Zehm on Saturday at their Dalton Gardens home, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department.

Police were alerted at 10:15 p.m. that Zehm had called a relative and reported that he was taking his wife to Kellogg, Idaho.

Zehm sprayed his wife with pepper spray and forced her into his vehicle., officials say. He had been driving with her since about 9 p.m, telling Sondra to drop the charges against him, officials say.

Zehm saw the deputies trying to stop him on Fernan Lake Road about 11:15 p.m. He fled toward Coeur d’Alene, running over a spike strip as he reached Fernan Village. He attempted to continue but came to a stop on Sherman Avenue, where he shot himself, police say.

Zehm was arrested in November after pouring gasoline on his wife and trying to light her on fire. He had been released from jail on $200,000 bond for felony charges of burglary and aggravated battery and was prohibited from contacting his wife.

Sex abuse suspect escapes manhunt

A child molestation suspect who escaped a manhunt in the Sagle, Idaho, area Tuesday is wanted by Coeur d'Alene police.

Nathaniel R. Howell, 32, ran from police through the woods in the 1500 block of South Sagle Road about 3 p.m. after he saw the officers while visiting relatives nearby.

Howell is charged with four counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and five counts of sexual exploitation.

Howell is 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds with hazel eyes and blonde hair. Anyone with information on his location is asked to call Coeur d'Alene police at (208) 769-2320.

Reward for tips on CdA Goodwill robbery

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest of a man who tried to rob a Goodwill employee in Coeur d'Alene last month but was thwarted by a witness with a gun.

The man attacked the woman with a knife after she left the store at 1212 N. 4th St. Nov. 28 about 1:55 p.m. to make a bank deposit. The victim told police the man held a knife to her throat and demanded her purse before they struggled and he shoved her to the ground.

A citizen working nearby stopped he attack by pointing a gun at the man, Coeur d'Alene police said today.

The man fled empty handed. He was last seen in the area of 11th Street and Foster Avenue, where he jumped over a fence and continued southbound, police say.

He's described as in his 30s, 6-foot to 6-foot-2 wearing blue jeans and a  black hoodie with possible silver writing on it and the hood pulled over his head.

Anyone with information on the man's identity is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online. Tipsters do not have to leave their name to collect a reward but should leave a code name or number.

‘67 Ford Mustang stolen in Coeur d’Alene

Missing: One 1967 Ford Mustang.

The classic car was stolen from a Coeur d'Alene auto shop this month, and police are asking for help finding those responsible.

Will Sando, owner of Silverlake Automotive, discovered the trailer containing the car was missing Dec. 12 at 7:30 a.m. It was last seen Dec. 11 at 3 p.m., police said today.

An outdoor shed also was burgled and a set of tires and rims were missing. The business is located at 274 W Hanley Ave.

Anyone with information is asked to call Coeur d'Alene police at (208) 769-2320.

Botox thief caught on camera; tips sought

  Coeur d'Alene police are trying to identify a woman suspected of stealing Botox treatments from a dermatology office.

The woman had $1,705 worth of Botox and Juvederm procedures done on Dec. 6 at North Idaho Dermatology, 2288 North Merrit Creek Loop. She began writing a check to pay but said her checkbook wouldn't work and she needed to get another one, but she never returned, police say.

The woman made the appointment using the name Louise Green and provided two addresses in Post Falls. Neither has checked out, police say.

The woman told employees she'd recently moved to the area from Seattle and had a referral note from a doctor in Pocatello.

Police released two surveillence photots of the woman today in hopes someone will recognize her and come forward.

Anyone with information on her identity is asked to call (208) 769-2320.

Tips sought on CdA flower pot vandals

 A vandal caught on tape in Coeur d'Alene is now the target of a Crime Stoppers reward.

Surveillance video shows the man grab flowers in large pots in front of a home decor store at 513 E. Sherman Ave., then tug on the flowers until the pots fall over and shatter.

The vandal's female companion is seen laughing at the damages.

Anyone with information on their identities is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Fugitive arrested after 8-hour standoff

Kootenai County sheriff's deputies and Coeur d'Alene police spent more than eight hours Sunday resolving a standoff with a man who they say was threatening to kill himself in his mother's home.

Law enforcement responded about 5:30 a.m. Sunday to a call at 317 S. Ross Point Road near Post Falls, after learning that Matthew W. Couture, 44, had barricaded himself in his mother's basement with a butcher's knife.

Following an argument with his mother, Couture reportedly threatened to use the knife on himself. Officers negotiated for about six hours with Couture before he agreed to surrender, said Sgt. Matt Street of the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department.

Couture has a warrant issued in California for a felony probation violation related to a domestic-violence charge, according to a news release.

No injuries occurred during the standoff, Street said.

CdA man arrested for gunpoint robbery

A Coeur d'Alene man robbed two men at gunpoint as they were walking to a friends home late Wednesday, police say.

 Jeremiah H. Starr, 34, stole a small amount of cash from Luther Nicholas, 21, and Michael Garitone, 18, of Coeur d'Alene, as they were walking near 12th Street and Coeur d'Alene Avenue about 11 p.m., according to the Coeur d'Alene Police Department.

Garitone and Nicholas followed Starr to try to see what vehicle he would get into, but Starr charged them and fought with Garitone, who was able to wrestle the gun way from them.
 
Garitone and Nicholas said they'd never met Starr. Police found him hiding in the basement of a home in the 1100 block of Coeur d'Alene Avenue.
 
“A female at the residence claimed Starr is the father of her baby,” Sgt. Christie Wood said in a news release. “Officers also recovered an air soft BB gun from the scene that looks like an actual handgun.”