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Fired Ex-CPD Blue Wins Lawsuit

Item: Ex police officer wins wrongful termination suit/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press.

More Info: A former Coeur d'Alene police officer was awarded more than $3 million on Wednesday in a wrongful termination suit against the city of Coeur d'Alene. According to the tort claim records in federal court, Daniel Dixon, a 17-year-veteran of the force, was terminated after the department finished a six-month investigation into allegations he tampered with a subordinate officer's work schedule and cheated on his own time card. City legal representatives said Dixon was demoted after the internal investigation found Dixon had been guilty of the allegations, and that the officer stopped showing up for work after that.


CdA To Target Abandoned Vehicles

During the week of Nov. 7-11, Coeur d’Alene police will be looking for abandoned vehicles. Vehicles in violation will be tagged for 48-hour removal. If the vehicles are not moved in the allotted time, they will be towed. Prior to towing, attempts to locate the owners will be made. In the event owners cannot be located, not only will the vehicle be tagged, there will also be a letter left on the vehicle explaining the importance of removal. If a citizen reports an abandoned vehicle, all those reports will be followed up by the police department. Why all the special attention for abandoned vehicles now? As the winter season approaches, these vehicles can be a problem. Not only are they an eyesore, they can cause traffic problems and collisions, and make it difficult for ambulances and fire engines to access portions of neighborhoods in the event of an emergency/Victoria Bruno, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

Question: Do you have any abandoned vehicles in your neighborhood?

Cops, Fire Back Sayler, 2 Incumbents

Local public safety unions have endorsed three men running for the Coeur d'Alene City Council this fall — former legislator George Sayler, and incumbents John Bruning and Ron Edinger. A billboard supporting Sayler and Bruning is currently standing at Northwest Boulevard & Lakewood (by Lake City Senior Center). The billboard is sponsored by Coeur d'Alene firefighters, Coeur d'Alene police officers, and the Kootenai County Deputy Sheriff's Association. HucksOnline hears that Edinger asked not to be on the billboard because he didn't want to appear to be running on a ticket with Bruning & Sayler. HucksOnline hears the billboard is viewed by some as a lucky charm, since it was used by Mayor Sandi Bloem and NIC Trustee Judy Meyer during their election runs.

DFO: Can someone snap a photo of the billboard for HucksOnline?

3 Boys Arrested In 31 Auto Burglaries

Coeur d’Alene Police Detectives recently closed thirty-one auto burglary cases, and two felony malicious-injury to property cases that were reported over the course of this summer by arresting and charging three male juveniles with those crimes. Detective Alan Winstead believes several more reported burglaries in the City of Coeur d’Alene and in Kootenai County could be connected to these males. Detectives are continuing their investigation in an effort to resolve all of the cases possibly connected to the suspects. The juvenile’s names will not be released but they are the ages of 13, 16, and 17. The 13-year-old male was a reported runaway at the time of his arrest and recently moved here from Billings, Montana. The 17 year old was also a reported runaway and resides in Coeur d’Alene. The 16-year-old resides in Coeur d’Alene/Sgt. Christie Wood, Coeur d'Alene Police Department. More here.

18YO In Jail, Bledsoe Bike Recovered

The Coeur d'Alene Police Department has provided a photo of Drew Bledsoe's recovered bike.

An 18YO Coeur d'Alene man has been charged with grand theft for allegedly stealing ex-NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe's bike over the Labor Day weekend. Brandon C. Edgemon (pictured) was in jail on another charge at the time Coeur d'Alene police found the bike and filed charges against him last Thursday. According to police reports, a 15YO boy told police that Edgemon asked the boy's sister at about 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5, if she would “watch the bike for me because the police are looking for it.” The boy's sister told him what happened and that the bike was in bushes across the street. Edgemon was upset that the boy locked the bike in his garage and called police. Coeur d'Alene police contacted Bledsoe and made arrangements to return his bike to him. The bike wasn't damaged. Bledsoe and his family had been dining friends during a visit to Coeur d'Alene when the bike was stolen. Complete police report.

Christa Busted For Speeding

A funny thing happened to Christa Hazel, new VP for the Bryan Elementary PTA, on the way to school Wednesday morning — she got popped by CPD Blue Pat Sullivan for speeding 11 mph over limit @ 11th & Harrison (not a school zone). At which point she had the choice of a $85 ticket that would go on her record and would be considered by her insurance company. Or a $75 ticket plus 3-hour traffic school with the ticket not reported to insurance.  She was forced to make the choice on the spot, with a bus load of children passing by with their little faces pressed against the windows, waving. She picked the traffic school, taught by Officer Nick Knoll. The traffic school, Christa told Huckleberries, provides plenty of insight about what our CDA PD encounters while on traffic patrol. Christa was “classmates” with her best friend, Angie Phillips, who was also popped for going 11 mph over the speed limit recently. Believe it or not, The two once attended a NASCAR-type racing school for a week. Adding insult to injury, Christa's children begged her not to tell hubby Joel about the ticket until they returned from school to witness the spectacle. (Photo: Christa Hazel, left, and Angie Phillips)

Question: When did you last get a speeding ticket?

CPD Blues Seek Teen Girl Runaways

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department is currently looking for two female juveniles that are considered endangered runaways due to their age. Charity M. Jordan, 14 (left), and Tina L. Jewell, 15 (right), both of Coeur d’Alene,  are friends and are possibly together. Both were reported by their parents to have left their residences in early this morning. Both girls have runaway together twice in the past year. Charity Jordan is 5’6, 140 pounds, with hazel eyes and brown hair. Tina Jewell is 5’2, 104 pounds, with hazel eyes and blonde hair. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jordan and Jewell are asked to contact Coeur d’Alene Police at 769-2320.

CPD Looking For 16YO Runaway

The Coeur d’Alene Police Juvenile Crimes Unit is actively searching for a juvenile runaway by the name of Bryce William Gabbard, 16, of Coeur d’Alene. Gabbard left his home in the 1300 block of Kaleigh Court during the early morning hours on May 21. He has an active warrant for his arrest for violating his probation. According to one of Bryce’s friends Bryce has dyed his hair black and was last seen in the area of Maple Grove Apartments. at 3157 W. Fruitland. He is a white male with brown (or possibly black hair), brown eyes, 5’9, and 115 lbs. If anyone has any information of the whereabouts of Bryce Gabbard they are asked to call the Coeur d’Alene Police Department at 769-2320/Sgt. Christie Wood, Coeur d'Alene Police Department news release.

Lake City Paintballer Faces Charges

Coeur d'Alene police arrested a 21-year-old man for shooting a paintball gun at cars passing on I-90.Investigators say Samuel Whitehead was spotted on a roof in the 1900 block of North Ninth Street allegedly shooting a paintball gun.After getting a 911 call, police responded and Whitehead turned the paintball gun on officers/KXLY. More here.

CPD Blue Installs Artsy Bike Rack

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department recently installed a new bike rack in Coeur d’Alene City Park near the department’s sub-station. The rack was created by students in the North Idaho College welding program on request by the police department and features large handcuffs and the NIC Cardinal mascot. Funding for the materials was provided by the Coeur d’Alene Rotary Club. Pictured, from left, are Coeur d’Alene Police Department Capt. Steve Childers, NIC Trustee and Coeur d’Alene Police Department Sgt. Christie Wood and NIC welding technology instructors Jeremy Dodge and Tim Straw. (NIC photo: Tom Greene)

Question: Can you think of any political group who might be offended by this new public art (a la Kootenai Constitution Party/Ganesha)?

Downtown Bar Report (May 5-15)

The 25YO man who walked into a street pole after a confrontation with a Baja Bargarita bouncer wins the Drunk Behaving Baddest honors in the latest Downtown Coeur d'Alene Bar report (May 5-15). Seems bhe belligerent male finally left Baja Bargarita around 12:10 a.m. Friday, May 6, with both arms in the air, flipping off the bouncer. He was so intense on flying his two birds that he failed to watch where he was going and ran into a street pole. Also, he refused to provide indentification, to sit down, and to stop walking away when officers ordered him to do so. Ultimately, the drunk was arrested for obstructing and trespassing after grabbing an officer's arm. After swearing at officers and refusing to get into a patrol car, the drunk was tazed until he complied. You can read all about the incident and more in the latest Downtown Coeur d'Alene Bar Report here.

CPD Blues Nab Juvie Shoplifters

KXLY Web Producer Nicole Hensley (Blush Response) rode along with Coeur d'Alene Police last week. Nicole snapped the photo and provided the commentary below.

The first call of the power shift brought K46, Officer Nate Petersen, and I to just outside Les Schwab. Along with three other officers, they were called in to speak with a group of teens. When we arrived, the male teen was already in the back of the parole vehicle. He was a runaway with an arrest warrant. They found him down the street with a backpack of stolen medication. After cross-questioning the female teens at the scene, it was determined that they were traveling from location to location by bus to shoplift medication (cough medicine) for consumption/Nicole Hensley. More here.

Question: Did you ever shoplift something from a store, as a kid?

Christie: We’re Keeping Up w/Times

re: Liz Arakalian's Quotable Quote: ““The Coeur d'Alene Police Department just put up a fan page on Facebook. Would it be terrible to post some virtual doughnuts on it”

Christie Wood: Well … if you feel you must, please make some of them for me Maplebars. Those are my favorite. Facebook and twitter are very new to me — as of yesterday! I have never logged on before. But I do see an opportunity to get out critical information in a hurry to the public. DFO became an instant friend, and also re-tweeted the info on the rape suspect for us. I think it is going to be a good communication tool.
Chief Longo is from the same “vintage” as me and I doubt he has a personal facebook page, but he is always supportive of new ideas and means to communicate with the public. It is great to have leadership that keeps up with the times.

Question: Do you plan to follow the Coeur d'Alene Police Department on Twitter and/or Facebook?

CdA Police Warn Of Stranger Danger

Item: CdA police discuss stranger danger at town hall meeting/Jeff Humphrey, KXLY

More Info: Police say about half of the 18 child luring cases reported here in Kootenai County during the past year have turned out to be hoaxes, but they do feel someone is trying to snatch kids off the streets in Coeur d’Alene and outlying areas in the county. The most recent attempted luring incident happened March 20 not far from Tubbs Hill at the intersection of 12th and Young. A man driving a van stopped two girls on their bicycles and demanded they get in. Police say despite their age, the six and eight-year-olds knew what to do.

Question: Have you talked to your children re: the danger of talking to strangers?

Police Seek Possible Child Enticer

Coeur d’Alene police are investigating a possible child enticement case after a 12-year-old girl said she was followed home from school on Tuesday by a man driving a van. The girl said she was walking east on Mullan Avenue from 15th Street when an eastbound van passed her slowly about 3:20 p.m. The van drove away but appeared again a short while later, when the driver pulled up next to her and motioned for her to get in, the girl told police. The man drove away when she refused but was soon parked on Mullan facing west as she approached 20th Street. The girl called her grandmother, who met her at 20th Street but didn’t see the van, police said today/Spokesman-Review. More here.

Bar Report: Drunk Came Up Swinging

Saturday, Nov. 13,: 0234 hours (N 3rd St & E Coeur d’Alene Ave – Auto Burglary): “Officers responded to an auto burglary in progress call and upon arrival found three intoxicated males. Although the officer told one of the males to sit at the base of a concrete wall near the alley (not on top of the wall), the male stated he had “no problem with falling” and sat on the top of the wall. He fell (five feet), hit his head and was knocked unconscious. When the male regained consciousness, he came up swinging at the officer. Medical was called and he was transported to KMC to be evaluated.” (Complete Downtown Bar report for Nov. 11-14)

CPD Blue Seeks Pita Pit Attackers

All 3 men shown on the right side of this photo provided by a surveillance camera shortly after assault took place against man of the ground, including the man sitting down, are suspects in a Sherman Avenue battery in front of the Pita Pit on Sunday, Aug. 22.

Coeur d’Alene Police detectives are investigating a battery that occurred at about 12:15 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 22. The battery took place at the outside seating area of Pita Pit, 320 Sherman.  Witnesses said Nicholas Casqueiro was seated at an outside table on the sidewalk when he was hit. The witness believed the altercation started when a female sitting at the table with Nicholas said something to the suspects as they were walking by. The witness said he saw an unknown male pick up a chair and hit Casqueiro in the face with it. The witness also said another male started kicking Casqueiro while he was on the ground. Casqueiro did not know the males that attacked him/Sgt. Christie Wood, Coeur d’Alene Police Department spokeswoman. More here.

CPD Blue Looks For Missing Woman

Coeur d’Alene Police detectives are looking for Candice Marie Notarstefano, who was reported missing by her sister Saturday. She has not seen since the end of July. Candice was staying with her aunt in apartments on Ironwood Drive in Coeur d’Alene. Reportedly, Candice only lived there for three days towards the end of July. The missing woman told her sister she was going to camp for the rest of the summer as she didn’t have anywhere to live. Candice left her aunt’s apartment with her (Candice’s) boyfriend, Ian Larson. Larson has not been reported missing by his family but detectives do not know his whereabouts/Sgt. Christie Wood, Coeur d’Alene police spokeswoman. More here.

Brooks Trades Sneakers For Badge

Winston Brooks used to patrol the courts of the WCC as a point guard with the Gonzaga Bulldogs. These days he’s wearing a different uniform, patrolling the streets of Coeur d’Alene as a police officer in a community that embraced him before he ever landed at Gonzaga. … Brooks spent two years as a point guard for the Gonzaga Bulldogs, playing on some of the most talented teams in school history. But before that he spent a year at Christianson Gym in Coeur d’Alene with the North Idaho College Cardinals/KXLY. More here.

Question: Do you have any family members working in law enforcement?

CPD Report On CHS Bomb Devices

Coeur d’Alene High was shut down this morning after a custodian found the remnants of a crudely made explosive near the outdoor concession stand at the north entrance to the football field at 9:50. According to a Coeur d’Alene police press release, the custodian contacted School Resource Officer Steve Harris. Harris examined the device and called for back-up to help search for other possible explosives. Two more similar devices were located near the south entrance to the football field. Both had already been detonated/Sgt. Christie Wood, Coeur d’Alene Police Department press release. Full release here.

Gunman Robs CdA Wells Fargo

Coeur d’Alene Police and FBI agents are investigating the robbery of Wells Fargo Bank, Appleway & Government Way, that occurred at 6 o’clock today. Witnesses stated a male suspect entered the bank and threw cloth re-usable grocery bags at the tellers. The suspect demanded they hurry up and fill them. The male suspect waived around a large caliber handgun. He then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was last seen riding a grey three speed bicycle, south on Government Way. His description is as follows: Male, late 20’s to early 30’s, wearing a black mask, a black bicycle helmet, jean shorts, a long sleeve button up shirt, white tennis shoes with red squiggly lines. His white grocery bag had an American flag design on it/Christie Wood, Coeur d’Alene police spokeswoman.

Bar Report: What Pitcher, Ossifer?

How drunk do you have to be to deny to police that you have a pitcher of beer while you’re still holding it. Here’s another of my favorites from the latest Downtown Coeur d’Alene Bar Report: “Officers cited a 34 year old male for open container after catching him walking down the street with a pitcher of beer in his hand. At first the suspect denied having the pitcher, and then would not say what bar the pitcher was from, but when the officer gave him the ticket he told the officer he was “not the person who walked out of the Torch with a pitcher.” Full report here (the 4 females who set fire to a napkin at the Torch is pretty good, too).

Question: What is the dumbest thing you’ve seen a drunk do?

CdA Woman Finds Bear On Porch

Fish & Game officers are en route to 953 Rutledge/Potlatch Hill, where a home owner reports there’s a black bear on her porch. Officers have asked if it’s OK to use bean-bag guns and other scare devices to chase bear off. A Coeur d’Alene police officer is wary re: exciting the bear, despite the anxiety of the female yelling at him from the window. Officer says he’d rather have Fish & Game officers handle the problem, as they did at his house a few weeks ago. A second officer said that the bear appears to have been attracted to the home by the smell of barbecue and may now be wandering off on his own. (Update: A Berry Picker called Huckleberries to report that the bear in this instance is a young one who is seen regularly foraging for food before winter sets in. And it hasn’t been causing any problems.)

Downtown CdA Bar Report (Aug. 12-18)

At 1:55 Saturday morning, Aug. 14: Officers responded to a fight call at the Icon involving three females fighting (pulling hair and punching) and approximately 50 people standing in front of the bar watching the fight. The fight had started earlier on the dance floor in the Icon when the suspect female hit another female in the face with a beer bottle. The suspect was asked by bouncers to leave. Later on, outside the bar, the suspect threw another bottle at the victim hitting her in the face, and the fight ensued. The suspect female (19 yrs) was arrested for battery.

Question: Which incident is your favorite in the latest Downtown Coeur d’Alene Bar Report?

Uncle Seeks Help In Dirt Bike Theft

First, you need to know that 4YO Gunnar Moffett, of Coeur d’Alene, is already quite an outdoorsman. He snorkles. He shoots arrows with a bow. He rides a small dirt bike that his father bought him for a gift 6 months ago. Mebbe I should say he used to ride the 30-inch dirt bike. Today, Gunnar’s 4th birthday, some creep stole the dirt bike from his Uncle Travis Loper’s car while it was parked at Edgewood Circle, behind Borders. Now, Uncle Travis is kicking himself for not locking the car doors and mustering the courage to tell his nephew about the missing bike. Travis has filed a police report. This morning, Travis visited Hucks HQ to ask for help in finding the $1500 dirt bike. He described it as a red-and-white, Honda CRF 50. Travis is asking that Hucks Online readers contact the police if you see someone riding or trying to sell a small dirt bike matching the description above.

Downtown CdA Bar Report (Aug. 4-11)

  • 3:01 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 5 (407 Sherman): Officers responded to a Suspicious Person call regarding a group of males sitting in a vehicle in the Iron Horse parking lot that had dumped garbage out of vehicle, took off, later returned and one of the occupants had urinated on a catering van in the back lot.
  • 1 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7 (200 block of Coeur d’Alene): Officers cited a 24 year old male for open container after noticing him standing in the parking lot of the Torch with a bottle of brandy in his hand. The suspect advised it was his bottle of brandy and he was just trying to save some money.
  • 2 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7 (300 block of Sherman): Officers responded to a Disorderly call reference an extremely intoxicated male in front of the Icon who was slapping girl’s buttocks as they walked by him.
  • 2:26 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 8 (100 block of Sherman): Officers responded to a very intoxicated female who was found crying in the parking lot of the Bonsai Bistro. She told the officers she had been drinking at the Icon that night and her friends had left her there.
  • Much more here

CPD Blue Can’t Catch ‘Jackrabbit’

A Coeur d’Alene man wanted since January on an assault charge is being targeted by Crime Stoppers after eluding police at least twice recently. Adam Sabastian HIll, 38, “jackrabbits from us every time we get near him,” said Sgt. Christie Wood, spokeswoman for the Coeur d’Alene Police Department. Hill missed a hearing for an assault charge in January, according to court records. Police recently chased him around the Fruitland Lane area, then tried catching him near Appleway Avenue a couple weeks ago, Wood said. Hill got away each time/Meghann M. Cuniff, Sirens & Gavels. More here

Question: Do you think Police Chief Wayne Longo can run this guy down?

Bar Report: Cops Nail Public Urinators

Coeur d’Alene police caught a lot of public urinators in downtown Coeur d’Alene b/n July 22-28, including two guys hanging out near the Torch Lounge on Lakeside who couldn’t hold their water. In the latest Downtown Bar Report (for which a Berry Picker risked life & limb to ferry to this blog), you can follow the police battle against outdoor urination and bar fights, including the one mentioned above that happened @ 11:59 p.m. Thursday, July 22 @ 216 E Coeur d’Alene Ave: “Two males (28 & 30 years of age) were cited for Urinating in Public after officers noticed a group of 4 -5 persons in the Torch parking lot looking toward the alley. Upon approaching the alley, the officers contacted a male who was intoxicated and showed officers where he had urinated in the alley. Officers had observed a second male in the act and he was cited as well.” Complete Downtown Bar Report (July 22-28) here.

Question: Are you satisfied that Coeur d’Alene police are keeping a tight rein on public urinators, barroom fights, & worse at downtown bars this summer?

CPD Blue Eye Cameras For Waterfront

Item: Big brother may be watching: Cd’A police consider camera for Independence Point surveillance/David Cole, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: Coeur d’Alene police are looking at placing a surveillance camera at Independence Point, enabling officers to view a live video stream of the popular spot. The camera, if placed, would be accessible to police officers through their patrol cars using mobile data terminals, or through a stand-alone computer at the police station, said Coeur d’Alene police spokeswoman Sgt. Christie Wood.

  • Hux Poll: 60 of 83 respondents (72.3%) to a secondary poll Friday said they were comfortable w/having surveillance cameras at Independence Point. Full results here.

Question: Have the Coeur d’Alene police done a good job this summer keeping a lid on crime and hooliganism in downtown Coeur d’Alene and along the waterfront this summer?

Independence Point Security Cameras?

It is a busy time at Independence Point as people hit the beach to play in the water and soak up the sun.  Keeping the area safe is also an issue.  Police are exploring the idea of putting up surveillance cameras for extra security.  Not everyone is happy with the idea. KREM 2’s North Idaho reporter Dawn Crawley explains why here.