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Younger Women, Faster Horses …

More from CPD Blue’s Downtown Bar Reporter: An extremely intoxicated 52 year old woman was taken into protective custody after making statements she wanted to kill herself. Apparently she had been drinking at the Beacon and was upset because her date left her for a younger female.

Question: Does the Downtown Bar scene seem lovely to you?

Off To A Rough Start

From CPD Blue Downtown Bar Report, July 7-13 (see complete report here): Officers responded to the 500 block of Sherman regarding a physical domestic dispute between a 46 year old male and 38 year old female. The female was locked in the vehicle and the male was pounding on the vehicle. Apparently they had been drinking at the Iron Horse and the male wanted to return home (Budget Saver Motel); however, his wife wasn’t ready to go, so he grabbed and drug her to the car. The suspect’s story was different maintaining he didn’t want her to drive drunk so he tried to get her keys, but she locked herself into the car and when he jumped over the hood to get in the passenger side, she accidently slammed his hand in the door (didn’t need medical but that’s when his wedding ring broke). The victim’s story was she didn’t want to leave the bar. She told the officer it had been a good day—they had married earlier that day and spent the day at the beach. The suspect was arrested for domestic battery.

  • DFO: Be sure to check out the Downtown Bar Report link. Funny, but tragic stuff in there.

Question: Ah, do you hold out much hope for this marriage?

CPD Blue Locates 2 Girl Runaways

  • Update (via KHQrightnow Twitter): KHQ has learned that a man has been arrested in the Coeur d’Alene endangered runaways case. KHQ Reporter Mike Perry is in Coeur d’Alene gathering more information on the suspect.

The two female runaways have been located in an apartment at 3825 N. Ramsey Road. Charity Jordan and Tina Jewell are fine, and currently being detained by police until they are released to their parents. The Police Department was notified of their whereabouts by a citizen. Officers are still on scene, and determining if an adult is responsible for harboring them. I have no further information if that occurred at this time.

Question: Do you think police officers get frustrated when they’re looking for runaways? After all, it seems that the runaways don’t want to be at home. And will take off again. It almost seems like a catch-and-release situation.


Group Gives Special Bike To Mike Kralicek

A Coeur d’ Alene police officer seriously injured in the line of duty six years ago gets a brand new bike to help with his rehabilitation. 40-year old Mike Kralicek was shot in the head while responding to a call for back up in 2004. At first doctors believed Kralicek would be in a vegetative state for the rest of his life. However over the years Kralicek has proved doctors wrong going from a quadriplegic to walking. On Wednesday Kralicek received a brand new Recumbent Trike. The trike will give Kralicek the freedom to bike and strengthen his legs. … “Still striving for more independence, trying to show other people that there’s a hope there’s still a way,” Kralicek said/Annie Bishop, KXLY. More here.

Question: Are you inspired by Mike Kralicek will to regain his freedom?

Explosives Cause CdA Street Closure

Coeur d’Alene Police officers have responded to the 600 block of West Davidson for the report of found explosives in a residence. The streets are blocked off in the 700 block of Davidson and Nora St. Please alert drivers to avoid the area. Sgt. Christie Wood reports: “We are in process of communicating with the Spokane Bomb squad. These explosive devices appear to be very old, and were possibly found by the owners of the property while they were cleaning out the house after a long term renter moved.” More information will be provided as it becomes available.

CPD: Transients May Have Hung Swastikas

Police believe the people suspected of hanging Aryan posters (on Highway 95 between Neider & Bosanko), in Coeur d’Alene recently are transients. Because they are, the department is having a difficult time locating them, said Mario Rios, Coeur d’Alene police detective. But officers don’t believe the suspects are affiliated with the church of Jesus Christ of Aryan Nations, either/Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

3 Men Rob Pedestrian @ 4th & Garden

A 53YO man was robbed at 4:38 this morning as he was walking by three men in a vehicle who passed him and stopped at the intersection of Fourth & Garden. Two of the men approached the pedestrian. One said: ”Sorry I have to mess with you” and pushed the victim backward. Then, the robber told the victim, “I want your stuff,” according to police reports. The victim was scared he was going to be beat up and handed over an undisclosed amount of money, and some personnel items. At that point, the robber’s companion told the victim to “run away” or he would be shot. Suspect #3 was the driver of the vehicle, but never came over to the victim/Coeur d’Alene Today. More here.

Question: Are you afraid to walk at night in Coeur d’Alene?

Avista Shutoff Sets Off B&B Owner

The serviceman showed up around 11 a.m. at The Roosevelt Inn Bed & Breakfast, said Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Christie Wood. John and Tina Hough have owned the business for about 11 years, Tina Hough said. The power shut-off notice listed unpaid bills totaling $3,132.14. John Hough was alone in the B&B when the serviceman showed up, his wife said. Receiving the notice “just set him off” she said, because the couple has been behind on bills and was pinning hopes on the lucrative summer tourism season. All other creditors have been patient with them as they worked to catch up, she said. “We’ve been struggling to get through here,” Tina Hough said. John Hough called Avista’s customer-service center and police said he made threatening statements that included reference to a gun/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.

Local Biz Owner Taken Into Custody

  • Alison Boggs’ is working on a story re: this incident involving Roosevelt Inn owner John Hough. She has talked to Hough’s. Stay tuned.

HucksOnline has learned the following from spokeswoman Christie Wood re: the man taken into custody over the utility dispute: “The male was never on the roof. This started as the male having a dispute with Avista over his bill. The Avista employee went to the address to shut off the power. The male called the Avista office in front of the employee and had a heated conversation with them. I cannot release the details of his statements except to acknowledge he was threatening and mentioned a weapon. Much more below.

Family Survived By Singing, Drawing

Press release from Sgt. Christie Wood (pictured)/Coeur d’Alene Police Department: Coeur d’Alene Police detectives interviewed Neil and Connie Bigelow after they returned to the Coeur d’Alene residence of their grandchildren this morning. Neil stated they took a drive to the Hayden Creek area, and his vehicle became high-centered in the snow near the top of road 206. Neil said it was near dark, and he was not sure how far they were from Coeur d’Alene. They decided to wait out the night in the vehicle. Connie Bigelow sang songs with the children and helped them draw pictures. At daybreak they were able to dig themselves out and drive back to Coeur d’Alene. Detectives reported the children are in good condition and happy to be home. More here.

Question: Have you ever been lost or stranded in the woods?

Longo Supports Officers’ Actions

Item: ‘Police Chief: I support the actions of my officers’/KHQ

More Info: Both lawsuits occurred in the summer of 2008. The first involves a traffic stop in which now 20-year-old Natalie Reighard claims she was sexually and physically assaulted during a weapons search, performed by Officer Jared Reneau. The second lawsuit also stems from a traffic stop, when DeLoyd Scott was riding by on his bicycle. Officers asked him for ID, which he refused, a scuffle broke out, and Scott was tased seven times. Internal investigations found no illegal activity by officers in either case, and Chief Longo says no officers were disciplined.

Question: When should police officers use their Tasers? 

Briefs: Neighbors Dispute Over Cat

A Coeur d’Alene man made a horrible discovery in a neighbor’s trashcan during a recent search for his missing cat, Molly. According to CPD Blue police reports, Ron Moultrie of Fruitdale Avenue was looking for his pet in the area of 15th Street and Davis & Davis when he noticed a bad smell coming from a trashcan in the 3200 block of 15th Street. Upon investigation, he found the body of his cat in a plastic grocery bag. The animal had been shot to death with a pellet from a gun. Prior to calling police, he confronted a neighbor he’d seen shooting a pellet gun in his yard. The neighbor denied shooting and cat and later told police he didn’t know how Moultrie’s dead pet had gotten into his trashcan. He also denied shooting his pellet gun in his yard.

Interest Grows In Local Police Work

Item: Interest in law enforcement careers growing/Jody Lawrence-Turner, SR

More Info: A career that involves putting your life on the line has apparently become more appealing, as long as it offers decent pay and job stability. Applications for police work are climbing after several years of recruitment struggles, according to most Inland Northwest police agencies. In the past 12 months, the Spokane Police Department received nearly double the applications it did over the same period the year before. The Coeur d’Alene Police Department saw 36 percent more interest.

Question: When you were little, did you dream of growing up to be a fireman or a policeman?

Police Recapture Post Falls Escapee

At 4:10 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Police with assistance from Post Falls Police, took Cherish D. Miller, 19, of Coeur d’Alene, into custody after receiving a tip that she was at her parent’s residence at Sonic Drive and Mullan Avenue in Post Falls. Her parents were not home when officers arrived. Miller was still wearing the handcuffs on her left hand. She was transported to jail and is facing charges for escape and malicious injury to property, due to the damage to the patrol vehicle/CPD Blue press release.

CPD Blue Seeks Female Escapee

Coeur d’Alene Police are looking for Cherish D. Miller, 19, of Post Falls, who escaped from police custody at 12:35 p.m. today. Miller was detained for a misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear on a crime she was charged with while still a minor. She was handcuffed and placed into the rear seat of a marked patrol car. The patrol vehicle was not running and the doors were locked. While the officer was interviewing other suspects with warrants at the residence, Miller pried off a foam seal around the window of the cage that separates officers from suspects. It is believed she slipped her cuffs in order to have her hands in front of her. She opened the slide mechanism on the window of the cage and. She climbed through the cage and exited the vehicle. Officers searched the surrounding area for Miller but couldn’t find her. Miller is a white female, 5’8, 130, blonde hair (was pinned up today) and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing black pants, black Vans shoes, and a black and red flannel jacket. She is possibly still wearing handcuffs.

2nd Burglary Suspect

Suspect #2- White female, approximately 21 years of age, average height and weight, long dark hair, blue stocking cap, white ski jacket. See Sgt. Christie Wood’s CPD Blue press release in following post.

CPD Blue Seeks Condo Burglars

On Dec. 29 at 8:16 a.m., Coeur d’Alene Police responded to the Parkside Condos,

601 E. Front Ave.,
for the report of a burglary. According to the building Superintendant Orly White, the burglary occurred sometime between midnight to 5:30 a.m. The individual condos were not burglarized. The office and lobby areas were targeted. It is possible they gained entry through an unlocked door. Computers, flat screen TV and tools are among some of the items stolen.  Surveillance cameras captured the burglary suspects inside and outside of the building. Attached to this release are photos of the suspects. Their description follows below:

Longo: Stay Home

Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo is telling citizens to stay home due to hazardous road conditions. “The roads should be utilized for emergency vehicle travel only,” Longo said in a news release. Police and Fire units are responding to an overwhelming number of stranded motorist calls for assistance. If emergency travel is needed, motorists should stay off all side streets. City snowplow crews are working as quickly as possible, the release said. Police are asking residents to assist each other with shoveling and snow blowing and to check on elderly or infirm neighbors. Question: Is everyone heeding the chief’s advice? Or are you one of those who has a reason to be out and about?