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The Coeur d'Alene Police Department may be taking the heat this week, but a string of officer-involved shootings in the past couple of years has many law enforcement agencies concerned about their eroding public image. Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger and Undersheriff Dan Mattos met with Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug, pictured, on Friday to discuss just that. "That's what we are doing here today. We were discussing how to deal with that image," Wolfinger said after a morning meeting at Calypso's Coffee in Coeur d'Alene. "You should start seeing some stuff come out on this early next week." The KCSO became embroiled in controversy last week when two deputies were filmed in a cellphone video, accusing a car full of young adults of drug-dealing because the officers thought they heard one of them say "nickel sack"/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
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On its Facebook page, the Post Falls Police Department explains this cover photo: "Law Officer Magazine will feature PFPD Officer (Jason) Hunt and PSD Andor on the front cover of the August edition of the magazine. The magazine is spotlighting the Dodge Charger, and they requested to use the photo taken by the CDA Press of the PFPD team with the Charger. The magazine will be out in the next few weeks and has a subscription of approximately 100,000 readers nationwide. (Photo: Jerome A. Pollos, Coeur d'Alene Press)
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In the aftermath of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) releasing a lengthy research project about U.S. law enforcement agencies’ use of domestic surveillance technology, new details have emerged about police departments in Idaho and their utilization of license plate scanners.
“The program allows for us to track stolen vehicles, locate fugitives, aid in Amber Alerts, runaway juveniles, missing persons, etc.,” said Sgt. Christie Wood, spokesperson for the Coeur d’Alene Police Department.
In an email exchange, Wood acknowledged what had been told to IdahoReporter.com last week by a spokesperson of the Idaho State Police (ISP): The Coeur d’Alene Police Department uses technology that scans and records the images of vehicles’ license plates, making a record of the time, date and location that the image was recorded. Full story. Idaho Reporter
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Item: Man having diabetic episode Tased by police:Low blood sugar caused him to be incoherent, police said/Chelsea Bannach, SR
More Info: A driver was Tased today for resisting before police realized he was actually having a diabetic episode. The incident started about 4:45 p.m. when dispatchers got a report of a man driving erratically on Seltice Way in Post Falls, “slow, fast and all over the lane,” said Post Falls police Sgt. Kathy Eshoo. Before an officer caught up to him, the man drove over a porch and clipped the corner of a house, before stopping in the yard, she said. The man was not complying with police orders and was Tased, Eshoo said, but he then began fighting with the officers.
Question: Was this situation handled properly by Post Falls police?
Police have identified two people who were found dead inside a Post Falls home Thursday evening. Christina K. Mandriguez, 38, and Jeffrey A. Hayes, 54, each died of a single gunshot wound to the forehead in a homicide/suicide, said Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug. The couple’s landlord found Mandriguez’s body around 5:15 p.m. and called police. Investigators found her slumped up against the front door, with a cell phone in her hand, Haug said. Hayes was found a few feet away in a hallway. A Glock handgun was between the two bodies/Chelsea Bannach, SR. More here.
Police confirmed that two people found dead inside a Post Falls home this evening each died of a gunshot wound to the head. An adult woman was found with a single gunshot wound in the front of her head around 5:15 p.m. She was slumped up against the front door, with a cell phone in her hand, said Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug. The man had a similar wound, and was found in a hallway a few feet away. A Glock handgun was on the scene. There was no sign of an intruder or forced entry to the rental home at 509 E. 11th St., but police are not calling it a murder/suicide, Haug said/Chelsea Bannach, SR. More here. And: Tori Brunetti’s KXLY story here.
A 25-year-old baby sitter is suspected of critically injuring a 3-year-old boy at his Post Falls home on Monday. The woman told police she’d shoved the boy to the ground as she was changing his clothes after he urinated, said Post Falls police Lt. Greg McLean. Doctors said the boy had a bleeding skull fracture; police aren’t sure if he’ll survive. The woman, whose name has not been released, called 911 about 4:30 p.m. “because he was unresponsive,” McLean said. “According to her, it was probably within 10 minutes (of the incident). She tried to revive him”/Meghann Cuniff, SR. More here.
Item: Pit bull shot, killed near I-90: Dog had multiple aggressive incidents, Post Falls police say/Brian Walker, Coeur d’Alene Press
More Info: A wandering pit bull that has had multiple aggressive incidents since Friday was shot to death by police on Wednesday after it was spotted near school playgrounds and became a traffic hazard along Interstate 90. The adult male dog, which weighed 80 to 90 pounds, was shot to death by an officer around noon on the north side of I-90 near the Slab Inn after it had been seen in the vicinity of Seltice Elementary and CornerStone Christian Academy.
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Post Falls police are looking for a man who tried to entice four juveniles into his silver or white Honda Saturday night. The youths told police that the man drove up to them at Syringa & Horsehaven at about 9 o’clock and told them to get into the car. According to a police report, he threatened to follow two of the teens until they got into his car. The juveniles fled the area and sought help from a local off-duty officer. The suspect car is described as a newer Honda Civic 4-door, with tinted windows, and a spoiler on the rear trunk and dark rims. The youths could not provide a description of the driver. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Post Falls police, 773-3517.
A Rogers High School teacher has been cited on a misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure for exposing his gentalia to a woman in the parking lot of Super One Foods/Post Falls. Daniel James Rhoades, 31, admitted to police that he intentionally exposed his genitals to the victim who was sitting in her parked car about 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7. Rhoades admitted that this was not the first incident where he had exposed his genitals in public, according to a Post Falls police news release. But he claims it was the first time that anyone had seen him do so. According to the police report, Rhoades was standing near the front of the store when he unzipped his pants and exposed himself to the victim. The victim was able to get the license plate number of his blue Dodge Dakota before he drove off.