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Remembering Jonny On His Birthday

Elizabeth Yalian provided the photo of her son, Jonathan, in his Rathdrum Police Department uniform (above) and as a toddler (below).

Jonathan Franco, the Rathdrum police officer killed in a motorcycle crash earlier this fall, would have been 28 today. In memory of Jonny, HucksOnline is please to run an essay about him by his mother, Elizabeth Yalian. Who notes in the essay that Jonny loved guns and included a note he wrote as a young boy when he got his first gun: “The best thing I ever (heard) was the day Mom said I could have a B.B. gun.  I thaohgt I would faint when Mom said yes but I had to get this awfull haircut but I didn’t care. Mom had already gotton me B.B.s and later got me some pellets.  We went in to Shopco and thier it was the most buitiful thing I ever saw. After school I couldn’t wait to go shooting I was very angcious to knock some cans of the hey stak.  A few weeks later I got a scope and after Christmas I got a case for it.” You can read Elizabeth Yalian's entire essay here.

Question: Elizabeth Yalian has asked people who knew Jonny to drop her a note re: how he blessed their lives.

Services For Rathdrum Officer Today

Services and a funeral procession for Jonathan Franco, a Rathdrum police officer who died on Saturday in a motorcycle crash north of Newport, Wash., are today. The viewing will start at noon at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls and run until 1:30 p.m. The funeral will be held from 1:30-3 p.m. An Honor Guard will be present to post colors. A funeral procession of police vehicles will run from RLM, north on Highway 41 to Rathdrum's Pinegrove Cemetery where Franco will be buried/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Crash kills off-duty Rathdrum policeman

CUSICK, Wash. (AP) — A police officer from Rathdrum, Idaho, was killed in a motorcycle crash near Cusick on Highway 20.

The Washington State Patrol says 27-year-old Jonathan Franco was riding his motorcycle Saturday when it rear-ended a car that has slowed for an injured deer in the roadway.

Franco has been a Rathdrum officer for nearly five years. He is survived by his parents and two sisters.

PM: Crash Kills Rathdrum Officer

An off-duty Rathdrum police officer was killed Saturday morning when his motorcycle was involved with a two vehicle accident four miles south of Cusick. Johnathon Franco, 27, had been with Rathdrum police since 2006 working as a patrol officer. Coeur d'Alene Press reported that Franco's motorcycle hit a Plymouth whose driver slowed for an injured deer in the road. Motorcycle debris from wreck struck a third vehicle. Spokane Valley-based photographers, Shmily Face Photography, spent time with him in May. More from Nicole Hensley, KXLY here. (Photo courtesy: Shmily Face Photography)

Reward for tips on school bomb threat

A reward is being offered for tips that identify a suspect ina bomb threat at North Idaho elementary school last fall that police believe may be connected to a bank robbery.

A man believed to be in his 20s called a bomb threat into the main office at Garwood Elementary School on Oct. 21 at 10:30 a.m.

About an hour later, a masked gunman robbed Wells Fargo Bank, 16234 North Highway 41 in Rathdrum.

The robber, who police believe was alone, is described as a white man in his 20s, 5-foot-5 with a thin to medium build. He drove away southbound on Highway 41 to westbound Highway 53 in a two-door silver compact car, possibly a newer Honda, that was parked in the bank lot.

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

Masked gunman robs Rathdrum bank

A gunman in a large parka and an orange ski mask robbed a bank in Rathdrum Thursday.

Surveillance photos show the man entering the Wells Fargo, 16234 North Highway 41, at 11:37 a.m. Police say he pointed a gun at a teller and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The robber, who police believe was alone, is described as a white man in his 20s, 5-foot-5 with a thin to medium build.

He drove away southbound on Highway 41 to westbound Highway 53 in a two-door silver compact car, possibly a newer Honda, that was parked in the bank parking lot.

Anyone with information is asked to call Rathdrum police at (208) 687-0711 or the Coeur d’Alene division of the FBI at (208) 664-5128.

The robbery occurred about 40 minutes after a bomb threat was called into Garwood Elementary School, which is about five miles from the bank, but police do not know if the incidents are related.

Cops: Woman ran over husband with SUV

A Rathdrum woman is accused of running over her husband in an SUV. 

Joyce Wilhite, 45, remains in Kootenai County Jail on a hit-and-run charge. Her husband, Timothy Wilhite, 51, is in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Police say Joyce Wilhite dragged her husband more than 100 feet in a gold Chevrolet SUV about 12:30 p.m. on Thursday ater an argument.

“From what she reports he jumped on the hood of the car and she still drover down the street,” said Rathdrum Police Chief Kevin Fuhr. “She thought he had rolled off the side of the car when in fact he had rolled under the car.”

Police found Timothy Wilhite lying in the road with “severe injuries to his head and body,” police said. His wife returned home without calling police, Fuhr said.

Joyce Wilhite was arraigned Friday on a charge of leaving the scene of an injury accident.