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  • Shasta’s home nearly done

    Shasta Groene will have a home next week with her own petal-pink bedroom and a Caribbean-themed playroom. After months of fundraising and work, the Coeur d’Alene house built entirely with …


  • Duncan case crawls forward, 2 years later

    BOISE – Lawyers are busy filing motions and compiling evidence. Court clerks are updating the docket and scheduling hearings. The federal case against Joseph Duncan is moving slowly toward trial. …


  • Students pitch in for Shasta

    Aspen Stam dipped strawberries in chocolate. Byron Jarnes peddled candy bars. Tyler Opp gave up two weeks’ worth of allowance. The reason: “For Shasta,” said 8-year-old Tyler, a third-grade student …


  • Shasta’s home under way

    A community effort to build a house for the lone survivor of one of the Coeur d’Alene area’s most notorious crimes reached a milestone Tuesday morning. More than 50 people …


  • Duncan’s next trial set for January

    Joseph Duncan will stand trial in January 2008, U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge said in an order issued Thursday. The Jan. 22, 2008, trial date is somewhat of a …


  • Steve Groene says time running out

    BOISE – Steve Groene told a federal court Monday that he’s dying of throat cancer – and if Joseph Duncan’s trial is put off for a year and a half, …


  • In brief: Shooting range plan for pit discussed

    The Kootenai County commission wants to have another public hearing before deciding whether to allow a shooting range in a gravel pit east of state Highway 41. The April 26 …


  • In brief: Prisoner sentenced for ‘04 shooting death

    A man who’s in prison for killing three people in a traffic collision was sentenced Thursday in another case in which he killed a man while fiddling with a loaded …


  • In brief: Duncan attorneys seek 18-month trial delay

    Attorneys for convicted killer Joseph Duncan want to postpone his federal trial by a year and a half. Thursday’s request by Duncan’s attorneys comes a day after a request by …


  • ‘Home for Shasta’ gains momentum

    Most of the labor and materials needed to build a home for Shasta Groene have been donated, and enough cash has been raised to put a down payment on a …


  • Duncan confessed, feds say

    A decade before Joseph Duncan allegedly abducted and killed Dylan Groene, he killed two girls in Western Washington and a boy in Southern California – crimes to which he has …


  • Duncan lawyer to seek delay

    BOISE – Joseph Duncan was ordered Friday to stand trial in federal court in March, but his attorney says the convicted killer’s defense won’t be ready by then. “The responsibilities …


  • Feds indict Duncan

    A federal grand jury indicted Joseph Duncan on Thursday for the torture killing of 9-year-old Dylan Groene and the May 2005 kidnappings of the boy and his sister, Shasta, from …


  • Feds file charge to keep Duncan in Idaho

    BOISE – Federal prosecutors have filed their first charge against convicted murderer Joseph Duncan, but it’s not for abducting two North Idaho children and killing one of them. Duncan has …


  • Decisions not made on 2nd Duncan trial

    A decision hasn’t been made on where Joseph Duncan might be tried for alleged crimes against the youngest Groene children, Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Haws said Tuesday. Haws said he’s …


  • In brief: Groene seeking motorcycle raffle

    Steve Groene is looking for a nonprofit group that can raffle off his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Some proceeds from the bike’s raffle will go to the individuals who helped rescue his …


  • Groene gets surprise gift: custom bike

    Steve Groene arrived at The Coeur d’Alene Resort on Friday anticipating a press conference about the federal case against Joseph Edward Duncan III, the man who killed Groene’s 13-year-old son …


  • McKenzie files suit to block Duncan profit

    The brother of murder victim Mark McKenzie is suing to prevent confessed killer Joseph Edward Duncan from making money off his crimes. Steve McKenzie filed the suit on behalf of …


  • Duncan defense costs add up

    Joseph Duncan’s defense team spent about $400,000 preparing for his triple-murder trial in Coeur d’Alene before the trial was canceled last week after a last-minute plea bargain. The Kootenai County …


  • Duncan describes murders in detail, gets moved to state prison

    After 478 days in isolation, Kootenai County’s most notorious inmate was transferred Monday to the state’s maximum-security prison in Kuna, Idaho. Joseph Duncan was moved three days after an interview …


  • Shasta key to Duncan plea deal

    Kootenai County Prosecutor Bill Douglas said Wednesday he feels bad for family members of Joseph Duncan’s murder victims if they misunderstood key points in the plea deal that Douglas crafted …


  • Our View: Though federal case remains, Duncan’s plea a win

    For one of the few times in his adult life, Joseph Duncan did something with others in mind. At least he said he did. Who knows what truly motivates this …


  • Duncan admits guilt

    Justice and closure. The words were repeated again and again Monday morning as investigators, attorneys and victims’ relatives reacted to Joseph Duncan’s admission that he murdered three members of a …


  • Password is key bargaining chip

    Joseph Duncan didn’t throw in all his cards when he accepted a last-minute plea deal that short-circuited the need for a jury trial. As part of the unique plea bargain, …


  • Duncan deal in works?

    Jury selection in the triple-murder trial of Joseph Edward Duncan III has been canceled, fueling speculation that a plea deal has been reached with Kootenai County prosecutors. Kootenai County sheriff’s …


  • The case against Duncan

    Joseph Edward Duncan will be tried in Kootenai County without two key pieces of evidence: The murder weapon and physical proof that in May 2005 he was in the Wolf …


  • Death sentence would be first for prosecutor, defender

    If Joseph Duncan is convicted and sentenced to death, it will be a first for both Kootenai County Public Defender John Adams and Prosecutor Bill Douglas. In the dozen years …


  • Duncan jury selection closed

    The public and news media will not be allowed to watch jury selection in the Joseph Duncan murder-kidnapping trial that begins Monday in Coeur d’Alene. First District Judge Fred Gibler …


  • Duncan jury pool gets questionnaire

    A hefty jury questionnaire was mailed recently to 800 Kootenai County residents summoned for the jury pool in the Joseph Duncan triple-murder trial. The prospective jurors, who are scheduled to …


  • Shasta competent to testify, judge says

    Shasta Groene, the key witness in the case against accused killer Joseph Duncan, has been declared competent to testify in his triple-murder trial. First District Judge Fred Gibler spent 90 …

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