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Tribal officials face allegations

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A criminal complaint has been filed against three members of the Spokane Tribal Council alleging misappropriation of tribal property, the tribal prosecutor said Friday.

During a hearing in Wellpinit, Wash., on Thursday, a tribal judge granted council chairman Greg Abrahamson, vice chairman Warren Seyler and councilman David C. Wynecoop a continuance until June 30, at which time the three officials are to be arraigned, according to Ronald L. Gutierrez, another tribal Council member who spoke at a news conference in Spokane on Friday.

The conference was attended by more than a dozen tribal members.

“We as concerned tribal members trust in our Tribal Court system and in the tribal prosecutor to pursue the issue in a professional manner to the fullest extent of the law,” Gutierrez said.

The charges involve misappropriation of property purchased by the tribe through the state’s government surplus program, Gutierrez said. He said the property was worth “several thousand dollars.” He also said that a tribal judge from the nearby Colville Reservation will preside in the case.

Tribal prosecutor Dale Nagy confirmed that his office has filed a complaint against Abrahamson, Seyler and Wynecoop but would not provide details of the case. The three accused officials declined to comment on the allegations through their attorney, Dave Lundgren, in Portland.

Car show features Chevys, Studebakers

Car buffs can spend today surrounded by old Chevys, Fords, Studebakers and other classics.

The show, held in the parking lot of Telect Inc. at 2111 N. Molter Road in Liberty Lake, is sponsored by Spokane Area Classic Chevy Club. The club was formed in 1978 and has held similar events for more than 25 years.

There’s a $15 entry fee for cars and the event includes a raffle, silent auction and concessions. Admission is free.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Gun search leads to meth operation

The Kootenai County Drug Task Force, Idaho State Police and the Coeur d’Alene Police discovered a methamphethamine lab in the 3200 block of North Seventh Street this week while looking for stolen guns.

Katie L. Bennett, 37, of Coeur d’Alene was arrested at the scene where agents found a “sizeable” lab that was in the process of cooking meth. Recovered at the scene was a stolen 9 mm Glock handgun and a large amount of ammunition.

Also arrested later that day was Sean F. Moore, 33, of Coeur d’Alene, on suspicion of manufacturing meth. Bennett and Moore were stealing power from Avista Utilities to operate the lab, according to police.

Police were alerted to the lab by a juvenile who was arrested after escaping from Anchor House boys’ home Wednesday. The juvenile reportedly stole weapons from his dad, but a 10 mm handgun reported stolen is still missing, according to police.

Police ask that anyone with information regarding the case to call the task force at 769-2291.

Dead gray wolf ate poisoned meat

Boise U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents confirmed Friday that a male gray wolf found dead three weeks ago in a central Idaho wilderness area was poisoned.

The 2- to 3-year-old wolf, which wore a radio-tracking collar, was killed by eating meat laced with a gray granular poison known as “Temik,” a pesticide used on agricultural crops.

The killing of an animal protected by the Endangered Species Act is punishable by a fine of $100,000 and one year in jail.

“In this case, Temik not only killed a gray wolf, but it also poses a potential public safety hazard,” Bragonier said. “We are very interested in finding whoever is responsible for the crime.”

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