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Police seek help in near abduction

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Post Falls Police are asking for help to apprehend a man who tried to abduct a 9-year-old boy Tuesday afternoon.

The boy was walking down the street in the northwest neighborhood of Pioneer Ridge at about 4 p.m. when a man in an older model red truck drove up beside him, according to police.

The man allegedly told the boy to “get in the pickup before I hurt you,” according to police. The boy ran down the street and hid behind a parked car, said Lt. Greg Mclean. When the driver left the area, the boy fled and reported the threat to his older sister, who called police, Mclean said.

The man drove close enough to the boy that he was able to look inside the cab and see what the man was wearing – blue jeans, possibly a red tank-top shirt and a black baseball hat with blue stripes and writing. The suspect was white, in his mid-30s, with possible brown hair. He had a full beard and mustache that was brown and gray, according to police. He was also wearing older-style tinted glasses and had a dragon tattoo on his right bicep.

The truck was described as a small, older rusted red pickup with bucket seats. The license plate was decorated with mountains and trees and possibly had the letters I and L in it.

The police ask that anyone with information regarding the suspect call 773-3517 or access the police department’s anonymous tip page under “detectives” on the department’s Web site at

Sentencing hearing postponed one month

Boise The sentencing hearing for an Idaho teen convicted of killing her parents has been delayed a month.

Sarah Johnson’s sentencing will now take place June 29-30, according to Blaine County officials in Hailey.

District Court Judge Barry Wood, who presided over the six-week trial after it was moved to Boise because of pretrial publicity, didn’t give a reason in his order to postpone the hearing from May 19, court officials said.

Johnson, now 18, was convicted March 16 of shooting her mother, Diane Johnson, as she lay in bed. She then turned the .264-caliber rifle on her father, Alan Johnson, as he exited the shower in the couple’s bedroom in their Bellevue home on Sept. 2, 2003.

She faces up to two life terms for aggravated first-degree murder, plus 30 additional years behind bars because she used a gun in the slayings.

Her lawyer, Bob Pangburn, has said he’ll appeal the conviction following the sentencing hearing.

Skier rescued after avalanche injury

Boise A backcountry skier injured in an avalanche near Galena Summit was rescued by two fellow skiers and rescuers that were flown to the base of the slide area by a Ketchum-based helicopter pilot.

Ketchum resident Steve Waltcher broke his calf bone, wrist, pelvis, and both thigh bones, including one compound fracture, after being swept through the trees by a slide that was 140 feet wide and up to two feet deep.

“We were afraid for his life. He was very badly hurt, and we knew we needed a helicopter,” said Tom Pomeroy, who helped organize the rescue from the site of Friday’s avalanche.

It swept down an east-northeast facing slope of Titus Ridge for about 500 vertical feet, said Chris Lundy, a forecaster with the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center after investigating the scene over the weekend.

Flying in challenging winter conditions, Sun Valley Heli-Ski pilot Lon Stickney delivered Waltcher directly to St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center. He was stabilized and transported to Boise in a Lifeflight helicopter.

Lee Melly, a mountain guide with avalanche training through the American Avalanche Institute in Jackson, Wyo., and Pomeroy were skiing near Waltcher when the avalanche occurred. They quickly found him because he was only partially buried by the slide and called for help, they said.

McCall firefighter rescued in avalanche

Boise A 32-year-old McCall firefighter was rescued after being trapped beneath about 10 feet of snow in an avalanche Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities say 32-year-old Jeff Hingler was snowmobiling with friends near Slab Butte, which is located in rugged backcountry terrain just over a mile outside Brundage Mountain Ski Resort near McCall, at the time of the slide.

His friends dug him out from the snow before emergency teams responded. Hingler was wearing a tracking beacon, and his companions uncovered him after 15 minutes.

Authorities with the Valley County Sheriff’s Office say Hingler was not injured.

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