Post Falls wants to make it easier for bicyclists, walkers and hikers to use the city’s pathways.
The city’s Parks and Recreation Commission voted Tuesday night to create a subcommittee to focus on how to connect the pathways in the city.
Subcommittee members would look at completing connections for the Centennial Trail and how north-south trails can get across the freeway, said Dave Fair, parks and recreation director.
He anticipates the committee would be made up of people from the Planning and Zoning Commission, Centennial Trail Foundation, and Parks and Recreation Commission.
Once they put together a tentative plan, they’ll seek public input, Fair said, probably around March.
Cancer Center fares well in national survey
North Idaho Cancer Center recently got high marks from the American College of Surgeons Commission for its performance in a tri-annual survey.
The commission surveyed the Cancer Center on Aug. 16, but the center just learned that the commission approved it with commendation, Kootenai Medical Center announced Wednesday.
The Cancer Center, a service of KMC, met all 10 of the commission’s standards, and exceeded the requirements in these five areas: its tumor board, education, continuous quality of service, community outreach and data collection. The recent results were the best yet for the Cancer Center, according to the center’s office manager.
“We are pleased with the efforts of our oncology and medical staff at North Idaho Cancer Center and all who helped prepare for this survey,” Carmen Brochu, KMC’s vice president of patient care services, said in a press release Wednesday.
Oktoberfest to be held at Q’emiln Park
Sauerkraut will be gorged upon and beer will flow this Friday at Q’emiln Riverside Park pavilion in Post Falls.
The Post Falls Historical Society is holding its 12th annual Oktoberfest, with the proceeds going to fund the group’s activities, such as photograph preservation and oral video histories.
The event begins at 4:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door for $8, or $5 for senior citizens and children under 12.
Man pleads guilty to kidnapping, rape
A Medical Lake-area man admitted in court Wednesday that he imprisoned a woman at gunpoint, tied her to a bed, tried to rape her and then took her – still tied up – to a remote area near Grand Coulee Dam in August 2004.
Tony W. Desautel, 35, pleaded guilty in Superior Court to first-degree kidnapping, as charged, and to third-degree rape in a plea bargain that calls for him to get 5 2/3 years in prison when he is sentenced on Nov. 18.
Desautel had been charged with attempted second-degree rape, but pleaded to third-degree rape even though Deputy Prosecutor John Love and defense attorney Bevan Maxey agreed Desautel didn’t complete the crime. The substitution allowed Desautel to receive a lower sentence.
According to court documents, Desautel kidnapped the woman, whom he knew, when she came to his home at 24527 S. Pine Springs Road.
He took her to a wooded area on the Colville Indian Reservation, about eight miles north of Coulee Dam, Wash., where he apologized, composed a makeshift will and gave the woman the keys to his pickup.
She told Colville Tribal Police she had driven about 15 feet when she heard a gunshot, but it was dark and she kept going and called police on her cellular phone.
Officers found Desautel had shot himself in the upper chest with a .38-caliber pistol. He survived and was freed while awaiting trial scheduled for July 18 this year.
About a week before his trial, Desautel absconded. He was arrested seven weeks later, on Aug. 28, in Sandpoint.
Desautel had no previous convictions except for an Okanogan County misdemeanor in 1992.
Police investigate string of burglaries
Four homeowners in north Spokane County came home Monday to find that their residences had been burglarized.
Investigators believe the same suspect broke into homes along the 13500, 13900 and 12700 blocks of East Frideger Road. Another home in the 42500 block of North Jefferson was also hit, Spokane County Sheriff’s spokesman Cpl. Dave Reagan said in a news release.
In each case, the burglar either forced open a glass door or smashed windows to gain entry. Jewelry was taken from each home. One homeowner also lost a safe, and it appears the burglar copied down check numbers for possible use in identity theft, Reagan said.
Deputies were unable to find any witnesses but did photograph tire tracks found at some of the residences, Reagan said. Anyone with information regarding suspects or their vehicles is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (509) 242-TIPS (8477).
Third of signatures needed for recall verified
Spokane County elections workers have verified more than a third of the signatures needed to put a recall of Spokane Mayor Jim West on a special election ballot later this year.
As of Wednesday afternoon, elections staff had accepted 4,362 signatures on petitions submitted to the county last week. They had rejected 766 signatures and set aside another 355 for further study if those are needed to determine whether the petition drive is successful.
Recall supporters turned in more than 17,000 signatures and need at least 12,567 valid signatures to put the issue on the ballot. The petitions have so far had a validation rate of about 79 percent.
Street repairs may cause delays today
Drivers may see delays today as Spokane city crews repair streets in two areas.
Crews will be sealing cracks on Grand Boulevard between Ninth and 25th avenues and completing grinder patching on Hamilton Street between Cataldo and Springfield.
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