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In brief: Teen allegedly tortured kitten

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Post Falls police are recommending that a 16-year-old boy be charged with cruelty to an animal and torture related to abuse that resulted in a kitten’s death Monday.

Police found out about the incident when another youth told them the boy had sent a text message about the torture, said Lt. Greg Mclean.

When police responded to a home on East Park Ridge Loop, the boy admitted putting the kitten in the freezer for 10 minutes and then microwaving it for a minute.

According to Mclean, the teen then said the kitten was “acting funny,” so he put it in a trash bin.

Police retrieved the kitten, which was still alive, and took it to an emergency animal hospital where it had to be euthanized.

Mclean said the boy’s parents were shocked when they were told of the incident.

The charges recommended by Post Falls police are misdemeanors that could result in juvenile jail time, a fine or probation.

Stevens County

Charges dropped in 460-acre fire

Charges were dropped Tuesday against a Loon Lake, Wash., woman who allegedly started a 460-acre wildfire in August 2006.

Heidi Marie Day, 23, was ruled incompetent to stand trial because she is developmentally disabled, said Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen. Authorities knew she was disabled when she was summoned to court Nov. 28, but “we didn’t know how profound it was,” Rasmussen said.

After Day’s brief testimony Tuesday, Rasmussen dismissed her first-degree reckless burning charge without prejudice, he said.

The wildfire destroyed four homes and 14 outbuildings near Valley, Wash., and required 200 firefighters and aerial retardant drops. Nobody was injured. Day allegedly started the fire by burning garbage bags outside her friend’s home six miles south of Chewelah.

Kootenai County

ISP will close I-90 interchange

The Rose Lake Interstate 90 interchange will be closed for about three hours Thursday morning so that Idaho State Police can continue their investigation into a Sunday crash that killed three children.

The interchange will be closed starting at about 3:30 a.m., according to an Idaho Transportation Department press release. I-90 traffic will continue but be detoured to off-ramps and then back onto the freeway.

The crash also seriously injured two adults when the car they were in hit a bridge pillar.

Boise

Idaho avoiding major wildfires

Crews are battling wildfires in forests and rangeland across the state, but officials say Idaho has managed to avoid the big blazes testing neighboring states.

As of Tuesday, fire officials in Idaho had reported no major injuries or significant property damage.

Reinforcements were expected to arrive late Tuesday at a collection of three fires – called the Tongue Complex fire – that scorched more than 19 square miles of sage and grassland 45 miles south of Silver City. The complex, burning in high desert, was 5 percent contained and moving toward historic ranch buildings, said Bureau of Land Management spokesman Brandon Hampton.

A separate fire, about eight miles from Silver City, had burned more than 10 square miles of hilly terrain, and Hampton said it is 55 percent contained.

Near Weiser, crews continued to battle the Warm Springs Fire, which was 70 percent contained Tuesday. From staff and wire reports

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