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Rathdrum teen cut from ‘American Idol’

She may have captured the heart of Rathdrum, but Rose Flack didn’t make the cut in Hollywood.

The North Idaho teen was one of about 30 singers eliminated on Wednesday’s night’s episode of “American Idol,” which airs on Fox.

Flack, 18, a 2008 graduate of Lakeland High School, was among 117 contestants chosen to audition in the show’s Hollywood round. The performances were taped late last year.

Though she knew she didn’t advance, Flack kept her fate secret – a contractual obligation – and appeared last week before a cheering crowd of students at Lakeland High. “I think you have to reach for the stars,” she told her hometown audience.

Her first time before the judges, last summer in Salt Lake City, often-blunt judge Simon Cowell told Flack, “There’s something about you that I absolutely love. You’ve got something special about you.”

Staff and wire reports


Photos may help identify serial robber

Spokane police hope someone recognizes the suspected serial robber shown in two surveillance photos released Wednesday.

Taken from footage from Tuesday’s OxyContin robbery at the Shopko at 9520 N. Division St., the photos show a masked man wearing light blue jeans and a black hooded jacket armed with a gun. That matches the description of the robber in four payday loan center robberies last month.

Police suspect the same man was responsible for an attempted robbery at Check into Cash at 920 N. Division less than an hour before the OxyContin heist.

The photos can be seen at Anyone with information is asked to call (509) 242-TIPS.

Meghann M. Cuniff

Spokane County

Teen in custody after threats, attack

A Spokane County sheriff’s deputy suffered minor injuries Wednesday when a teen he was detaining attacked him, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Larry Humphreys was taken to a hospital with cuts on his face and swelling around one eye after the boy, 14, struck him in the face about 4 p.m., according to a news release.

Deputies had responded to a home in the 9800 block of North Andrew Street after someone told a 911 dispatcher he was in the front yard threatening to harm the family inside.

After assaulting Humphreys, the teen led deputies on a 15-minute foot chase before being taken to Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center on felony charges of harassment – threats to kill, second-degree burglary and third-degree assault on law enforcement, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Meghann M. Cuniff

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