Details of the investigation that led to hate crimes charges against a man accused of placing a bomb along the Martin Luther King Jr. Day march route will remain sealed, a federal judge has reconfirmed.
U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush issued a written ruling late Thursday that aligned with an earlier oral ruling against releasing the documents. The motion, brought by The Spokesman-Review with support from the Seattle Times and the Associated Press, requested that the court unseal the 35-page probable cause affidavit that describes why federal investigators arrested Kevin Harpham. Those documents detail the FBI investigation against Harpham, who has ties to white supremacist groups.
Harpham was arrested on March 9 and remains in jail without bail.
Water quality advocate honored
North Idaho resident Julie Dalsaso received the Art Manley Environmentalist Award Friday for her work on protecting water quality in the Coeur d’Alene basin.
The award was presented by the Kootenai Environmental Alliance during an Earth Day Gala at the Hayden Lake Country Club.
“Julie is passionate about protecting water quality in our lakes, protecting our shorelines from contamination and protecting waterways like Cougar Bay for quiet recreation,” according to a KEA news release.
Peter Grubb, owner and operator of ROW Adventures, was also honored. Grubb was a lead plaintiff in the court battle attempting to stop oversized equipment headed for Alberta’s oil sands to travel along Highway 12, which follows the Clearwater and Lochsa rivers.
Korrine Kreilkamp was honored for the Community Roots program. The program encourages local gardeners to donate produce to the food bank. The Dalton community-support agriculture project is part of that program.
Officer’s hunch ends with arrest
An alert police sergeant followed a suspicious driver in Spokane Valley on Wednesday night and discovered that the vehicle was stolen and the driver was wanted on warrants
Justin C. Luce, 31, 12500 E. Eighth Ave., was booked into Spokane County Jail on possession of a stolen vehicle, driving with a suspended license, and court warrants for his arrest for three previous misdemeanors.
Sgt. Matt Smith spotted a gray SUV near University Road and Valley Way and followed the vehicle at a distance as the driver circled slowly through the adjacent neighborhood.
When the officer approached the vehicle, he saw it had no rear license plate and stopped it.
It turned out the vehicle had been stolen earlier Wednesday from an auto dealership, Sgt. Dave Reagan said in a news release.
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