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Doug Clark: A lawmaker of a higher caliber

Nothing says “Welcome back from vacation, Doug” like a Road Rage Republican. So thanks to whoever gifted the newspaper with court documents about the firearms violations that were issued to Matt Shea after the Spokane Valley legislator’s dustup with another driver last November.

Legislator pulled gun during road incident

A Spokane Valley legislator pulled a gun during a confrontation with another motorist last November in what police reports describe as a road rage incident. He was cited for two violations of state firearms law. Republican Matt Shea, a state representative seeking a third term this fall, had a handgun in his pickup truck and had let his concealed weapons permit expire, a violation of state law, when he was contacted by Spokane police investigating reports of erratic driving and one driver threatening another with a handgun.

Guilty verdict in N. Idaho road rage trial

For the second time in six years a Kootenai County jury has convicted a man of second-degree murder for fatally running over a woman during a 2006 road rage encounter with the woman, her husband and two daughters. Jonathan Wade Ellington, 51, has already served six years in prison for the Jan. 1, 2006, incident but was released last year after the Idaho Supreme Court overturned his convictions because of problems with his first trial.

Retrial begins in 2006 Idaho road rage death

Prosecutors say he used his vehicle as a weapon against two sisters and their mother in an angry road encounter fueled by his own rage. But Jonathan Wade Ellington’s lawyers told jurors at the opening day of his murder trial Thursday that the North Idaho man was simply trying to get away from gunfire when he ran over and killed Vonnette Larsen on Jan. 1, 2006.

Portland officer charged in Post Falls road rage incident

A Portland police captain accused of brandishing a gun during a road rage incident on Interstate 90 in Post Falls acted arrogantly to state troopers as if he thought “I’m a cop and it’s no big deal,” according to a police report recently unsealed in Kootenai County. Todd Loren Wyatt, 43, pleaded not guilty Friday through his attorney in Kootenai County District Court to exhibition of a deadly weapon, a misdemeanor, in connection with the Aug. 13 encounter. Trial is scheduled for Feb. 6.

ISP backs trooper’s word

The Idaho State Police says its top accident reconstruction expert did not lie on the witness stand in a fatal road rage case that sent a Hayden man to prison for 25 years, even though the Idaho Supreme Court indicated the police official did give false testimony. ISP officials Friday released results of their internal investigation into testimony provided by Cpl. Fred Rice, a 28-year agency veteran. Rice was put on paid administrative leave in June after the Supreme Court suggested he perjured himself in the second-degree murder case of Jonathan Wade Ellington, 50.

ISP concludes Rice did not lie in road rage death

The Idaho State Police says its top accident reconstruction expert did not lie on the witness stand in a fatal road rage case that sent a Hayden man to prison for 25 years, even though the Idaho Supreme Court indicated Rice did give false testimony.

Retrial delayed in 2006 murder case

A man convicted of murder based in part on what the Idaho Supreme Court ruled was false testimony from a state trooper is now scheduled to stand trial in November. Jonathan Wade Ellington’s lawyer, Kootenai County deputy public defender Anne Taylor, requested the delay to allow an accident reconstruction expert more time to complete his report.

Hayden man awaits second trial in jail

A man whose second-degree murder conviction was overturned in May by the Idaho Supreme Court turned himself in Wednesday to the Kootenai County Jail, while he awaits a new trial. Jonathan Wade Ellington, 50, was sentenced to 25 years in prison and 15 years each on two counts of aggravated battery charges for running over a woman in what prosecutors called a road-rage incident Jan. 1, 2006.