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New claim possible against youth leader

Another teenager has come forward claiming to have been victimized by a former Post Falls church volunteer, police confirmed Wednesday. Jordan Vernon, 20, arrested last week on suspicion he had sexual and inappropriate contact with several minor girls he met while serving as a youth group volunteer at Real Life Ministries, may face additional charges, Post Falls police said.

Ex-Post Falls church youth leader arrested

A former Post Falls church youth leader was arrested last week on suspicion he had sexual and inappropriate contact with several minor girls from the congregation. Another man was also arrested for allegedly trying to intimidate a witness in the case, said Post Falls police detective Sgt. Dave Beck.

Ex-Post Falls church youth leader arrested

A former Post Falls church youth leader was arrested last week on suspicion he had sexual and inappropriate contact with several minor girls from the congregation.

Medical episode cited in crashes

Post Falls police and fire crews worked to free occupants involved in one of two crashes Friday morning near Mullan Avenue and Idaho Street, both caused when one driver apparently suffered a medical episode. Witnesses told police that after hitting a vehicle at the intersection about 9:15 a.m., a Jeep continued at a high rate of speed westbound in the eastbound lane of Mullan, where it hit a Ford Contour head-on. The Jeep flipped, landing on its top.

Post Falls man injured in Fort Hood shooting

George Stratton III, of Post Falls, ducked for cover after hearing a deafening spray of gunfire at the Soldier Readiness Center on Thursday at Fort Hood, Texas. When he peeked up to see what was happening, the shooter stood 5 feet from him and shot him point-blank, his father, George Stratton Jr., told The Spokesman-Review on Friday morning.

Former Post Falls mayor, 97, dies

A former mayor of Post Falls died Thursday night at age 97. Francis Wilhelm served one term, from 1976 to 1980, and lived in the city most of his life. After turning 97 a few months ago, Wilhelm went parasailing on Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Mayoral challengers focus on spending, jobs

Three challengers seek to unseat mayors in Kootenai County’s two largest cities Nov. 3. In Coeur d’Alene, Joseph Kunka is attempting to prevent Sandi Bloem, the city’s first female mayor, from also becoming the first to serve three terms. In Post Falls, Mayor Clay Larkin faces private investigator Steven De Gon and Matthew Behringer, a call center worker.

Series of holdups may be linked

A series of robberies in the Inland Northwest continued over the weekend with three holdups in three days in the Coeur d’Alene area. A deli, a grocery store and a fast food restaurant were robbed by gunmen in Kootenai County, which followed stickups at an ice cream shop, restaurant and two coffee stands in Spokane last week.

Editorial: Library ballot measure checks out

The Kootenai-Shoshone Library District has been through half a dozen consolidations, but for Post Falls voters, the ballot proposal facing them on the Nov. 3 ballot will be a new experience. Naturally, voters want some answers before handing their library over to the district. What happens to the competent librarians and other professionals that patrons have come to appreciate? Why should Post Falls give away a relatively new facility that hasn’t even been paid off yet?

Budget, taxes focus of Post Falls races

All three incumbent Post Falls City Council members tout that the city held the line on taxes this year in the face of difficult economic times. Despite that fact, challengers are making taxes and the budget the primary issues in this year’s races.

Redline reaching goals

As a defender, the closest Charlie Redline had gotten to a soccer goal crease the last three years was the one he plays with his back against. Going into this season, Redline had scored no goals in his career. Imagine his surprise last week when he finished the regular season as Post Falls High’s leading scorer.