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Duncan may have more victims

Investigators are now reviewing unsolved missing children cases nationwide for possible links to kidnapping and murder suspect Joseph Edward Duncan III. Typically, the arrest of a violent sexual predator would prompt a regional review of unsolved cases, said FBI Special Agent Brent Robbins. But in Duncan's case, the FBI decided to ask for a massive review of cases nationwide.

Sheriff rewards Shasta’s rescuers

Two Denny's employees were rewarded Thursday for their role in the rescue of Shasta Groene earlier this month, but her father thinks another rescuer was shortchanged and is considering giving him his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department awarded $4,315 each to Amber Deahn, the Coeur d'Alene Denny's waitress who recognized Shasta, and to her manager Linda Olson, who told the 911 dispatcher that a customer in the restaurant looked a lot like the missing Coeur d'Alene girl.

Groene case inspiring adults to discuss abuse with children

The recent murder and kidnapping case in Coeur d'Alene's back yard depressed children's advocate Tinka Schaffer, but she also saw an opportunity in the accompanying publicity to help teach children about sexual abuse. The man charged with the crimes, Joseph E. Duncan III, is a registered sex offender with a history of molesting children.

Region struggles to cope with crimes

Sitting at the end of the bar in the American Legion Post 149 in Athol, manager Shirley Hyke doesn't know what North Idaho is coming to. The brutal killings and kidnapping of members of the Groene household, a close call in a police standoff earlier this week, and now a 12-year-old girl stabbed repeatedly and left for dead have left Hyke emotionally tattered.

Duncan’s prison file reveals skilled liar, sexual deviant

OLYMPIA – Shortly after Joseph Edward Duncan III's initial release from prison, his therapist and parole officer clashed over the appropriateness of the sex life he adopted as part of his newfound freedom. "Would you please explain how permitting Mr. Duncan to sustain an adulterous relationship with a married woman is beneficial to his sexual deviancy issues?" his community corrections officer, Sandra Silver, wrote to Duncan's therapist.

Duncan tried to get child porn in prison

OLYMPIA – State prison records released Monday show that Joseph Edward Duncan III, as a prison inmate in Walla Walla, protested when officials there prevented him from receiving a publication that "clearly depicted child pornography." "I will support the actions of the mailroom," Washington State Penitentiary Superintendent Jim Blodgett wrote to Duncan after he had complained.

Bikers rally around Shasta

It was a mechanized thunderstorm that lasted more than six hours on the Idaho-Washington border. Bikers, saddled on more than 500 Harley-Davidsons, converged Sunday at a small bar in Stateline to do what they could for Shasta Groene, the 8-year-old lone survivor of a kidnapping and the slayings of four family members.

Duncan galvanizes a city on death penalty

When the Rev. Patrick W. Bell stands before his congregation at St. Luke's Episcopal Church today, he will preach that part of God's plan involves the bad and the good living together. But when Bell returns home to his wife and children, the pastor – who opposes the death penalty – believes the man accused of murdering four members of a North Idaho family should die.

Diverse crowd mourns Dylan

On a day that should have been filled with presents and bike rides, a grieving family and community laid Dylan James Groene to rest. It would have been his 10th birthday. Saturday – July 16 – found nearly 800 friends, family and community members gathered at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls to pay tribute to an adventurous boy who loved sports and cars.

Purchase of goggles detailed

FARGO, N.D. – Joseph Duncan bought night-vision goggles here two days before renting a car in the Minneapolis area and vanishing, police documents show. Duncan, a convicted sex offender whose last known address was a north Fargo apartment, was charged this week in Idaho with murder and kidnapping in the bludgeoning deaths of three members of a Coeur d'Alene family found slain May 16.

Service for Dylan today

A public memorial service for Dylan Groene is scheduled for 1 p.m. today in Building 2 of Real Life Ministries, 1866 Cecil Rd., Post Falls. Dylan was born July 16, 1995, and his remains were found July 4 at a remote campsite in Montana, seven weeks after the bodies of his mother, her boyfriend and Dylan's brother were found in their home east of Coeur d'Alene.

Dylan Groene’s funeral set for day boy would have turned 10

A public memorial service for Dylan James Groene, 9, is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls. Dylan's death is still the subject of a federal homicide investigation, and the exact date of his death is still uncertain. He was born July 16, 1995, to Brenda and Steve Groene. He would have turned 10 on Saturday.

Duncan hears his charges

Joseph E. Duncan III sat mute throughout his first court appearance on three first-degree murder and three first-degree kidnapping charges Wednesday. He was mostly stone-faced during the short proceeding, except when he appeared to cry as the individual charges were read by Kootenai County Magistrate Judge Benjamin Simpson.

Family’s top concern shielding Shasta

Shasta Groene spent Tuesday afternoon much like any other kid. "She's running through the sprinklers and watching cartoons," said her grandmother, Darlene Torres. "She's just playing and being a kid. That's what we want from her. It's a miracle we have her."

Deputy: Duncan stalked family

Joseph E. Duncan III studied the household of Brenda Groene and Mark McKenzie for two or three days before he killed them and Groene's 13-year-old son, Slade Groene, with a hammer, Kootenai County Sgt. Brad Maskell said in a Tuesday court hearing. Duncan used night-vision goggles at a distance and peered into the home's windows at night as he prepared for the killings and kidnapping, according to Maskell's testimony.

Three murder charges await kidnap suspect

The Kootenai County prosecutor plans to file three counts of first-degree murder charges today against Joseph Edward Duncan III in the bludgeoning deaths of Brenda Groene, Slade Groene and Mark McKenzie. Prosecutor Bill Douglas announced late Monday afternoon that a probable cause hearing to consider evidence in support of the charges will be held this morning in magistrate court.

Remains are Dylan’s

The FBI has identified the human remains found in a rugged area of Western Montana as those of Dylan Groene, the 9-year-old North Idaho boy who had been missing since he and his sister were abducted in May from their home east of Coeur d'Alene. Eight-year-old Shasta Groene was rescued July 2 at a Denny's restaurant in Coeur d'Alene, and her alleged kidnapper, Joseph E. Duncan III, was taken into custody. Duncan, a registered sex offender, is being held on kidnapping charges in the Kootenai County Jail.

Duncan case goes into prosecution

A dramatic week of revelations in the Groene killings and missing children's case ended quietly with officials protecting remaining details of the investigation for upcoming court proceedings. Those court proceedings involve kidnapping charges and potentially four counts of murder filed by state and, perhaps, federal prosecutors.

Groenes picked at random

Authorities are now backing what some kin of the triple-homicide victims thought all along – that the killer had picked the Groene family at random for his crimes. Sheriff Rocky Watson said he thinks the three slayings and abduction of two children – one of whom is now believed dead – from the home east of Coeur d'Alene was planned by a stranger.

Victims’ father wants sex predators off the streets

Steve Groene called on the public Wednesday to lobby their congressmen, their senators and "even the president" to keep sexual predators off the streets. "People need to start complaining to their elected officials, and we need to get some laws changed and we need to do it quickly," Groene said during a news conference in Coeur d'Alene.