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Man arrested for fleeing from rollover crash

A driver fled from a rollover crash in the Coeur d’Alene National Forest resulting in an extensive search and his eventual arrest.

On Friday at about 10:30 p.m., Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene of a single vehicle rollover collision in the forested area about three miles due east of Chilco, Idaho and about five miles southeast of Athol, ID.

A 911 call came into the Sheriff’s Office from a woman reporting that she, her boyfriend, and her three juvenile sons were driving in the National Forest looking for an area to camp in when they came to the end of a narrow road. The female and the juveniles had exited her Chevrolet Suburban so her boyfriend could turn the truck around. Unfortunately the rear tires slid over the edge of the road and the truck went down the hill about 50 feet, rolling several times.

1 dead in semi truck collision

An elderly woman is dead after her vehicle collided with a commercial semi-trailer.

It happened Saturday afternoon at about 3 p.m. at the intersection of Prairie Avenue and Pleasantview Road, near Hauser, Idaho.

Kootenai County Sheriff's Deputies found that a 1995 Aerostar van being driven by an 85-year-old woman was westbound on Prairie Ave., when it appears that she failed to yield from the stop sign and drove into the path of a northbound conventional semi truck pulling a 53-foot box trailer.

The van struck the side of the semi trailer. The woman, who was the only occupant in the van, was found dead at the scene.

The Sheriff's Traffic Investigation Team responded to the collision and will determine the cause of the crash.

The woman's name is being withheld pending notification to her next of kin. Investigators are having difficulty locating her family as she was known to be living a transient lifestyle. Autopsy and toxicology results won't be available for several weeks.

Sandpoint man arrested in cold case murder of California boy

An Idaho man has been arrested for the strangling death of a Southern California boy after DNA testing linked him the slaying 33 years ago.

The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/1a46Pu7 ) Kenneth Rasmuson was arrested Friday and taken to the Bonner County Jail in Sandpoint, Idaho. He will be extradited to California to face murder charges in the 1981 killing of 6-year-old Jeffrey Vargo.

The boy went missing while bicycling around his Anaheim Hills home. His strangled body was found at a construction site about 25 miles away in Pomona.

Rasmusson was convicted twice of sexually assaulting children in California. He relocated to Idaho in 2010, and has no criminal history there.

Vargo's mother told the Register she hopes justice will be served so he can't hurt anyone else.

Kellogg firefighters battle large apartment fire

Firefighters battled a large structure fire Friday morning in Kellogg, Idaho. 

According to the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office Dispatch, the fire was at an old apartment complex. They reported there were no known injuries. 

Six fire vehicles were sent to the scene to battle the flames. 

The Kellogg Police Department is now handling the case. 

PHD's Nurse-Family Partnership Program expanding to help more first-time mothers

PHD's Nurse-Family Partnership Program expanding to help more first-time mothers


The Panhandle Health District (PHD) announced Tuesday its plans to expand the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program to serve more vulnerable, first-time mothers and their children in northern Idaho. NFP is an evidence based program that pairs low-income, first-time mothers with a Registered Nurse who empowers them to become confident parents and strong, self-sufficient women in our community. These nurses visit the mothers at home, starting from pregnancy up until the child's second birthday.


As a result of local success and demand, PHD's program has been named an independent implementation site for NFP. This distinction provides increases funding for nurses and potential clients served in the area.


Former Wallace High School teacher arrested in AZ for drug, sex offenses with students

Former Wallace High School teacher arrested in AZ for drug, sex offenses with students


A former Wallace High School teacher was arrested in Bullhead City, Arizona for engaging in illegal conduct with several students.


Bullhead City Police arrested Joseph James Pagel, 33, on Friday, March 13th when a 17-year-old Mohave High School (MHS) student told school officials Pagel had been sending explicit text messages and nude photos to her.


Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open


Registration for the world's largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament is now live!


Entry forms for Spokane Hoopfest 2015 are available online at register.spokanehoopfest.net. Hard-copy entry forms are also available at any Bruchi's Cheesesteaks and Subs or Yokes Fresh Market northwest locations. 


This year Hoopfest will celebrate its 26th year as a Spokane institution. Every year the tournament brings approximately 28,000 players and 225,000 spectators to the streets of downtown Spokane.


Registration to the tournament is guaranteed to teams that register prior to May 11th. Forms and entries to those who register late are only granted based on space availability with an additional $20 late fee through May 25th. Nonetheless, Hoopfest organizers recommend playing it safe by registering early.