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Grant County child hospitalized with possible enterovirus

Grant County child hospitalized with possible enterovirus

A Grant County child has been hospitalized with a severe respiratory that may be enterovirus D68. A test returned positive for enterovirus/rhinovirus, but was unable to distinguish between the two. Additional testing is being done at the Centers for Disease Control that will determine which it is, with results expected next week.

Grant County Health Officer Dr. Alexander Brezny issued a public health advisory to local healthcare providers and schools. The CDC has said this is a rapidly evolving situation. Previously EV-D68 has been rare in the U.S, but in other states the outbreaks are resulting in many children requiring ER visits and hospitalizations, mostly for breathing problems and severe asthma.

The virus spreads from person to person like a cold and has been causing mild to severe breathing illnesses (runny nose, cough, difficulty breathing) both with and without fever. Children with per-existing asthma may suffer worse infections. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for enteroviruses.

Missing person alert: William Weipert

Missing person alert: William Weipert

UPDATE: William Weipert has been found.


The Coeur d'Alene Police Department are asking the public to be on the lookout for 56-year-old William C. Weipert of Spokane. A manager of the Lighthouse, an adult care facility in Spokane, reported him missing Wednesday.

Weipert was originally reported missing on August 23rd, than found and placed into the Kootnei County Jail on August 27. He was released September 9, but hasn't been seen or heard from since.

Weipert suffers from mental disabilities. The manager at Lighthouse is concerned for his safety and says he may be utilizing homeless services in the area.

He's described as 6 feet tall, 165 pounds with hazel eyes, long grey hair and a full grey beard. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue jacket, a blue button up shirt and a white tanktop.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call CDA Police at (208) 769-2320.

Coeur d'Alene bike thefts on the rise

Coeur d'Alene bike thefts on the rise

Crime analysts with the Coeur d'Alene Police Department are reporting bicycle thefts are on the rise this month. Since the beginning of August, police have received 24 reports of stolen bikes. Some have been very expensive while others are valued at under $100. The total estimated loss is just over $23,000.

Bicycles have been more frequently stolen from the northeast and downtown areas of the city, mainly from bike racks, open residential garages, vehicle-mounted racks and recreation areas.

Detectives are working several leads in the investigation and believe multiple thefts may be linked to the same suspects.

“We want our residents and visitors of our city to enjoy their bicycles and not be victims of theft,” said Police Chief Lee White. “Please practice theft prevention tips and call the police department to report any suspicious activity.”


Best Tips for Theft Prevention:

Post Falls Police host virtual ride along

The Post Falls Police Department is welcoming everyone to join them for a virtual patrol ride along this afternoon and evening.

From 4 pm until midnight, the department will post all calls to the PFPD Facebook and Twitter feeds with pictures and video when possible. There will also be staff on hand to respond to any questions you may want to ask.

For more information, check out the YouTube video posted above.

No more poker at Coeur d'Alene Casino

No more poker at Coeur d'Alene Casino

The Coeur d'Alene Casino is refusing to fold after a federal judge ruled the Coeur d'Alene tribe must stop offering poker. It's a decision that Idaho Governor Butch Otter welcomes.

“I appreciate the initial determination that the Coeur d'Alenes' decision to conduct Texas Hold'em games violates state law and the Idaho Constitution,” Governor Otter said after U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill's decision to grant the State of Idaho's request to stop the gaming, which began in May.

“The legislature and the people of Idaho have made it clear what kind of gambling they will accept. That does not include poker,” Governor Otter said. “And no matter how much the tribe insists otherwise, Texas Hold'em is poker.”

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe has argued that Texas Hold'em is a “bona fide contest of skill” and therefore exempt from the terms of the Tribe's compact with the state under the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. But Judge Winmill concluded that Texas Hold'em clearly contains an element of chance.

Working 4 you: Be prepared for the cost of fall sports

Working 4 you: Be prepared for the cost of fall sports

There's been a lot of inspiration for young Washington kids in sports this year, with Clint Dempsey being the star of Team USA in the World Cup, and not to mention the Seahawks winning the Superbowl. But, if it's a child's first season playing sports, many parents may underestimate just how much it's going to cost.

Events like the Superbowl, the Olympics and the World Cup give aspiring athletes new heroes. Most children want to go out and play just like them, and parents are rarely going to hesitate, realizing the benefits that team sports offer.

"It's teamwork. You get to work together, and I always get to know the other team a lot," said Emma Pelletier, a youth soccer player.

Jahehi Burford, another youth soccer player added, "If you're a kid that doesn't talk in school, you can go to soccer, and you have many friends there you can just talk to."

And Soleil Brown, another youth soccer player, said, "I get to do things that I love, and I get to exercise too."

But what parents of kids playing sports for the first time might not realize is the costs can certainly add up.

KCSO creating free child ID kits this weekend

KCSO creating free child ID kits this weekend

In collaboration with the North Idaho Day of Hope, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office will be at the Kootenai County fairgrounds this Saturday, September 6 to ID-A-KID.

Officers from the Crime Prevention Section will be available from 9 am until 2 pm to fingerprint and photograph your children. All the information is given to parents for safekeeping – nothing will be retained by the Sheriff's office.

The photographs, fingerprints and other identifying information can be a valuable tool for law enforcement if the child is ever missing.

There is no charge for the ID kits.