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Annual Lake Coeur d'Alene drawdown begins Tuesday

Annual Lake Coeur d'Alene drawdown begins Tuesday

Beginning Tuesday, September 2 Avista will being its annual fall drawdown of Coeur d'Alene Lake.

The lake will be gradually lowered approximately a foot from full pool by the end of September, with an additional one and a half feet per month until it reaches it's winter level. Property owners and boaters should take measures to secure docks and boats for the winter season during this period.

The slow drawdown will increase flows in the Spokane River downstream of Post Falls, and will slightly decrease river levels between the lake and Post Falls' Spokane Street Bridge. Spill gates at Post Falls Dam will not be open for the drawdown, and the river should remain open until November; however, river users should be aware that water levels can fluctuate at any time.

Marshals hunting felon who fled Spokane halfway house

Marshals hunting felon who fled Spokane halfway house

US Marshals are searching for a convicted felon who walked away from a Spokane halfway house after he was released from federal prison.

Merced Jose Zamora was a large scale methamphetamine dealer who was wrapping up a 13 year sentence when he escaped a re-entry center near the Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds.

Zamora was months away from being a totally free man but early Monday morning around 1:30 he left his halfway house. That facility is run by a private company that has a contract with the federal government to house and prepare ex-cons for a legal and productive life back in society.

Even though Zamora was convicted of multiple methamphetamine deals in Wyoming he was released to Spokane because he has family here.

Now marshals are looking for him and Deputy US Marshal Bob Doty said Zamora, 33, has a very unique tattoo on his neck that should make him east to spot.

Public woodcutting areas opening near Sandpoint

Public woodcutting areas opening near Sandpoint

We're still in the midst of a nice, toasty summer but cold temperatures are closer than you think and for anyone with a wood burning stove that means stocking up on firewood now.

To help, the Sandpoint Ranger District in north Idaho is opening up three “preferred” fuelwood areas, which will be available to the public for gathering firewood for personal use. The required Personal Use Firewood Cutting Permit can be purchased at the Sandpoint Ranger District Office in Sandpoint. Maps and driving instructions can also be picked up there. You can call (208) 263-5111 for more information.

The locations are as follow:

 

Grouse Mountain Sagle 1051

This preferred fuelwood area is located approximately 4.5 miles east of Sagle, Idaho off of Sagle Road. Road 1051 will be open to the public for wood gathering from Tuesday, September 2 through Friday, September 19.

Boy in critical condition after accidental shooting

Boy in critical condition after accidental shooting

A 7-year-old boy remains in critical condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center after being shot while he and a friend played with a pistol Saturday.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the Midtown Mobile Park in Hayden, Idaho around 7:00 am Saturday after receiving reports of a shooting.

When they arrived they were told two unsupervised juveniles had been playing with a .22 caliber pistol when the gun discharged and the boy was struck in the head.

The injured boy was transported to Kootenai Health for medical care and later transferred to Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane.

Sheriff's Detectives are continuing their investigation.

Hayden boy shot in head, in critical condition

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office says a seven year old Hayden boy is in critical condition after being shot in the head on Saturday.

"I'm kind of in shock," neighbor Herbert Powell said.

Residents in the Midtown Mobile Home Park off Government Way in Hayden said that the boy was with another child and playing with a small caliber handgun. It's unsure which child was holding the gun when it discharged, but it sent the bullet into the seven year old's head.

"I'm feeling it for them and he's not even my child," neighbor Shoshana Kuhfeldt said. "I was devastated all day yesterday."

The sheriff's office said the children were unsupervised when the incident occurred.

"It was just an accident," Sarah Lee, a friend of the family said. "The parents were sleeping and two curious young boys saw the gun and decided to play with it. Unfortunately one little boy got hurt and is now in the hospital."

Lee said the parents were in the process of moving and it's likely that the gun was being packed away.

"They're very, very protective of the kids and I know that they wouldn't just leave it out," Lee said.

K9 Pecco joins the Coeur d'Alene Police Department

K9 Pecco joins the Coeur d'Alene Police Department

The Coeur d'Alene Police Department is proud to announce the newest member of their force – K9 Pecco!

Pecco is a three-year-old Belgium Malinois from the Netherlands. He was purchased from a breeder in Riverside, California and partnered with Officer Amy Winstead.

Previously Officer Winstead was partnered with K9 Kane who had difficulty obtaining his certification.

On August 13 Officer Winstead and Pecco graduated a 360 hour basic training school and passed the Idaho K9 Certification evaluation for tracking, evidence and patrol work. Eventually Pecco will be certified as a narcotics detection dog.

ATV rolls down ravine, seriously injures teen driver

ATV rolls down ravine, seriously injures teen driver

A 16-year-old boy had to be airlifted after crashing his ATV in Coeur d'Alene National Forest Monday afternoon.

Around 3:00 pm the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office and Kootenai County Fire Rescue responded to the call on Forest Road 612 near Five Fingers Saddle where the teen had lost control. The ATV rolled over and went down a steep embankment, taking the teen with it.

Kootenai County Fire Rescue personnel conducted a technical rescue to retrieve the teen from the ravine. He was airlifted to Kootenai Health via Life Flight helicopter with serious but non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The Kootenai County Traffic Investigation Team is looking into the cause of the crash.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office would like to remind individuals recreating in the back county to operate their vehicles within their ability and to wear proper protective equipment.