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Officers involved in N. Idaho shooting identified

Northern Idaho officials have released the names of three Sandpoint police officers involved in a fatal shooting after responding to a report of a woman with a knife.

The Bonner County Sheriff's Office says that officers Skylar Ziegler, Michael Valenzuela and Garrett Johnson were involved in the July 8 shooting near Bonner General Hospital.

Det. Sgt. Gary Johnston tells the Bonner County Daily Bee that Johnson was undergoing field training at the time of the shooting.

Authorities didn't say which officer fired the round that struck 35-year-old Jeanetta Marie Riley in the chest.

Authorities say Riley refused commands to not approach officers and refused to drop a knife.

Johnston says the officers then used deadly force to stop the threat.

Montana man dies in Idaho motorcycle crash

�A 61-year-old Montana man died in a motorcycle crash during a rainstorm on Interstate 90 in northern Idaho.

The Idaho State Police says Lewis J. Doty of Kalispell was westbound on a Harley-Davidson at 7:35 p.m. Monday when he lost control of the bike. The ISP says he hydroplaned and collided with the guard rail near Kellogg.

Doty was not wearing a helmet.

Windows phone scam hits Kootenai county

Windows phone scam hits Kootenai county

The Kootenai County Sheriff's office released an alert Thursday afternoon about a prevalent computer scam in the area, carried out over the phone.

It starts with a call from an individual who says he is with “Microsoft Windows Service Center.”

This caller states there is an issue with the customer’s computer and they could fix the problem by downloading an “APP”. If the citizen does go to their computer at the caller’s request, the caller will advise you of what you are seeing on your screen, and ask you to sign into “logmein.com.”

The caller will now have control of your computer. During conversation with the caller, they will ask for identifying information such as the last four of your Social Security Number. The caller will also alert you to your Windows certification being expired with you needing to pay them $395.00 or the computer will be “locked”. If you refuse to pay, your screen will go black with only a cursor for a password. Estimated repairs are over $100.

North Idaho seniors honored by White House for volunteer work

North Idaho seniors honored by White House for volunteer work

In the back corner of a north Idaho diner, a small but important group of people were quietly honored for their work. You may have seen them behind the counter at your local animal shelter or food bank, filing papers at the hospital or helping tutor students. They're the everyday heroes who help out through the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program, or RSVP.

RSVP was founded in 1965 and later placed under the umbrella of Senior Corps by Congress in 1973. “Congress wanted to harness the experience and extraordinary work ethic of seniors who, at the time, were retiring at the age of 55,” said RSVP Director Bob Small. “So by starting this program they were able to tap into that wealth of knowledge and experience and get seniors to start helping by tutoring, working in food banks and virtually all non-profit agencies in our community.”

Bonner County Sheriff investigating hospital shooting

Bonner County Sheriff investigating hospital shooting

The Bonner County Sheriff's Office is investigating the fatal shooting of a 35-year-old woman Tuesday night in the Bonner General Hospital parking lot.

Sandpoint police shot and killed the woman, who has not been identified yet, after she refused commands to drop a knife.

Officials say Sandpoint police officers responded to the hospital after 9 p.m. on a report of a woman armed with a knife.

The hospital was placed on lockdown while officers contacted the woman. Officials say that the woman was aggressive towards the officers and refused to comply with their commands.

A witness said he heard officers yelling "Drop the knife" followed by six to seven gunshots.

"I just heard commotion, I seen police cars pulled up down by the hospital, it was within two minutes later I heard gunshots and then there was a lot of police, fire trucks and aid cars," witness Ron Knapp said.

The woman was treated by emergency responders but died at the scene.

The sheriff's office has said it will not release the names of the officers or how many were involved in the shooting at this time.

Kootenai County Sheriff promoting child safety

Kootenai County Sheriff promoting child safety

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Section will be at the Silverlake Mall in Coeur d'Alene this Friday, July 11 to help promote child safety.

As part of their “ID-A-KID” program, deputies will be on hand from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm to fingerprint and photograph your child or children. All the information will be given back to the parents for safe keeping – none will be kept by the Sheriff's Office.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office says fingerprints and a current photo van be vital tools for law enforcement if a child ever goes missing.

There is no charge for the event or ID kits.

Bird strike caused fatal UK chopper crash that killed North Idaho airman

An Air Force report into the crash of a Pave Hawk helicopter in which North Idaho airman Staff Sgt. Afton Ponce was killed concluded Wednesday that bird strikes against the helicopter caused the crash in early January.

Ponce was among the four airmen killed when their helicopter crashed on January 7, 2014.

On January 7, two HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters assigned to 56th Rescue Squadron, 48th Fighter Wing based out of RAF Lakenheath were participating in a nighttime training exercise involving the simulated rescue of a downed F-16 pilot.

The HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, which is based off the UH-60 Black Hawk airframe, is used for combat search and rescue missions and typically carries a four-person aircrew of pilot, co-pilot and two special mission aviators who serve as both engineers and gunners.