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Land slide on SH97 closes roadway near Beauty Bay

Land slide on SH97 closes roadway near Beauty Bay

Updated 2:00 p.m.: The Idaho Transportation Department has opened one lane of SH97 and is alternating traffic through.  The current estimated time for clearing both lanes is about three hours.

Updated 10:48 a.m.: Information from the Idaho Transportation Department is the road will be closed between 4-6 hours.  This time frame is dependent on the stability of the mountain side after the clean up is completed.

The Idaho State Police are on scene of a mud/rock slide on SH97 near milepost 92, at Beauty Bay. The roadway is completely blocked at this time, and will be closed for an undetermined period of time, due to the significance of the slide.



Arrest made in Idaho County shooting

Arrest made in Idaho County shooting

A 52-year-old Kamiah man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly shot a 31-year-old Kamiah man at a trailer in the 300 block of Woodland Road. Billy J. Ellenberg was charged with Attempted 2nd-Degree Murder and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. The alleged victim, Joshua B. Anderberg, was shot in the abdomen during an altercation just before 6:00 p.m., according to the Idaho County Sheriff's Office.

"At 5:52 p.m. Sunday, the Idaho County Sheriff's Dispatch Center received a call that Anderberg was being detained at a residence on Woodland Road over the theft of tools. Shortly after, another call was received indicating Anderberg had been shot," a press release says.

This incident happened at the same residence that ICSO officials responded to in mid-December during which three Kamiah residents were arrested in connection with the alleged theft of a 2008 Polaris Ranger that was reportedly stolen from the Nezperce area in September. It was located in a barn at the residence, the Sheriff's Office stated previously.

Woman traps self under vehicle

Kootenai County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a crash that trapped an elderly woman under her own vehicle.

At about 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, Kootenai County Sheriff?s deputies were called to the 2300 block of E. Hayden Lake Road, east of Hayden, for a reported single vehicle injury crash.

Once on scene, deputies found a 79-year-old woman had parked her 2000 Ford Excursion at her house and it was either not in park or started to slide backward as she exited the driver?s door.

A 17-year-old male that works for the woman saw the vehicle going backward with the female stuck behind the door. He attempted to assist her, but the vehicle swept both of them across the roadway and over the embankment on the opposite side of the road, pinning them both under the door. The male was able to free himself and suffered minor injury.

A passerby saw the crashed vehicle and dialed 911. The elderly woman required extrication from Northern Lakes Fire Department. She was transported to Kootenai Health with significant injuries and possible hypothermia. The male was also transported to Kootenai Health, where he was treated and released.

Winter storm warning issued by the Kootenai County Office of Emergency Management

Winter storm warning issued by the Kootenai County Office of Emergency Management

The Kootenai County Office of Emergency Management has issued a winter storm warning. Storm watch is in effect from now until the morning of Monday, January 5th. Snow accumulation is expected between 4 to 9 inches in the valleys and 10 to 20 inches in the mountains.

Idaho State Police responding to blocking crash on US 95 south of Sandpoint

Idaho State Police responding to blocking crash on US 95 south of Sandpoint

Update: The crash has been cleared and all lanes of travel have re-opened.

The Idaho State Police responded to a blocking crash on US 95 south of Sandpoint Idaho at approximately 11:57 a.m. on Friday.

This crash is on the Bridge crossing Lake Ponderay commonly know as the Long Bridge.  There will be traffic delays on US95 and motorists should avoid this area if possible.

At this time, it is unknown on how long these delays will exist.

Shooting victim remembered by family

We're learning more about Veronica Rutledge, the woman shot and killed by her 2 year-old son in the Hayden, Idaho Walmart on Tuesday.

Rutledge was a mother, a wife, a scientist. But on Tuesday, she became the victim of a tragedy.

A post-Christmas shopping trip to the Hayden Walmart ended with Veronica dead.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office says Rutledge and several kids were in the electronics section toward the back of the store.

That's when the two year old grabbed the gun out of his mom's purse, and fired. 29-year-old Rutledge died at the scene.

Veronica's father-in-law, Terry Rutledge, told KXLY she was a responsible gun owner. She had a concealed weapons permit, and was certified in gun safety. The purse she was carrying was designed to hold a concealed weapon in a zippered-closed compartment.

He says he doesn't believe this was an irresponsible action on her part.

Veronica worked at the Idaho National Laboratory. She grew up in St. Maries, Idaho, and was valedictorian of her high school class at Kootenai High School.

Accidental shooting at Hayden Walmart claims female victim

Accidental shooting at Hayden Walmart claims female victim

Update: Kootenai County Sheriff’s Detectives have released the name of the female victim as Veronica J. Rutledge, 29 years old of Blackfoot, ID. Family members of the victim have been notified.


On December 30, 2014 at about 10:20 a.m., Kootenai County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the Hayden Walmart for reports of a shooting inside the store.

Once on scene, the deputies found the 29 year old female victim was deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. Preliminary investigation shows that the female was shopping with her two-year old son and other family members. Her son was seated in the shopping cart and accessed the victim’s concealed weapon from her purse and discharged it, striking the victim.

The Sheriff's Office said the shooting appears to be accidental. Detectives are currently processing the scene. Family notifications are also being made, and once the notifications are complete, the Sheriff's Office said they would release the name of the victim.


Walmart officials said the Hayden store will remain closed through today and will reopen at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 31st.