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Police seek suspect in Ponderay Mountain West Bank attempted robbery

Police seek suspect in Ponderay Mountain West Bank attempted robbery


On Friday, March 6th at about 10:25 a.m. a male suspect attempted to rob the Mountain West Bank at 476655 Highway 95 in Ponderay.


The suspect, who is described as a 5'8" thin built male in his 20's with light brown hair and unshaven, entered the building and asked to speak with the manager. While speaking with the manager, the suspect said he had a gun and demanded cash.


A robbery alarm was sounded, which caused the suspect to flee prior to receiving any cash. According to reports, the suspect  headed east bound on Triangle Drive.


At the time of the attempted robbery, the suspect was wearing an olive drab once piece jumpsuit, a desert camo floppy hat, and dark sunglasses.


Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to contact the Ponderay Police Department at (208) 265-4251 or Bonner Dispatch at (208) 265-5525.

Bonner County Sheriff voices support for Constitutional Carry Bill

Idaho lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it legal to carry a concealed weapon without getting a permit.

"What it does is pretty much eliminate the requirement to go through the process, the background check, to get a concealed weapons permit," said Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler, who supports the bill.

Proponents of House Bill 89, also known as the Constitutional Carry Bill, say it aligns Idaho state law with the Second Amendment.

"All it does it transfer that same right that you have to open carry, to concealed carry," said Wheeler.

Overall, the bill has received mix reaction from both law enforcement and citizens.

"I believe it is our God given right here in America to have guns," said Idaho resident Rhonda Reed. "You hardly ever read about people just pulling out guns and shooting."

Other think the permit process simply needs to streamlined.

"I think there should be some way to manage it and know who's carrying, but for anyone to be able to do it, I think it should be easier I think to get concealed weapons," said Kendal Roos of Sandpoint.

Kootenai County Sheriff's Office to change lobby hours

Kootenai County Sheriff's Office to change lobby hours


The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office will be changing the operating hours of the administration office’s lobby to the public.


Effective Monday, March 9th, the Sheriff’s Office lobby will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Additionally, Concealed Weapon Permits (CWP) will only be processed from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


The days of processing CWP’s will remain the same: application days are Wednesday’s and Thursday’s, picture days are Tuesday’s and Friday’s.

Registered Sex Offenders (RSO) processing will remain Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
On Tuesday, March 17th the Sheriff’s Office will not be able to process any CWP’s or RSO’s due to computer upgrades.

Worley man sentenced for theft from the Benewah Market

Worley man sentenced for theft from the Benewah Market

On Tuesday, Adam Lee SiJohn, 26, of Worley, Idaho, was sentenced to six months in prison for his part in the theft of more than $22,000 from the Benewah Market in Plummer, Idaho, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.


U.S. District Court Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered SiJohn to pay $22,665.04 in restitution. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, SiJohn was indicted by a federal grand jury in Coeur d'Alene on October 21, 2014, and pleaded guilty to theft from a tribal organization on December 10, 2014.


According to the plea agreement, SiJohn admitted that on the late evening and early morning of August 20 and 21, 2014, he and his two co-defendants devised a plan to rob the Benewah Market. SiJohn was given the keys and the combination to the store safe. SiJohn took three bank bags from the safe. The bags contained cash and checks totaling $22,655.04.


The case was investigated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office ask for public's help regarding vandalism

Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office ask for public's help regarding vandalism


Update: The Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office has been advised that the reported vandalism of the lower monument at the scenic overlook at the top of Old Spiral Highway did not occur.  Sheriff Joe Rodriguez was contacted by a private contractor who stated he was given permission by the Friends of the Airport Commission to remove the memorial, refurbish it and relocate it to the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Airport.  This information has been confirmed and the investigation discontinued.


On March 1st, Nez Perce County Deputies were informed of a vandalism at the scenic over look at the top of the Old Spiral Highway. When the Deputy arrived, he found the lower monument at the overlook had been damaged, and the metal plate containing the engraved memorial was missing. The Deputy found the partial handrail around the monument site was also missing.


Anyone with information regarding the damage to the monument or missing memorial is asked to contact Deputy Dupea with the Nez Perce County Sheriff's Department.

2 Hayden residents have Hollywood roots

Sunday was Hollywood's biggest night for celebrities, but not all the stars were in California for the big award show. The Inland Northwest is home to a few, including two that some may not known that lived in Hayden, Idaho.

Alleged jail break accomplice hopes missing inmate isn't found

The search for an escaped inmate continues in Wallace, Idaho. Using an helicopter and K9 units, the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office searched downtown Wallace and the hills directly south of the area for Roy Bieluch, who escaped from the county jail on Tuesday night.

Sheriff's Deputies brought Rachel Johnson, Bieluch's fiancee, in for questioning in connection with the search. Johnson said in a jail house interview that she wasn't sure why she had been brought in.

?As far as I know, it's not a against the law to, you know, be related to someone who commits a crime,? said Johnson.

Tuesday night, Sheriff's Deputies say Bieluch was on a cleaning crew when he pulled open a ceiling vent and worked his way through a crawl space into a closet that opened into the lobby. He then walked out the front door.

Johnson said her fiancee is ?far from here? and doesn't want him to be found.

?I immediately logged out of all my Google and Facebook stuff, and the police would start reading in it if he did try to contact me,? said Johnson. ?I didn't want him to get in trouble or be able to find him or whatever.?