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Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open


Registration for the world's largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament is now live!


Entry forms for Spokane Hoopfest 2015 are available online at register.spokanehoopfest.net. Hard-copy entry forms are also available at any Bruchi's Cheesesteaks and Subs or Yokes Fresh Market northwest locations. 


This year Hoopfest will celebrate its 26th year as a Spokane institution. Every year the tournament brings approximately 28,000 players and 225,000 spectators to the streets of downtown Spokane.


Registration to the tournament is guaranteed to teams that register prior to May 11th. Forms and entries to those who register late are only granted based on space availability with an additional $20 late fee through May 25th. Nonetheless, Hoopfest organizers recommend playing it safe by registering early.


Skier killed on Lookout Pass

Skier killed on Lookout Pass


A skier was killing in a skiing accident at Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area on Sunday.


The Shoshone County Sheriff's Office was notified of an overdue person who had been skiing at the resort earlier that day. 


Sheriff's Officer personnel along with family members and friends of the missing skier arrived to Lookout a short time later to join ski resort personnel in their search of the ski area.


The skier's body was found shortly after 12:30 a.m. by Sheriff Mitch Alexander who was on skis checking some of the marked ski runs. The skier had reportedly stuck a tree a short distance into the timber off the Rainbow Ridge run on the South side of the ski area.


The skier, a sixty-one year old woman, was said to be an accomplished skier. She was wearing a helmet at the time. It is believed she lost control, and did not leave the ski run intentionally.


The name of the victim is being withheld until all immediate family members have been notified. 

Local sculpture destroyed over the weekend in Kellogg

Local sculpture destroyed over the weekend in Kellogg

Update: According to Kellogg Chief of Police, Dave Wuolle, it has been determined that no vandalism was involved in the destruction of the statue. The piece has scummed to weather and age.


Local sculptor David Dose's work can be viewed throughout the town of Kellogg, Idaho. However, over the weekend one of his pieces seems to have been destroyed by vandals.


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.