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Telephone scammers impersonating Idaho State Police

Telephone scammers impersonating Idaho State Police

Idaho State Police are issuing a warning after receiving multiple reports from various parts of the state of people receiving telephone calls from someone claiming to be from ISP.

The number that appears on caller ID will show up as an accurate ISP phone number, but is being deliberately falsified by the caller to disguise their identity.

The scammer appears to be targeting mainly students and professors along with foreign nationals, and is telling the person they have an arrest warrant requiring they pay a fine or face arrest and/or deportation.

The Idaho State Police wants to remind the public they will never call anyone on the phone to inform them a warrant has been issued for their arrest. Additionally, ISP does not collect money or any financial information over the phone for any reason.

Bread Tie Challenge to raise awareness of depression/mental illness

Bread Tie Challenge to raise awareness of depression/mental illness

Two Central Washington Seniors are launching a campaign this fall to honor the memory of the teen who made their best friend duo into a trio.

Three years ago this October, Josh Martin took his own life. It was a complete surprise to everyone who knew him.

“There were no signs or anything,” said Donnie Santos. “He was going to be a shortstop for the Spokane Falls baseball team. We had everything going for us. We think he was afraid to come out and ask for help.”

That fear is what Donnie Santos and Dean Neilson are trying to get rid of with the Bread Tie Challenge.

It was Martin's father Joe who came up with the campaign to memorialize his son, then handed it off to Donnie and Dean to run.

The Bread Tie Challenge draws its inspiration from the Ice Bucket Challenge, an easy and visible way to show that your life has been impacted by someone struggling with mental illness or depression, and that you support ending the stigma of shame and weakness that can be associated with it.

ID A KID summer push a success

ID A KID summer push a success

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is declaring their summer push to ID A KID a success! They participated in several special events and partnered with multiple businesses to offer their ID services to families.

Events included:

CDA Target Store (x2)

Hayden Super One

CDA Tribal Safety Event

Silver Lake Mall (x2)

Hayden Albertson's

Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County

National Night Out

CDA Costco Safety Week

Convoy of Hope

Panhandle Health Run

ID A KID provides families with safety kits for each of their children including a recent photograph, fingerprints and other identifying features. All kits are given directly to the parents with no information retained by law enforcement.

Trapped by boulder, climber waited nine hours for rescue

Trapped by boulder, climber waited nine hours for rescue

An experienced outdoorswoman hiking on Chimney Rock near Priest Lake was hit by a boulder and trapped, forced to lay face down for nearly nine hours.

It's the beauty that draws many to the outdoors in North Idaho; the hiking, biking, climbing possibilities are endless, but it comes with certain risks.

"We hiked up crossed the talus field had a lengthy discussion about how dangerous talus is he kept referring to it as like lightning you just never know when it's going to strike and it does," Ammi Midstokke said.

On Friday Midstokke was climbing Chimney Rock when, during her descent, a two-ton boulder shifted, hitting her in the head and as she tried to move out of its path her foot became trapped.

"There was a brief moment from the initial strike, the initial impact and the second roll and I tried to scramble out of the way but I was a little delirious from the first impact," she said.

Luckily her climbing partner was an EMT and a member of search and rescue and, after about 20 minutes of trying to move the boulder themselves, they called for help.

Man recovering after tree impaled him during July 23 storm

Man recovering after tree impaled him during July 23 storm

The July 23 wind storm that tore through Spokane did tremendous damage across the area, and in the case of Chattaroy resident Carl Evans, nearly cost him his life.

The fact that Evans can even walk today is a small miracle. It was exactly two months ago that a wind storm changed his life forever.

"Thing hit me like a tornado," he said.

Evans was driving home when he heard the storm warning on the radio and then saw a tree start falling in his rear view mirror. That tree smashed the roof of his car and tore off his left arm.

"Then I said a prayer to God, 'Dear God, please don't let me die right now, I'm not ready for it,'" he said.

One of the tree branches pierced the roof of the car, pinning Evans to his seat like a butterfly in a display case. Rescuers had to cut the branch down just to get him into the helicopter to fly him to the hospital.

"And so he gets on top of me and he's got that sawz-all cutting through six inches of branch, cutting it shorter, I'm just thinking 'Oh my God,' so he cut that off," he said.

The tree branch hit his groin, missing vital organs and arteries by centimeters.

Washington state woman sues N. Idaho resort

A Washington state woman has filed a lawsuit against a northern Idaho resort contending she suffered severe burns and disfigurement when a mortar shell firework struck her in the face during a Fourth of July display.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports in a story on Tuesday that Alivia Norwood of Spokane filed the lawsuit Sept. 11 against Grandview Resort at Priest Lake and is seeking in excess of $10,000.

A Bonner County emergency response team reported that Norwood suffered third-degree burns to the side of her face.

She was evacuated from the area by helicopter.

The lawsuit also contends that the resort provided alcohol to individuals it knew or should have known were intoxicated but allowed to take part in the fireworks display.

Concrete in I-90 bridge construction testing below standards

The state of Idaho says a construction company that's replacing two I-90 bridges in the Silver Valley is using substandard concrete in portions of the project.

One of those bridges is in Pinehurst and is supposed to be complete before the winter driving season. Fortunately, routine quality controls by the Idaho Transportation Department discovered the problem before it was too late, revealing that the quality of concrete being used on the bridge was only classified as "marginal."

The columns holding up the bridge have all passed inspection, but it's the concrete being used to construct the driving deck that has tested as marginal or failed stress tests altogether.

The contractor, Wadsworth Construction, is now forfeiting 25-50 percent payment on those particular concrete pours.

Engineers to not believe the new bridge will need to be torn down and rebuilt from scratch, but it is possible some load bearing sections will have to be replaced.