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Arctic air dropping temperatures in Washington

Arctic air dropping temperatures in Washington

Arctic air blowing into the Inland Northwest prompted the National Weather Service to issue a wind chill warning for the Spokane region for Wednesday morning.

Forecasters expect temperatures around zero with 10 mph to 20 mph winds, which could create a wind chill of 20 below -- enough to freeze exposed skin.

Forecasters also say cold temperatures could set records in Western Washington between Wednesday and Friday. Highs Wednesday -- when the Seahawks parade in Seattle -- and Thursday are forecast in the 30s. Seattle's record low maximum for Feb. 5 is 34 (1989) and Feb. 6 is 37 (1949).

The Weather Service says the cold should start to ease by the weekend when precipitation arrives, probably starting as snow. Forecasters say temperatures should return to normal next week.

Two children die after falling into icy pond near Plummer

Two children die after falling into icy pond near Plummer

Two small children, ages five and nine, drowned Sunday evening in a fishing pond outside of Plummer, Idaho.

The pond is located off Old Agency Loop Road several miles southwest of Plummer. There's an aerator in the middle of the small fishing pond that is constantly running, even during winter, to keep it from completely freezing over, but it creates a dangerous situation as the ice closer to the bank is much thicker and stronger but is thinner a few feet out from the bank.

Brother and sister Jose Reyes and Elena Maravilla, descendants of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, were walking their dog along Agency Road. Their grandmother and legal guardian, Rose Gonzalez, realized they had been out too long and drove a few hundred yards from her home. She soon realized her grandchildren were in the pond and did everything she could to save them, jumping in herself to try and rescue them.

Coeur d'Alene Tribal Police and emergency responders were dispatched to the pond after the grandmother called them. Gonzalez and the two children were taken to Kootenai Medical Center. Jose and Elena did not survive. Gonzalez was treated and released.

2 children die on frozen pond

Two children have died after falling through ice on a pond near Plummer, Idaho.

The incident happened on Sunday.

A spokeswoman for the Coeur d'Alene Indians confirmed Monday that the accident occurred, but did not have details.

The names and ages of the children are not yet available.

The Coeur d'Alene Tribal Police are handling the investigation.

Fatal North Idaho truck crash

A semi truck crash shut down US 95 for multiple hours on Saturday.

The truck overturned near mile post 460, about 20 miles north of Silverwood Theme Park around 1 pm.

The truck driver died at the scene.

The truck was hauling ammonium nitrate, which is commonly used in mining. Hazmat crews responded to the crash to investigate potential chemical leaks.

URM cyber attack investigation coming to a close

URM cyber attack investigation coming to a close

URM Stores' investigation of a criminal cyber attack is coming to a close.

The company says they now know which stores were affected by the attack and the incident was limited to credit and debit card transactions made in those stores made between September 1, 2013 - November 24, 2013.

A list of the affected stores can be found at www.urmstores.com under the "Credit/Debit Card Announcements" link.

"We are incredibly grateful to our customers for their patience and understanding through this difficult experience. We are humbled by their support and continue to extend our sincere apologies for any frustration and inconvenience," said URM CEO Ray Sprinkle.

If you see a fraudulent charge on your card, URM asks that you contact the issuing bank.

N. Idaho mayor resigns after 18 years on the job

The mayor of Dover in northern Idaho has resigned after 18 years leading the city.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that Paul "Randy" Curless resigned on Wednesday.

Curless says conflict within the city council and the resulting stagnation has made it impossible for him to meet his duties and responsibilities.

In a statement, Curless says the "welfare of this community transcends in importance the petty conniving, personal grievances, and animosities of self-seeking individuals."

His resignation follows the departure of longtime Councilwoman Peggy Burge and the ouster of City Clerk Kym Holbert.

The city is still struggling over the appointment of a city attorney, water rates and other problems.

Curless says maybe the city can move ahead with his resignation.

Post Falls couple sentenced for death of 2-year-old foster child

Post Falls couple sentenced for death of 2-year-old foster child


A Post Falls couple has been sentenced to three months for their involvement in the death of 2-year-old foster child Karina Moore.

Moore died in 2009 from blunt force trauma when Amber and Jeremy Clark say she fell down a flight of stairs. Her death was ruled a homicide, but in 2013 prosecutors dropped the most serious charges of felony injury to a child and concealing evidence of child abuse when the couple plead guilty to perjury.

In court the judge says while Moore's death was ruled a homicide, there is evidence from other doctors to support the couple's claims that it was an accident.

Moore's family was in court Wednesday, including her biological mother Samantha Richardson.

"We took the plea deal they offered in the hopes justice would somehow be served, and it wasn't at all," she said.

In addition to the three months jail time Amber and Jeremy Clark will serve 300 hours of community service and two years probation.

Samantha Richardson also has a wrongful death lawsuit pending with the state of Idaho, expected to begin in May.