Judge says public records lawsuit against ISP can continue
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho judge says a public records lawsuit against the State Police brought by a woman whose husband was killed in an officer-involved shooting can move forward in...
Numerous businesses destroyed in downtown Sandpoint
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — A fire that roared through downtown Sandpoint, Idaho, has destroyed numerous businesses.
The city of Sandpoint Facebook page reports that the fire began at about 1 a.m. Monday along North First Avenue, the main street through downtown.
The Spokesman-Review says video and pictures of the fire show it burning a group of businesses along First Avenue, including The Hound and China Kitchen restaurants and the Chocolate Bear.
Boy, 2, found dead in Idaho house fire; 2 adults escaped
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — Firefighters found a 2-year-old boy dead during a blaze in an Idaho house.
Authorities say two adults in the Sandpoint home escaped early Saturday's fire through a window. By the time firefighters were able to reach the toddler, he was dead in his upstairs bedroom.
KREM-TV reports a community memorial site in downtown Sandpoint is being planned for the boy.
Washington man who killed taxi driver gets life in prison
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — A Washington man who pleaded guilty to the stabbing death of a cab driver in North Idaho has been sentenced to life in prison.
KREM-TV says 21-year-old Jacob Coleman of Puyallup, Washington, pleaded guilty to murder in November. Prosecutors dropped their pursuit of the death penalty as part of a plea deal.
Former autism therapist jailed for embezzlement
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — A former Idaho autism therapist accused of embezzling from her clients has been sentenced to 90 days in jail.
First District Judge Barbara Buchanan imposed the sentence Monday on Krista Louise Kreiger-Hurst, the Bonner County Daily Bee reported .
Washington man pleads guilty to killing cab driver
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — A Washington man accused in the stabbing death of a Washington cabdriver in northern Idaho has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.
The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that 21-year-old Jacob Corban Coleman pleaded guilty Friday. Prosecutors dropped their pursuit of the death penalty as part of the plea deal.
Attorney: Take death penalty off table in N. Idaho case
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — A man charged with murder in northern Idaho is too young to face the death penalty, his lawyer says.
Attorney R. Keith Roark filed a motion Thursday in 1st District Court on behalf of Jacob Coleman, 20, the Bonner County Daily Bee reports .
Idaho newspaper publisher attacked in anonymous robocalls
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — The publisher of a northern Idaho weekly newspaper is being attacked in anonymous robocalls.
The Bonner County Daily Bee reports the Sandpoint Reader's Ben Olson is the subject of robocalls appearing on answering machines this week.
Northern Idaho woman denies theft from midwifery clinic
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho woman is denying that she embezzled money from a Sandpoint midwifery clinic.
The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that 42-year-old Samantha Sue Wasylko of Sagle pleaded not guilty Monday in 1st District Court to felony grand theft.
Authorities say Wasylko pocketed cash receipts at Pend Oreille Midwifery where she worked as an office manager.
Orchard is site of new University of Idaho organic center
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — An orchard in Sandpoint will be the site of the University of Idaho's new Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center.
The orchard was donated Aug. 1 to the university by Dennis Pence and his family, the Capital Press reported .
It is the first center in the institution's system to focus on organic farming and production systems, according to the college.
Love, murder bind children of man killed in northern Idaho
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — The children of a modern-day Casanova who was slain in Sandpoint in 1979 are gathering for a family reunion in Texas.
"This sort of thing only happens in books and made-for-TV movies," said Connie Hoye, one of the many offspring of Alton William "Dub" Barron.
Barron, who was also known as Allan Kain, fathered at least 15 children. His rakish ways earned him the nickname Johnny Appleseed. Hoye suspects there are other children who remain unaccounted for.
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — Police in northern Idaho are searching for a man following a fatal shooting at a motel.
Sandpoint police say the shooting occurred at about 7 p.m. Monday at the Meandering Moose Motel in Sandpoint.
Officers responded and found a man with a gunshot wound to his chest. He was transported to a local hospital where he died.
Idaho residents receive phone messages from neo-Nazi
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A California man who has called the Holocaust "a lie" and mounted a failed campaign against Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein says he plans to establish a "regional capital" in northern Idaho.
Coeur d’Alene Press publisher steps down
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — The publisher of the Coeur d'Alene Press newspaper in northern Idaho has resigned, and the paper is searching for his successor.
The Coeur d'Alene Press announced Thursday that Larry Riley resigned on Wednesday to pursue other opportunities.
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — "Insanity."
That might be the first word that comes to Doug Cook's mind when asked what kept him in the timber industry for 50 years, but it was not his only answer.
"I loved every bit of it," Cook said. "I loved the years of logging and enjoyed the people I worked around and the people I worked for. Looking back on it, I would probably do it all over again. Mistakes many; regrets none."
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — An environmental group is appealing an Idaho Department of Lands encroachment permit granted for a second BNSF Railway Co. bridge.
Court records show Wild Idaho Rising Tide filed the action Friday in 1st District Court, the Bonner County Daily Bee reported .
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — More than 14 years after an Idaho wife and mother went missing, her husband has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with her death.
Stephen Mathew Lott, who lives in Tennessee, appeared in Bonner County Magistrate Court in Idaho on Thursday where bail was set at $1 million.
Authorities in charging documents say the now 48-year-old man killed Christine Lott, a 34-year-old mother of three, on March 25, 2004 in northern Idaho.
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — A Washington couple is suing an Idaho county for a landslide that destroyed their vacation home.
The Bonner County Daily Bee reports Lee and Myola Stewart field a lawsuit against Bonner County after their home overlooking Lake Pend Oreille was wrecked in March 2017 when the hillside behind their home broke loose.
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials have approved BNSF Railway's application for a permit to build a second railroad bridge in northern Idaho across Lake Pend Oreille and Sand Creek in Sandpoint.
The Idaho Department of Lands in a news release Friday says acting Director David Groeschl issued the final order on Thursday.
Approval from the state agency is required because it regulates encroachments and activities on navigable lakes in Idaho.
N. Idaho man sentenced following fatal collision
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho man who killed a Washington state woman and injured an Idaho woman after hitting the two with his pickup as they walked along a road in Sandpoint has been sentenced to prison.
The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that 24-year-old Peter Goullette received the sentence Wednesday in 1st District Court.
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — A Blanchard man was sentenced Tuesday to up to 50 years in prison for shooting two Bonner County sheriff's deputies.
Adam Deacon Foster was ordered to serve two 12½-year terms for attempting to kill deputies Michael Gagnon and Justin Penn, the Bonner County Daily Bee reported .
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — Authorities in northern Idaho have cleared two Sandpoint police officers of any wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a Sandpoint man who opened fire, wounding both officers.
The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh on Tuesday cleared officers Eric Clark and Mike Hutter in the March 5 death of Brandon Kuhlman.
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have approved exploratory drilling for a silica mine on Green Mountain in northern Idaho.
The Bonner County Daily Bee reports in a story on Saturday that the U.S. Forest Service approved the exploratory plan for Pend Oreille Silica earlier this month.
Green Mountain is located near the southern end of Lake Pend Oreille.
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — Officials say the existence of the two southernmost populations of woodland caribou is in danger.
The Bonner County Daily Bee reports Bart George with the Kalispel Tribe at Usk says the next step to boost the populations — comprised of seven animals including three in the southern Selkirk Mountains and four across the valley in the Purcell Mountains — is not known.
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — New evidence has turned up in an investigation into the shooting death of a 73-year-old northern Idaho man, authorities said.
Investigators with the Bonner County Sheriff's Office found unknown fingerprints from inside the home of George Andres, who was killed in early December, the Bonner County Daily Bee reported Wednesday.
N. Idaho man enters pleas following fatal collision
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho man charged with killing a Washington state woman and injuring an Idaho woman after hitting the two with his pickup as they walked along a road in Sandpoint has entered pleas.
The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that 24-year-old Peter Goullette entered Alford pleas on Friday to felony manslaughter and misdemeanor reckless driving.
Defense attorney appointed to Idaho death penalty case
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — An attorney qualified to handle death penalty cases has been appointed to represent the Washington state man accused of stabbing to death a cab driver in northern Idaho.
The Bonner County Daily Bee reports a judge appointed Twin Falls attorney R. Keith Roark to represent 20-year-old Jacob Corban Coleman, who has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.
Advocacy group raises concerns on planned railway bridge
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — An additional railway bridge across Lake Pend Oreille in northern Idaho would double rail traffic, increasing the chances of derailments of crude oil and coal shipments, a water advocacy group said.
Food and Wine magazine recently listed its picks for the top coffee shop in every state, plus one or two runner-ups.
For Washington state, all of the recommendations were on the west side.
In Idaho, a couple of coffee shops in Boise and nearby Garden City got top mentions.
But Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters – “way up north in Sandpoint” – received a shout-out along with the praise that it’s “responsible for some of the best roasts in the state.”
The Idaho Department of Lands has set a date for public hearings concerning a proposed railroad bridge near Sandpoint.
BNSF Railway Co. has submitted an application to built a train bridge west of the existing bridge across Lake Pend Oreille and Sand Creek.
The two public hearings will occur on May 23, 2018.
N. Idaho autism therapist accused of defrauding clients
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho autism therapist from Naples that authorities say defrauded clients is facing four felony charges.
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — Both Sandpoint police officers in northern Idaho wounded in a shootout have been released from hospitals.
Officer Eric Clark was released from Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene on Tuesday following surgeries to treat wounds to the hand and neck.
Officer Michael Hutter was released from Bonner County Hospital on Monday after being shot in the leg and chest.
Wounded officers released from hospital in wake gunfire exchange at Sandpoint apartment
A soft, blue glow illuminated a portion of the Sandpoint Long Bridge on Tuesday night, a show of support for wounded Sandpoint police officers Eric Clark and Michael Hutter.
Around 3 a.m. Monday, Clark and Hutter were met with a hail of gunfire when responding to a call at the Ridley Village apartments, police said. Brandon Kuhlman, a 28-year-old convicted felon, reportedly shot at the officers as soon as he came to the door of his residence.
2 Officers Shot, Suspect Dead in Northern Idaho
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A suspect died and two police officers were wounded in a shootout early Monday in the lakeside Idaho resort town of Sandpoint, authorities said.
The shootout happened at about 3 a.m. after the officers responded to a call from a home and started talking with the person who made the call, Sandpoint Police Chief Corey Coon told reporters.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on two police officers shot while responding to a call at a Sandpoint, Idaho, home (all times local):
Officials have identified two Idaho police officers who were shot while responding to a call at a Sandpoint home.
Sandpoint City Administrator Jennifer Stapleton says Officer Michael Hutter and Officer Eric Clark were both shot twice shortly after 3 a.m. Monday.
Sandpoint football coach George Yarno Jr. resigned four days after DUI arrest
Sandpoint High School’s head football coach was arrested on suspicion of DUI on Jan. 14, four days before stepping down from his position with the school citing personal reasons.
George Yarno Jr. reportedly had a blood alcohol level of 0.198, over twice the legal limit.
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho prosecutor is seeking the death penalty in a case involving a Washington state man suspected of repeatedly stabbing a cab driver and letting him slowly bleed to death.
RECREATION – The Friends of Scotchman Peaks will host Liz Thomas, a celebrated thru-hiker on Sunday.
Thomas is the author of “Backpacker Long Trails: Mastering the Art of the Thru-Hike,” the winner of a 2017 National Outdoor Book Award.
Thomas will lead a hike on Star Peak on March 4 followed by a book signing, meet and greet and social hour at Outskirts Gallery in Hope, Idaho.
Northern Idaho man convicted of ritualized family abuse
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho man accused of using his religious beliefs to justify the physical and sexual abuse of his wife and children was found guilty of more than a dozen felony charges.
Utility regulators dismiss complaint over electric meters
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — State utility regulators have dismissed a complaint from a northern Idaho woman who claimed smart electric meters produce toxic emissions and can be used for surveillance.
The Idaho Public Utilities Commission found insufficient evidence last week to support the petition filed by Mary Baenen in October, the Bonner County Daily Bee reported .
Idaho man sentenced to prison for interstate crime spree
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho man who authorities said engaged in a drug-fueled crime spree that crossed state lines was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Proposed drilling project stirs up residents
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — A proposed exploratory drilling project along an Idaho lake is stirring up concerns from some residents.
NATURAL RESOURCES – A mining company hopes to conduct exploratory drilling on National Forest lands within the Sand Creek-Lake Pend Oreille watershed.
The Idaho Panhandle National Forests will hold a public meeting on Feb. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the Sandpoint Ranger District Office (1602 Ontario St., Sandpoint).
At the meeting the public can learn and ask questions about the project, according to an Idaho Panhandle National Forests news release.
Northern Idaho man charged with injuring boy in shooting
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho man has been charged after he accidentally shot a boy while target practicing last year, authorities said.
A judge released Brandon Guy Bowman on personal recognizance Thursday after he turned himself in to Bonner County authorities, the Bonner County Daily Bee reported .