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Teen accused of staging phony robbery

Teen accused of staging phony robbery

An 18-year-old man has been arrested for planning a phony robbery at a Coeur d'Alene Jimmy John's where he's employed.

Coeur d'Alene Police arrested Joshua James Reed on Wednesday for burglary, criminal conspiracy, grand theft and preparing false evidence.

"It's bogus," Reed said in a jailhouse interview with KXLY4. "It's ridiculous, I feel like this is a witch hunt against me."

Coeur d'Alene Police said that they got a call from Reed on May 3 reporting a robbery that just occurred at the Jimmy John's he works at on N. Government Way in Coeur d'Alene. Reed told police that he was taking out the trash after his shift when he was confronted by a masked person with a gun. He said the person demanded to be let inside and that's when the robbery occurred.

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3 injured in N. Idaho wrong-way crash

A Washington state man police say entered Interstate 90 in northern Idaho going the wrong way and caused a collision has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and other charges.

Police took 30-year-old Matthew A. Paris of Spokane Valley, Washington, into custody Monday following the two-car crash at about 9:30 p.m. on a west-bound off-ramp in Post Falls.

Police say the 1989 Jeep Cherokee driven by Paris collided with a 1997 Saturn station wagon driven by a 21-year-old northern Idaho woman.

Emergency responders transported both drivers and a 6-year-old child in Paris' vehicle to Kootenai Health with non-life threatening injuries.

Besides DUI, Paris is also suspected of driving without privileges, injury to a child, and possession of a concealed firearm while under the influence.

Coeur d'Alene Dog Fanciers Show in full swing

Coeur d'Alene Dog Fanciers Show in full swing

More than a thousand dogs and their owners showed off their stuff at the Coeur d'Alene Dog Fancier's Dog Show at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds on Memorial Day.

The show puts dogs and owners through their paces with judges ruling on how well they perform a series of tasks and how well they display the defining characteristics of their breed.

The show is also a great resource for anyone thinking about becoming a dog owner. Anyone can get detailed information on a number of different breeds, or become familiar with a local dog club who can put you in touch with training resources.

"It's great if you have a new puppy. We have new puppy classes you can come to and learn how to train a brand new puppy when you bring it to your house," said the show's chief steward Doris Ramsden.

The Coeur d'Alene Dog Fanciers show runs through Tuesday, May 27.

Safe holiday driving tips from Idaho State Police

Safe holiday driving tips from Idaho State Police

From the Idaho State Police:


Memorial Day weekend is not only a time to reflect and honor our veterans, but also a time when many Idahoans take to the road to enjoy the unofficial kick-off of summer.   During Memorial Day weekend in 2013, there were 137 crashes on Idaho roads with 79 people injured and 2 fatalities.  The Idaho State Police offer some safety reminders to drivers to ensure that this holiday is safe for everybody on the road.  
 

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Department of Health tracked E. coli outbreak through patient survey, lab tests

Department of Health tracked E. coli outbreak through patient survey, lab tests

The Food and Drug Administration is taking over the investigation of a multi-state E. coli outbreak believed to be linked to clover sprouts from north Idaho producer, Evergreen Produce.

The Washington Department of Health said Wednesday, that there has been ten illnesses since May 1, ranging from King to Kootenai Counties. All ten were females between the ages of 20 to 40 years old.

"When it's detected in a laboratory and the health care provider sees it, they have to report it to us," Spokane Regional Health District Epidemiologist Dorothy MaCeachern said.

That's when the investigation begins. Each patient fills out The Department of Health's six-page survey for E. coli. The questions ask what the individual has been doing during the incubation period,which is typically the past 10 days.

"We have a lot of very specific questions about what they've been eating.," MaCeachern said.

Everything from meat to milk, produce to water is questioned. The answer that reoccurred on all ten surveys: clover sprouts. It was at that point the Food Safety Program stepped in.

Waspocalypse! How to protect your home against pests this summer

Waspocalypse! How to protect your home against pests this summer

A very nice looking forecast for the Memorial Day weekend but some uninvited guests could disrupt your party or picnic as yellow jackets are already showing up in record numbers.

Experts say there are an unprecedented number of yellow jacket queens flying around this spring and they threaten to breed clouds of offspring. If you don't like having your barbecue buzzed it's time to start your battle against yellow jackets now.

The people who put out their yellow jacket traps early this year are seeing some disturbing results.

Queens are emerging in record numbers after fattening up during a long and mild fall.

"Well the large number of queens that we're seeing right now kind of really adds up to a perfect storm for hornets and yellow jackets this summer," Stephanie Cates with Rescue Pest Products said.

Right now queens are looking for nesting spots. If they find a suitable throne in your yard, your trouble with yellow jackets will multiply.

"Each yellow jacket queen can represent 200 to 2000 yellow jackets later on this summer depending on the colony size," Alyssa Ando with Rescue Pest Products said.

Bomb scare prompts evacuation of ISP building

Bomb scare prompts evacuation of ISP building

A bomb scare forced the evacuation of the Idaho State Police building in Coeur d'Alene Thursday afternoon.

The building was evacuated and the Spokane bomb squad was called in to inspect the package, which turned out to be nothing more than a plastic grocery bag with a couple of cell phones inside.

Investigators say they took no chance when a man left the bag behind as he refused to answer any questions before he left the building.

"Based on his behavior and that he took off running they were concerned in was an explosive device so they evacuated the building," Coeur d'Alene Police Department Sergeant Christie Wood said.

They determined there was no threat but police would still like to talk with the man, who is described as being in his late 20's to early 30's, dark hair, 5'9, medium build, possibly Hispanic, wearing a black t-shirt, tan shorts, black baseball cap, black bandana and small frame dark sunglasses.

He was last seen in the Riverstone area and anyone with information about this individual is asked to call police.