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Police searching for missing teen

Police searching for missing teen

UPDATE: Couer d'Alene Police have located Maya Fooe


The Coeur d'Alene Police Department is looking for an endangered missing girl that could be a runaway. Maya Fooe, 14, was last seen at her home in the 6100 block of N. Courcelles Parkway around 5 am Monday morning.

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Officials ID body found in Idaho house fire

Police in northern Idaho have identified a body that was found in a burning home in Post Falls early Saturday evening.

Officials say 54-year-old Debra Kern's body was found inside her home when firefighters arrived. Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug said 54-year-old Debra Kern used medical oxygen and evidence at the home suggests the fire was caused by a combination of lit cigarettes and the medical oxygen.

Haug says an autopsy has been scheduled because of Kern's medical history.

Kern lived at the home with her stepfather, who wasn't home when the fire started.

Bronze art stolen from Riverstone Park in Coeur d'Alene

Bronze art stolen from Riverstone Park in Coeur d'Alene

Coeur d'Alene police are investigating the theft of a popular "and very identifiable"piece of art from Riverstone Park. Sometime between Friday night and early Saturday morning, parts of a statue depicting a 1920s-era woman on a bicycle being followed by two dogs were stolen.

"This was not just a prank; it appears to be a sophisticated effort," said Coeur d'Alene Recreation Director Steve Anthony. "They probably cut the pieces off with industrialized bolt cutters."

Officer Mark Knapp of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department said officials are investigating the crime, which is a felony. "It's a bronze lady in a seated position so that?s going to be hard to miss," Knapp said. "We're keeping our eyes open."

Anthony estimated the artwork is worth about $25,000, though if recycled the stolen pieces would be worth much less.

Entitled "Kate," the statue was of a woman riding a bicycle alongside two dogs. The woman and one of the dogs was taken. Anthony said the woman weighs several hundred pounds and the dog about 30-50 pounds.

"The city would just like to get it back," Anthony said.

Man falls to death in Coeur d'Alene industrial accident

Coeur d'Alene Police are calling a fatal industrial accident tragic after a man working at the Riverstone subdivision along Seltice Way fell to his death Tuesday afternoon.

Police identified the man killed as 67-year-old Larry Jones. Jones was working on one of the roofs near North Grand Mill Lane and Seltice Way when he fell. He was deceased when officers arrived.

Jones was working as a sub-contractor for Copper Basin Construction on some new apartment buildings measuring for rain gutters when he fell. Police say he wasn't wearing a safety harness, something his brother and sister-in-law said was unlike him.

They say Jones was well-liked and a workaholic who installed gutters for 15 years and had worked in other parts of construction before that.

He leaves behind a wife, two brothers and two sisters. The family has not made funeral arrangements. If you would like to make a donation, you can give money to Mountain West Bank and Numerica Credit Union under "Larry Jones Memorial Fund."

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Body camera footage released in deadly shooting

Body camera footage released in deadly shooting

Coeur d'Alene Police have released body camera video from a fatal officer-involved shooting last August.

Police officers first responded to a hit and run where the suspect -- Eric Johnstone -- hit a light pole and took off. They tracked him down to his apartment near 14th and Young and when confronted by Officer Spencer Mortensen he wouldn't put down a knife and was shot and killed.

In the video, Mortensen was first on the scene and located the truck involved in the hit and run. He took pictures of a dent on the Chevy Silverado while dispatchers tell him the suspect's name is Eric Johnstone.

"Hey Eric there's witnesses, so if we could just get your insurance and take care of this," Mortensen said.

He approaches the apartment and soon after a woman walks out with blood on her. Mortensen calls for back up and asks them to hurry.

After a failed attempt to get Johnstone outside the woman tells the officer he has a knife and she's worried he might hurt himself.

"Eric, Coeur d'Alene Police Department, come on out here, please," Mortensen said.

Tips to keep your co-workers healthy when you're sick on the job

Tips to keep your co-workers healthy when you're sick on the job

Most of us know to stay home when we're sick, not only so we can get better but to keep from spreading your illness to co-workers. But not everyone we work with practices that general rule.

So what do you do when you absolutely have to go to work?

Kim Papich with the Spokane Regional Health District has some tips on what to do if you're sick on the job.

"Ideally we need people to be fever free for 24 hours before they go back to work," she said.

Papich also said to avoid close contact with co-workers, confine yourself to a cubicle or other space away from people in your office and to wash your hands frequently, especially after using the restroom.

"Covering your coughs with your sleeves, another great time to wash your hands is if you have to blow your nose or if you cough or sneeze," she added.

If soap and water isn't available, make sure to keep alcohol-based hand sanitizer around. Another way to be considerate is to sanitize the things you use that other people share.

Papich says contagiousness is really a five to seven day window after you're first ill

Avista warns of new scam targeting customers

Avista warns of new scam targeting customers

From Avista Utilities:

We want to make sure you know about the latest national scam involving electric utility customers. Phishers, those who try to acquire your confidential information by posing as a trustworthy entity, are currently impersonating two different companies by sending electronic bills to customers of other utilities.