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DEA cracking down on synthetic drugs

DEA cracking down on synthetic drugs

The DEA is cracking down on three synthetic drugs -- with the street names "25-i," "Smiles," and "N-bomb" -- which have become increasingly popular in Idaho, particularly in Kootenai County.

The DEA just banned the drugs, which have a strong hallucinogen effect similar to LSD, five days ago. They can elevate your heart rate and blood pressure and could lead to death.

"This is a drug that's being abused across the nation," Idaho State Police Crime Lab manager Anne Nord said.

The trio of drugs come from the same drug family as meth and ecstasy, but have similar effects to LSD.

Nord says in Idaho one death has been likely associated to the drug. In the last three or four months Nord says there have been roughly 20 cases statewide, including 15 in Kootenai County and five in the Moscow / Lewiston area.

"Twenty doesn't sound like a lot but we don't get all the drugs out there, this is just a sampling of the people who were caught with it," Nord said.

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First Coeur d'Alene K9 passes away in retirement

First Coeur d'Alene K9 passes away in retirement

From the Coeur d’Alene Police Department:

Backcountry drivers are reminded to be prepared

Backcountry drivers are reminded to be prepared

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department is reminding drivers to be prepared for winter conditions when traveling in backcountry areas of the county. The Sheriff’s Office has already responded to several reports of vehicles stuck in higher elevations where snow has started to fall.

Authorities warn Idaho residents of Medicare scam

The Idaho Department of Insurance is warning residents to watch out for scammers who may try to take advantage of consumers confused about changes under the Affordable Care Act.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that former Coeur d'Alene City Councilwoman Dixie Reid and her husband were recently targeted by scammers.

Reid says her husband lost his wallet about two weeks ago so at first they weren't concerned when someone called saying they wanted to send him a new Medicare card. But Reid says that when the caller began asking for bank account numbers, they hung up, recognizing that it was likely a scam.

Brett DeLange with the Idaho Attorney General's consumer protection division, says people who receive suspicious calls should do the same thing.

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Icy roads cause fatal crash near Worley

Icy roads are to blame for a fatal crash near Worley Saturday night.

85-year-old Donna Lefors of Moscow was driving on US 95 when she lost control of her vehicle and crossed into the opposing lane.

Idaho State Police say Lefors' car was struck by a vehicle driven by Florencio Espana of Worley.

Lefors was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash is under investigation.

Hayden Domino's robbed at gunpoint

Hayden Domino's robbed at gunpoint

Kootenai County Sheriff's Officers are searching for a man suspected for robbing the Domino's Pizza in Hayden at gunpoint on Friday night.

Just before 10:30 p.m. a white man, approximately six feet tall, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a red bandana covering his face, entered Domino's, brandishing a black colored firearm and stole an undetermined amount of cash. The man then left on foot and was last seen running northbound from the restaurant.

A KCSO K9 attempted to track the suspect but was unable to locate him.

Detectives are requesting anyone that may have seen a man matching the suspect?s description in the area of the robbery, or whom may have information regarding this case to contact the Kootenai County Sheriff?s Office.

Combat vets open Mad Bomber brewery

The Mad Bomber Brewing Company has opened up in Hayden, Idaho, where the combat veterans running the business are working to brew great beer and give back to the community.

They've only been open for a couple of weeks but already the guys at Mad Bomber Brewing are working overtime just to keep up with demand. It's not just good beer that makes this place unique, there's also a lot of heart behind each pint they pour.

"After being in the army on the bomb squad, I was away from my family all the time," Tom Applegate said.

Applegate served in Afghanistan as a bomb squad technician. When he got back home he found his specialized skill set wasn't easily applied to most civilian jobs.

"Not having a lot of options and the way the economy is we really had to make our own way," he said.

Tom and his brother learned how to brew beer from their parents. They call themselves amateurs but if their first two weeks mean anything their business will probably be just fine.