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Fugitive found dead following CDA SWAT standoff

The Coeur d'Alene Police Department says a early morning SWAT incident ended with the suspect located deceased inside a house.

37 year-old John David Crispin was a fugitive from justice with four separate warrants involving violent crimes. He was wanted in Benewah County for assault, battery, drugs, unlawful possession of a firearm and felony eluding. He was wanted in Salt Lake City for assault with a dangerous weapon. He was wanted by the US Marshalls for aggravated battery, aggravated assault, attempt to injure with a weapon, and eluding, and by US probation for a probation violation of felon in possession of a firearm.

Crispin was also the subject of a manhunt near Plummer, ID on October 3, 2014.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Crispin?s ex-wife left her house and contacted police. She stated Crispin was inside her residence, was armed with a gun, and had made statements that he would not leave or cooperate with police.

Coeur d'Alene pub becomes community Thanksgiving table

A Coeur d'Alene pub put the alcohol on hold Thursday to serve up free Thanksgiving meals. The Fedora Pub and Grille�had more than a thousand people from all walks of life come through the door�for dinner.

"Whoever needs a place to go on Thanksgiving, we just invite them in," Owner John Malee said.

Malee and his wife, Mallory started the tradition four years ago.

?When we started it, everyone was in trying times,? Malee said.

It's an intimate, yet communal event. Each person has their own chair, no benches. The tables have linens. Servers take drink orders and bring out food. Live music plays in the background while football is on television.

"It's been really nice,? Debbie James said.

At the James family household, Thanksgiving is usually a big event.

"We usually get together with my family and we have about 40 or 50 people," James said.

However, this year the family was scattered. Instead of making dinner for five, the family headed down to The Fedora to spend Thanksgiving with the community.

?I think I will do this from now on," James said.

Sheriff's Deputy promoted to Sergeant

Sheriff's Deputy promoted to Sergeant

On November 26, 2014, Kootenai County Deputy Sheriff Christopher Wagar was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to the Jail Bureau.


Sergeant Wagar was hired by the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office in July of 2010 and assigned to the Jail Bureau as a Deputy Sheriff . Duties while assigned as a Jail Deputy included coordination of daily court transportation of inmates, floor deputy, and being a POST Certified instructor in Reporting Writing, In-Custody Death, and Instructor Development.


Coeur d'Alene prepares for the holidays

If you need a little help getting into the holiday spirit this year, take a trip to the Coeur d'Alene Resort.

Staff have been working since September to get everything holiday ready with 255 displays, a 60 ft. floating Christmas tree, and over 1 mil. lights. Some might even say that in Coeur d'Alene, it's the most wonderful time of the year.

Phillip Graham is one of the men responsible for decorating the hotel, he said the decorations help make the hotel feel warm and homey.

"It just provides a lot for our guests and even our passersby, our local community," Graham said.

With it being the 28th year of the Holiday Light Show and Journey to the North Pole Cruise, decorators continue to put themselves to the test. Hoping one time visitors will leave with an unforgettable experience, and long time residents will continue to be surprised by the creativity.

"This holiday lights show is wonderful, due to the fact that this community comes together," said Graham.

Holiday DUI emphasis in North Idaho

Holiday DUI emphasis in North Idaho

North Idaho law enforcement will be stepping up patrols in an efforts to reduce alcohol and drug related crashes, and get impaired drivers off the road. These patrols will take be put in place by the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, Idaho State Police, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, Post Falls Police Department, Rathdrum Police Department, and Spirit Lake Police Department.


EPA gives tribe $165,000 environmental grant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted $165,000 to the Coeur d'Alene Tribe to pay for recycling, environmental and energy efficiency programs.
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The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the tribe has been receiving the federal grant program since 1997.
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Nationwide, EPA has awarded $31.8 million to the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program this year.
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Tribe spokeswoman Heather Keen says the funds have been used in the past to write grants for projects for wetlands planning and safely removing household hazardous waste.
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An EPA official says the grant program is critical for tribes to protect public health and the environment on their lands.
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More than 200 tribes received the federal grant dollars in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Coeur d'Alene police thwart liquor store burglary

Coeur d'Alene Police officers thwarted a burglary in progress at a liquor store on Friday night.

It happened around 6 p.m. Officers responded to multiple alarm trips at 1201 Sherman Ave. They arrived and found the front glass door had been smashed. Believing the suspect may be inside, officers established a perimeter around the building.

Officer A.J. Winstead and K-9 Pecco arrived and spoke with a witness who stated the suspect was hiding inside. Officers could not see the suspect. Officer Winstead gave verbal commands ordering the suspect to surrender. The suspect remained hidden and would not comply with commands. After a brief standoff, the suspect asked officers not to send the dog and surrendered.

Kyle E. Moore, 23, of Coeur d'Alene was taken into custody and booked into the Kootenai County Jail for Burglary.