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CdA police officer shoots, kills pit bull that lunged at him

A Coeur d'Alene police officer investigating a call of a suspicious van ended up shooting and killing a pit bull that lunged at him from out of the driver's side window.

Police officers were dispatched to a suspicious van in a parking lot behind 821 Sherman Avenue after they received reports that the caller thought the driver was possibly watching young children.

As the police officer approached the driver's side of the van to investigate, a pit bull lunged out of the driver's side window toward the officer's face. The officer pulled his weapon out and fired a single shot at the dog as it lunged at him, striking it in the chest and killing it.

The officer was uninjured and no one was found inside the van.

Police are now working to locate the owner of the van and dog.

Suspect identified in double homicide investigation

Suspect identified in double homicide investigation

Post Falls Police have identified the man they say killed a woman and a young girl Tuesday morning.

Police arrested Angel Albertico Morales-Larranaga, 24, after a traffic stop. They were tipped off when a woman called police around 11:30 Tuesday morning saying Morales-Larranaga had confessed to her that he injured or killed his wife and child.

"The suspect had gone to their house and talked them about what had happened and they in turn called the police department to report this to us," Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug said.

Police say he had been living with the two victims and two other children at the Tullamore Commons Apartments in Post Falls. That's where they found the two bodies.

Haug told KXLY the two other kids were taken from the apartment by Morales-Larranaga to the home where he allegedly confessed. Those kids are in police custody.

Morales-Larranaga is believed to have been living with the victims at the time of the murders, but police have yet to confirm the relationship between the suspect and the victims.

Post Falls man arrested after telling friend he killed family

Post Falls police are investigating the murders of two people after a man told a family friend he had killed his family.

The man told a family friend he had strangled his family, and that person in turn called police at 11:30 Tuesday morning.

?The suspect had gone to their house and talked them about what had happened and they in turn called the police department to report this to us,? Post Falls Police Chief Scott Haug said.

As the man was leaving the friend's home, police stopped his vehicle in the vicinity of Spokane Street and Poleline and took him into custody.

Detectives, meanwhile, responded to the suspect's apartment, located at the Tullamore Commons on the east side of Post Falls, where they found two people ? a woman and a young girl ? dead inside the residence.

Late Tuesday afternoon detectives were waiting for a search warrant in order to process the crime scene.

Hiring event draws 20 employers to Post Falls Wednesday

Hiring event draws 20 employers to Post Falls Wednesday

A heads up for anyone on the hunt for a job – 20 employers are participating in a hiring event Wednesday at the Idaho Department of Labor's office in Kootenai County.

The event runs from 10 am to noon at the office on 600 N. Thornton St. in Post Falls. Job seekers are encouraged to bring their resumes and be prepared for interviews.

You can find interview tips and other information here.

Companies participating in the event are:

Bomb squad neutralizes pipe bomb at Lakes Middle School

A pipe bomb has been contained and neutralized in Coeur d'Alene on the Lakes Middle School campus.

Just before 7:30 a.m. Monday a janitor was making his rounds when he spotted a suspicious device on the west side of the school. He reported the device looked like a pipe bomb.

Coeur d'Alene police and fire crews arrived to investigate and later called in the Spokane bomb squad after determining it was definitely a pipe bomb.

The bomb squad responded, contained and neutralized the device. Police are now investigating how the device got to where it was found.

?It could have been something that was put together for the Fourth of July holiday, it's hard to say but we will be following any leads we get and try to figure out who's responsible,? Sergeant Christie Wood with the Coeur d'Alene Police Department said.

Authorities said it is unusual for a pipe bomb to be found on school property and thankfully school wasn't in session and the janitor was the only one at the school.

Idaho creates online one-stop shop for grower's burn permits

Idaho creates online one-stop shop for grower's burn permits

Idaho has made it a lot easier for growers to obtain burn permits from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL.)

The main burn permits is for crop reside burning, which helps growers to clear a field after harvest even during conditions that would otherwise ban burning.

Before, growers were required to obtain a crop residue burn permit from DEQ and then a separate fire safety burn permit from IDL. Now growers can get both permits in one place on the DEQ website.

Growers must still register at least 30 days before they want to burn and pay a $2 per acre fee. The fire safety burn permit informs fire managers where burning activity will take place in order to ensure public safety and is required to anyone living outside city limits anywhere in the state during the “closed fire season” of May 10 to October 20 every year.

Working 4 you: Preventing heat illnesses in young children

Working 4 you: Preventing heat illnesses in young children

It's expected to be a very hot week in Spokane, and that means children are at a higher risk for heat-related illnesses.

There is always something to do outside in the summer, and it can be easy for time to slip by. But experts say it's important to recognize that children and adults tolerate heat very differently.

According to doctors, children are at a higher risk for heat related injuries. They say children have thinner skin and don't manage heat exchange well. Children also tend to lose more fluids through their skin.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, infants and children younger than four are among those at the greatest risk for heat-related illnesses.

So, doctors have some suggestions for children who are heading out to play.

First, they urge parents to plan ahead. Make sure children are hydrating before they head outside to play. And once they are outside, make sure children are drinking every 20 to 30 minutes. Children should be taking frequent breaks to hydrate.

Doctors also add that it's important to watch what your children are drinking. Make sure they're not drinking any caffeinated sodas.