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Hayden Little League looking for ballpark vandals

Hayden Little League looking for ballpark vandals

Baseball is all about hitting and stealing, but lately the folks who frequent Croffoot Park in Hayden are tired of seeing it.

"Just the unfortunate part is that we've been hit so many times in a matter of four or five weeks," Hayden Little League President Tyson Davis said. "That's the hard part."

Davis said the fields have been vandalized five times since May 20.

The first incident came when the league was getting ready to have a big event and found that one of the sheds had been broken into.

"We opened it up and they had went in with a knife and cut Gatorade bottles open and pop cans and threw them in the freezer and froze them, they exploded in the freezer," Davis said.

The following four incidents were a little more costly. The suspects cut several chained-linked fences, spray painted foul language on the sheds, broke into several buildings and took a three thousand dollar utility trailer. Davis estimates that the suspects caused seven thousand dollars worth of damage.

"To have someone come out and tear it up the way they did, it's hard, very hard for us," Davis said.

Coeur d'Alene Library extends weekend hours

Coeur d'Alene Library extends weekend hours

From the Coeur d’Alene Public Library:

Beginning July 5, the Coeur d’Alene Public Library will be open more hours on the weekend.

Clothing drive benefits area foster children

Clothing drive benefits area foster children

There are more than 20,000 foster children living in the Northwest and Sleep County wants to help make life a little easier for those kids. Now through July, all area Sleep County locations are accepting clothing donations that will go straight to foster children in need of new clothes to call their own.

Teen charged in family killings cites stress

A 14-year-old boy accused of killing his father and younger brother in Coeur d'Alene cited the stress of having a disabled child in the household when asked to explain his actions.

Eldon Gale Samuel III is being charged as an adult in the killing of his 46-year-old father, Eldon Samuel Jr., and his 13-year-old brother, Jonathan Samuel, on March 24.

Magistrate Judge Barry Watson recapped testimony from a closed preliminary hearing during another court session on Friday.

The Spokesman-Review reports (http://bit.ly/SJSLMJ) that Samuel initially was charged with first-degree murder in both deaths. However, Watson said he was changing the charge to second-degree murder in the father's death after the younger Samuel said his father abused him.

The judge says there's a stronger case for premeditation in the brother's death.

Cops, firefighters ready for Guns and Hoses hockey game

Cops, firefighters ready for Guns and Hoses hockey game

Local cops and firefighters are ready to battle it out on the ice Saturday night for the 2nd annual Guns and Hoses game in Coeur d'Alene.

They have serious day jobs, and it's not always that much fun, so the chance to get out on the ice and beat each other up a little bit is a welcome respite, especially since the game will support some great causes.

"It's going to be a huge event, even better than last year twice as big, three times ... I don't know it's going to be huge," Troy Speziale said.

Speziale and Taylor Carr hang out together every day in an ambulance.

"We got our minds together one day and over six weeks made this thing happen," Speziale said.

"It's going to be epic. It's gotten bigger and better, more prizes, more charities, the community has really come together," Carr added.

Carr attended the Guns and Hoses game in Spokane and wanted to bring the fun over to Kootenai County.

"We enjoy hockey and we decided lets use it and do some charity," Carr said.

Controversy over delegates at Idaho GOP convention

A dispute over the number of delegates counties will be awarded is one of the biggest controversies facing Idaho's Republican convention.

Delegate numbers are critical as established candidates face off against tea party members over control of the party's agenda. Each side is vying for supporters as Republicans vote Friday on adding platform amendments, along with voting on a new state party chair.

One area of contention is how much representation Ada County - which holds one-sixth of the state's voters - will get.

Chairman Barry Peterson says he never received the committee assignments, forcing him only to appoint only four Ada County members to the committees, when it is allowed 34 members to participate on the panels. Ada County isn't the only region to be shorted delegates.

In a committee list obtained by The Associated Press, nearly 25 counties were shorted committee delegates. Meanwhile, another seven were given extra delegates.

Huckabee kicks off Idaho Republican convention

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is kicking off Idaho's Republican convention in front of hundreds of state delegates charged with selecting a new state chairman and amending the GOP platform.

The convention is taking place in Moscow, Idaho, over the next three days.

Huckabee received a warm welcome from the GOP delegates attending the event Thursday

The 2008 presidential contender's speech focused on limiting the federal government and strengthening states' rights.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will speak later at the convention. Paul is known for his libertarian views and is rumored to make a possible run in the 2016 presidential election.