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Five dollar gun lock could have prevented accidental shooting

Five dollar gun lock could have prevented accidental shooting

A seven-year-old Hayden, Idaho boy is in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head, and there was a $5 fix available that could have protected him.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department said the boy was with another child playing with a gun when it went off.

Neighbors said Sunday that the family was getting ready to move and so the gun was likely being packed away but, regardless, the staff at Sharp Shooting in Spokane said the gun shouldn't have been in an area where the kids could get it. If there was any problem with keeping the gun safe Jeremy Ball at Sharp Shooting said there are little to no cost ways to keep them locked up.

"It's definitely a sad case and it's something that could have easily been prevented," Ball said.

When Ball heard that a boy had been shot in the head from playing with a gun with another child he wondered why the gun was accessible in the first place.

"You can't leave it lying around. You need to do something to keep that gun secure and preferably out of sight as well," he said.

Police arrest suspect in shooting outside CDA bar

Police arrest suspect in shooting outside CDA bar

Coeur d'Alene Police have arrested a man suspected of firing a gun at the Corner Bar on Saturday night.

Officers responded to the scene at 1628 North 4th Street just after 10 p.m. for reports of a disturbance.

An officer was told that a man had a gun and had fired it in the north parking lot of the bar. That officer chased after the suspect to the area of 5th and Spruce, where Coeur d'Alene K9 Officer A.J. Winstead and her partner Pecco were deployed to track the suspect. They were unable to locate him.

One man suffered a minor leg injury due to the discharge of the gun. He was not transported for medical treatment.

Just before 5 p.m. on Sunday, police arrested Erik Henninger, 32, of Coeur d'Alene for felony Aggravated Assault and felony Aggravated Battery.

Police looking for suspect in Zip Trip robbery

Police looking for suspect in Zip Trip robbery

Police are searching for a suspect after a Coeur d'Alene Zip Trip was robbed just before midnight Sunday night.

Coeur d'Alene police say the man entered the Zip Trip on the 700 block of East Sherman and demanded cash. He then fled the scene.

Police and Kootenai County sheriff's deputies were unable to locate him.

He's described as at least six feet tall and was dressed in dark clothing with lighter colored pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Coeur d'Alene police at 208-769-2320.

Iraq native shares personal story of persecution

Iraq native shares personal story of persecution

An Iraqi native, who escaped persecution and now lives in Coeur d'Alene, is working to bring attention to the dire humanitarian situation in his home country.

When Michael Paul found out about recently slain journalist Jim Foley, he cried.

"I really cried today to God. I mean what a hero he is. He was arrested in Libya and he went to Syria again and he didn't care," says Paul.

Paul grew up a Muslim in Iraq before converting to Christianity at the age of 18. He assisted the U.S. military as a cultural adviser and interpreter and was kidnapped multiple times by different groups for his beliefs.

"People in Iraq today, they don't have social justice," says Paul.

Now he is on a mission: to convert Arabs from Islam to Christianity.

"The real source of extremism in the world and the unrest situation is the teaching of the Koran," says Paul.

After escaping Iraq, he moved to Coeur d'Alene and stayed with a host family before opening his own barber shop, J.C. Style. Paul says he is grateful for the freedoms America offers.

Hayden woman's encounter with lightning caught on camera

A Hayden woman says she was struck by lightning, and the whole thing caught on camera by her daughter.

As severe weather moved in Tuesday night, CC Weske and Stephanie Rey grabbed their cameras and headed outside.

Just after 6:30 pm, Weske began taking a SnapChat of the sky, her mom steps into the frame and a bolt of lighting followed by a loud bang lights up sky.

"I was like, 'Oh something is about to happen,' that's why I was filming it," Weske said. "Then just all of the sudden, it just literally everything lit up and it sounded like a gun went off."

"I screamed my phone flew out of my hand and I really wasn't sure what happened," Rey said. "I was like expletive, I think I just got hit by lightning and so we just took off running."

The pair are thankful that no one was hurt. Rey says she felt a bit of a tingle several hours after and is glad nothing worse happened.

"Very, very thankful," Rey said . "Even though we are joking about it and funny or what ever but very creepy."

Meridian woman pleads guilty in bank robbery

A 19-year-old Meridian woman has pleaded guilty to driving the getaway car in a bank robbery in western Idaho.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Jennifer Lillian Balfe pleaded guilty to bank robbery Tuesday. She is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge on Nov. 12.

Prosecutors allege Bale and 35-year-old Ricky Allen Fisher of Nampa robbed a U.S. Bank branch in Cottonwood on May 15. They were arrested two days later at a motel in Lewiston. Police say they raised suspicion by spending a lot of cash at a casino.

Fisher's trial is scheduled for October.

K9 Pecco joins the Coeur d'Alene Police Department

K9 Pecco joins the Coeur d'Alene Police Department

The Coeur d'Alene Police Department is proud to announce the newest member of their force – K9 Pecco!

Pecco is a three-year-old Belgium Malinois from the Netherlands. He was purchased from a breeder in Riverside, California and partnered with Officer Amy Winstead.

Previously Officer Winstead was partnered with K9 Kane who had difficulty obtaining his certification.

On August 13 Officer Winstead and Pecco graduated a 360 hour basic training school and passed the Idaho K9 Certification evaluation for tracking, evidence and patrol work. Eventually Pecco will be certified as a narcotics detection dog.