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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.

ATV rolls down ravine, seriously injures teen driver

ATV rolls down ravine, seriously injures teen driver

A 16-year-old boy had to be airlifted after crashing his ATV in Coeur d'Alene National Forest Monday afternoon.

Around 3:00 pm the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office and Kootenai County Fire Rescue responded to the call on Forest Road 612 near Five Fingers Saddle where the teen had lost control. The ATV rolled over and went down a steep embankment, taking the teen with it.

Kootenai County Fire Rescue personnel conducted a technical rescue to retrieve the teen from the ravine. He was airlifted to Kootenai Health via Life Flight helicopter with serious but non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The Kootenai County Traffic Investigation Team is looking into the cause of the crash.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office would like to remind individuals recreating in the back county to operate their vehicles within their ability and to wear proper protective equipment.

Working 4 you: There's been another data breach, now what?

Working 4 you: There's been another data breach, now what?

Data breaches seem to be becoming the norm, and there's another consumers need to be aware of. Millions of people's personal information is at risk after hackers targeted a hospital network.

Community Health Systems announced the breach yesterday in a regulatory filing. The organization operates 206 hospitals in 29 states across the country.

It says hackers in China have stolen data on 4.5 million patients. The breach happened sometime in April and June this year.

The hackers accessed patients' names, social security numbers, addresses and phone numbers.

Anyone who received treatment from a network-owned hospital in the last five years is affected. People who were referred there by a doctor are also impacted.

The large data breach puts these people at a heightened risk of identity fraud.

But, experts say there are steps to take to make sure your identity stays safe.

First, if you think your SSN has been stolen, contact the three major credit-reporting agencies. They are Equifax, TransUnion and Experian. Tell them your social has been stolen and each will give you a free copy of your credit report.