And the race is on. Filing opened Monday, March 3, for candidates seeking open political offices in Idaho. Prospective candidates have just more than a week to file petitions by the Friday, March 14, deadline.
Main Street turned into a river Monday evening as rainfall coupled with snowmelt overwhelmed both Cottonwood Creek and city storm drains. As of press time Tuesday, no flood damage was so far being reported by downtown businesses from the March 3 event, according to Cottonwood Police Chief Terry Cochran.
Sentencing is set this spring for a White Bird man who was found guilty last week on felony charges resulting from a 2012 firearm assault incident. Tommy D. Cole, 56, is out on $5,000 bond awaiting sentencing on April 14.
Chimney fires can be a shocking surprise for a homeowner, and as well a potential danger in spreading throughout the structure. So far, nine have been reported in Idaho County this year, and more are likely to occur as we weather the ongoing cold and snow of winter. Dick Straw of Straw’s Power Vac., Inc., recommends an annual inspection of your chimney, and – depending on how often you use your fireplace – a cleaning every year or so to remove creosote and soot buildup.
For two former NICI inmates, felony escape charges are the least of their worries in a growing list of crimes they are likely to face as a result of their January breakout.
Two Idaho County teens were convicted last month for a series of break-ins and property damage committed last fall in Grangeville. As part of a plea agreement, Kody A. Davis, 19, of Stites, and Austin J. Wolff, 18, of Grangeville, each pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts of malicious injury to property. Additional felony charges of burglary (two counts) and theft by receiving/possession stolen property, all misdemeanors, were dismissed.
You like Idaho County, right? For the most part, that’s why you live here, work here, play here. So, do you think all that you enjoy about North Central Idaho happens for free? Well, apart from God’s nice touches on our mountains, rivers and prairie … nope. Someone (a whole lot of someones actually) has to work to make things happen or keep them from happening.
Alcohol is a suspected factor in last week’s one-car crash along the White Bird Grade. William E. Eacret, 74, of Kooskia, was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital (SMH) in Cottonwood. SMH does not release patient update information.
Enhancement could add prison time to suspect’s sentence
Washington State and the Idaho Department of Correction are vying for their share in the prosecution of an Orofino man currently awaiting trial in Idaho County on felony fraud charges. And depending on that outcome, Jacob D. Smart, 28, could face more prison time as well as a “three-strike” penalty enhancement extending his incarceration up to his lifetime.
From a law enforcement perspective, Grangeville Police Chief Morgan Drew said he was pleased with the quick reaction to the Feb. 10 GHS lockdown by all those involved. “Three units in three minutes [two GPD, one Idaho County Sheriff’s deputy]: You can’t ask for a much faster response time than that,” said Chief Drew. And with the situation unknown and the possible suspect unable to be identified or located, it took within a minute for staff and students to enact lockdown procedures by moving to secure indoor locations. “It was very quick; people realized it wasn’t a drill,” he said.