Large Mail Theft Ring Busted in North Idaho

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KOOTENAI COUNTY, ID - A large mail theft ring involving nearly 400 victims and about 70 different cases has been broken up by law enforcement agencies in north Idaho.  The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office worked closely with the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, Post Falls Police, Coeur d’Alene City Police, and the US Postal Inspector’s Office following a series of mail thefts beginning in November.  Most of them occurred in the Athol and Hauser Lake areas.

Court Grants Increased 'Spill' to Aid Endangered Snake & Columbia River Salmon

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PORTLAND, OR - A federal judge ruled today that dam operators on the Snake and Columbia rivers must increase water releases over spillways at eight dams to improve survival rates for juvenile salmon migrating to the ocean starting next year.   In the meantime, the spill in place under court order since the summer of 2005 will continue.

Section of Grangemont Road Remains Closed in Clearwater County

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OROFINO, ID - A section of Grangemont Road remains closed near milepost 22 and Clearwater County Commissioners say there is no estimate for it reopening.  Commissioners met today with Road and Bridge Administrator Cassie Bansemer and Road Supervisor Dave Holland to discuss the course of action for the road.  It was decided to conduct an aerial survey to get a better look at the movement and possible causes for the washout.

New Roundabout Will Be Constructed in Lewiston Orchards

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LEWISTON, ID - Lewiston drivers will soon have another roundabout to maneuver through.  Crea Construction has been awarded the contract for construction of a new single lane roundabout at the intersection of Thain Road, Powers Avenue, and 14th Street.  Scheduled for completion this fall, the groundbreaking is scheduled for next Monday.

Armed Robbery Suspect Sought by Kamiah Marshal's Office

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KAMIAH, ID - The Kamiah Marshal's Office is searching for a 35-year-old armed robbery suspect.  According to a press release, at about 4:00 p.m. on March 23rd officers were dispatched to a possible vehicle theft. The Marshal's Office is asking for the public's assisting in locating Justin J. Ellenberg and the motor home which has Idaho license plate 6C1106M.

Crash on US 12 Kills Unknown Number of Pheasants

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LOWELL, ID - An unknown number of pheasants were killed when a westbound truck pulling a gooseneck trailer was involved in a rollover at milepost 110 on US 12 at 6:59 p.m. Thursday.  Idaho State Police Captain Lonnie Richardson says driver Chad Bouman of Janesville, Wisconsin was not injured in the incident.  Bouman was hauling approximately 3,000 pheasants that were destined for the Flying B Ranch in Idaho County when the trailer flipped over.

Largest Pool at Jerry Johnson Hot Springs Still Intact Following Flooding Event

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KAMIAH, ID - The largest upper Pool at the Jerry Johnson Hot Springs was not impacted by a recent high water event. Lochsa-Powell Ranger District staff say they had received reports from visitors earlier this week that the user-created pools had all filled with sediment.  While the biggest pool was not affected, the two smaller lower pools have indeed filled in.

Labor Department Notifying IdahoWorks Customers Impacted by Data Breach

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BOISE, ID - About 170,000 of the Idaho Department of Labor’s 530,000 job-seeker accounts – active and historical – were compromised by a hacking incident on March 12th and 13th involving America’s Job Link, a Kansas-based, multi-state system that operates the department’s IdahoWorks job search engine.  The account information that may have been viewed includes customers’ name, Social Security number, and date of birth.

White Bird Man Arrested For Alleged Theft of Generator

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WHITE BIRD, ID - A 28-year-old White Bird man was arrested on a charge of felony Grand Theft for allegedly stealing a 2000 Honda generator, gas can, and extension cord from a property on Banner Ridge Road around February 10th.  On Wednesday, Idaho County Sheriff's Deputies served a search warrant at Michael McReynolds' residence on Old Highway 95 after a generator matching the description of the stolen one was observed.

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