LPD to Roll Out "Newly Improved" Ballistic Armored Vehicle on Monday

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LEWISTON, ID - The Lewiston City Council will get its first look at the Lewiston Police Department’s newly improved Ballistic Armored Vehicle before their regularly scheduled Work Session on Monday.  LPD received a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle from the Sierra Army Depot in Herndon, California about a year ago through the federal 1033 Program which makes it possible for state and local law enforcement agencies to obtain excess federal property at little or no cost.

Vandals Do Estimated $9,000 in Damage to LMS & Field of Dreams; Safe Containing Jewelry Also Stolen

Three juveniles identified as alleged perpetrators

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CLARKSTON, WA - Vandals did upwards of $9,000 damage with their vehicle in the Clarkston Heights Wednesday night or Thursday morning.  In addition to deep tire tracks at the Field of Dreams Little League field, Lincoln Middle School is reporting that a vehicle tore up the soccer and football field as well.  The alleged theft of a safe containing jewelry resulted in the loss of several thousands of dollars more.  That case may be unrelated, officials say.

UPDATE: Three male juveniles, ages 14 and 15, were charged this morning with felonies. Two were detained and one was placed on house arrest. Officials say they were charged with three counts of 1st-Degree Malicious Mischief and 2nd-Degree Taking a Motor Vehicle Without the Owners Permission. They were reportedly caught after they had told other friends about using a parent's pickup to do the damage.

Ecology to Fund Nearly $450,000 in Water Quality Improvement Projects

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OLYMPIA, WA - More than a dozen locally-sponsored water quality improvement and environmental enhancement projects across Washington will receive up to $50,000 in state grant funding to benefit residents.

The Department of Ecology is awarding nearly $450,000 to fund 14 different projects: Six are located in eastern Washington, five in western Washington, and another three are considered to be of statewide significance that will significantly improve the natural environment in multiple watersheds.

Boise Man Accused of Attempted Murder, Assault, & Kidnapping of Girlfriend Found Guilty on All Charges

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ASOTIN, WA - A 22-year-old Boise man who attempted to kill his girlfriend nearly a year ago was found guilty on all charges following a bench trial before Asotin County Superior Court Judge Scott Gallina.  Talon Nique Cutler-Flinn had been charged with 11 counts, including attempted murder, kidnapping, and assault after being arrested on January 1st.

SEL Named Washington State Employer of the Year by AWB

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SEATTLE, WA - Pullman-based Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories was named Employer of the Year during an award ceremony yesterday in Seattle.  The Association of Washington Business, the state’s largest and oldest business association, presented six companies with top awards at the group’s second-annual Evening of Excellence at Benaroya Hall.

Asotin County Little League Baseball Field was Vandalized Last Night

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CLARKSTON, WA - The Asotin County Little League baseball field was vandalized last night.

This facility is used by many kids, is managed by volunteers, and is self sustained by donations from the community.

If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Asotin County Sheriff's Office at 509-243-4717.

Lewiston Man Charged With 2nd-Degree Rape

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CLARKSTON, WA - A 48-year-old Lewiston man was arrested yesterday on a charge of 2nd-Degree Rape for allegedly forcing a woman to participate in a sexual act multiple times during a two year period.  Anthony E. Brown was taken into custody at the Clarkston Police Department following an interview.

Weather Brought to You by Nez Perce Express

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Weather for the Lewis-Clark Valley, Palouse, and Camas Prairie brought to you by Nez Perce Express.

Today A 10 percent chance of rain after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. East wind around 6 mph.

Tonight A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly between 7pm and 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. South wind around 5 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

National Park Service has Selected Mike Gauthier to be the Superintendent of Nez Perce National Historical Park

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LEWISTON, ID - The National Park Service has selected Mike Gauthier to be the superintendent of Nez Perce National Historical Park. Gauthier will take the place of Tami DeGrosky who retired in April.

From the NPNHP:
Gauthier is a seasoned park ranger who has worked at Olympic, Mount Rainier, Denali and Yosemite national parks. Over his 32-year career he has served as a wilderness ranger, firefighter, fee collector, custodian, climbing ranger, and search and rescue coordinator.

Vehicle Technology Adaptations can Protect Mature Motorists

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BOISE, ID - According to AAA’s latest survey results, senior drivers underutilize available vehicle technology that could reduce their future crash risk.

From AAA:
In 2016, more than 16 percent of the drivers involved in fatal Idaho crashes were ages 65 and older. From 2000 to 2015, the number of licensed drivers aged 65 and older in the Gem State soared from 120,000 to more than 216,000 – an increase of nearly 80 percent. The number of drivers aged 55 to 64 climbed by more than 84 percent during the same period.

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