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Defendant admits to murder on Nez Perce Indian Reservation

Defendant admits to murder on Nez Perce Indian Reservation

 

Raymond Antoine Scott, Jr., 38, of Lapwai, Idaho, pleaded guilty today to second degree murder, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Scott was indicted by a federal grand jury in Coeur d'Alene on March 18, 2014.

 

According to the plea agreement, Scott admitted that on July 9, 2013, he intentionally struck William Reich, who was known as Bear on the reservation, on the left side of the head with a sharp object. That blow resulted in a fracture to Reich's skull that damaged his brain and caused his death. After the defendant struck Reich, he went to several residences where he admitted to killing Reich. The case was in federal court because the defendant and the victim are both enrolled members of the Nez Perce Indian Tribe, and the crime occurred on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation.

 

The charge of second degree murder is punishable by up to life in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000.00, and up to five years of supervised release.

 

Sentencing is set for July 28, 2015, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Coeur d'Alene.

Police investigating Wrangler Bar shooting in Lewiston

Police investigating Wrangler Bar shooting in Lewiston

 

Lewiston Police officers responded to a shooting at Wrangler Bar at approximately 10:53 p.m. Thursday. It was reported that one person had been shot. When officers arrived they determined an adult male was suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the stomach or chest area. According to police, the subject was being assisted by fellow bar patrons.

 

As soon as the scene was determined to be safe, Lewiston Fire Department Medics were summoned to the scene. The medics immediately transported the victim, identified as 49-year-old Benjamin F. Phares Jr. of Lewiston, to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center for treatment. The suspect remained on scene and was immediately contacted by officers inside the bar.

 

Man arrested for aggravated assault/eluding after taking Lewiston PD on a chase

Man arrested for aggravated assault/eluding after taking Lewiston PD on a chase

 

The Lewiston Police Department responded to an apparent road rage incident at 1:18 p.m. on Tuesday. The suspect was said to be a male subject in a red car who had pointed a gun at another person in the parking lot of the Jack in the Box at 1903 G Street.

 

Officers located the suspect and vehicle a couple of blocks away on G Street, driving away from the incident. The officers then attempted to stop the vehicle, which was later determined to be driven by 30 year old Lewiston resident, James Breedlove. Breedlove eluded police in a reckless manner for a short period of time. According to police, he was located at the 400 block of 17th Street, where he was seen getting into a different vehicle as the passenger.

 

As officers attempted to stop this vehicle, Breedlove was seen throwing a semi-automatic handgun from the vehicle. This gun was recovered by the police.

 

Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office ask for public's help regarding vandalism

Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office ask for public's help regarding vandalism

 

Update: The Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office has been advised that the reported vandalism of the lower monument at the scenic overlook at the top of Old Spiral Highway did not occur.  Sheriff Joe Rodriguez was contacted by a private contractor who stated he was given permission by the Friends of the Airport Commission to remove the memorial, refurbish it and relocate it to the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Airport.  This information has been confirmed and the investigation discontinued.

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On March 1st, Nez Perce County Deputies were informed of a vandalism at the scenic over look at the top of the Old Spiral Highway. When the Deputy arrived, he found the lower monument at the overlook had been damaged, and the metal plate containing the engraved memorial was missing. The Deputy found the partial handrail around the monument site was also missing.

 

Anyone with information regarding the damage to the monument or missing memorial is asked to contact Deputy Dupea with the Nez Perce County Sheriff's Department.

IRS phone scams continue to be a serious threat

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain near the top of the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent months as scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation and other things. The IRS reminds taxpayers to guard against all sorts of con games that arise during any filing season.

"If someone calls unexpectedly claiming to be from the IRS with aggressive threats if you don't pay immediately, it's a scam artist calling,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "The first IRS contact with taxpayers is usually through the mail. Taxpayers have rights, and this is not how we do business."

LPD need assistance in identifying suspect for stolen credit card use at Lewiston Macy's store

LPD need assistance in identifying suspect for stolen credit card use at Lewiston Macy's store

Detectives at the Lewiston Police Department are trying to identify a suspect wanted for questioning in the use of a stolen credit card at the Lewiston Macy's Store. The credit card was reportedly stolen in Twisp, WA.

Those who recognize the suspect should contact detective Nick Eylar at 208-746-0171 or the Tip Line at 208-298-3939.

Father and son charged for elk poaching in Asotin County

Father and son charged for elk poaching in Asotin County

A 39-year-old Anatone man and his 22-year-old son have been charged in connection with the alleged poaching of two trophy-class bull elk near Anatone in early November. After seeing a post on Big Country News Connection about the discovery of the elk, tips came in to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife that claimed that Richard Kramer had allegedly gone into a Clarkston business and was "bragging about killing some bull elk," according to court documents. The tip reportedly "stated that his friend said that the man said he and his father shot a cow elk, small bull elk, a 320 class bull elk, and a 350 class bull elk."