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Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office report apparent inmate suicide at adult detention center

Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office report apparent inmate suicide at adult detention center

In the early morning hours of Sunday December 14th, Detention Deputies of the Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office discovered an inmate hanging from his bunk in a cell at the Nez Perce County Adult Detention Center at approximately 4:37a.m.  Two detention deputies performed CPR until Lewiston Medics arrived at 4:49 a.m.

The inmate left the jail by ambulance en route to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center at 5:15 a.m. on Sunday morning.  St. Joseph Regional Medical Center informed the Sheriff that the inmate Maynard Leigh Ellenwood, a 47 year old resident of Lapwai, died at approximately 9:30 p.m. that same day while a patient of the hospital.   

The Idaho State Police are investigating the incident.  The coroner has not determined a cause of death at this time and the investigation is still in progress.    

Nez Perce officials arrest wanted man

The Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office arrested a wanted man after a short pursuit on Friday night.

Nez Perce Tribal Police Officers attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation in the Lapwai, Idaho area just before 8 p.m. The vehicle fled from officers and led them on a pursuit through Nez Perce County that came to a stop on Woods Road and Growler Point Road.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Keith Sarbacher, left the vehicle on foot leaving a female passenger, identified as Shannon Sneve, still in the vehicle. Nez Perce County Sheriff's Deputies along with Idaho State Police, Lewis County Sheriff's Deputies and Cottonwood Police arrived on scene to assist with the apprehension of Sarbacher. Nez Perce County Sheriff's K9 Deputy deployed K9 Queen to assist with tracking Sarbacher. K9 Queen tracked Sarbacher to an out building where he had barricaded himself.

Sarbacher had multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Nez Perce County Detention Center. Sneve was also taken into custody and booked into the Nez Perce County Detention Center for Accessory and Paraphernalia. �

Lewiston Police identify hit and run suspect

Update 11/29/14: Lewiston police officers located the suspect vehicle Thursday's hit and run incident early Saturday morning.

At about 3 a.m., officers found the 2002 Chevrolet S10 Blazer parked at a residence at 622 Burrell Ave in Lewiston.�

The driver of the vehicle at the time of the collision has been identified. Criminal charges are pending.

The Lewiston Police Department thanks the community for their assistance in this case.

Original story 11/28/14: Lewiston Police are looking to the public to help locate a suspect� involved in a hit and run accident Thursday night.

It happened at about 4:40 p.m. The vehicle struck 39-year-old Mikerra Lane of Lewiston as she was crossing the street in a crosswalk. The suspect then fled the scene. Lane is listed in critical condition.

The vehicle is a white, 4 door SUV, believed to be either a 1995-2005 Chevrolet S10 Blazer or GMC Jimmy.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision and/or the suspects to contact the Lewiston Police Department at (208) 746-0171.

Lewiston police investigating hit-and-run

Lewiston police are investigating a hit-and-run on Thanksgiving day.�

Witnesses tell police a 39-year-old woman was crossing the street in the 1500 block of Main Street around 4:40 Thursday evening, when she was hit by a smaller SUV. Witnesses say it was possibly a white 90's to 2000 Chevy Blazer or GMC. That woman suffered a broken arm, a broken pelvis and a skull fracture.

Witnesses say the man and the woman got out of the car, walked back to the woman, then got back in the car and sped away.�

If you saw anything or have any information, you're asked to call Lewiston police at 208-746-0171.

WSU Athletic Hall of Fame to induct Steve Gleason at Apple Cup on Saturday

WSU Athletic Hall of Fame to induct Steve Gleason at Apple Cup on Saturday

Washington State University will induct Steve Gleason as the 178th member of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame during this year's Apple Cup game. The ceremony is set to take place during an on-field ceremony between the first and second quarters of Saturday's game against Washington.


“I'd encourage fans to be there to make sure they don't miss anything,” said Associate Director of Athletics, Bill Stevens.


Stevens said each year a selection committee determines who is elected into the hall of fame.


Clarkston bans marijuana sales in city limits

Businesses owners who were hoping to sell marijuana in Clarkston were told no Monday night. The city council voted 5-2 passing an ordinance that bans the sale of marijuana within city limits.

The move has created a�divide�among the southeast Washington community.

Those in favor of the ban told the council Monday night�it would have a negative impact on the health and well being of the youth in the community.

"There is nothing good that comes out of recreational marihuana," one woman said.

"I don't think the money, any amount of money is worth it," said another woman. "I am hoping that you continue to support the ban."

Those against the ban say the voters of Washington passed an initiative to make marijuana legal, with a ban in place they say it goes against the will of the people.

The owner of one shop hoping to open soon in Clarkston says he will likely seek a recall of the council.

"It's quite the process," Kelly Jackson said. "We'll do it right, we'll do it peaceful and if they don't think our votes count they'll find out that they do."

Lewiston hospital looks to cut ER wait times

A hospital in north-central Idaho is looking to cut emergency room wait times by revamping its procedures, but the changes could cost some patients more money.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that St. Joseph Regional Medical Center's interim CEO Michael Rooney says long emergency room wait times are one of the areas that leave patients dissatisfied. The hospital used to staff the ER registration desk with an intake clerk, and the clerk was the first hospital employee emergency room patients saw unless they arrived by ambulance.

Now the hospital is staffing that desk with a triage nurse, to make sure that patients with seemingly benign symptoms like heartburn aren't actually suffering from something more serious. The hospital has also stopped offering its minor care program at the hospital, which sometimes caused bottlenecks for the emergency room. Rooney says those patients can still get minor care at an off-site, walk-in clinic, but people who go to the emergency room for minor ailments will likely face higher insurance co-pays.