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Baby sitter charged with murder seeks additional information

A northern Idaho baby sitter charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 2-year-old says the Nez Perce County Prosecutor's office is stonewalling her request for additional information.

The Lewiston Tribune reports in a story on Thursday that 30-year-old Natasha N. Hodges is asking the 2nd District Court to intervene.

Prosecutors say Hodges was watching Rylee Mingo in 2012 when she struck the child in the abdomen, causing internal bleeding. Hodges called 911 when the toddler started having trouble breathing, but Mingo died a short time later at a hospital.

Hodges' attorney says Mingo died of natural causes and is asking for information about Mingo and her sibling's medical history.

The attorney says Mingo died after medical providers failed to diagnose and treat Mingo's condition.

Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office announces new Civil Department hours

Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office announces new Civil Department hours

The Nez Perce County Sheriff Office in Idaho has announced new hours for their Civil Department. The Civil Department serves customers who require services such as fingerprints, summons and complaints, notices to vacate, and small claims.

Beginning Monday, January 26, 2015, the Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Civil Department hours will start operating from 9: 00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The department said the change is necessary as they are in the process of restructuring office staff hours.  

Drivers licensing will remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

2015 Specialty Crop Grant applications being accepted in Idaho

2015 Specialty Crop Grant applications being accepted in Idaho

Applications are currently being accepted by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.  Funds are provided by the United States Department of Agriculture and are allocated to the state to be awarded through a competitive grant process.  

 

Projects must solely enhance the competitiveness of U.S.-grown specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets and must provide a benefit to more than just the applicant.  Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. 

 

Governor calls for statewide moment of silence for Moscow shooting victims

Governor calls for statewide moment of silence for Moscow shooting victims

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter is asking Idahoans to take a few minutes on Wednesday, January 13th, at 12:00 p.m. PST, to remember the victims, their families and friends, and the community of Moscow after a series of shootings last Saturday by a lone gunman.

“It is important that everyone in Idaho take time in the wake of this horrendous act to remember those who have lost their lives and offer our support to the families, friends, and Moscow community as they mourn this tragedy,” Governor Otter said. “I ask that all Idahoans observe a moment of silence... to let our friends and families in Moscow know they are in our thoughts and prayers, and that they are not alone in their grief.”

INBC at emergency levels of Type O negative and Type O positive blood

INBC at emergency levels of Type O negative and Type O positive blood

The Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) is calling all eligible O-Negative and O-Positive blood donors to roll up their sleeve and give blood as soon as possible.

INBC says blood supply has reached critical levels for O blood types, with only 10% of needed blood supply on the shelf. In order to reach a safe blood supply, over 500 blood donors are urgently needed this week.

O-Negative blood is the universal blood type and can be given to anyone in an emergency situations where there is not enough time to match a patient’s blood type. O-Positive is the most common blood type and so is crucial to have a safe supply on hospital shelves. INBC is the only supplier of blood to area hospitals and needs an average of 200 blood donors every day.

In response to the critical levels, INBC is opening its Spokane Center on Thursday, January 1st from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are needed at this time. Donation centers can be found in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston and the Valley Hospital. For more information, visit www.inbcsaves.org.

Lewiston PD asks for assistance in identifying vandals

Lewiston PD asks for assistance in identifying vandals

The Lewiston Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying the person or persons involved in multiple vandalisms that have occurred in the past three weeks in the 800 block of Main Street and the 800 block of D Street.

 

Multiple businesses in those areas have sustained major damage to large business front windows and in some circumstances more than once. The damage done so far is calculated to be in the 3 to 4 thousand dollar range. The department said there is no pattern as to specific days the damage is being done, however it does appear it is in the late evening hours to early morning hours. Entry has not been made into these businesses thus far, and at this point seems to be random acts of vandalism.

 

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.