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Washington State Department of Health warns of Salmonella illness tied to baby birds

Washington State Department of Health warns of Salmonella illness tied to baby birds


At least 39 Washingtonians have reported getting ill from Salmonella bacteria after coming in contact with live poultry in the past three years, according to reports reviewed by disease investigators at the state’s Department of Health. These 39 cases were associated with three separate national Salmonella outbreaks that caused more than 1,200 people to get sick. Contact with live poultry may also have contributed to more than 100 other cases of salmonellosis in our state in the past three years that weren’t associated with any known outbreak.


Spring is the season when many people who have chickens or ducks in backyard flocks buy baby birds. From the time the baby birds arrive at home, children should be supervised carefully to make sure they wash their hands immediately after touching the animals or their environments. Another prevention step is to make sure children don’t snuggle or kiss the young poultry.


Vehicle crashed through wall of A&B Foods in Lewiston Orchards Wednesday morning

Vehicle crashed through wall of A&B Foods in Lewiston Orchards Wednesday morning


There were no injuries late Wednesday morning when a vehicle crashed through a wall of A&B Foods in the Lewiston Orchards. According to Lewiston Police Officer Eric Olson, 87-year-old Aloha Lanphier of Lewiston was pulling up to a parking spot in front of the store located in the 400 block of Thain Road when she accidentally hit the gas rather than the brake pedal of her car.

There was significant damage to that section of the store and moderate damage to Lanphier's car.


"This lady told me that she's never had an accident and had two tickets in her entire life," Olson said.


Neither Lanphier nor her son were injured in the collision, which was reported at 10:58 a.m. Olson said there were no citations because it was a private property accident.

Washington State Patrol uses latest laser technology to quickly clear roadways after an accident


The Washington State Patrol released their newest edition of their Good to Know video series (view above), which features detectives using the latest laser technology to quickly clear roadways after an accident, ensuring driver and officer safety.


According to the WSP, the Trimble Laser Scanner does the work traditionally done by detectives, but in about half the time and with only one operator. The machine scans items at the scene in order to recreate a 3-D version of the surrounding area which helps investigators determine the cause of the collision.


WSP uses the Trimble to reduce road closure time while still conducting a thorough investigation of the incident. The device can also be used at other types of crimes such as homicides, to document the location of important evidence.


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.


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.

Off-duty deputy stops runaway car

Off-duty deputy stops runaway car


An off-duty Asotin County Sheriff's Deputy saved the day when he stopped an unoccupied car from rolling down hillside and into traffic on Clarkston's four-lane Fleshman Way.

Jef Polillo was traveling southbound on 13th Street just south of Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union when he noticed a woman running after the car.  At first, Polillo thought there was possibly an argument in progress. However, he quickly realized there was no driver behind the wheel.

"I look, and I was like, 'that's going to go over Fleshman. That's going to go right across the street and it's going to take someone out,'" Polillo said. "I was just thinking, 'it's going to kill someone down on Fleshman.'"


Traffic has been congested on Fleshman this week as crews work to place bird netting underneath the 13th Street overpass. Polillo said the car, which was traveling at about 15 m.p.h., went through a yard and took out a telephone box prior to being stopped by his Dodge pickup. He was not injured and the pickup sustained only minor damage.

Judge tosses blood draw results because of no search warrant

A northern Idaho judge has ruled that the blood alcohol content obtained after drawing blood from a man involved in a fatal crash isn't admissible because police didn't get a search warrant.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that a 2nd District judge also ruled Thursday that statements Kyle N. Rios made to police following the Dec. 1 crash in Lewiston are also inadmissible.

Rios is charged with vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatal crash and drunk driving following the crash that killed Paul W. Stuk or Peck.

Judge Jeff M. Brudie says police had ample opportunity to obtain a search warrant before drawing blood without Rios' consent.

Testimony at a preliminary hearing reported Rios had a blood alcohol content of 0.263 percent, three times the legal limit.

N. Idaho man pleads not guilty to killing infant son

A northern Idaho man accused of killing his infant son by shaking him has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that 20-year-old Cody Gossage made the plea Thursday in 2nd District Court.

Authorities say that officers on Oct. 29 responded to a call for help and found 5-month-old old Jordan Bigman-Gossage unconscious and not breathing.

He was taken to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, but then flown to Seattle within a few hours for advanced treatment because of severe brain trauma. He died two days later.

Gossage says his son sustained injuries in a bathtub fall.

But medical doctors told police the child's injuries weren't consistent with a bathtub fall, and that he had rib fractures consistent with an adult's hard grip.