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Man serving 2 life sentences files appeal

A man serving two life sentences for killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend is appealing a judge's ruling dismissing his petitions for post-conviction relief.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that Dale Shackelford filed the notice of appeal Friday in 2nd District Court.

Shackelford in 2000 was convicted of shooting Donna Fontaine and Fred Palahniuk to death in the northern Idaho town of Kendrick in 1999. He was sentenced to death.

However, the U.S. Supreme Court later ruled that juries, not judges, must hand down death sentences. At a new sentencing hearing Shackelford received two fixed life sentences.

He sought shorter sentences, but Latah County 2nd District Judge John R. Stegner dismissed the petitions for post-conviction relief two weeks ago.

Shackelford is appealing that decision.

LCSC students offer free tax assistance

LCSC students offer free tax assistance

Students in the Lewis-Clark State College Business Division are offering free assistance to help residents of the Lewiston-Clarkston area with 2013 tax returns.


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Pomeroy students learn simplified CPR

Pomeroy students learn simplified CPR

Students at Pomeroy High School spent the morning receiving hands on CPR training from the American Heart Association.


The 7th and 8th graders learned a form of CPR that requires two simple steps: call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest. The American Heart Association says that Hands Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR in sudden cardiac arrest.

Former teacher guilty of possessing child porn

A judge has ruled that a former agricultural education instructor at a northern Idaho high school is guilty of 10 felony counts of possessing child pornography.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that 2nd District Judge Jeff M. Brudie made the ruling Wednesday after two days of testimony in the case involving 28-year-old Tyler Mink.

Police say they began investigating in January 2013 when detectives discovered 54 suspicious files shared at Mink's residence in Lewiston. Police obtained a search warrant and reported finding hundreds of files with child pornography.

Mink resigned from Culdesac High School that month.

Sentencing is set for June 4. Mink faces up to 10 years in prison on each felony count.

The newspaper reports that Mink is out of jail pending sentencing.

N. Idaho man charged with first-degree murder

A federal grand jury in northern Idaho has indicted a 37-year-old Lapwai man on one count of first-degree murder.

Raymond Scott Jr. is accused of killing 42-year-old William G. Reich with a hammer or other weapon in July.

Prosecutors say that Scott left Reich for dead in Reich's home in Lapwai after the attack.

The Lewiston Tribune reports in a story on Thursday that the federal indictment says Reich's injuries included a fractured skull and a laceration to the brain.

The FBI investigated because Scott and Reich are members of the Nez Perce Tribe and the death occurred on the Nez Perce Reservation.

Under federal law, Scott faces up to life in prison.

Construction crew makes Mammoth discovery

Construction crews digging near Clarkston unearthed some very old bones last week that researchers say could be a Columbia Mammoth.

The bones were found last Thursday just outside of Clarkston.

It's not uncommon to find mammoth or other ancient animal bones in Washington. However what will make this find significant is if they discover traces of ancient humans along with other bones.

"I've seen a lot of horse bones and cow bones and it's definitely bigger than that," said Dr. Lee Sappington, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Idaho.

At first glance the two pieces of first sized bone don't look like much.

"And you can tell elephants apart based on their teeth. So we're assuming it's a mammoth but we just have it," Sappington said.

But it's a good indicator of what could be buried nearby.

"Sure it made a nice crunch when they broke it. So we're going to start off trying to find a better context for it and that's going to take a while," Sappington said.

Sappington said mammoth bones have been found in almost every county in Washington.

WA State Parks celebrates 101 years with free park entry

WA State Parks celebrates 101 years with free park entry

From the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission:

 

Washington State Parks turns 101 years old on Wednesday, March 19, and visitors are invited to help celebrate by getting out to enjoy a state park for free that day.