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Report shows high rate of tobacco sales to WA minors

Report shows high rate of tobacco sales to WA minors

The number of retailers in Washington that illegally sell tobacco to minors is high for the second year in a row. An annual report that tracks illegal sales shows about 15% of tobacco retailers sold tobacco to minors in 2013, which is about the same as it was in 2012. As recently as 2009, the rate was much lower, at about 9%.

Clarkston accepting volunteer firefighter applications

Clarkston accepting volunteer firefighter applications

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter for the City of Clarkston?

N. Idaho man pleads not guilty in shooting death

A northern Idaho man charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of another man has pleaded not guilty.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that the attorney for 27-year-old Christopher J. Partee entered the plea Tuesday in 2nd District Court.

Partee is charged with shooting 41-year-old Coby J. Bloodsworth on Feb 11 at a mobile home in Peck during an argument at Partee's residence.

Nez Perce County prosecutors say Bloodsworth and Partee were involved in an argument at a gas station that continued at Partee's mobile home.

Partee said Bloodsworth threatened him so he pointed a gun at Bloodsworth's feet. He said he shot Bloodsworth in the chest when Bloodsworth moved aggressively toward him.

A jury trial is set for July 7. Partee remains in custody on $250,000 bond.

N. Idaho judge eyes injunction at mobile home park

A northern Idaho judge has agreed to issue an injunction to force a mobile home park owner to overhaul the park's water and waste system to make it safe for residents.

But 2nd District Judge John Stegner on Tuesday also says he's not sure how long it will take to issue the order against Syringa Mobile Home Park owner Magar E. Magar because he wants to make sure it will be effective.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that a team of third-year law students from the University of Idaho Legal Aid Clinic representing residents sought the injunction.

On another front, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality in February filed a lawsuit against Magar contending the mobile home park is violating wastewater and drinking water requirements.

That lawsuit is pending in 2nd District Court.

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.