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Woman pleads guilty in Elk City beating death

A north-central Idaho woman has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge for causing fatal injuries during an argument with a woman over cosmetics, a necklace and a compact disc.

The Lewiston Tribune reports 27-year-old Tara R. Mendenhall of Elk City pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter for a Sept. 24 fight with 45-year-old Lora K. Vandenburg. Vandenburg died on Oct. 8 from bleeding in the brain.

Mendenhall was initially charged with second-degree murder. She testified that she and two others had stopped at a house in Elk City and when they returned to the car, Vandenberg was holding some of her belongings.

Mendenhall says she punched Vandenburg and pulled her out of the car, causing Vandenburg to fall to the ground.

District Judge Michael Griffin scheduled sentencing for Sept. 22.

Working 4 you: Just how good for you is running?

Working 4 you: Just how good for you is running?

Good news for runners.

A new study shows the benefits of running for your health, but this study says it doesn't matter if you're a 15-minute miler, or an elite marathoner. The benefits are still the same.

According to the study running, even for a few minutes a day, can reduce your risk of death from heart disease compared to those who don't run at all. That study was published this week in the journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Researchers studied some 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15 year period. They noted their overall health, if they ran and how long they lived.

Compared to non-runners, investigators found those who ran had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes, and a 45% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

In fact, runners on average lived three years longer compared to those who did not hit the pavement.

When data was broken down by age, sex, body mass index, smoking and alcohol use, the benefits were still the same. And the speed at which runners ran made little difference.

Clarkston boy recovers from rattlesnake bite

A six year old Clarkston boy is recovering in a Spokane hospital after he was bitten by a rattlesnake Saturday evening.

Courtney Hines says her son Kayden and another little girl were checking out two tents at Drive Down Beach on the Snake river when he was bit.

"We just let them run up there, and Kayden ran up first and the snake jumped out," Hines said.

She said she saw blood coming from his leg where he had been bitten. Nearby beach goers told the family to wrap a tourniquet around his leg and head for the hospital.

"I've never heard him scream like that," Hines said. "It was the worst crying ever and there was nothing I could do but drive like 90 miles an hour to the hospital."

The family went to one hospital and then to a second one before Kayden was flown to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

He was given an anti-venom every six hours and pain medication.

"He's definitely a fighter and he is definitely very tough," Hines said. "He's definitely ready to go home, he's ready to go home and play. He doesn't want to go back to that beach ever again."

CenturyLink 911 services impacted near wildfires

CenturyLink 911 services impacted near wildfires

As wildfires continue to burn across the state, 911 services in Omak, Okanogan, Oroville and Mallot are being stressed to the point that some callers are receiving busy signals when they call.

CenturyLink is asking customers to be patient and limit their calls to true emergency situations. Calls are going through, but it may take several attempts – and the few people calling, the greater the chance.

Meanwhile, CenturyLink says all 911 services along with local and long distance phone lines and internet services remain down in Mazama, Pateros, Twisp and Winthrop due to extensive fire damage in the area.

With destroyed fiber cables and equipment CenturyLink says they are unable to provide an estimated time for restoration and say customers should expect them to remain down for an extended period of time.

Fatal bike accident involving Clearwater County deputy

Fatal bike accident involving Clearwater County deputy

A 61-year-old Orofino woman died this morning after her bicycle was struck by a pickup on US 12.

According to the Idaho State Police, Theresa Grossklaus was traveling in the far right eastbound lane of travel near milepost 43.5 when 51-year-old Mitchell Jared of Pierce, who was also traveling in the far right lane, allegedly struck her with his 2011 Dodge pickup at 10:18 a.m.

Grossklaus, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene. Jared, who was on duty at the time as a Clearwater County Sheriff's Deputy, was not injured, according to ISP.  

FEMA funds authorized for Carlton Complex fire

FEMA funds authorized for Carlton Complex fire

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Carlton Complex Fire, burning in Okanogan County, Washington.

FEMA Region X Regional Administrator, Kenneth D. Murphy determined that the Carlton Complex Fire threatened enough destruction to constitute a major disaster. Murphy approved the state's request for federal Fire Management Assistance Grant on Thursday.

When the request was submitted on Wednesday, no homes had burned. Today, dozens of homes and businesses have burned to ash as the fire moved through the small town of Pateros. Nearby Brewster is also under a level three evacuation order, meaning residents must leave the area immediately.

A Red Cross shelter has been set up in the town of Chelan for anyone who needs assistance, including cots, meals and water.