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Inslee stops release of inmate who nearly killed Richland police officer

Inslee stops release of inmate who nearly killed Richland police officer

A man who stabbed a Richland police officer seven times and then shot him twice nearly 32-years-ago will remain behind bars.

Jerry Lain, who has been jailed for the last three decades, was up for parole in 2010 but then-Governor Christine Gregoire exercised a rarely used executive power stopping his parole. Now Governor Jay Inslee has done the same.

In 1982 Lain, 56, was on the run from parole in Iowa. He was caught prowling cars in Richland by Police Officer Mike Fitzpatrick. Initially Lain told Fitzpatrick to shoot him but when the officer got close enough Lain stabbed him multiple times then shot him twice using the officer's own gun.

Fitzpatrick survived the assault and Lain was given a maximum sentence of life in prison. Lain was eligible for parole in 2010 and then again in 2014 and both times his release has been stopped, first by Gregoire and now by Inslee.

State Representative Kevin Parker, who has been working with the Fitzpatricks to block Lain's release, said it was the right choice.

Department of Labor holding Hero 2 Hired job fair in Lewiston

Department of Labor holding Hero 2 Hired job fair in Lewiston

The Idaho and US Departments of Labor are joining forces with veterans groups and other local leaders to sponsor a special job fair for veterans in Lewiston. The “Hero 2 Hired’ job fair targets veterans, active duty military, National Guard, Reserve members, and military spouses.


The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 22nd at the Idaho Army National Guard Armory, 2707 16th Avenue in Lewiston.

Washingtonians flocking to Idaho for cheaper alcohol

Washingtonians flocking to Idaho for cheaper alcohol

Just hundreds of yards from Washington, and barely into Idaho, the shelves of the State Line Liquor Store are stocked, but sticker shock proves they won't be for long.

The store opened months after Washington voters passed I-1183. When privatized liquor started almost two years ago in Washington, Kootenai County saw an increase of $7 million in liquor sales each year. So many people are crossing the border to buy booze. Those purchases from Washingtonians left nearly $420,000 in sales tax for Kootenai County last year.

If you put the average price for a bottle of liquor at about $20, that means 350,000 bottles would leave the county each year. The sales tax would stay.

The Idaho State Liquor Division says Kootenai County had the highest growth in the state.

"It's not a regular thing but when I'm over here, pop in, just do it," said Eric Carlson of Spokane Valley.

Almost every license plate KXLY saw at the liquor store this afternoon was from Washington, including Eric Carlson's.

"How come they can do it cheaper here, not there. It's not like we're crossing oceans?" Carlson said.

Washington sees spike in pesticide related illnesses

Washington sees spike in pesticide related illnesses

From the Washington State Department of Health:


There have been 15 potential pesticide drift events resulting in about 60 people getting ill reported to the Washington State Department of Health in the past two months– that’s as many the agency normally sees in a year.

Lewiston singer lands private audition for The Voice

Lewiston singer lands private audition for The Voice

Music has been a part of Chad Bramlet's life since he can remember. And now, music is taking him all the way to a private audition for the Emmy Award-winning television show, "The Voice." The 33-year-old Lewiston man says he is officially scheduled for the audition on June 22nd.

Medical issue causes car crash in Lewiston

Medical issue causes car crash in Lewiston

A medical issue is believed to be the cause of a two-vehicle collision this morning in Lewiston on Thain Grade near the entrance to Shopko.


According to the Lewiston Police Department, 65-year-old Richard Hansen of Lewiston was traveling northbound in a 2002 Ford Ranger when he drifted across the double yellow lines and into the southbound lanes at about 9:43 a.m. He then struck a 2001 Ford pickup driven by 47-year-old Kenneth Martin of Lewiston. Martin had just pulled out of the Shopko parking lot.

Inslee appoints Superior Court Judge to Hells Canyon Ciruit

Inslee appoints Superior Court Judge to Hells Canyon Ciruit

Washington Governor Jay Inslee today appointed Lewiston attorney Scott Gallina to Superior Court Judge of the Hells Canyon Circuit which represents Asotin, Garfield, and Columbia Counties. Gallina replaces William Acey who retired at the end of April, with more than two years left on his term.


Columbia County District Court Judge Scott Marinella and City of Asotin Attorney Jane Richards were also considered for the appointment.