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Briefs April 14, 2010

| April 14, 2010 9:00 PM

Man who died in woods identified

A 62-year-old man who died in the woods on Sunday has been identified.

Olaf "Lynn" Waller of Smelterville died in the Steamboat drainage area near the Coeur d'Alene River due to an accidental fall, his family reported.

Family members asked the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office to help search for Waller after he went missing while out cutting firewood.

It not known why he fell, the SCSO said.

He was discovered by sheriff's personnel Monday afternoon about 14 miles into the Steamboat drainage.

SNR 'Spring Fling' scheduled Friday

POST FALLS - Specialized Needs Recreation will hold a "Spring Fling" dance from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Prairie View Elementary School, 2478 E. Poleline.

There will be music, snacks and prizes. Cost is $5 per person.

Anyone who would like to volunteer is asked to call Angie Goucher, 755-6781 or go to

SNR is a nonprofit that provides recreational opportunities for youth and adults who have developmental disabilities or special needs.

Islam discussion scheduled Sunday

COEUR d'ALENE - The North Idaho Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship will present Saleh Elgiadi this weekend for a discussion on stereotypes and misconceptions about Islam and Muslims.

The meeting will be held at Harding Family Center, 15th and Wallace, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 18.

Elgiadi is a resident of Spokane, married, and has four children. He is the Education and Outreach Coordinator to the Muslim community in Spokane and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Spokane Islamic Center.

Applicants sought for North Idaho Fair board alternate

COEUR d'ALENE - The North Idaho Fair Board is accepting applications for an alternate position on the board.

The board is comprised of seven members and four alternates.

The alternates serve on committees, participate in discussion and perform other functions, but do not vote. The board is a panel of volunteers who are appointed by the Kootenai County commissioners and serve without pay.

Anyone interested in the vacancy can download an application from or mail a letter of interest to North Idaho Fair and Rodeo, P.O. Box 2437, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83816.

Idaho man killed in Alaska accident

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 70-year-old Idaho man has been killed in one-car accident on the Seward Highway south of Anchorage.

Alaska State Troopers identified the victim of Tuesday's accident as Fred McMinn of Rexburg, Idaho.

Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen says McMinn was a passenger in a pickup traveling northbound on the Seward Highway. Ipsen says it appears the driver lost control of the vehicle at Mile 104.

The pickup crossed the center line and rolled several times before coming to rest in trees on the opposite side of the road.

McMinn was ejected from the truck. Ipsen says he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The driver was hospitalized with injuries.

Troopers continue to investigate the cause of the accident.

Man who targeted chief pleads guilty

CALDWELL (AP) - Canyon County officials say a 24-year-old man accused of plotting to kill Homedale Police Chief Jeff Eidemiller has pleaded guilty to solicitation of first degree murder.

John Wayne Richmond Jr. is scheduled to be sentenced June 18 before 3rd District Judge Renae Hoff.

County Prosecutor John Bujak tells the Idaho Press Tribune that Richmond's change of plea came during a March 26 pretrial conference.

Richmond was arrested in December after officials said he traded drugs for a gun.

in an exchange arranged by officers, intending to use the weapon to shoot Eidemiller.

Under Idaho law, solicitation of a crime can carry the same penalty as an attempt to commit the crime.

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