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Capone murder trial begins Tuesday

Charles Capone is scheduled to go on trial Tuesday in Latah County for the killing of his estranged wife Rachael Anderson.

Capone is accused of murdering Anderson in 2010. Her body has never been found.

The last time anyone heard from Anderson was April 16, 2010. Court documents show she confronted Capone that night to tell him she was proceeding with getting a divorce. She was never seen or heard from again.

Several searches have been done along the Snake River for her remains but haven't turned up anything.

Without her remains prosecutors still say they can connect Capone to Anderson's murder.

The trial was delayed when the previous judge recused himself from the proceedings.

Judge Carl Kerrick will preside over Capone's trial.

Help identify person of interest in credit card theft

Help identify person of interest in credit card theft

The Whitman County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help identifying two persons of interest in a case of vehicle prowling and credit card fraud.

On the evening of June 6th or early June 7th, a vehicle parked in Colton, WA was illegally entered by one of more persons. A credit card was taken and later used at two businesses in Lewiston, Idaho.

Deputies received surveillance footage from one of the businesses where the credit card was used. Based on interviews with the business' loss prevention staff and video footage (pictured above) it is believed two females in their late-teens or early-20's have information that could lead to an arrest. Both females were described as being around 5'9” or 5'10” tall.

If you recognize the individual in the photo above, please call the Whitman County Sheriff's Office at (509) 397-6266 and reference case number 14-S1690.

Upcoming construction closing access to airport

Upcoming construction closing access to airport

The contractor working on the Highway 2/Spokane Airport interchange has adjusted their schedule and issued a revised plan for on and off-ramp closures while workers grind out old pavement and lay a new asphalt surface.

The full closures are limited to single-lane ramp sections where the roadway will be blocked during the work. The most intense work will be scheduled during hours when traffic counts are lowest.

During the following days and hours, single-lane segments of on and off ramps leading to and from Spokane International Airport on Highway 2 and Sunset Highway will be fully closed. Signed detours will direct drivers to and from Spokane International Airport. Drivers should expect slow traffic, congestion and delays on the detour routes. Travelers are urged to allow plenty of extra time to reach their destinations during these periods to avoid missing flight connections.

There will be no work from 5 am Friday, August 29 until 7 pm Tuesday, September 2.

 

Volunteers needed for SNAP ombudsman program

Volunteers needed for SNAP ombudsman program

SNAP is largely known for their services helping low-income individuals and families, but did you know they also offer a vital service for the elderly?

Lisa Petrie has been the regional Long Term Care Ombudsman for Eastern Washington since 1990, responsible for overseeing 284 nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family homes across Spokane, Pend Oreille, Ferry, Stevens and Whitman counties.

“This population is so very vulnerable, and it's so hard for them to speak up for what they need. The ombudsman is that voice,” said Petrie. “The whole idea is to visit with residents and make sure that they have the quality of care and quality of life that they deserve. Residents have rights, and we make sure they know that.”

Petrie has 38 volunteers that all make weekly and monthly visits to facilities from Colville to Colfax, getting to know the staff and residents. From their official paperwork, the responsibilities of ombudsman include:

Working 4 you: There's been another data breach, now what?

Working 4 you: There's been another data breach, now what?

Data breaches seem to be becoming the norm, and there's another consumers need to be aware of. Millions of people's personal information is at risk after hackers targeted a hospital network.

Community Health Systems announced the breach yesterday in a regulatory filing. The organization operates 206 hospitals in 29 states across the country.

It says hackers in China have stolen data on 4.5 million patients. The breach happened sometime in April and June this year.

The hackers accessed patients' names, social security numbers, addresses and phone numbers.

Anyone who received treatment from a network-owned hospital in the last five years is affected. People who were referred there by a doctor are also impacted.

The large data breach puts these people at a heightened risk of identity fraud.

But, experts say there are steps to take to make sure your identity stays safe.

First, if you think your SSN has been stolen, contact the three major credit-reporting agencies. They are Equifax, TransUnion and Experian. Tell them your social has been stolen and each will give you a free copy of your credit report.

First West Nile infection of 2014 reported

First West Nile infection of 2014 reported

The Washington Department of Health has confirmed the first case of in-state West Nile virus since 2012.

A Walla Walla man in his 20's was exposed somewhere near his home and hospitalized. The infection was confirmed by testing at the Washington State Public Health Laboratories in Shoreline.

Two other Washington residents have been diagnosed with the infection this year, both both contracted the disease while traveling out of state. Additional reports of possible infections are currently under investigation.

“The mosquito samples that have tested positive for West Nile virus in eastern Washington this season are a reminder that the virus is here and we should protect ourselves,” said State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy. “The best prevention is to avoid mosquito bites – at home and while traveling.”

So far 34 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus in 2014, including:

Train hits car in Whitman County

Train hits car in Whitman County

Three people were injured in a train vs. vehicle collision in Whitman County yesterday afternoon. According to the Whitman County Sheriff's Office, 23-year-old Caleb Bravard of Colfax was driving a 2003 Pontiac GrandAm in a private driveway toward Granite Road about 1/2 mile east of Boyer Park at 4:22 p.m. He told officials that he did not see the train until he was crossing the tracks.
"The train’s front end impacted the driver’s side of the vehicle catapulting the vehicle off of the track and causing it to roll onto its driver side," Sgt. Chris Chapman says in a press release.
Bravard and his two passengers, 18-year-old McKayla Bickelhaupt of Dayton and 22-year-old Tanner White of Colfax, were transported to Whitman Hospital and Medical Center with minor injuries.
The engineer of the train, 42-year-old Brandon Stuller of Lewiston, reported that he saw the car approaching the tracks and activated the train’s whistle in an attempt to notify the driver of his approach to the rail road intersection.