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Washington State Patrol uses latest laser technology to quickly clear roadways after an accident


The Washington State Patrol released their newest edition of their Good to Know video series (view above), which features detectives using the latest laser technology to quickly clear roadways after an accident, ensuring driver and officer safety.


According to the WSP, the Trimble Laser Scanner does the work traditionally done by detectives, but in about half the time and with only one operator. The machine scans items at the scene in order to recreate a 3-D version of the surrounding area which helps investigators determine the cause of the collision.


WSP uses the Trimble to reduce road closure time while still conducting a thorough investigation of the incident. The device can also be used at other types of crimes such as homicides, to document the location of important evidence.


Shots fired at party on Pullman's College Hill

Police are investigating after someone opened fire at a house party on Pullman's College Hill early Sunday morning. No one was hurt. 

Pullman police responded to the shots fired call at a large house party on Whitman Street around 1:30 a.m.

The incident apparently began when a college-aged woman released pepper spray inside the home where more than 100 people were gathered for a party. A man then fired three shots into the ceiling, causing party-goers to run away, some even jumping out windows. 

Police arrived on scene, but were not able to get much information from anyone who was inside. 

Police are asking anyone who may have information on the shooting to call the Pullman Police Department. 

Body found in Juliaetta area

Authorities confirm a body was found Monday in the Juliaetta, Idaho area.

The Latah County Sheriff's Office dispatch says an investigation is underway.

No other details are being released at this time.

Extradition delayed for Moscow murder suspect

An extradition hearing for John Lee, the man man suspected of killing three people in Moscow in January, has been delayed.

John Lee was in Whitman County Court Tuesday morning for an extradition hearing. But prosecutors asked for a delay, as they have not yet received extradition papers from Governor Jay Inslee's office.�

Lee is accused of killing his adoptive mother, Terri Grzebielski, landlord David Trail and Arby's manager Belinda Niebuhr on January 10 in Moscow. Police say he also shot and wounded Michael Chin.�

Lee then led police on a high-speed chase to Whitman County, where he was arrested. He's being held there on a $500,000 bond for felony eluding. Lee also face three counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree attempted murder in Idaho.�

Tuesday morning Judge Frazier approved an extension for Lee's extradition to March 6. That is also when Lee is scheduled to have a readiness hearing for his felony eluding charge.�

Open sessions for University of Idaho Provost and Executive Vice President finalist candidates

Open sessions for University of Idaho Provost and Executive Vice President finalist candidates

The University of Idaho will be hosting the provost and executive vice president finalist candidates in Moscow with open sessions beginning Thursday, Feb. 12. Opportunities to hear from the candidates will be at open sessions conducted in the Pitman Center with livestream available and recorded sessions posted after the final candidate has visited.

The provost and executive vice president reports directly to the president, serves as the chief academic officer, provides vigorous academic leadership to the entire university, and is a member of the president’s cabinet. Questions for the open sessions will be accepted ahead of the sessions as well as during the session for those attending in person; please submit to brendah@uidaho.edu. Below is the calendar of events:

Open session schedule for finalists:

Fayneese Miller, PhD | Open Forum: | Thursday, Feb. 12 | 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Vandal Ballroom, Bruce M. Pitman Center
Dean, College of Education and Social Services
University of Vermont

Spokane lawmakers introduce WSU med-school bill with broad bipartisan support

Spokane lawmakers introduce WSU med-school bill with broad bipartisan support

Spokane lawmakers Michael Baumgartner and Marcus Riccelli introduced bills in Olympia on Wednesday that pave the way for a new Washington State University medical school in Spokane, with broad bipartisan co-sponsorship demonstrating deep support in the House and Senate.

Senate Bill 5487, sponsored by Sen. Baumgartner, R-Spokane, has a total 17 signatures. The measure sponsored by Rep. Riccelli, D-Spokane, House Bill 1559, has a total 60 signatures. According to the Washington State Legislature, the strong support in both chambers augurs well for a proposal that aims to boost medical education statewide and relieve a severe shortage of doctors across the state of Washington.

“I am thrilled to be able to submit this bill,” Riccelli said. “Sixty members of the House of Representatives from both sides of the aisle, from all over the state, are joining together to support a stronger, more vibrant medical school system in Washington.”

Community gathers to remember Moscow shooting victim

Hundreds of people gathered at Church of the Nazarene in Moscow on Saturday to celebrate a man that has done so much for his small, but close community.

Co-workers, friends, and family all spoke about what an impact David Trail had on their lives.

His brother told stories from their childhood, stories that will continue to be passed down from generation to generation.

His son spoke to the kind of person his dad was: proud, honest and nurturing.

A smart businessman, just celebrating 50 years with his company. He loved collecting, "Save till it hurts," he would say. He was a talented musician and gardener.

His son also added his dad's sudden loss is shocking, but so is the vast, and very much appreciated, support from the community.

I spoke with a man who was only an acquaintance, but says, Trail touched the lives of many. He was a staple in Moscow, leaving a legacy that will last for years to come.