Idaho police officers placed on leave following shooting after fireworks show
COEUR D’ALENE — An Idaho police department has placed eight officers on paid leave after the shooting of an 18-year-old man that followed an Idaho Fourth of July fireworks display.
Coeur d’Alene officers shot Tyler Rambo more than 10 times in a city park after police said he refused to drop his gun and fired once at them, the Coeur d’Alene Press reported Friday.
Rambo was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Officials did not give an update on his condition.
His grandmother, Karri Putnam, posted on Facebook this week that Rambo is improving.
“Tyler is getting stronger every day,” Putnam wrote.
Officers had followed Rambo after responding to a report that he had fired a gun at someone, police said. Officers asked him repeatedly to drop the firearm, and they tried to use a stun gun on him before the shooting, police said.
Justin Bangs, Jacob Brazle, Kyle Cannon, Matthew Edward, Ryan Germain, Nathan Herbig, Jacob Proctor and Casey Ziegler were placed on leave, which is standard procedure in shootings involving officers.
The Idaho State Police is investigating the shooting.
Man charged in mobile home fire that killed four, including wife, three children
PORT ANGELES, Wash.— A man has been charged with four counts of aggravated murder and one count of arson in the deaths of his wife and her three children in Port Angeles.
The Peninsula Daily News reported Matthew Wetherington, 34, was charged Wednesday in Clallam County Superior Court.
Port Angeles police said Wetherington killed Valerie Kambeitz, 34, Lilly Kambeitz, 9, Emma Kambeitz, 6, and Jayden Kambeitz, 5, and set fire to the residence at the Welcome Inn RV Park on Saturday.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office began conducting autopsies Thursday to positively identify the bodies.
Police said witness reported seeing Wetherington running from the trailer where the family lived after hearing a loud boom and seeing flames at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
Wetherington was arrested at a nearby campsite. He’s being held on $5 million bail.
A call to his lawyer wasn’t immediately returned.
Federal Way teenager charged in deadly shooting of his friend
SEATTLE— Prosecutors say a 14-year-old Washington boy has been charged with first-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of his best friend.
The Seattle Times reported Thursday the Federal Way teen surrendered to police three days after the July 2 shooting of Alex Gonzales.
Charging documents said the teen was at the apartment of Gonzales when the gun was fired.
The father and girlfriend of Gonzales found him collapsed on the floor of his bedroom after hearing a gunshot. The teen fled shortly after the shooting.
Gonzales’ girlfriend told investigators the teen had showed them a gun two days before the shooting and he claimed to have bought it for $400.
Police have not recovered the gun.
Six men arrested in child predator sting
HILLSBORO, Ore. — Six men accused of talking to minors online and going to a location for sex were arrested after a targeted effort by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office near Portland, Ore.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reported the men were arrested Thursday.
The sheriff’s office said deputies posed as 15-year-old girls and boys on dating websites and social media. The sheriff’s office said the men contacted the undercover deputies and were arrested at a location where they thought they would meet the teens.
The suspects include men from Beaverton, Oregon City, Bethany, Portland and one from Washington.
They were charged with luring a minor and first-degree online sexual corruption of a child.
Locomotives, several train cars derail in southern Idaho
POCATELLO — Two Union Pacific locomotives and seven rail cars derailed early Thursday in southern Idaho, and officials say there were no injuries and no major spills from the crash.
The Idaho State Journal reported the derailment happened about 1 a.m. at the Pocatello rail yard. Union Pacific officials said nothing spilled out of the rail cars, but a small amount of diesel fuel did spill from one of the locomotives. Cleanup efforts were expected to take less than 24 hours.
The derailment occurred when the freight train was entering the rail yard, but the cause remains under investigation. Union Pacific officials would not say how large the train was, where it originated from or where it was headed.
Woman dies after being hit by train in Tacoma
TACOMA — A woman was killed when she was struck by a freight train in Tacoma.
Local news media reported the incident happened near 21st Street and Dock Street at about 2 a.m. Friday, according to Gus Melonas with Burlington Northern Santa Fe.
Melonas said the train was heading from Portland to Seattle.
No other details about the victim or why she was near the train tracks have been given.