Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Idaho primaries, mistrial for Spokane police sergeant and other news

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Sgt. John Gately was charged with obstructing the investigation into another SPD sergeant's rape of a female officer.


• Yes, Florida Georgia Line is coming to Spokane in November, but one announcement you might've missed: Buckethead. The former Guns 'n' Roses guitarist (briefly) who wears a KFC bucket... well you know where. He'll be at the Bing in July. 

• And in light of Idaho's primaries last night: The Measure of Malek (that's Idaho Rep. Luke Malek), who won the primary election and will face Democrat Patrick Mitchell in the November general election.


The Idaho Primaries: 
• Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger held off the way-right-wing attorney John Green. He'll face Tina Kunishige, another "constitutional sheriff," and machine gun manufacturer in the general. (Spokesman-Review)

• A Twin Falls attorney and a Republican legislator face off for a seat on the Idaho State Supreme Court. (Idaho Statesman)

• Two West Ada trustees are recalled by a 2:1 margin following allegations of broken public meeting laws and budget blunders. (Idaho Statesman)

• Sen. Mike Crapo and Congressman Raul Labrador won easily (Crapo ran unopposed). (Spokesman-Review)

• In the presidential election: Bernie won in Oregon and Hillary leads by less than a point in Kentucky. The Democratic candidates will likely split the delegates. 

• The trial for the SPD sergeant accused of tipping off a fellow officer about a search warrant in the midst of a rape investigation ended in a hung jury. Superior Court Judge John Cooney declared a mistrial yesterday. It's now up to the prosecutor to retry Sgt. John Gately on the misdemeanor obstructing charge. (Spokesman-Review)

• Evolving science and suspect police and prosecution practices have dulled the once full-proof reputation of DNA evidence. Now, some experts are questioning its use.

• A second person in as many months died on the railroad tracks in downtown Spokane. (We wrote about a man who survived a run in with a train last year.) 

• Millions more Americans are now eligible for overtime pay after a new regulation issued by the Labor Department. Most salaried workers who make up to $47,476 now must receive time-and-a-half overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours a week. The previous cutoff was $23,660. 

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Mitch Ryals

Mitch covers cops, crime and courts for the Inlander. He moved to Spokane in 2015 from his hometown of St. Louis, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri. He likes bikes, beer and baseball. And coffee. He dislikes lemon candy, close-mindedness and liars. And temperatures below 40 degrees.