Coeur d'Alene is no longer the sleepy little lakeside community it used to be. It's growing like topsy, at least in the building department, and as comes growth comes increased crime.
I do have to read both our local papers, however, to get a good picture of just what is happening. On Monday in the Coeur d'Alene Press is Marc Stewart's column Blotter Fodder. As the title would suggest it is a column rather than a list of statistics. It does make more interesting reading.
Today he reports a conversation with the Sheriff as to whether or not law enforcement gives preferential treatment for friends and community leaders. If he meant that as a serious question, or merely conversation, I'm not sure. If he felt the need to ask the red flags are up!
That being said, the Sheriff assured him the days of looking the other way or helping a buddy are long gone. I'm not sure that's totally accurate; I recall an incidence last summer when a boatload of inebriates came ashore from a Hagadone lake cruiser and were allowed to hit the highways without nary a murmur. Especially since the law was on the dock because of someone allegedly having gone overboard.
Okay, now on to the Spokesman Review. They have a section on their editorial page entitled In their words. The top item this morning was from a local magistrate defending the fact he released a 40 year old man on his own recognizance following arrest on an accusation of domestic violence! His reasoning? The man's father was a long time crony.
If I were law enforcement I'd be pretty upset. So might the victim of the alleged abuse. And so might the rest of us who depend on not only the police, but the judges, to keep such off our streets!
Two papers, two stories. One issue.