JUST IN: Idaho Officer Shot In Traffic Stop Gun Battle

A Coeur d’Alene officer was shot during a traffic stop of a wanted felon.

Coeur d’Alene, ID – A Coeur d’Alene police officer was shot on Tuesday night while he was attempting to make an arrest during a traffic stop.

Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White said that the officer had been able to sit up and talk prior to being taken into surgery.

No updates were yet available as to his condition on Wednesday morning. The officer’s name has not been released.

The incident occurred on Feb. 27 at about 7 p.m., when a Coeur d’Alene field training officer, and the rookie he was training, made a traffic stop near the intersection of Government Way and Hattie Avenue, The Spokesman-Review reported. A third officer arrived on the scene after they stopped the suspect, but before the shooting occurred.

Chief White said that the officers learned there was a felony warrant out on the driver, and so they attempted to arrest him, KREM reported.

The suspect opened fire on the officers, and the officers shot back at the suspect.

One officer was wounded. He was transported by other officers to Kootenai Health, KREM reported.

The suspect was fatally shot and pronounced dead at the hospital, Chief White said at a press conference late Tuesday night.

A gun was found at the scene, the chief said.

“I’m not prepared to say how many officers fired their weapons or anything like that at this point,” he said. “We are in the infancy of this.”

The chief said the rookie officer at the scene of the shooting had been on the department since August of 2017.

Initially, police had believed there was an active shooter at the scene, and neighbors were instructed to take cover in their homes, KREM reported.

Witnesses described a Wild West-style shootout in the street.

“Heard about 15 gunshots, then I came around the corner and the cops were having a shootout,” said Chris Moore, who lives a few houses down from the spot where the shooting happened, according to The Spokesman-Review.

“Then my neighbor called and told me that [the suspect] was laying in their backyard,” Moore said.

VIDEO: San Diego Cop Delivers Shotgun Blast To Face, Rescues Hostage

A San Diego cop delivered a fatal shotgun blast to the face of a man who had taken his ex-wife hostage.

San Diego, CA – Police released helicopter and bodycam footage of a San Diego officer blasting a hostage taker with his shotgun to rescue a victim (video below).

Police said that Juan Carlos Fernandez, 22, opened fire on several members of his former wife’s family in the courtyard of their apartment building in City Heights on Nov. 13, 2016.

Officers responded to a call for a domestic disturbance at about 9:15 p.m., after two men got into a fistfight, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Witnesses told police that an enraged Fernandez went to his car and got a weapon, and then chased the man he had just fought with down the street with his gun.

Afterwards, he returned to the apartment complex and shot four people – his former wife, her parents, and her grandfather – and then grabbed his ex-wife by the hair and dragged her toward the street.

A police helicopter with night vision arrived above the scene first, and those pilots were able to inform the patrol officers of what was happening before they arrived.

Responding officers found Fernandez holding his wounded ex-wife in a headlock, as he dragged her towards his car, KSWB reported.

Patrol officers repeatedly commanded Fernandez to let go of his hostage, and get on the ground, but he ignored them, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

A 12-year-veteran of the police force took one shot at Fernandez with a shotgun, and killed him.

In the videos, Fernandez can be seen dragging his hostage to the ground with him as he fell. But she quickly extricated herself from his fallen form, and ran to the officers.

“The officers were faced with a conflict situation with an armed suspect who had already shot multiple victims and who had taken a victim hostage,” San Diego Police Captain Brain Ahearn said. “We do train for this, and we hope for a peaceful resolution. But there are times when the officers are left with no choice but to use deadly force. This was one of those occasions.”

Of the four family members Fernandez shot during his spree, only his former wife survived.

Watch video of the police officer saving the hostage with one shot below:

He’d already murdered the hostage’s family.

Convicted Repeat Child Molester Walks Free On Technicality

A convicted sex offender was released from prison after a court ruled in his favor.

Grand Junction, CO – A Colorado man who was sentenced to more than 300 years in prison for child sex crimes was released on a technicality on Tuesday.

The district attorney who worked to put the pervert behind bars said he was “appalled.”
Michael McFadden, 46, was convicted of sexually assaulting six boys and girls in 2015, according to KKCO-TV. He appealed that conviction, citing pre-trial delays that violated state laws requiring a speedy trial.

In June of 2017, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled in McFadden’s favor, and threw out the conviction. The court also said McFadden’s case could not be re-tried.

When the Colorado Supreme Court refused to review the Court of Appeals’ ruling, McFadden became a free man.

McFadden had been convicted on 19 counts, as well as being a habitual sex offender.

According to the Colorado Department of Corrections, if McFadden had served his sentence, he would have been slated to spend a minimum of 316 years behind bars, KKCO reported.

McFadden was released Feb. 27 from the Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility, KDVR-TV reported. He does not have to register as a sex offender.

Mesa County District Attorney Daniel Rubinstein gave a detailed explanation of what happened in the case to Blue Lives Matter.

According to Rubinstein, on two occasions the defense asked for a continuance and waived McFadden’s right to a speedy trial in order to secure the continuance.

Prior to the third trial date, there was a jury questionnaire drafted by the defense which referenced a prior offense by McFadden.

Rubinstein said both parties were comfortable with that because the court had already ruled that the prior offense was going to be admissible.

After the questionnaire was passed out to the jury, the judge noticed the reference to the prior offense.

Rubinstein told Blue Lives Matter the judge admitted he had not read the questionnaire.

The judge determined that the defense was partly at fault for the jury hearing about the prior offense, and said a court of appeals would find it to be “plain error” to move forward with the jury pool who had gotten the questionnaire.

The judge granted a continuance for the trial over the objection of the defense, and found that the defense’s role in the incident waived McFadden’s statutory right for his case to be tried within six months.

The court of appeals said that the trial court erred in determining that a continuance was required.

“I am appalled that our justice system, in which a jury of the defendant’s peers which the defendant helped choose, unanimously found him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of sexually offending against six innocent victims, yet the court of appeals vacated the convictions after finding that the trial courts efforts to protect the defendant’s constitutional rights to a fair trial violate an arbitrary statutory right that the defendant had waived on two prior occasions,” Rubinstein said in an email.

He was convicted of sexually assaulting six young boys and girls, but now he’s going to walk and doesn’t even need to register as a sex offender.

Ohio police officers gave their lives to protect others, chief says

WESTERVILLE, Ohio — Two police officers died after being shot Saturday in Westerville, Ohio, a northern suburb of Columbus, authorities said.

The officers were shot as they entered an apartment while responding to a 911 call that ended with a hangup, Westerfield Division of Police Chief Joe Morbitzer told reporters. Morbitzer said officers responded to what was a potential domestic situation, but didn’t go into detail about the incident.

One officer died on the scene and one died at the hospital, the chief said.

They were identified as Eric Joering, 39, who had been with the department for 17 years, and Anthony Morelli, 54, who had served 30 years.

“Both officers gave their lives in the protection of others,” Morbitzer said through tears. “Those are true American heroes.”

A male suspect was wounded and hospitalized, police spokeswoman Christa Dickey said.

President Donald Trump tweeted his sympathy.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the two police officers, their families, and everybody at the @WestervillePD,” he wrote.

Morbitzer said the officers were two of the best in his department.

“This was their calling and they did it right. They knew how to do policing the right way,” he said. “They were pillars in our department.”

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is from Westerville, pledged his support for the town and its police department.

“The finest among us are those who risk it all everyday for our safety, and Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering were those people. Their deaths are a terrible tragedy,” he said.

Eleven US law enforcement officers have been killed by gunfire this year, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, a nonprofit dedicated to remembering those killed in the line of duty.

That number includes Locust Grove, Georgia police officer Chase Maddox, who was killed Friday while serving a warrant. Two deputies were wounded.

Teacher Fires His Gun And Barricades His Classroom, Raising Questions About Arming All Teachers

As a parent, the last couple of weeks have been stressful to say the least. I send my child to school fully knowing that there’s a chance she may not return home.

The issue of gun reform and school safety is probably the most talked about topic as of late, and not only in the media, but by my colleagues at the water cooler and parents whose kids play sports with mine.

We’re all racking our brains to try and come up with a solution that will make our schools safer, because honestly, none of the ones that have been proposed by politicians and advocacy groups seem effective enough.

President Trump proposed that teachers should be armed, so in case of a shooting they would be able to protect themselves and their students. However, an incident that took place at a high school in Georgia has already challenged this solution.


Jesse Randall Davidson, a social studies teacher and football announcer at Dalton High School, brought a gun to work on Wednesday and fired a shot.

“My favorite teacher at Dalton high school just blockaded his door and proceeded to shoot,” a 16-year-old student named Chondi Chastain wrote on Twitter. “We had to run out the back of the school in the rain. Students were being trampled and screaming. I dare you to tell me arming teachers will make us safe.”

“I feel like there just shouldn’t be guns at school at all,” she continued. “It’s our basic student right to feel safe at school and if (teachers were armed), I wouldn’t feel safe.”

According to reports, Davidson was supposed to be teaching a third period class, but when students came to his classroom door, it was locked and he wouldn’t let them in. Obviously, they did not expect their trusted teacher to be brandishing a gun.

The principal, Steve Bartoo, tried to unlock the door with a key, but Davidson “slammed the door before I could open it and said, ‘Don’t come in here, I have a gun.'” The school was immediately put on lockdown, and shortly after, Davidson “apparently fired a shot from a handgun through an exterior window of the classroom.”

Thankfully, no one was hurt, but can you imagine what was going through the minds of the students and teachers in that moment? It was just around two weeks ago that a former student went on a deadly rampage at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17 people.

Students later spoke to the media and gave their accounts of what it was like to fear for their life.

“A bunch of kids started screaming and running into our cafeteria and to the back door,” Chondi explained in a private message on Twitter. “I was really scared and left my stuff. I tripped over a chair on my way out and thought I would be trampled, but someone helped me up.”

I can’t help but wonder: what if it was my child that had to go through this ordeal?


Whitfield County Sheriff’s officers responded to the incident and Davidson eventually surrendered. He was taken into custory and charged with aggravated assault, carrying a weapon on school grounds, terroristic threats, reckless conduct, possession of a gun during commission of a crime and disrupting public school.

But what could drive a seemingly normal and popular teacher to bring a gun to school? No one knows.

He does not have a criminal record, and he did not have problems with any of his students or colleagues that anyone was aware of. It’s unclear if he acted the way he did to make a point or if he’s actually mentally stable.

“Sure, they can go through background checks and make sure they’re mentally stable, but things can happen,” Chondi said. “You never know what can cause someone to break. Mr. Davidson seemed completely fine. He was nice and funny and a great teacher. He hadn’t committed a crime. You never know what’s going on inside a person’s head.”

So it’s time to rethink our solutions to this recurring problem. The school system is one that I simply can no longer trust to keep my child safe, and this incident is just another example of why. There needs to be action and it needs to be now because it’s just a matter of time before another person fires shots at a school.

Do you think that teachers should be armed? Let us know!

I don’t know if he was trying to make a point or if he is just off his rocker. All I want is for our kids to be safe at school.

Man With Dementia Was Forced To Stop Working, But That Hasn’t Stopped Him From Helping Kids

A Minnesota farmer has built a thousand wooden toys for needy children after discovering he suffers from an incurable disease.

John Volz was diagnosed earlier this year with Lewy body dementia, a malady that shares symptoms with both Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. When the 79-year-old found out, he was forced to stop working on his family farm, but he wasn’t compelled to give up work altogether.

“I just don’t stop that easy,” John said.

For the past nine months, John has built colorful toy cars for less fortunate children, KARE 11 reports. Following Hurricane Harvey, John sent 450 toys to Houston, with plenty others to be distributed in a family shelter, a hospital and a mission in Arizona.

Minnesota Lake volunteer firefighters will also be delivering the handcrafted toys in Christmas stockings for children who would otherwise go without.

John’s wife Chris Volz said she was pleased her husband found something new to motivate him.

Chris said her husband would spend eight to 15 hours a day on the farm, which is now run by their nephew, until the symptoms of his dementia started kicking in.

John has needed stitches on his forehead after falling twice, and has also found it more difficult to vocalize his thoughts. However, Chris said she’s proud with the way John is adapting to his new lifestyle.

“I am so proud of him for what he does and so proud of the transition he’s making,” Chris said.


Despite building a thousand toy tractors, cars, and trucks, John doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.

“There’s some more stuff that I want to make,” John said, “when I get a little older, you know.”


Would you like to have a handcrafted toy from John?

My uncle was the same way. Dementia is such a horrible disease, but he never stopped puttering in his workshop until the day he died. 😢 It’s funny what you lose and what stays with you.

Florida shooting suspect’s brother appears to break silence

The younger half-brother of accused Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz appears to have broken his silence more than a week after the massacre.

A person identifying himself as Zachary Cruz opened up his Facebook page to the public — posting a new profile photo of two smiling little boys hugging each other and the message “Appreciate all the positive messages” with heart emojis — late Saturday.

If it is Zachary’s page, it would be the first time he has been heard from since the Feb. 14 shooting. He was involuntarily committed for mental observation Feb. 16.

The message was the only posting visible on the page Sunday afternoon. It garnered several responses from well-wishers.

“Praying for you and Nik,” wrote Arahely Velazquez.

“Praying for you, your brother, and your community. Love and support from SC,” commented Amber Morris.

No one responded to any of the roughly 20 comments that the post received as of Sunday afternoon.

Most of the friends on the account are South Florida high schoolers — including many from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where Nikolas allegedly killed 17 former classmates and teachers.

No local teenagers appear to have responded to the post.

Zachary did not respond to a message seeking comment.

Zachary, 16, and Nikolas, 19, were adopted as infants by Lynda and Roger Cruz. Roger died of a heart condition in 2004, and Lynda succumbed to flu-related pneumonia on Nov. 1, 2017, leaving the brothers in the care of her friend Rocxanne Deschamps.

A heart-wrenching photo obtained by The Post showed the boys holding their mother’s urn at her funeral late last year.

A source close to Lynda and Deschamps said it was the caretaker who had Zachary committed.

Deschamps is seeking permission from a court to settle Lynda’s estate, which could be worth up to $1 million. She could not keep the money herself but could charge a fee for doling it out to Lynda’s heirs, legal experts have said.

So much love is pouring in for this boy who has lost so much. I’m sending my love too, even though his brother is a monster.

Erik Estrada Stepped Away From Acting, But Not From His “CHiPS” Outfit

Do you remember watching CHiPS? The hit TV series about California Highway Patrol Officers Jon Baker and Frank ‘Ponch’ Poncherello gave us entertainment every week for 6 years.

Jon Baker (played by Larry Wilcox) is the one who convinced Ponch to become a motor officer after they were both assigned to the same patrol car. Baker was constantly trying to keep Ponch in line during their time together.


Poncho was played by Erik Estrada, and of the two, he was definitely more of a trouble-maker than Baker.


Wilcox and Estrada were famously close on the show, but outside of CHiPs they never really got along too well. Just recently they reunited on Battle of the Network stars and seemed to have a great time.


While Wilcox continues to work in Hollywood to this day, starring in both TV shows and movies, Erik Estrada has taken a more noticeable step back from the spotlight. His appearance on Battle of the Network Stars was one of the few he’s made in the past couple of years, but there’s an amazing reason why!

The 67-year-old actor has been working side-by-side with multiple police departments for the past 13 years. However in July 2016, Estrada was officially sworn in as a reserve officer for the St. Anthony Police Department in Idaho.



Estrada will be working with the department’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force, developing programs that will shut down online threats to children and also help find missing children.

“Education is the best protection especially on the Internet. Children should be educated in how to handle a chat room,” Estrada told the AP. “Don’t give out personal information. Certainly don’t give out your mother’s or father’s name or what school you go to. Don’t ever accept gifts. Certainly don’t ever go meet someone you’ve been chatting with. They’re not who they are. If they send a picture, that isn’t them.”


Estrada is looking for sponsors to help finance his team’s projects.

“We are going to help provide equipment and software to Chief Harris and the police department,” Estrada told EastIdahoNews.com. “Chief Harris picked up the baton on this project. Once I met him, I knew his department was the one.”

As for people who might say this is a gimmick, Estrada says it’s the opposite.
“I wanted to be a cop first and then I became an actor and then became a cop on TV. The TV thing allowed me to become a reserve officer in Indiana. I became a real cop,” he told the AP. “How many people have that kind of blessing? I’ve been blessed that way. I’ve been lucky.”


Congratulations to Erik Estrada on his new career path, and thank you for keeping our kids safe!

We need more people like Erik Estrada in the world. This is amazing!!

66-Year-Old Lives In Her Daughter’s Backyard In A Stunning “Granny Pod”

Meredith Stannard, 66, knew she would be retiring this year, but instead of selling their house and moving into a retirement community, she and her partner had another plan.

The couple did downsize, but they took it to an extreme by moving into a 613-square-foot tiny home in the backyard of her daughter, Drew, and son-in-law’s house in Seattle.

“Everybody was curious,” Stannard said of her former co-workers. “I started doing these happy hours where I’d have one or two people over at a time. There’s a lot of buzz with people wondering if they could do this too.”


Drew said that when she first shared the idea with her friends, the reactions were mixed.

“When I told friends, their reaction was either, ‘That’s so wonderful, wish I could do that with my family,’ or ‘Oh my god, you’re crazy, I could never do that with my parents,'” said Drew. “You know whether or not it would work for you and your family.”

The family first toyed with the idea of having a “granny pod” about three years ago when Drew and her husband, Jacob, were buying a house. The couple eventually found a large enough property to fit a tiny cottage.

“Drew’s an only child and we’re very close, very direct with one other, but we wanted to make sure Jacob was absolutely on board,” explained Stannard. “We made sure that they were sure before we even contacted the architect.”

The retiree has since moved into the house and the family dynamic couldn’t be better.


The family worked with many different contractors to bring their vision to life, and they furnished the home with items from retailers that make furniture for smaller spaces.

The final result is amazing.

The tiny home or “granny pod” trend has gained popularity among the Baby Boomer population in the last few years, especially as the housing market in metropolitan cities continue to get more expensive.

Stannard and her partner enlisted the help of Bruce Parker, owner of Microhouse, a company that specializes in designing small houses and custom backyard cottages. Together they built a two-story cottage modeled to complement Drew and Jacob’s house.


The abode features one bedroom, two bathrooms, a living room and a fully equipped kitchen. See it for yourself:

Downsizing from a 1,300 square-foot home to a granny pod was no easy task for Stannard and her partner.

“We brought 40 boxes ahead of the moving company and when we put them in living room it was like what were we thinking?” Stannard recalled.

However, they’re happy to have found a home near their family, especially since they’re about to become grandparents. Drew and Jacob are expecting their first child in May, and the mom-to-be is grateful to have her parents nearby.

“That intergenerational connection is important,” said Drew. Stannard agreed, adding, “I see lots of Baby Boomers pushing strollers in this neighborhood. They probably have to commute to push the stroller and we won’t have to!”

Would you live in a granny pod? Let us know!

When can I move in? 😂 I always tell my daughter, “I don’t need much if I can stay close to you,” and a cute little place like this would be perfect.

HERO DOWN: Sergeant Richard ‘Sam’ Howard Has Died Of Wounds Caused By Friday Night Shooting in Florida

A second Florida police officer has died from wounds he suffered in a shooting Friday night, Kissimmee police said on its Facebook page.
Sgt. Richard “Sam” Howard died Saturday afternoon, a day after Officer Matthew Baxter died at the scene of a shooting in the central Florida city near Orlando.
Earlier Police Chief Jeff O’Dell said Everett Glenn Miller, 45, had been charged with first-degree murder in Baxter’s killing.

The officers were in an area known for drug activity, and Baxter approached Miller and two other men before 9:30 p.m. Friday, the chief said. Howard came as backup. There was a scuffle and gunfire, O’Dell said.
“Officers immediately responded to the area and found two of their fallen brothers gravely injured on the roadway,” O’Dell said.
Baxter, a three-year veteran of the Kissimmee Police Department, was pronounced dead.

Miller is the only one charged of three people the police questioned, the chief said. He also faces charges of carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest.
O’Dell said he was found at a bar and had a 9 mm pistol and a .22-caliber revolver.
Condolences from Trump, governor
Following the news of the shooting, President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the @KissimmeePolice and their loved ones. We are with you!” the President said.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott described Baxter as a husband, a father and a hero.
“Heartbroken to hear loss of @kissimmeepolice officer Matthew Baxter. Praying for a quick recovery for officer in critical condition,” Scott tweeted.

Later he added: “Our grieving hearts become even heavier with the terrible news of Sgt. Sam Howard’s passing.”
Kissimmee is about 20 miles south of Orlando.
Other officer shootings
Two officers in Jacksonville were also injured Friday. When officers arrived in response to an attempted suicide call, they encountered a man armed with a high-powered rifle and exchanged gunfire, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Director Mike Bruno said.

One officer was struck in both hands, while the other was hit in his stomach, Bruno said. The suspect, who was also injured, died after being taken to a local hospital, he said.
And in Pennsylvania, two state troopers were shot late Friday, said Melinda Bondarenka, a spokeswoman with the Pennsylvania State Police.
One suffered a wounded hand; he was released from the hospital, State Police Capt. Joseph Ruggery said Saturday. The other trooper was shot in the abdomen. His condition has not been released.

The troopers returned fired and killed the suspect, Ruggery said.