Woman cited for violating stay-at-home order with yard sale

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A northern Idaho woman could face jail time after police said she had a yard sale, which violated the state’s stay-at-home order during the coroanvirus pandemic.

Police issued a citation Friday to the homeowner, who they said was having a yard sale over the past week, Rathdrum Police Department said in a news release on Facebook.

The yard sale is not considered an “essential business” as part of Idaho’s stay-at-home order, police said.

Violating the stay-at-home order in Idaho is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in a county jail or a $1,000 fine, or both, the Idaho Statesman reported.

“The family has had a yard sale for the past week within the City of Rathdrum,” Rathdrum Police Department said in the statement. “A garage sale/yard sale is not an essential business and should not be open for business.”

Christa Thompson, the homeowner, told the Coeur d’Alene Press that she was taking inventory noting belonging on the yard of her late father’s home, and that she was not having a yard sale.


Wisconsin Republicans sue governor over stay-at-home order

Republican leaders of the Wisconsin Legislature are asking the conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court to block an order from Gov. Tony Evers’ administration extending a stay-at-home order until May 27

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald asked the Supreme Court to take the case directly, a move that would skip lower courts and get a final ruling sooner.

“The public outcry over the Safer at Home order continues to increase as positive COVID cases decrease or remain flat,” the two said in a joint statement. “There’s immense frustration regarding the extension, as it goes beyond the executive branch’s statutory powers. Wisconsinites are forced to sit by with no voice in the process. Other Midwestern states with more confirmed cases, like Ohio, have set firm dates to begin a phased reopening far earlier than the Evers administration.”

Evers on Thursday announced that he was directing state Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm to extend the order closing most nonessential businesses from April 24 to May 27.

“The governor has denied the people a voice through this unprecedented administrative overreach. Unfortunately, that leaves the legislature no choice but to ask the Supreme Court to rein in this obvious abuse of power,” the joint statement said. “Wisconsinites deserve certainty, transparency, and a plan to end the constant stream of executive orders that are eroding both the economy and their liberty even as the state is clearly seeing a decline in COVID infections.”

Vos and Fitzgerald said Tuesday there was “immense frustration” with the extension.

They argue Palm exceeded her authority in issuing it.

Evers has said he believes the order was made legally.

Vos and Fitzgerald said the order is eroding the economy and liberty of people in the state.

“Let’s be clear about one thing. If Republicans are successful, people will die,” Wisconsin Democrats tweeted.



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