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Patriot Front defendants to be arraigned on Monday in Coeur d'Alene

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Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Lee White speaks to reporters at a Saturday afternoon press conference.

31 people were arrested on conspiracy to riot charges on Saturday

Arraignments are scheduled today [Monday] for the 31 people arrested in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on Saturday. They face charges of conspiracy to riot. Police believe they were headed toward a Pride celebration gathering in downtown Coeur d'Alene.

Authorities say the group are members of a white supremacist group known as Patriot Front. They come from about a dozen states, including Washington, Idaho and Oregon. All have apparently posted bail and been released from jail.

Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Lee White said during a Saturday press conference the people were detained during a traffic stop conducted after a resident had warned officers after seeing them file into a U-Haul van. They were wearing masks and shields. He says police also confiscated other riot gear, include a smoker grenade. White said it’s clear the group came to cause a disturbance.

He said the defendants dressed similarly, wearing arm patches and logos that said Patriot Front. He said officers from several agencies were involved in the arrest.

One of the Northwest's most seasoned reporters is returning to his SPR roots. Doug Nadvornick will be heard frequently on KPBX and KSFC reporting on local news.