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North Idaho Briefs June 12, 2010

| June 12, 2010 9:00 PM

Tour of Homes set for Sunday

COEUR d'ALENE - Shabby to Chic Shoppe's 8th annual Tour of Homes" is 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday to benefit the Women's Center.

"This is not a tour of Shabby Chic style homes. It is a tour of delightful homes - an eclectic downtown condo to a lake view charmer - decked out with great interior decorating ideas," said Shabby Chic Home Tour creator Sandy Bechtold.

Tickets, $20, are still available at the Women's Center Consignment & Thrift Shoppe.

Proceeds will be used to provide free and confidential services to victims of violence in North Idaho.

Tickets information: Sandy, 699-0844 or visit the Women's Center Consignment and Thrift Shoppe at 848 N. Fourth St.

Teens invited to take part in contest

Teens ages 13-18 are invited to participate in the Idaho Meth Project's Paint the State contest, which offers $3,000 in prize money to every county.

The first-place winner in each county receives $1,500, second place $1,000 and third place $500. The statewide winner will receive $5,000.

Registration deadline is Friday.

Participants are asked to use the "Meth: Not Even Once" logo, tagline, or another anti-meth theme, a little inspiration and a lot of imagination to create a work of art - any style, any medium - that's clearly visible to the public.

For more information and to register, visit www.paintthestateidaho.org or call the Idaho Meth Project staff at (888) 331-2060.

Rathdrum man arrested for eluding

SANDPOINT - A Rathdrum man was arrested Sunday for trying to outrun a Bonner County Sheriff's deputy in an attempt to avoid traffic tickets.

Gary Buck Barnett is charged with felony eluding, a far cry from citations for having an invalid driver's license and speeding.

He was ordered held in lieu of $10,000 bail on Monday, court records show. Barnett declined the services of a public defender.

Barnett, 28, became the subject of a traffic stop after overtaking a Bonner County sheriff's deputy at a high rate of speed on U.S. Highway 95 near Careywood Ranch, according to a police report. Deputy Mitch Parnell estimated Barnett was driving 75 mph when he was passed.

Deputy Mitch Parnell said in his report that he activated his lights and siren in an attempt to pull Barnett over, but Barnett accelerated further and reached speeds of nearly 100 mph as they drove south.

Parnell reported that Barnett, driving an Isuzu Rodeo, slammed on his brakes and skidded sideways while turning onto Blacktail Road, where the pursuit continued with speeds reaching 70 mph. Barnett abruptly relented near Raven Lane by braking hard again, almost causing a rear-end collision.

Barnett was arrested without further incident. Barnett told the deputy he tried to elude him because he didn't want another traffic ticket, the report said.

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