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Briefs June 30, 2010

| June 30, 2010 9:00 PM

Man,74, dies in ATV accident

A 74-year-old man was killed Tuesday afternoon when the ATV he was driving crashed at a gate on a road that is closed to motorized vehicles.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department is investigating the accident on Forest Service Trail 800, about a quarter mile northeast of the Fourth of July Pass recreational parking area.

The preliminary investigation indicates that four men were riding ATVs about 1:45 p.m. when the lead ATV crashed.

The victim was transported to Kootenai Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, the release said.

The victim's name was not released.

An investigation continues.

Woman reports theft of purse

COEUR d'ALENE - A woman told Coeur d'Alene police on Monday someone stole her purse - more than three months ago.

According to police reports, the Lakeside Avenue resident said she woke up March 7 and her purse that had been on the table near the front door was gone.

She said her boyfriend was sleeping on the couch and he remembered hearing someone walk in around 2 a.m. but thought it was the victim's brother.

The person walked back out less then five minutes later.

The victim said the purse contained a debit card and three credit cards. She did not report the incident when it happened, police aid.

Paint the State deadline is today

Time is running out for teens to register for the Idaho Meth Project's first public art contest.

The deadline to enter the Paint the State contest, and become eligible for a $5,000 grand prize is today.

Motorcyclist still in critical condition

POST FALLS - A 41-year-old Spokane man remained in critical condition on Monday after crashing on a motorcycle near Post Falls on Saturday afternoon.

Darin A. Crockett was transported from Kootenai Medical Center to Sacred Heart Medical Center, where he remained on Monday.

According to the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department, Crockett was eastbound on West Riverview Drive at 4:40 p.m. on a 1995 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 motorcycle when he failed to negotiate a sweeping right curve.

Alcohol was located at the scene and may be a factor in the crash. Blood samples were taken, but lab results won't be available for several weeks.

Crockett left the roadway, struck a rock outcropping and was separated from his cycle, according to the sheriff's department.

Evidence at the scene indicates that Crockett was wearing a helmet. However, it was a non-transportation department-compliant helmet. Idaho law does not require the use of a helmet for motorcycle operators/passengers 18 or older.

Ironman finishes race after accident

COEUR d'ALENE -

An Ironman hit by an alleged drunk driver managed to climb back on his bicycle and finish the race.

Dean L. Kesler, 43, of Cottage Grove, Wis., completed the ultimate competition in 15 hours, 50 minutes and 36 seconds, even after being knocked from his bicycle around 1 p.m. Sunday.

According to the Coeur d'Alene Police Department, Michael L. Ovard, 57, of Coeur d'Alene, was driving southbound on Government Way south of Neider Avenue when he turned left in front of the Kesler as he was cycling in the race, clipping him with the front bumper of the vehicle.

Kesler was thrown to the ground. He was checked by medical personnel and continued the race.

Police cited Ovard for driving under the influence of alcohol.

American Heroes T-shirts available

The Museum of North Idaho and the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce have joined up to create the 2010 American Heroes parade T-shirts.

The official T-shirt, designed at the chamber is a classic, featuring an historic Coeur d'Alene parade photo provided by Dorothy Dahlgren, director of the Museum of North Idaho.

At the urging of parade viewers, a demand for these unique T-shirts has been fueled and a fireworks fundraising effort initiated, said organizer Debbie Berger.

A limited quantity is available at the Museum of North Idaho, 115 Northwest Blvd. ,or the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce, 105 N. First St. for $15.

Paint the State is open to teens ages 13-18.

Teens can enter individually or as the leader of a team. To be eligible, each entry must be an original work of art, be displayed publicly, and have a strong anti-meth message.

This can include the "Meth: Not Even Once" logo, tagline or any other anti-meth theme.

Teens participating in a similar contest in Montana turned garbage dumpsters, outhouses and even a barn or two, into anti-meth symbols.

Prizes include $5,000 for the statewide winner, and county prizes of $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place, $500 for third place.

Full details and registration for the contest is online at www.PaintTheStateIdaho.org.

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