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Post Falls Teen Helps Catch Suspect

Brady Ulen is a sprinter. First and foremost, actually, Ulen is a soccer player — a defensive center back for Post Falls High School whose skills earned him a full-ride soccer scholarship to Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Ore., beginning this fall. But Ulen sprints too. He can clock 200 meters in 22 seconds, and 400 takes around 51 - though when the two sports schedules conflict in the spring he chooses soccer over track every time. So when Ulen took off Saturday after a suspected car and wallet thief who was trying to outrun police, well, the suspect couldn't outrun Ulen/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Jerome A. Pollos)

Question: Have you ever had a vehicle stolen?

1994 Honda Accord Biggest Steal

Ever wonder why the 1994 Honda Accord tops the list of most-stolen vehicles? Police in Washington state don't: They know it's because those cars are pretty easy to steal. Car thieves only need a ground-down Honda key to help gain access to most other Honda cars. In Kitsap County, Wash., 50 Honda vehicles have been stolen since June, and a dozen since Oct. 25. “Every time we have a new stolen (car), I ask if it's a '90s model Honda,” Port Orchard police commander Geoffrey Marti told the Kitsap Sun. Twenty Hondas have been stolen from Port Orchard this year. The 1994 Honda Accord was the No. 1. stolen car on the National Crime Insurance Bureau stolen cars list released in August, and topped the LoJack stolen vehicles survey released in April/ via KHQ. More here.

Question: Have you ever had a car stolen? Tell us about it.

McGee Refuses To Show Med Records

Neither Sen. John McGee nor his lawyer has responded to requests to release medical records backing up his lawyer's claim in court that a concussion contributed to his bizarre behavior before a Father's Day drunken driving arrest, the Associated Press reports. Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney issued a statement saying no inmate “reported or was diagnosed with a concussion” during the time that McGee was jailed, and that all inmates booked into the jail are screened by a medical professional and provided appropriate treatment/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: What do you make of the refusal by state Sen. John McGee and his record to show McGee's medical records?

McGee DUI, Theft Arrest Goes Viral

State Sen. John McGee hasn't been heard from yet; his initial court appearance isn't scheduled until this afternoon. But the story of the Caldwell Republican's bizarre arrest on misdemeanor drunken-driving and felony grand theft charges has long since gone viral on the Internet — and international. London's Daily Mail jumped across the pond to write about McGee. In a sidebar — under the headline, “When Will All These Lawmakers Learn?” — the Daily Mail likened McGee to former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., who resigned amidst a Twitter photo scandal. I was a bit surprised that the Daily Mail took interest in an Idaho state legislator's travails, no matter how juicy the details/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Can anyone answer the question posed by London's Daily Mail: 'When will all these lawmakers learn?' Also, izzit just me or does the overwhelming number of misbehaving lawmakers tend to be male?

McGee Charged w/Car Theft, DUI

Item: Idaho Senate leader McGee arrested for DUI, vehicle theft/Associated Press

More Info: Idaho Senate Republican Caucus Chairman John McGee was arrested early Sunday after police say he took a Ford Excursion and cargo trailer from the Boise home of a “complete stranger” and a blood-alcohol test showed the four-term lawmaker had been drinking. The lawyer for the 38-year-old senator, who represents Caldwell and is the head of the Canyon County GOP, says McGee is embarrassed by the situation and intends to handle his legal case responsibly.

Question: Is there anything Idaho GOP leadership can do to stem misconduct by key members?

He got the girl but lost his car

COEUR d'ALENE - The bad news is a Coeur d'Alene man's car was stolen. The good news is he was able to acquire a very detailed physical description of the alleged thief.

The 60-year-old man told police he was out drinking at Club 41 bar, in Post Falls, Wednesday night, and met a woman. He couldn't remember her name, a detail that he now wishes he had more actively pursued.

He said he left the bar with the woman, in her mid-20s, and they checked into the Holiday Inn Express at 11 p.m., according to a Coeur d'Alene Police report. While he's certain he was able to spend the night with the woman, he wasn't sure where he parked his green 2006 Chrysler 300c.

The problem was he was intoxicated when he and his guest arrived at the inn, located at 2300 W. Seltice Way, the report states. After a few hours alone in their suite, the man woke up around 3 a.m. Thursday and noticed the woman he had just met was gone, and quickly realized the key to his car also was missing from his pants pocket. David Cole, CDA Press

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