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Sheriff seeks man using car trouble ruse

Sat., April 4, 2009

Bonner County authorities warn that a man may be trying to lure women by pretending to have a broken-down Jeep.

During a recent attempt, a woman escaped when the man attacked her on Highway 2 in Laclede, Idaho, said Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler.

On March 31, the man was parked on the side of the highway with his hood up, officials said. The woman stopped to help, and he asked for a ride. Once he was inside the car, he attacked her.

The man’s vehicle is described as beige or tan Jeep Cherokee, mid-1980s to early ’90s, possibly with Idaho plates, Wheeler said. The man is described as 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-10 and about 170 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and tattoos on the fingers of his left hand. He is believed to be in his mid-40s to mid-50s.

Anyone who may have seen the man or his vehicle should call (208) 946-6693.


Free orthopedic screening offered

Children who may need treatment for orthopedic problems can be screened for free at an April 11 clinic at Panhandle Health District in Hayden.

A doctor and nurse are donating their time to perform the screenings and health district nurses will advise families regarding community resources, a health district news release said. Shriners will be available to help families apply for free services at the Spokane hospital.

Children 18 and younger are eligible. No appointments are necessary. Screenings will be offered first-come, first-served. Parents should bring their child’s birth certificate, immunization records and custody papers in case of divorce.

The health district is located at 8500 N. Atlas Road. The health district’s Sandpoint office will host a similar clinic May 2. The health district has hosted the free Shriners Hospital screening clinic for nearly 20 years, the release said. The Coeur d’Alene Shrine Club of Calam Temple is sponsoring the clinic.

For more information, call (208) 661-4985 or (208) 765-5047.

Spokane County

Law enforcement emphasizes DUI watch

Starting this morning, Spokane police, Spokane Valley police, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol will join to look for motorists driving under the influence.

“Although Saturday’s patrol will focus on impaired driving, the officers will also be looking for the speeding drivers and drivers/passengers who are not buckled up,” said WSP Trooper Mark Baker.

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