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In brief: Hundreds attend McEuen Park debut

Sun., May 25, 2014, midnight

More than 200 people gathered for the grand opening of McEuen Park in downtown Coeur d’Alene Saturday after the 20-acre park got an extreme makeover.

The rejuvenated park, which opened early this month, is handicap accessible.

Kids made use of the new splash pad and playground while adults checked out the picnic shelter, tennis and basketball courts, off-leash dog park, veterans memorial and grassy amphitheater. There are several paths and the park is handicap accessible.

Mayor Steve Widmyer and former Mayor Sandi Bloem cut the ceremonial ribbon along with former Coeur d’Alene Park Director Doug Eastwood.

The renovation of former baseball and softball fields into a community park as well as parking and other improvements cost about $20 million and was largely paid for by the city’s urban renewal agency, the Lake City Development Corporation.

Driver, 80, killed in Kellogg crash

A Kellogg resident died Saturday afternoon after his car hit a bank in downtown Kellogg.

Homer H. Hoffman, 80, was driving his 2012 Chevy Equinox north on Main Street when he failed to stop at the stop sign at McKinley Avenue, according to an Idaho State Police news release.

He continued through the intersection and hit the side of the Wells Fargo Bank building, the ISP said.

The crash remains under investigation.

Burglary suspect found in closet

A suspected burglar was arrested Saturday morning when police found him hiding in a closet at Barton Oldsmobile at 1002 W. Second Ave.

A burglary alarm sounded at the business just after 7 a.m. and when police arrived they found a door that had been forced open, Spokane police said in a news release. They searched the business and found Michael B. Murphy, 40, who was arrested on a charge of second-degree burglary.

Three injured when car goes in reservoir

BOISE – The Idaho State Police said a 31-year-old man and two juveniles were taken to a hospital after their car drove into Arrowrock Reservoir.

The accident occurred about 11 p.m. Friday along Arrowrock Road.

The ISP identified the man as Lawrence Lutton, of Lowden, Washington. It said Lutton and one of the passengers were taken to St. Luke’s in Boise by another motorist, while the second juvenile was airlifted to the same hospital.


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