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Man drives car into Lake Coeur d'Alene

Around 1 o'clock Saturday afternoon, a man crashed his car into Lake Coeur d'Alene.�

It happened on Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive in between Silver Beach and Sunny Side Road. Witnesses say the white Subaru broke through a road barrier, then rolled several times before landing in the lake.�

Two witnesses went into the water and were able to pull the driver to shore. Coeur d'Alene police say the 66-year-old driver is in critical condition. His family has not yet been contacted, so the department is not releasing his name as of now.�

A dive team was launched, but police say no one else was found in the surrounding water.�

The cause of the crash is under investigation.�

Rescuers pull man from car in Lake Coeur d'Alene

Rescuers pulled a man out of his car after he crashed it into Lake Coeur d'Alene on Saturday afternoon.

The incident happened around 1 p.m. on Coeur d'Alene Lake Dr. in between Silver Beach and Sunny Side Rd.

Lt. Stu Miller of the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office said one witness saw the driver, who was traveling eastbound on Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive, leave the road, but it isn't clear why.

"We had two other witnesses say they went into the water after him and were able to get him to shore," said. Lt. Miller.

The man was taken to Kootenai Health in critical condition. Fortunately, the driver wasn't in the 41 degree water for more than a few minutes. Deputies said the conditions could have caused hypothermia.

Officials said the man broke through a barrier and rolled several times before landing in the lake.

"In the water, he was about 30 feet from the shoreline, the car was under about six feet, luckily he didn't go any further because where the car was at, at the point where it stopped at, was on a ledge and that ledge drops off into some very deep water," Lt. Miller said.

CDA police locate endangered runaway

Coeur d'Alene police report they have found a� 13-year-old boy Monday morning.

Police report he was found Monday morning in the 1700 block of Sherman Ave.

Leach had been reported as an endangered runaway by his father. He takes medication and did not have it with him.

He was last seen at 6 p.m.Sunday at his Coeur d'Alene home. Leach had apparently left his home with no shoes or coat, but police say he called his father around 7:30 Sunday night from an unknown number and said he now had shoes and a coat. He told his father he was safe but refused to come home.�

Mayors raise over $20k for Salvation Army

Mayors from across the region participated in a friendly competition Saturday to raise money for the Salvation Army.

Spokane Mayor David Condon's 2 kettles at the Thor Fred Meyer in Spokane totaled $1,158.95.

The 2 kettles from the Coeur d'Alene Fred Meyer from Mayors Vic Holmes of Rathdrum, Dick Jurvelin of Fernan, Steve Widmyer of Coeur d'Alene and retired Mayor Sandi Bloem of Coeur d'Alene totaled $21,032. That included almost $19,000 in personal checks and over $2,000 in cash and coin.

The donations stay local and make sure that the hungry and hurting have a place to turn to this Christmas and throughout the year.

"This is a great way to give," Condon said. "While you're out doing your shopping there are Red Kettles across the city so please do give."

All kettle funds received in the respected county will stay in the county to help various programs.�









Suspect arrested for aggravated assault

Coeur d'Alene Police say they've arrested a man for pointing a gun in another man's face.

A Coeur d?Alene Police officer patrolling the downtown area Sunday at 2:05 a.m. observed two men in what appeared to be a verbal altercation. One of the men was holding a hand gun at his side. Officer Nielsen stated he was driving past the area of 3rd St. and E. Coeur d?Alene Ave when he saw the two men in a parking lot area. He said it appeared they were in an argument. Officer Nielsen said suspect Dean Hofmeister was holding a gun out at his side, and the victim appeared to be stepping away from him.

As Officer Nielsen attempted to make contact with Hofmeister, he observed him put the gun inside his coat jacket and start to walk away. After several verbal commands, Hofmeister complied with Officer Nielsen?s instructions and he was placed under arrest.

Mayors compete in red kettle challenge

It's the sound of the holidays, and the Salvation Army's biggest fundraiser of the year, the red kettles. Saturday, mayors from both Spokane and Kootenai County grabbed a bell to compete for a good cause in the 4th Annual, Red Kettle�Ring-Off!

CDA police search for battery suspect

Coeur d'Alene Police officers are looking for a man suspected of committing an act of aggravated battery on Saturday, December 6.

The incident occurred at 2:10 a.m. outside the Rocker Room bar at 216 E. Lakeside. Officers originally responded to this incident and discovered a 43-year-old man who said he had been punched by another man. The victim refused to press charges at that time. The victim did sustain a head injury but he refused any medical attention.

Officers were contacted Friday by the victim?s wife who decided to file a police report. She told officers her husband was in serious condition and had suffered a traumatic brain injury. She stated he was admitted to the hospital on Monday, December 8.

She gave a description of the incident, and her husband?s attacker. She said her husband and three other men got into a fight outside the bar. One of the men punched her husband and he fell backward hitting his head on the concrete sidewalk.