Somebody called the cops in Coeur d'Alene today to report shots fired. Or hooked, sliced or shanked, perhaps.
The crime? The daily scanner report posted at Huckleberries Online reads thusly:
12:28 p.m. Someone on a house boat is hitting golf balls from the deck onto the floating green at the Coeur d’Alene Resort golf course.
Outlaws! Cads! Hey ... what iron you use for that?
Perhaps this is a little insurrection from the commoners, intended to beard Resort mogul Duane Hagadone, who exploded an estimated 900 shells over the lake the other night to cap a little party he was hosting for millionaires [and even 10 billionaires] who came to his little lake cabin for a board meeting of the Horatio Alger Association. The guest list is said to have included Wayne Huizenga (who flew in on his personal Boeing 737 with the Miami Dolphins logo on the tail), Warren Buffett, Oprah and Kenny Rogers.
We called Maj. Ben Wolfinger of the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office to see if there is any sort of a crime here. If not, we suspect houseboat rentals may spike.
"There would be littering, if you are leaving things on someone else's property. There is trespass ... and if there is anybody on the floating green there could be assault," Wolfinger says.
Shades of Gerald Ford! Wolfinger reports that Sgt. Matt Street of the marine division took the sheriff's boat out onto the lake and told the offenders to move along.