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Officer saves bicyclist’s life after crash

 A police officer saved the life of a bicyclist who was hit by an SUV on Monday, officials say.

Officer Paul Carpenter responded to the crash at Park Place and Columbia Circle and found a witness trying to administer CPR to the 50-year-old man.

The witness was “relieved” at Carpenter's arrival and allowed him to continue the chest compressions.

Medics credited Carpenter “with stabilizing the man and saving his life,” according to a news release by Officer Jennifer DeRuwe, spokeswoman for the Spokane Police Department.

The bicyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. He also wore clip-in shoes that secured his feet to the pedals, which are used by experienced cyclists but make quick dismounts difficult.

The bicyclist remains in an intensive care unit but is expected to survive, DeRuwe said Thursday.

Police do not expect the driver of the SUV to be charged. They say speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash.

Driver in crash that hurt boy arraigned

This post has been updated.

A man who police say tried to ditch his drug stash after striking a 12-year-old boy with his car was to plead not guilty to four felony charges Tuesday, but a judge found no probable cause and prosecutors haven't refiled charges.

Brandon Lee Maganas, 30, remains jailed after his would-be arraignment in Spokane County Superior Court. The case remains under investigation and he has a Department of Corrections probation hold.

Maganas was driving a 1995 Ford pickup when he struck the boy March 12 in a crosswalk at East Mission Avenue at North Magnolia Street as the boy headed to Stevens Elementary School for his job as a morning crossing guard, according to Spokane police. The boy was taken to a hospital with broken bones.

Witnesses told police Maganas dropped a bag nearby that contained marijuana, glass pipes, methamphetamine, heroin and prescription pills.

Maganas also had a stolen handgun and a shotgun in the truck. He's prohibited from possessing firearms because of felony convictions, including a drug conviction in May 2011.

Dad jailed after sled crash hurts children

A Spokane man is in jail after two children he was towing on a sled behind an ATV slammed into a parked police car, sending the kids to the hospital.

Police say Ramon D. Noggles, 33, was under the influence of alcohol when the collision happened just before 8 p.m. Wednesday in the 3600 block of E. Pratt.

His wife, Kathy Kosloski, called the crash a “freak accident.”

“He would never intentionally hurt any kids,” Kosloski said today. “He’s just a dad trying to have fun with his kids.”

Read the rest of the story here.

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