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Children, 2 and 3, safe after two-story fall

Sun., Nov. 11, 2007

A pair of bed-bouncing tots survived a two-story fall Saturday in Browne’s Addition.

The kids, ages 2 and 3, were bouncing on their bed, which was beside a window in the Espanola Apartments, at 155 S. Oak.

“The window was open, but the screen was in place,” said Officer William Hager of the Spokane Police Department.

Both went out the window at the same time and fell 30 feet onto concrete without losing consciousness, Hager said. Their mother heard the commotion and called authorities.

The children were bleeding, but didn’t appear to have broken any bones. They were being checked out at a Spokane hospital.

“At this point, the medics say (any injuries are) non-life-threatening,” said Hager, adding that the children were “very lucky – it was a heck of a fall.”


Man killed when thrown from ATV

A 49-year-old Athol man was killed early Saturday when he wrecked his ATV.

Stephen B. Gesinger, 49, was trying to make a U-turn on a gravel road when the accident occurred, the Idaho State Police reported in a press release. He drove the Polaris Sportsman ATV off the road and onto a grassy shoulder, where it overturned.

Gesinger died when was thrown from the machine. He was not wearing a helmet, the ISP reported.

The accident occurred about 1 a.m., near East Sarah Loop and Targhee Street in Athol.


Fire damages roof, but house saved

Although the front porch and roof were severely damaged, fire crews saved the attached house when they responded Saturday morning to a fire at 4328 N. Havana St.

Fire had enveloped the porch and porch roof when 21 firefighters arrived at the home near Esmeralda Golf Course, Battalion Chief Bruce Moline reported. They had the fire in control within five minutes, and remained on the scene about two hours to make sure the fire was dead out.

No one was home at the time. The cause of the fire was under investigation.


Services affected by Veterans Day holiday

The following offices and services will be affected by the Veterans Day holiday on Monday.Spokane County

“Federal, Spokane County and City of Spokane Valley offices are closed, but the city of Spokane is open for business.

“Parking meters don’t have to be plugged.

“Waste Management will pick up garbage and recycling as usual, as will the city of Spokane.

“State liquor stores will be closed.

Kootenai County

City, county, state and federal offices will be closed.

“City and rural garbage pickup isn’t affected.

“State liquor stores will be open.

In both counties, post offices will be closed with express mail delivery services only, and most banks will be closed.

Awards ceremony honors veterans

Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart awards will be presented during a Veterans Day program at 10 a.m. today at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

Organizers say speakers will include representatives from the Air Force, Army and Marines, and U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The program is sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 51 and the Spokane VA Medical Center.


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