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In brief: 2 arrested on drug, child injury charges

A toddler and an infant were in protective custody Tuesday after Post Falls police discovered weapons and drugs within their reach inside a home, according to police.

Police seized pills, small amounts of marijuana and cocaine, and 15 marijuana pipes from the home in the 200 block of East Second Avenue, said Post Falls police Lt. Pat Knight.

Kenneth Stone, 24, and Samantha Kyle, 19, both of Post Falls, were arrested Monday, Knight said. Each was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and injury to a child, all misdemeanors. Stone was also charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.

Spokane

Census hiring 1,000 short-term employees

Jobs soon will be available in Eastern Washington to help the federal government meet its constitutional responsibilities.

The U.S. Census Bureau opened a Spokane office in November to prepare for the 2010 population count. Although the counting won’t start until April 1, 2010, much of the work will start in March as the bureau deploys workers to locate all housing units, said Brian Kennedy, local Census office manager.

Kennedy said he expects the Census to employ more than 1,000 workers in Eastern Washington in jobs lasting two months or longer. Pay ranges from $11.75 to $14.75 an hour plus mileage expenses, said Kennedy.

Information about the jobs is available by calling the Spokane Census office, 1636 W. First Ave., at (509) 570-1220.

Listen to Kennedy talk about the 2010 census at spokesman.com/audio.

Officers honored for lifesaving efforts

Three Spokane police officers – Cory Lyons, Gene Baldwin and Sean Wheeler – were honored Tuesday with Lifesaving Medals for rescuing potential jumpers from the Monroe Street Bridge, said Spokane police Officer Jennifer DeRuwe.

On July 28, Lyons saved a man who was straddling the bridge railing threatening to jump, DeRuwe said. The man nearly pulled his ex-girlfriend over the railing with him before police brought them both to safety.

On Aug. 13, Baldwin and Wheeler responded to the bridge, where a woman was standing outside the railing, which is about 8 inches wide. In a quick motion, the officers each grabbed one of her arms and pulled her over the railing.

Researchers studying childhood diabetes

A diabetes research organization is starting an Eastern Washington study that aims to predict the disease in children before clinical onset.

Screening for diabetes will be free to parents of newborns. Researchers with the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute are asking the parents to consent to have their babies’ blood studied for type 1 diabetes.

Alerting parents that their child has a high probability of the disease could help reduce future hospitalization time and costs.

Type 1 diabetes destroys the body’s ability to produce insulin and convert food into energy. The only way to control the disease is daily insulin injections and constant monitoring of blood-sugar levels.

It is different from type 2 diabetes, also called adult onset diabetes, which has become a national health concern linked to the rising rates of obesity.

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