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In brief: Older driver rescued after plunge into pool

Sun., Feb. 21, 2010, 12:10 a.m.

An elderly man lost control of his car Saturday, driving several hundred feet off a road and into a backyard pool.

The unidentified man, in his late 70s, apparently suffered some kind of medical attack while driving on 37th Avenue and veered off the road just past Glenrose Road into a field before driving into the property owner’s pool.

When fire crews arrived the man was screaming for help as the car was filling with water, said Fire District 8 Division Chief Mitch Metzger. Crews quickly got him out of the car, and before he became unconscious.

Has airlifted by MedStar to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. His condition was not available.

Sara Leaming

Explosives team removes pipe bombs

Two pipe bombs were removed from a Post Falls home Saturday after the home’s tenant located the devices while preparing to move out.

Police were called to a house at 207 E. Third Ave. after the tenant found what he thought were pipe bombs in the basement about 8:50 a.m., said Officer Ian Johnson of the Post Falls Police Department.

Johnson responded and located two pieces of pipe about 12 inches long, with caps and threads at each end.

The Spokane County Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team arrived and rendered the devices safe, Johnson said. Authorities have identified a suspect but would provide no further details.

The incident doesn’t appear to be related to a suspicious device found sitting on a rock about nine blocks away in the 1100 block of East Third two weeks ago, authorities said.

Sara Leaming

Young skier likely died of heart ailment

SANDPOINT – A 15-year-old skier who was found unresponsive in a tree well in December at Schweitzer Mountain Resort likely died of an undetected heart condition, according to a Bonner County coroner.

Kitt Rose listed William Clyde Johnson’s death as natural and the cause as “probable fatal cardiac arrhythmia.”

Susan Johnson told the Bonner County Daily Bee that an autopsy revealed her son had an anomaly in his left descending coronary artery.

She said her son was a picture of health who ran cross-country, and that there was no reason to suspect there was anything wrong with him.

William Johnson was found upside down in a tree well on Dec. 22, causing early speculation that he might have suffocated.

Associated Press


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