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In brief: Cheney boy lands on car after 3-story fall

A 4-year-old Cheney boy was hospitalized Saturday after he fell from a third-story apartment window onto a car.

The boy landed chest down on a windshield but was talking to his mom and not crying when firefighters arrived shortly after 6 p.m., said Gary Hartford, battalion chief for the Cheney Fire Department.

It’s unclear how the boy fell out the window at The Cedars apartment complex, Hartford said. When emergency crews got to the residence at 105 N. Ninth, the window was open and the screen was on the ground.

Cheney police are investigating the fall.

The boy was taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center as a precaution, Hartford said.

His condition was not known Saturday night.

Squirrel blamed for power outage

GREAT FALLS – NorthWestern Energy says a squirrel that got into a substation on the south side of Great Falls is to blame for knocking out power to 5,100 customers.

Company spokeswoman Claudia Rapkoch says the critter caused the power outage at about 1:25 p.m. Friday. Electricity was restored about 15 minutes later.

About 8,000 Great Falls customers had their power knocked out last month under similar circumstances.

Weapon sighting spurs lockdowns

NAMPA, Idaho – A high school and two elementary schools in southwestern Idaho took emergency precautions following reports of a man with a weapon sighted nearby.

Officers with the Nampa Police Department who responded quickly on Friday found a loaded rifle in a wood chip pile near where the man was sighted at about 2 p.m.

KTVB-TV reported that Skyview High School in Nampa was put temporarily on lockdown.

Two nearby grade schools also were locked down for about 40 minutes.

The precautions caused school buses to be about 15 minutes late picking up kids from school, but Lt. Brad Daniels said no students were in danger.

Police were still looking for the man, who witnesses said had a shaved head.


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