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In brief: One child killed, one injured when SUV slips into lake

Mon., Aug. 29, 2011

One child died and another was in critical condition late Sunday after the vehicle they were riding in slid into Fernan Lake.

Coeur d’Alene firefighters pulled both children from its submerged SUV a short time after the 1:45 p.m. accident along Lake Fernan Road.

Authorities said the children’s mother, Sarah Deshazer, 25, of Coeur d’Alene, was turning around on the road when one wheel went off the roadway, causing her Dodge Durango to slide into the lake.

She and her husband, Michael Deshazer, 28, were able to escape the vehicle, but could not reach the children before the vehicle dropped into 12 feet of murky water.

Major Ben Wolfinger of the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release that the children were initially taken to Kootenai Medical Center, where the 5-year-old was pronounced dead. The 1-year-old was airlifted to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

An investigation was under way, Wolfinger said.

Adult, teen escape house fire

Two Spokane Valley residents were burned out of their home late Saturday in a fire that started in a basement bedroom.

Firefighters responded to the 11:45 p.m. fire at 13919 E. 12th Ave. after one of the residents went to a nearby fire station and called 911 from an emergency phone outside the station.

Only one of six smoke detectors was working. No injuries were reported. Damage was estimated at $30,000. The Red Cross responded to help the adult and a teenager with emergency shelter and other needs.

The fire comes at the end of a month in which more than 90 people have been burned out of their homes and apartments in the Spokane area.

Arson blamed in garage fire

Spokane firefighters said arson is the cause of a garage fire in the Hillyard area early Sunday.

The two-car structure a 2928 E. Diamond St. was reported on fire at 3:49 a.m.

Firefighters spent two hours fighting the fire and protecting adjacent structures. A passer-by was treated at the scene after breathing smoke and then transported to a Spokane hospital.

An investigation into the arson is continuing.

Motorcyclist critically injured

A motorcycle rider was injured early Sunday when he failed to negotiate a curve on Trent Avenue at Wellesley Avenue in Spokane Valley.

Ricky H. Curtis, 56, was headed west on Trent when his 1992 Harley-Davidson motorcycle left the roadway, ejecting Curtis, who was thrown about 50 feet from the bike, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Curtis was taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center for treatment where he was reported in critical condition on Sunday evening. He was charged with driving under the influence.

Wallace event vendors lined up

A record 80 vendors and purveyors of fine and hard-to-find goods will descend upon Wallace during Labor Day weekend for the annual Under the Freeway Flea Market.

Vendors will set up on Friday and the market will run through Labor Day. The flea market is put on by the Historic Wallace Marketing Group.

“This year’s Under the Freeway Flea Market is being dedicated to the late Gary and Joyce Waters, whose moral and financial support of our nonprofit event, and their always-smiling presence serving burgers at the Shriners’ Hamburger Shack, will be forever missed,” said Shauna Hillman, market director.

Cyclists on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes who wish to buy items from the flea market’s vendors may leave their paid-for goods at the registration table for later pickup when their motor-powered transportation returns.

For more information, contact Historic Wallace at (208) 753-0591.

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