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In brief: Malnourished boy, 2, airlifted to hospital

A 2-year-old Moses Lake boy is on life support at a Spokane hospital after authorities found him malnourished and without a heartbeat Wednesday.

Medics got the boy’s heart beating again, and he was taken to a Moses Lake hospital before he was flown by helicopter to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, where he remains, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

A detective with 23 years of experience in law enforcement called it the worst case of child abuse and neglect he’s seen.

The boy weighed less than 10 pounds when he was admitted to the hospital, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies and medics were called to the boy’s home near Moses Lake about 1 p.m. Wednesday. Detectives served a search warrant Wednesday night to collect evidence. Four other children who live at the home – a 14-year-old boy and three girls ages 10, 7 and 4 – are in the custody of Child Protective Services, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation is ongoing.

Staff reports

Van Halen scheduled at Spokane Arena

Legendary rock band Van Halen, featuring original lead singer David Lee Roth and guitar ace Eddie Van Halen, will play the Spokane Arena this summer.

The show, announced on the heels of the band’s gig last weekend at the Tacoma Dome, marks the first time in eight years that Van Halen has played Spokane; they were here in 2004 with then-frontman Sammy Hagar.

Tickets for the Aug. 21 show go on sale Friday through TicketsWest outlets, (800) 325-SEAT or, or through Live Nation, Ticket prices will range from $49.50 to $125.

Rounding out the Van Halen lineup are founding drummer Alex Van Halen and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen’s son. Carolyn Lamberson

Free skiing Sunday at Silver Mountain

With plenty of snow still on the slopes, Silver Mountain is offering free skiing and snowboarding Sunday to close its season.

Gondola rides from Kellogg and lift tickets for the mountain will be free thanks to underwriting by Dave Smith Motors, resort officials said.

The gondola will start loading at 8 a.m. and chairlifts 1 and 2 will turn from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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