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Boy, 13, seriously hurt in motorcycle collision

A 13-year-old boy was in surgery Sunday night after he rode a motorcycle across a state highway and struck a travel trailer being towed a mile north of Wilbur, Wash.

Cody Dreger, of Wilbur, was seriously injured in the collision and was flown by helicopter to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital in Spokane. His condition was not available Sunday evening.

The Washington State Patrol said Dreger was riding a 1999 Honda motorcycle west on Alderson Road early Sunday afternoon and failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection with state Highway 174. The motorcycle struck an Arctic Fox travel trailer pulled by a pickup driven by Michael W. Jutte, 59, of Greenacres.

Dreger was wearing a helmet, the State Patrol said.

No arrests made yet in ricin letters incident

The FBI says it still has not made any arrests after searching a downtown Spokane apartment as part of an investigation into the discovery of a pair of letters containing the deadly poison ricin.

The letters were postmarked last Tuesday in Spokane and addressed to the downtown post office and the adjacent federal building.

Few details have been released, but investigators in hazmat suits spent from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday executing a search warrant at a three-story apartment building. Authorities said there was no public health risk.

Agency spokeswoman Ayn Sandalo Dietrich said Sunday investigators appreciated the patience of the building’s residents and neighbors.

The Spokane investigation comes a month after letters containing ricin were addressed to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi judge. A Mississippi man has been arrested in that case.

Driver cited after crashing into IHOP

A 26-year-old woman was cited for driving under the influence Sunday after she drove her Jeep Grand Cherokee into the side of an International House of Pancakes restaurant in Coeur d’Alene.

The Jeep smashed through a wall into the dining area before 8 a.m., the Coeur d’Alene Police Department said. No one inside was struck or injured, police said.

The driver, who was not identified, suffered no visible injuries but was taken to Kootenai Medical Center for further evaluation, according to officers.

The IHOP is at 2301 N. Fourth St.

New rides opening at Silverwood

Two new rides – one for thrill-seekers and one for children – will debut Saturday at Silverwood Theme Park north of Coeur d’Alene.

The big one, SpinCycle, rotates riders two different ways at once, joining the park’s other extreme attractions. It stands 104 feet tall and slings 24 riders upside down like a catapult, while also spinning them around.

The gentler ride, Barnstormer, joins a growing cluster of rides for kids and families. The biplane-themed ride seats 20 and is located in Garfield Summer Camp.

The park near Athol spent $2.2 million on the new attractions.

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