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In brief: Police called to store after man spills milk

Sun., April 13, 2014

Sheriff’s deputies who responded to a Spokane Valley convenience store’s recent call for help found a young man pouring a half-gallon of milk over himself.

Deputy Mark Gregory said the clerk told the deputies the sweaty man entered the store and began yelling he had lead poisoning. After taking a soft drink from a cooler, he opened it and began to pour it on the counter and floor. While the clerk called 911, the man opened the milk container, drank some of it and started walking around the store, pouring the milk as he went.

The sheriff’s spokesman said the 24-year-old man was booked into jail for investigation of methamphetamine possession, theft and malicious mischief.

Central Idaho feels 4.9-magnitude quake

CHALLIS, Idaho – A 4.9-magnitude earthquake shook central Idaho on Saturday, flinging items off walls and scaring residents but otherwise producing no reported damage or injuries in the sparsely populated mountain area.

USGS geophysicist Dale Grant said the earthquake was “kind of an unusual occurrence,” being the first one of its strength in the area since 2005. But he said even minor damage is unlikely because of the remote location. It struck 8 miles northwest of Challis, a town of around 1,000 residents less than 200 miles northeast of Boise.

Custer County sheriff’s dispatcher Liz Preston said besides “things falling off walls and a lot of scared people,” no one was hurt. She said the area has had some quakes lately, but this one felt “pretty big” compared with the others.

She said the office shook, including the windows and computers.

Horses rescued from Oregon mud bog

PORTLAND – Authorities said two horses have been rescued from a mud bog in Central Oregon.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office said Bonnie Malone, of Sisters, was riding with two horses off a U.S. Forest Service road on Saturday when the animals got stuck in chest-high mud.

Cellphones don’t work in that area, so 67-year-old Malone had to leave her horses to get help.

Search and rescue volunteers, a veterinarian and others went to the scene and extracted the horses, named Stella and Middle Rage.

Deputy Jeff Winters said neither horse suffered a serious injury.

He said Malone is an experienced rider, but she got caught in a place where snowmelt saturated the ground.


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