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In brief: Athol area man hanging from radio tower rescued, loses fingers

A man rescued Thursday from a shortwave radio tower near Athol lost a couple of fingers when an antenna broke free.

The man, whose identity was not released, was hanging about 20 feet up with his right arm and hand pinned within the tower at his residence on Caravelle Road near the entrance to Farragut State Park, the Timberlake Fire Protection District said.

Rescuers freed the man and brought him down shortly after noon. A Life Flight helicopter crew from Sandpoint landed nearby and transported the patient to Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene.

Scott Maben

Investigators: Multiple firearms found with fatally shot veteran

Jed Zillmer, a 23-year-old Army veteran who was shot by law enforcement after a lengthy chase Tuesday night, was heavily armed at the time, investigators say.

The Spokane Investigative Regional Response team said in a news release that Zillmer was holding one gun and had two others in his possession. Several more weapons were visible in his vehicle, the release said, although the car hasn’t been searched.

Zillmer was wearing a “ballistic-style vest,” the release said.

Six deputies fired their weapons; they have not been identified. Law enforcement personnel and witnesses are still being interviewed, the release said.

Zillmer, a combat veteran wounded in Afghanistan three years ago, was reportedly despondent when he fled in a car eastbound on I-90, turned around in Coeur d’Alene and returned to Spokane.

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said Wednesday that law enforcement wanted to make sure Zillmer didn’t reach the Spokane Valley Mall. He was killed outside his car at Sullivan Road and Indiana Avenue, just east of the mall.

Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the incident or has additional information to contact Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Staff report

Boy falls 20 feet from chairlift; no apparent serious injuries

A 10-year-old boy fell about 20 feet Thursday from a chairlift at Mount Spokane.

He landed in snow and did not appear to have any serious injuries, although he complained of back pain, KHQ reported.

The Ski Patrol responded and MedStar flew him off the mountain to a hospital.

Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park said the chairlift was operating normally at the time.

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