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Local/West Briefs September 2, 2012

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Posted: Sunday, September 2, 2012 12:00 am

Three hurt in U.S. 95 wreck

Three Rathdrum residents were hurt in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. 95 just before 3 a.m. Saturday.

According to the Idaho State Police, Josh Yount, 20, was northbound in a 2000 Ford F-350 pickup when he entered a curve in the road at milepost 388 near Plummer.

Yount drove off the east shoulder, overcorrected and came back onto the roadway, crossed both northbound and southbound lanes and drove off the west shoulder, a press release said.

The vehicle entered a ditch in a field and rolled multiple times.

Yount and passengers Jessica Weimer, 19, and Josh Edelblute, 22, were injured, police said.

Yount and Weimer were taken to Kootenai Medical Center, where they were listed in fair condition Saturday.

The name of the hospital where Edelblute was taken was not available.

Woman pleads guilty to shaking 7-month-old girl

KALISPELL, Mont. - A 25-year-old Kalispell woman pleaded guilty Thursday in Flathead District Court to a felony charge of criminal endangerment after shaking a baby.

Kimberly Butler admitted during a change of plea hearing that she had been babysitting the 7-month-old girl when she dropped the child, who began screaming and crying. When Butler couldn't get the girl to stop, she shook her.

When the girl was taken to a doctor, a scan revealed the girl's skull had been fractured and she had sustained retinal hemorrhaging.

According to a court document, physicians said the extent of the girl's injuries will be unknown until she is older. They said shaking an infant can lead to death or significant injuries.

The girl's tearful mother sat in the back of the courtroom as Butler admitted her guilt. Deputy Flathead County Attorney Lori Adams noted that the child still was having problems related to the incident, and asked if Butler had anything to say to the mother.

"I'm terribly sorry for what happened," Butler said. "I can't change the actions, I can just accept the consequences."

In exchange for pleading to the criminal endangerment charge, additional felony charges of aggravated assault and assault on a minor were dropped.

The County Attorney's Office is requesting Butler be sentenced to two years in the Montana Women's Prison followed by eight years of probation. Butler's attorney is requesting a three-year deferred sentence.

Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 10.

Mormon church clarifies stance on caffeine

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Mormons are free to down a Coke or Pepsi.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has clarified its position on caffeinated soft drinks, noting the news media often incorrectly states that its members are forbidden to drink caffeine.

On Wednesday, the church posted a statement on its website saying it "does not prohibit the use of caffeine."

A day later, the website wording was changed, saying only that "the church revelation spelling out health practices ... does not mention the use of caffeine."

Church spokesman Scott Trotter said the clarification was made to provide context to last week's NBC News hour-long special on Mormonism that stated Mormons don't drink caffeine.

But church leaders said that doesn't mean they view caffeinated drinks as healthy. They just don't bar members from drinking them.

Evacuated wildfire residents can go home

BOISE (AP) - The Elmore County Sheriff said central Idaho residents in the Featherville area evacuated for more than a week because of the Trinity Ridge Fire will be allowed to return this morning.

Sheriff Gary Walker in a statement Saturday afternoon said firefighters have made progress containing the fire on its southern perimeter and mopping up has been completed on a protective barrier around Featherville.

He said fire managers are confident the defensive barriers around Featherville and the Pine-Featherville corridor are secure.

He said returning residents should be aware that hotspots remain in the interior of the fire and will likely be visible at night.

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  • mister d posted at 8:30 am on Sun, Sep 2, 2012.

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    Glad the Mormon church clarified the caffine issue because every Mormon I have ever met has said they are not allowed to use caffine. That church changes it's guidelines so often it's confusing. Poligamy, no poligamy, caffine, no caffine, blacks allowed in the church, no blacks allowed. What a mess.

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