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Fall believed cause of student’s death

Stuart John Robertson, a 21-year-old Washington State University student from Bend, Ore., was found dead Saturday morning on the side of state Route 270 in Pullman.

Pullman police said Robertson had been at a party Friday night at the Chinook Village Apartments. He left about midnight and “officers believe that Robertson ended his walk near the cliffs area, which was close to the apartment building, and apparently fell about 40 feet to his death,” according to a news release.

An autopsy is scheduled.

Staff reports


YMCA-YWCA building dedicated

The Central Spokane YMCA-YWCA was dedicated Saturday morning.

The 80,000-square-foot facility, at 930 N. Monroe St., is a collaboration between the YMCA of the Inland Northwest and the YWCA of Spokane. Visitors toured the new building throughout the day. Rig Riggins, president and CEO of the YMCA, said many people also purchased memberships.

The facility will open for business Monday at 5 a.m.

Rebecca Nappi

Bicyclist injured in hit-and-run

Police are looking for information regarding a hit-and-run accident in north Spokane Friday night.

A bicycle rider was struck by a silver pickup at 8:54 p.m. Friday at the corner of Post Street and Cora Avenue, Spokane police said. The pickup then left the scene. The bicyclist, who sustained broken bones in the crash, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Staff reports

Kootenai County

ATV rider hurt in 100-foot fall

An ATV rider tumbled 100 feet down a steep embankment Saturday afternoon on Lakeview Road near Athol.

Bystanders aided the woman, with cell phone guidance from the Timberlake Fire Protection District, although responders were on the scene within 10 minutes, fire district officials said.

The unidentified woman, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken by Medstar to Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene. She didn’t suffer life-threatening injuries, district chief Jack Krill said.

Rebecca Nappi


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Then and Now: Comstock Park

James M. Comstock, born in 1838 in Wisconsin, arrived in Spokane in time to witness the great fire of 1889 and start Spokane Dry Goods with Robert Paterson. It became the Crescent, Spokane’s premier department store for a century. He also worked in real estate and owned other businesses. He served a term as Spokane mayor, starting in 1899. James Comstock died in 1918.