April 17, 2010 in City

In brief: Boat capsizes – 2 men dead

From Staff Reports
 

Two Spokane men were found dead in Sprague Lake on Friday after their boat capsized.

The men, ages 53 and 72, are presumed to have drowned, after a fisherman found the capsized 10-foot fiberglass boat and a body floating in the lake.

Sprague Lake is about 50 miles southwest of Spokane on Interstate 90.

The names of the men will be released once their families are notified, according to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.

No foul play is suspected.

Whitworth names president

An economics professor from Birmingham, Ala., is the new president of Whitworth University, the board of trustees announced Friday.

Beck A. Taylor, dean of the Brock School of Business at Samford University, will replace Bill Robinson, who announced last fall that this would be his last academic year at the private liberal arts college in north Spokane.

Taylor, 40, will be the 18th president of Whitworth, which is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and has an enrollment of 2,700 students.

“I’m humbled, and excited,” he said.

Taylor helped lead a transformation at Samford that included renaming the business school, establishing new academic programs and expanding connections to the business community. He’s hoping to do some of that here.

“I’m really looking forward to … helping to think hard about ways Whitworth can serve Spokane, and our students and faculty can continue to serve the area,” Taylor said.

Injured cyclist not to blame

A bicyclist on Cheney-Plaza Road who was seriously injured Thursday when he was struck by a car was not to blame for the accident..

Theodore Chauvin, 36, suffered a broken leg and shoulder and was taken to a Spokane hospital for treatment.

A previous police news release incorrectly indicated that Chauvin was riding in the wrong lane against traffic. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that Chauvin was riding in the correct lane.

Chauvin was hit about 6:15 p.m. by a 1997 Kia Sophia driven by William Knight Jr., 47, of the Williams Lake area. Knight told deputies he came around a curve and attempted to avoid the bicyclist.

Knight will likely face an infraction, said sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan.

Rawlins takes job in Texas

Former Washington State University President V. Lane Rawlins has taken a one-year assignment as the top administrator at the University of North Texas, in Denton.

Rawlins, 72, served as WSU president from June 2000 to June 2007, when he returned to the faculty in the School of Economic Sciences. He left WSU in 2009.

At the University of North Texas, Rawlins will serve as president through the 2010-11 academic year. His tenure will coincide with the school’s national search for a new president.

Man pleads in child porn case

A Spokane County man faces about a year in prison after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.

Michael C. “Craig” McGuire, 56, sent child pornography to a Keene, N.H., detective posing online as a 14-year-old boy last fall.

The detective, who’s responsible for hundreds of child pornography convictions around the world, called the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives raided McGuire’s trailer at the Hilltop Trailer Park, 5214 W. Sunset Highway, on Sept. 8. Prosecutors are recommending he serve a year in prison and be on probation for three years. He’ll be prohibited from possessing devices capable of Internet access during probation and will have to register as a sex offender for life.

McGuire is scheduled to be sentenced June 3. He remains in jail.

Driver hits man, gets DUI

A 36-year-old woman was arrested for driving under the influence Thursday after she hit a man in a parking lot at a North Side motel.

Charchleen Hendrix was booked into jail following the 8:45 p.m. incident at Al’s Motel, 1421 N. Division St.

Spokane police said that Hendrix was in a 1994 Nissan Sentra when she hit a 40-year-old man, who was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Hendrix also hit a parked car and the motel building. When she tried to drive away, she hit a pole with the car, which kept her from leaving the scene, police said.

The injured man was reportedly an acquaintance of Hendrix. Police said she did not intentionally run into him.

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