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In brief: Grandma catches toddler who fell from second story

A toddler who fell out a second-story window Friday afternoon was saved, first by his mother grabbing his foot and then by his grandmother, who caught him from below.

Spokane police Detective Doug Orr said the child, who neighbors said is a boy, was jumping on a bed near the window when he fell.

His mother had just gotten out of the shower and lunged to grab him, and caught him on his shoe, Orr said, but continued to fall out the window herself.

“She’s trying to hold herself into the window while she’s dangling with the child,” Orr said.

The grandmother, who happened to already be outside smoking a cigarette, was able to grab the child in the air and landed with him in the bushes outside the home in the 2400 block of North Lincoln Street.

The mother fell all the way out of the window and onto the ground.

Orr said all three were taken to a local hospital, but none suffered life-threatening injuries.

Nellis leaving UI to take top spot at Texas Tech

University of Idaho President Duane Nellis will step down to take the reins of Texas Tech University, UI announced Friday.

Awaiting only final approval by the Texas Tech board of regents, Nellis was named the sole finalist to be president of the Lubbock university.

Nellis, a native of Spokane, said in a statement Friday that when he started at UI in Moscow in 2009, he had expected to complete his career there. “At the same time, I did not expect to be presented with the unique and exciting opportunity that the presidency at Texas Tech University represents,” he said.

Though Nellis said he was committed to his job during the “transition time,” he gave no specific start or end dates.

Spokane SWAT unit serves two drug warrants

Spokane police, with the help of a SWAT unit, executed drug-related search warrants at two east Spokane homes early Friday that resulted in one arrest.

Detective Doug Orr said the search warrants were related to heroin cases.

Timothy Price, 34, was arrested and is accused of being in possession of heroin, according to a police statement.

Orr said Price was arrested during the first raid at 217 S. Fiske St. after a small amount of heroin was found. One person was detained and released after heroin was also found in the second raid at 2320 E. Fourth Ave.

Noted historian Goodwin will speak at Whitworth

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will speak as part of Whitworth University’s fall President’s Leadership Forum.

Goodwin’s 2005 book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” is the basis for Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” and the success of the movie has reignited interest in the book. “Team of Rivals” is currently on the New York Times Best Seller list for paperback nonfiction.

Goodwin’s talk will focus on “leadership lessons from Abraham Lincoln,” according to a Whitworth news release. The event takes place at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the Spokane Convention Center. Register online at or call (509) 777-3449.

“Whitworth University benefits greatly from the considerable support of this great community, so the President’s Leadership Forum is our way of giving back,” Whitworth President Beck Taylor said in the release.

Georgia museum curator to curate GU’s art museum

Gonzaga’s Jundt Art Museum will have a new director and curator June 1, the university announced this week.

Paul Manoguerra, chief curator of American art at the Georgia Museum of Art since 2002, has accepted the position following the retirement last year of the Jundt’s first curator and director, J. Scott Patnode.

Manoguerra has curated and developed more than 60 exhibitions, winning two Awards of Excellence from the Southeastern Museums Conference, a Gonzaga news release said.


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Then and Now: Comstock Park

new  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.