News Releases for July 2013

July 31

Hillyard Festival begins Friday

12:53 p.m. - The Hillyard Festival and Hi-Jinx Parade are this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 2nd, 3rd, 4th.

July 28

SPD investigates fatal collision; 2 unrelated collisions

2:30 p.m. - Spokane Police are investigating a fatal collision at the intersection of Division and Crown.

July 25

Police arrest subject for Occupied, Interrupted Burglary

1 p.m. - Spokane Police arrested 28 year-old Benjamin Harrison after an in-home caregiver interrupted him while he was burglarizing a home.

July 24

Poet Laureate nominations sought

2:24 p.m. - Spokane Arts Commission seeks nominations for the first Spokane Poet Laureate to promote and support an appreciation of literary arts in Spokane.

July 23

Major Crimes detectives investigating house fire as homicide

8 a.m. - Police are investigating a fire where two bodies were discovered early this morning. Detectives are investigating this incident as a homicide.

July 22

Outdoor fires restricted in Spokane

5:19 p.m. - Due to hot, dry conditions, specific outdoor recreational fires are prohibited in the City of Spokane, by order of the Spokane City Fire Marshal.

July 19

Snyder attends DUI law signing

3:15 p.m. - Spokane City Councilman Jon Snyder was invited to attend the signing of the DUI law in a ceremony at the Washington State Patrol office in Tacoma.

Spokane Police arrest pharmacy tech pill thief

11 a.m. - Police arrested Paul A Martsin, a pharmacist technician at SHMC after he was witnessed on surveillance cameras stealing from the hospital pharmacy.

SPS, Council to consider land swap

10:19 a.m. - Spokane Public Schools' Board of Directors and the Spokane City Council will consider a proposal to swap two land properties to maximize their use.

Two people in custody for early morning robbery

10 a.m. - Two people are in custody for two counts of First Degree Robbery each for a robbery that occurred early this morning.

July 17

SVCGET arrest results in 188 month sentence

10 a.m. - 34 year old, Danial J. Dublin, was sentenced to 188 months in prison after arrest and investigation by Spokane Violent Crime Gang Enforcement Team.

July 16

Urban Farming Open House

12:56 p.m. - City of Spokane urban farming open house hosted by City Council and Planning and Development Services Department.

Worldwide effort brings wanted fugitive back to Spokane

11 a.m. - A local man wanted on felony charges was extradited back to Spokane from the Republic of Georgia on July 15th.

July 15

Male in custody after burglary and brief pursuit

8 a.m. - Patrol officers responded to a residential burglary in the 1000 block of W 11th just before 3:30 a.m. and apprehended Charles M. Chatburn.

July 10

Citizen initiative process addition proposed

2:03 p.m. - Proposal to add quasi-judicial legal review to provide initiative sponsors with a neutral opinion of the legal validity and effect of measures.

Snyder to host Council Connection

11:10 a.m. - The next edition of “Council Connection,” will air on Thursday, July 11, at 10 a.m. on CityCable 5. Council Member Jon Snyder, District 2, will host.

July 8

Ordinance addresses low impact development

1:41 p.m. - The City of Spokane is working on a new ordinance to encourage property owners and developers to use green strategies to manage storm water.

July 2

Service planned for fallen firefighter

5:12 p.m. - The Spokane Fire Department and the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) announce the line-of-duty death of Firefighter John Knighten.

July 1

Spokane MCU and SWAT execute three search warrants

11 a.m. - Spokane Police Major Crimes Detectives and SWAT executed three search warrants as part of their investigation into recent robberies on the South Hill.

Caring for your lawn in the heat

10:15 a.m. - Temperatures to rise over 100 degrees this week, City of Spokane Water Department offers tips to citizens to keep a green lawn and keep down cost.

Two arrested following robbery, pursuit and PIT maneuver

8 a.m. - Spokane Police arrested two people after one pointed a gun at an employee at a Shadle Wal-Mart.