News Releases for March 2014

March 31

Council majority calls veto costly for citizens

6:12 p.m. - City Council President Ben Stuckart and Councilmembers Jon Snyder, Amber Waldref, and Candace Mumm stood in support of sensible planning.

Council requests input on budget priorities

6 p.m. - The City Council developed a list of budget principles for 2015 to help guide the City Administration in the budget’s development

Mayor vetoes urban growth ordinance

12:16 p.m. - Mayor Condon announced a joint development agreement with the County Commissioners to improve the process of bringing jobs and opportunity to Spokane.

Repeat offender and 12-time convicted felon arrested in stolen car

Noon - 29-year-old Thomas Curd booked for Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle, Attempt to Elude and 2nd Degree Trafficking Stolen Property.

Businesses recognized for wastewater management

11:07 a.m. - The City of Spokane is recognizing businesses that have excelled in the management of wastewater generated as part of their processes.

SPD officer arrested and cited for DUI

10:15 a.m. - Officer Mike Russo was arrested, cited and released for Driving Under the Influence (DUI). The Washington State Patrol is investigating this incident.

March 28

Suspect believed to be responsible for majority of armed robberies

2:45 p.m. - Detectives believe Stephen C. Corkery is responsible for the majority of the Armed Robberies occurring in Spokane since February 17, 2014.

March 26

SIRR team investigates officer involved shooting

10:40 p.m. - SIRR Team Investigates Officer Involved Shooting of Robbery Suspect

City, SPD deliver one year update to Use of Force Commission

5:29 p.m. - Mayor Condon and Chief Straub will deliver a 1 year update to the Use of Force Commission Thursday, 03- 27-2014 at 1:00 pm in City Council Chambers

March 25

SPD Detectives investigate armed robbery

4:15 p.m. - Spokane Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred this afternoon at a N. Spokane ice cream shop.

Police arrest armed car-jacking suspect; search for second suspect

12:30 p.m. - Police are investigating a car-jacking at gunpoint in north Spokane that occurred last night. Officers located the vehicle and arrested the suspect.

Just seven weeks until Witter Pool opens for the season

11:18 a.m. - Aquatics staff is preparing City pools for summer by taking applications for open positions and selling season passes at a discount rate.

Councilman Snyder to hold mobile office

10:42 a.m. - Spokane City Council Member Jon Snyder will host a mobile office at Fire Station #4 on Friday, March 28 from 1 to 2 p.m.

March 24

Indian Canyon ready to open

3:08 p.m. - Indian Canyon golf course plans to open for the season on March 27.

Prolific thief arrested after foot pursuit

11:30 a.m. - Spokane Police arrested a prolific thief with six felony convictions, 28-year-old Michael A. Harris, after officers located him in a stolen vehicle.

Weekend recap 3/21 to 3/23

10:38 a.m. - Spokane Police responded to three major incidents over the weekend of March 21-23.

March 22

Attic fire displaces three

5:39 p.m. - The Spokane Fire Department responded to a structure fire located at 2307 E. Sanson on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:05 p.m.

DC10 lands safely at Spokane International Airport

12:34 a.m. - SFD, Spokane International Airport firefighters, and Fire District 10 responded to a reported plane that had an on board fire in a cargo hold area.

March 21

SPD searches for vehicle of interest in recent robberies

10:10 p.m. - Police are searching for a vehicle of interest in connection to several recent robberies that have occurred in the City of Spokane.

March 20

Exotic Metals expanding to area

4:52 p.m. - Exotic Metals Forming Co. LLC plans to expand its 48-year-old aerospace supplier company to Airway Heights

SPD investigates robberies; Crimestoppers reward offered

2:30 p.m. - Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives are investigating eight robberies that have occurred in the City of Spokane within the past month.

On-camera availability regarding robbery incidents

10:02 a.m. - Spokane Police Captain Brad Arleth will be available for a brief on-camera interview regarding the investigation of robberies in this month.

March 17

Spokane golf courses open

3:24 p.m. - Calling all golfers – here’s the news you’ve been waiting for. All four Spokane golf courses are getting ready to open.

Willy Water retiring from reservoir perch

2:07 p.m. - Willy Water—along with his fountain on the top of the Ninth & Pine Reservoir—is retiring after 45 years of faithful service.

Mayor announces Spokane Gives Week

12:40 p.m. - Spokane Gives is a communitywide effort from April 12-19 to inspire involvement and promote volunteerism year-round

West Central explosion

11:19 a.m. - The Spokane Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 1519 W Gardner Avenue, in West Central, on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 9:22 p.m.

March 14-16 weekend recap

10:30 a.m. - Spokane Police responded to five incidents as well as regular patrol and other calls over the weekend. Crime is down 13.65%.

March 14

Charges requested in Knitting Factory shooting from 02-18-13

11:15 a.m. - Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives have requested charges of Attempted First Degree Murder (2 counts) for 29-year-old Stafone N. Fuentes.

SPD media availability for 03-14 to 03-17

8:04 a.m. - SPD media availability list for the week of 03/14/14 to 03/17/14

March 13

SPD will participate in the youth and justice forum

5 p.m. - SPD will participate in the Youth and Justice Forum on Friday, March 14, 2014, at the Gonzaga University School of Law.

March 12

Fire warns citizens to stay out of river

7:10 p.m. - The Fire Department warns citizens to stay out of the Spokane River. Any part of the centennial trail that’s under water should be considered closed.

March 11

Ready for spring?

11 a.m. - Riverfront Park is opening for spring hours this weekend. Come out and enjoy all of the fun activities in downtown Spokane.

March 10

Spokane Police search for bank robbery suspect

Noon - Spokane Police are searching for a man who robbed the Banner Bank in the 900 block of E. Mission just after 11 a.m. on March 10.

SPD arrests suspect in Atilano's restaurant burglary

10 a.m. - Spokane Police arrest Atilano's burglary suspect, 33-year-old Tony Clark, for 2nd Degree Burglary.

Busy construction season gets underway

9:01 a.m. - Construction season is underway in Spokane, with a project that delivers a better return on investment and helps to minimize disruptions.

Youth and Justice Forum aims to build trust

8:51 a.m. - Local criminal justice, education and city partners team up to host positive interaction with the criminal justice system

March 9

Police look to public to help ID Wal-Mart robbery suspect

10 a.m. - Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives look to the public to help identify a suspect from a robbery that occurred on 9-24-13.

March 8

Four arrested in on-going kidnapping investigation

10 a.m. - Within days of a reported kidnapping and the location of a body in Stevens County, Spokane Police have arrested four suspects.

March 6

Change clock and change battery

12:30 p.m. - When you move your clocks ahead one hour for Daylight Savings Time on March 9, remember to check on the condition of your smoke detectors.

2013 SPD Employee Awards Ceremony

10 a.m. - The Spokane Police Department will recognize employees for outstanding service at the annual SPD Awards Ceremony, tonight, March 6, 2014, at 6 p.m.

March 4

Officers arrest carjacking suspect within minutes of report

2:30 p.m. - Officers arrest suspect, 31-year-old Tierra Walker, in carjacking minutes after report.

Stage 1 snow event complete

10:30 a.m. - City plowing on residential hill routes finished early Tuesday morning ending the Stage 1 snow event declared late Sunday.

March 3

Sex offender arrested for Felony Indecent Exposure

9 p.m. - Prolific offender and registered sex offender, 31-year-old Billy Ogan, was arrested for Indecent Exposure at STA Plaza.

SPD responds to report of child luring in north Spokane

5 p.m. - Spokane Police, in coordination with Spokane Public Schools, are investigating a report of child luring in north Spokane.

Movin' and Groovin' Fair

3 p.m. - Don't forget to attend the free Moovin’ & Groovin’ Fair on Saturday, March 8 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Corbin Senior Activity Center.

Spokane Police weekend re-cap for 2/28-3/2

9 a.m. - Spokane police made multiple arrests over the weekend of 2/28-3/2, including a suspect from "Washington State's Most Wanted" list.

March 2

City declares Stage 1 snow event

5 p.m. - Cars should be moved to the odd side of the street on residential hill routes by 10 p.m. this evening to allow snow plows to pass.

March 1

West Central apartment fire

10:48 a.m. - The Spokane Fire Department responded to a reported apartment fire at 1024 W. Boone on February 28th at 10:41 p.m.