News Releases for April 2021

April 30

Road Racing Emphasis Patrol

3:19 p.m. - SPD and regional partners put the brakes on road racing in North Spokane with a driving emphasis patrol

SPD Seeking Public's Help

3:16 p.m. - SPD is seeking the help of the public in identifying multiple suspects responsible for defacing a downtown mural

Downtown Officers Quickly Apprehend Robbery Suspect

3:11 p.m. - On April 26, 2021, downtown officers were patrolling the 100 block S. Division Street, as that area is a hot spot for criminal activity.

SPD investigating Northeast Spokane shooting incident

3:39 a.m. - One person was seriously injured in a shooting incident near Northtown Mall

April 28

Spokane City Council Takes Action on Climate Change

4:43 p.m. - Over 40 volunteers donated upwards of 5000 hours to draft a Sustainability Action Plan for Spokane

Downtown Natural Gas Leak

4:41 p.m. - Before midnight on Tuesday, SFD was dispatched to 800 W Spokane Falls Blvd for a hazardous materials incident involving a natural gas leak.

April 27

Elderly Couple Victims of Burglary and Assault

5:12 p.m. - Elderly couple in upper 80’s and early 90’s burglarized and assaulted by suspect in multi night crime spree.

Food Drive at Riverfront Spring Market Wednesday

11:16 a.m. - Second Harvest will be onsite at Wednesday’s Riverfront Market to collect food donations, share nutrition resources and healthy recipes.

April 26

Capital Budget Includes Funding For Priority Projects

6:53 p.m. - Washington lawmakers passed a $59.2 billion two-year budget with major priority to help with COVID costs such as rental assistance and childcare needs

Critical Need for Lifeguards & Swim Instructors This Summer

1:50 p.m. - The City plans to open all six aquatic centers this year, but one barrier is standing in the way – finding enough lifeguards and swim instructors.

April 23

Police Activities League Boxing

4:19 p.m. - Community partners help offer up a one-two punch with police and area youth

April 22

New Street Trees to be Planted Friday as Part of SpoCanopy

5:11 p.m. - 25 new street trees will be planted in the West Central neighborhood on Friday, April 23 as part of SpoCanopy’s goals for increased tree canopy cover.

Recruitment Underway For Civil Rights Position

2:41 p.m. - Human rights leaders show support for position focus

SPD Duty to Intervene Policy

2:39 p.m. - Spokane Police Department’s Duty to Intercede policy already includes most portions of proposed Senate Bill 5066

What's Your Week?

2:37 p.m. - City launches online tool for residents to identify their recycling week

April 21

Riverfront Park Redevelopment - Spring 2021 Update

4:05 p.m. - The North Bank, Ice Age Floods Playground, wheels park, Hooptown USA court, Roskelley Performance Climbing Boulder, parking & more - opening late May!

Flags Remain Lowered For Former Vice President Walter Mondale

11:19 a.m. - Flags will remain lowered until his interment

April 20

Message to the Community on the Chauvin Trial

6:19 p.m. - Mayor Nadine Woodward, Councilmember Lori Kinnear, who chairs the Public Safety Committee, and Police Chief Craig Meidl release statement.

Organic land management demo begins in May at Chief Garry Park

2:56 p.m. - Organic land management demonstration at Chief Garry Park through a collaboration with Beyond Pesticides, Natural Grocers, & City Council.

April 19

Behavioral Health Unit Responds To Increased Crisis Calls

2:27 p.m. - March crisis calls up significantly, intervention efforts making for best possible outcomes

Shadle Park House Fire

2:24 p.m. - SFD responds to the 4300 Block of North Maple Street on a report of a possible house fire.

State Auditor Makes Four Findings in CHHS Review

12:32 p.m. - Woodward reported employee concerns to agency and requested review

Flags at Half-Staff Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Indy

10:38 a.m. - Flags will remain at half-staff until sunset, April 20

SIIR Team Investigating Officer Involved Shooting

9:09 a.m. - A Spokane Police officer was involved in an OIS incident on April 17. The officer fired his service weapons at an armed vehicle prowling suspect.

April 16

Spokane Police are asking for help finding a missing 11 year old girl.

6:47 p.m. - Update: The Spokane Police Department has located Janisa Collier, 11.

April 15

Man Shot During Home Invasion

11:22 a.m. - A man was taken to the hospital for a potentially life-threatening injury after being shot during a home invasion robbery near SFCC

Man Stabs Sibling during an Argument

10:47 a.m. - Two family members engaged in a domestic violence argument over alleged stolen property, one brother goes to the hospital and one goes to jail

April 14

Convicted Felon Goes On Tire Slashing Spree

5:20 p.m. - Convicted felon goes on tire slashing spree leaving victims with hundreds of dollars of damage to deal with

Comstock Park Reopens Today

10:01 a.m. - Comstock Park officially reopens today, as clean-up from the January windstorm is substantially complete.

Church Fire

8:02 a.m. - SFD and automatic aid agency Spokane Fire District 9 responded to the 2900 Block of East Olympic Avenue on a possible structure fire.

April 13

Survey Will Focus On Fish Lake Trail Connection to Centennial Trail

4:32 p.m. - The City will conduct an online public survey to gather feedback on two proposed alignments to connect the Fish Lake Trail to the Centennial Trail.

Beware Of a Phone Scam Where the Caller Claims To Be Law Enforcement

4:03 p.m. - Beware of a phone scam where the caller claims to be Law Enforcement and asks you to purchase gift cards and provide the card numbers to the caller.

Riverfront Park’s North Suspension Bridge Reconstruction Begins in May

11:03 a.m. - Reconstruction of the north suspension pedestrian bridge in Riverfront Park will begin in May, and re-open to the public in winter/spring 2022.

April 12

Apartment Fire

4:15 p.m. - SFD responded to Mission Avenue and Washington Street for a 911 report of smoke visible in a large building.

Major Crimes Unit Investigates a Death and Serious Assault

4:12 p.m. - Update: Suspect in North Spokane Homicide booked for 2nd Degree Murder and Attempted 2nd Degree Murder

April 8

Teams Deliver COVID-19 Vaccine Upstream

2:59 p.m. - Disabled and homebound CARES Clients received COVID-19 vaccine over the past two days by the Spokane Fire Department's Integrated Medical Division.

City Launches 2021 Construction Season

1:14 p.m. - Economic recovery work and East Sprague upgrades continue

SPD Investigating a Robbery

12:13 p.m. - The Spokane Police Department is investigating the robbery of a guest at a hotel in the 9600 block of North Newport Hwy.

Duplex Structure Fire

12:09 p.m. - April 7, at approximately 7:40 pm, SFD responded to the area of East Princeton Avenue /North Division Street to a 911 report of a house on fire.

April 7

Spokane Parks Windstorm Restoration Plans Underway

7:34 p.m. - Parks & Recreation is working with The Lands Council to mitigate damage to our urban tree canopy from the Jan. 13, 2021 windstorm.

Stolen Bikes Recovered

8:08 a.m. - High-end bikes stolen but quickly located by Downtown Precinct officers.

April 6

Flags to Remain Lowered For Congressman Alcee Hastings

3:03 p.m. - Flags will remain at half-staff until sunset, April 7

Virtual Spring Compost Fair Planned

2:06 p.m. - Discover the benefits of home composting at the annual Spring Compost Fair sponsored

East Spokane House Fire

2:04 p.m. - SFD was dispatched to the 1900 Block of East Sharp to a 911 report of smoke and fire emanating from the second floor of a residence.

April 5

Be a Good Teammate for GU and Spokane

3:05 p.m. - City and GU leaders urge health and safety

Tree Trimmer Rescue

9:07 a.m. - Spokane Fire Department responded to the area of Rockwood and Helena Ct on a report of a tree trimmer injured approximately 75 feet up in a tree.

Flags at Half-Staff Honoring the Victims of the Attack at the Capitol

9:01 a.m. - Flags will remain at half-staff until sunset, April 6

April 2

SPD Emphasis for GU Game

3:34 p.m. - SPD and Gonzaga University Security work together to ensure safe and lawful celebrations surrounding Saturday’s NCAA game

Voting to Begin for New Spokane Flag on April 5th

10:04 a.m. - The Spokane Flag Commission is excited to announce that voting will open for the final binding vote on the new Spokane Flag on Monday, April 5!