News Releases for June 2021

June 30

Splash Pad Update 6/28

12:51 p.m. - All 19 City splash pads are operational and open to the public!

June 29

Man safely taken into custody after six hour standoff.

8:59 p.m. - Hostage Negotiators, SWAT, K9 and Drone assets used to safely take a wanted subject into custody for felony DV order violations.

Carjacker on the loose after crime spree spans the breadth of the City

7:43 p.m. - Carjacking suspect on the loose after crime spree nearly spans the breadth of the City.

Council Adopts Resolution, Strategy to Address Housing & Homelessness

8:32 a.m. - Spokane City Council adopted a resolution to create a comprehensive strategy to address housing and homelessness in Spokane.

City Expands Temporary Cooling Resources

8:28 a.m. - Operational hours expand to 8 p.m., expected to remain open through July 4

June 28

City Details Fourth of July Activities, Closures

11:33 a.m. - Garbage pickup and curbside recycling will remain on its regular pickup schedule

SFD Vaccination Clinics Postponed Due To Excessive Heat

7:30 a.m. - For the safety of our community and fire personnel, SFD is postponing our remaining fire station vaccination clinics for the month of June.

June 25

Cooling Center Capacity Doubles On Governor's Order

3:59 p.m. - Lifting of COVID restrictions on social distancing immediately expands space

Splash Pad Update 6/25

2:22 p.m. - Fifteen splash pads now open!

City Council Members Elected To Association of Washington Cities Board

8:15 a.m. - Council President Breean Beggs wins award

June 24

Splash Pad Update 6/24

4:50 p.m. - Splash pads at Franklin, Thornton Murphy, and Underhill parks now open; total open splash pads is 12.

Free Open Swimming Starts July 5 at City Pools

4:44 p.m. - 2021 Aquatics Season Update

Property Crime Prevention

3:10 p.m. - Property crimes drop when residents work with SPD and take proactive measures

Commercial Fire

3:08 p.m. - SFD responded to a 911 call reporting a vehicle on fire in 3220 North Monroe Street parking lot.

SPD Arrest Following Standoff

3:04 p.m. - SPD arrests barricaded suspect after near four hour standoff

City Establishing Temporary Cooling Resources

1:11 p.m. - Center opening at Riverfront Park, libraries available during business hours

City Water Users Urged To Reduce Usage

11:30 a.m. - Following summer conservation guidance needed to assist with chlorine shortage

June 23

SPD Investigating Shooting

3:29 p.m. - SPD investigating early morning shooting which left one individual deceased, another critically injured

Northside Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Fire

3:27 p.m. - SFD responded to a 911 call reporting a fire in brush-covered terrain near East Cleveland Avenue/North Ruby Place.

June 22

Mayor Announces Leadership Addition

3:42 p.m. - Former federal housing official with foster system experience to be special advisor

Autumn Ridge Apartment Fire

1:38 p.m. - The investigation of the Autumn Ridge Apartment fire on June 19, 2021 is complete.

SPD Investigating Fatality Collision

12:57 p.m. - SPD investigating fatality collision in the area of 2300 E. Trent Avenue

Vehicular Assault

12:53 p.m. - Spokane Police suspect cannabis use in a serious injury collision. The driver of the suspect vehicle is charged with Vehicular Assault and DUI.

June 21

MultiCare Hosts ‘Rebound Spokane’ June 26 in Riverfront Park

2:10 p.m. - MultiCare Health System will host a pop-up vaccine clinic on Saturday, June 26 from 12 – 5 PM in Riverfront Park with Hooptown USA

Citizens Asked To Weigh In On Location for New Water Tank

8:47 a.m. - Survey will be open through July 2

June 18

Civil Service Test Fest

8:16 a.m. - City offering extended Civil Service testing hours

June 17

2021 Drive-in 4th of July Fireworks at multiple sites across Spokane

3:38 p.m. - Several partners & underwriters are coming together again to bring the community a geographically dispersed 4th of July celebration at four locations

Mayor Orders Investigation of Allegations

10:48 a.m. - Directs legal, HR to find outside assistance with investigation of email allegations

June 16

City Releases Statement Regarding Email Inquires

5:11 p.m. - Email sent this morning by NHHS director to city administrator

Council Members' Statement Regarding Resignation of Cupid Alexander

5:08 p.m. - Spokane City Council Members have issued the following statements regarding the resignation of Division Director of NHHS Cupid Alexander.

June 15

Multi Hour Standoff Concludes With Arrest of Domestic Violence Suspect

7:12 p.m. - Police officers respond to a no-contact order violation

Council Member Wilkerson and Community Celebrates Juneteenth 2021

7:02 p.m. - Council Member Betsy Wilkerson has collaborated with the Inland Northwest Juneteenth Coalition in celebration of Juneteenth 2021.

NE Residence Fire

10:47 a.m. - SFD responded to the 2400 Block of East Rockwell in the Hillyard neighborhood to a report of a house on fire.

Council Passes Resolution to Deploy American Rescue Plan Act Funds

10:38 a.m. - Spokane City Council passed a resolution establishing the framework for the deployment of funds received from the American Rescue Plan Act.

June 14

SPD Tacking Increase in Violent Crime

5:16 p.m. - SPD tackling increase in violent crime with multiple arrests

June 11

CM Betsy Wilkerson Will Welcome Spokane Chapter of Buffalo Soldiers

5:05 p.m. - Council Member Betsy Wilkerson is pleased to welcome the Spokane Chapter of Buffalo Soldiers to City Hall on Saturday during their Ride for Justice.

Order Violation on 1200 E. Lacrosse Ave

5:02 p.m. - Officer responded to a report of a burglary call that turned into a domestic violence call near Rogers High School prompting an emergency alert

Splash Pad Update 6/11

4:53 p.m. - Splash pads at Chief Garry, Coeur d’Alene, and Manito parks are now open

June 10

Stuffed Animal Donation to SPD for Children in Trauma

3:10 p.m. - Eastern State Hospital donates more than 300 stuffed animals to SPD Chaplaincy to assist children in trauma

June 9

Spokane City Council Terminates Local State of Emergency

3:19 p.m. - Encouraging action to immediately commence swift and strong recovery efforts

Meeting Will Focus on Transportation Needs In the Area of 37th & Ray

3:16 p.m. - Online meeting set for June 16, at 5 p.m.

June 7

Convicted Felon, Domestic Violence Suspect Arrested After Standoff

10:54 a.m. - Standoff concludes with arrest of convicted felon, domestic violence suspect

Sexual Assault Cold Case Victim Phone Line

10:51 a.m. - SPD provides new avenues for victims of older sexual assault cases to reach out for help in solving or resolving their cases

June 4

Area Fire Marshals and Surrounding Cities Enact Burn Restrictions

4:01 p.m. - Burn restrictions go into effect, Friday, June 4, 2021

Splash Pad Update 6/4

2:39 p.m. - Now open: splash pads at Audubon, Merkel, Friendship, Pacific, and Riverfront park!

The Friends of Manito Art Festival 2021 - save the date

2:11 p.m. - Meet local artists, browse their wares, and support Spokane's creative community in iconic Manito Park on July 31!

Manito Spring Plant Sale 2021

10:40 a.m. - Manito's Spring Plant Sale returns, June 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, & 12. Reservations required as part of COVID protocols.

June 3

Fundamental Shift Maximizing Homelessness Resources

2:21 p.m. - Year-round provider, Bridge Housing programs add to regional system resources

City Provides Annual Report on Drinking Water Quality

2:14 p.m. - For 2020, the City met or exceeded all federal and state drinking water quality standards. See the 2020 report.

Suspect Arrested After Breaking into Convention Center

2:07 p.m. - Suspect arrested after breaking into downtown Convention Center and barricading himself in a bathroom

June 2

New Art at People’s Park Salutes Native American Ingenuity

8:02 p.m. - Completion nears on "Convergence" at People’s Park with sandblasting of 16 pictographs created by tribal youth from the Wellpinit School District.

Splash Pad Update

2:22 p.m. - An update on splash pads opening in 2021

June 1

City Launches Rent Assistance Program for Those Affected By COVID-19

2:55 p.m. - Partner agencies will deploy $6 million in U.S. Treasury funds

City Council Adopts Ordinance to Support Vaccination Clinics with SFD

2:46 p.m. - Spokane Fire Department will provide a series of pop-up vaccination clinics at neighborhood fire stations throughout the City of Spokane.