News Releases for July 2021

July 28

DV suspect evades police as officers adhere to legislative changes

4:09 p.m. - Domestic violence suspect able to evade police as officers adhere to legislative changes

July 27

9-hour SWAT standoff ends with the arrest of DV suspect

6:09 p.m. - 9-hour standoff ends with arrest of twelve-time convicted felon armed with machete. Multiple officers utilized exhaustive de-escalation tactics.

Council Passes Emergency Ordinance and Amends Housing Action Plan

12:33 p.m. - Council passes ordinance amending policy framework for City's Homeless Response System and amends Housing Action Plan to include implementation plans.

Woodward Remains Committed To Collaboration

12:30 p.m. - Regional approach has delivered improvements in multiple areas during pandemic

Council Approves New Version of Housing Action Plan

12:19 p.m. - Council is adding specific implementation steps which will act on expeditiously

City Extends Temporary Cooling Resources

8:25 a.m. - Network of 1,000 spaces is scalable in central, neighborhood locations

July 26

Woodward Proclaims Housing Emergency

4:10 p.m. - Mayor announces list of immediate actions to address inventory and access

Third Alarm Fire Downtown

8:31 a.m. - SFD responded to the intersection of Second Ave and Post St for a 911 report of black smoke and flames coming through the roof of a downtown building.

Silver Alert

8:26 a.m. - Update: Mr. McMorris has ben located and is safe.

SPD Arrests Homicide Suspect

8:19 a.m. - SPD makes an arrest in a homicide at the Intermodal Center in Downtown Spokane

July 23

Temporary City Cooling Resources to Open Sunday

4:02 p.m. - Community volunteers sought to assist with guest services

July 22

Council Seeks Community Input on American Rescue Plan Funds

4:38 p.m. - Community invited to participate in a ThoughtExchange process

July 20

Officer Brian Orchard Memorial

4:03 p.m. - Memorial to be dedicated to SPD officer shot and killed in the line of duty on the anniversary of his death 38 years ago

Manito Koi Pond Project Complete, Japanese Garden Re-Opens

12:11 p.m. - A project to save millions of gallons of water a year at the Koi Pond in Manito Park’s famous Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden is complete.

Council Approves Special Budget Ordinance for ARP Project Staff

9:09 a.m. - City Council passes a special budget ordinance establishing appropriations to provide funding for two American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) project employees

July 19

Second Alarm House Fire

11:17 a.m. - SFD responded to the area of Nelson Street and Euclid Avenue to a report of two houses on fire.

Liberty Park Wildland Urban Interface Fire

11:12 a.m. - Spokane Firefighters responded to a Wildland Urban-Interface Fire on Spokane's South Hill near 1625 East Hartson Avenue.

Peaceful Valley Wildland Urban Interface Fire

11:08 a.m. - Spokane Firefighters responded to a Wildland Urban-Interface Fire in the 2500 Block of West Riverside.

Two Kayakers Rescued From Spokane River

11:02 a.m. - SFD rescued two adults in the Spokane River near Downriver Golf Course when their inner-tube struck a rock and ejected them into the river.

July 16


4:58 p.m. - Cooling resources available starting July 18

July 15

SPD Seeking Public's Help

1:23 p.m. - SPD is seeking assistance from the public to identify two persons of interest regarding a recent stabbing incident

July 14

Woman detained after attempted break-in, sitting on 3rd story ledge

2:08 a.m. - Woman safely detained after attempting to break into residence, sitting precariously on 3rd story ledge

July 13

Spokane Parks asks for community input on park planning survey

8:38 a.m. - Spokane Parks is creating a roadmap for the next 10 years, and wants to hear from the community through a survey that opened today.

Arrest After Employee Threatened

7 a.m. - SPD responds to call from an employee saying their boss was threatening to kill another employee

City To Open Temporary Cooling Resources

7 a.m. - Scalable network of central, neighborhood resources open 11 am to 8 pm

Council Passes Homeless Sheltering and Emergency Weather Ordinances

7 a.m. - Spokane City Council passes a homeless sheltering ordinance and amended emergency weather ordinance.

July 12

Council Members Revise Emergency Weather Ordinance

5:09 p.m. - Concentrating efforts on immediate activation and clear guidelines for emergency management

July 9

Shakespeare in the Park comes to Riverfront this summer

12:39 p.m. - Riverfront partners with Spokane Shakespeare Society to bring Shakespeare in the Park to Riverfront for family-friendly, free community performances.

July 7

Flags Lowered For Fallen Correctional Officer Gabriel Forrest

1:35 p.m. - Flags are lowered to half-staff

Flaming Gas Can Thrown at Officer during a Felony Traffic Stop

1:32 p.m. - Suspect arrested after throwing a lit gas can engulfed in flames toward an officer during a felony traffic stop.

July 6

Missing Child

5:07 p.m. - Update: Levi has been found.

South Hill Residential Fire

5:04 p.m. - The Spokane Fire Department responded to the intersection of Lacey and 11th for a reported building fire.

SPD Reminds Community to Be Safe This Fourth of July

5 p.m. - SPD encourages you to take some simple steps to have a safe 4th of July

SPD Working To Help Protect Our Most Vulnerable Community Members

4:58 p.m. - SPD working alongside multiple city entities to protect most vulnerable community members during the heat wave.

July 5

Neighbor dispute leads to stabbing in Northeast Spokane

1:56 a.m. - An argument over fireworks escalated to the point where one adult male was stabbed

July 1

POSTPONED: Drive-in 4th of July Fireworks 2021

6:38 p.m. - Four planned 4th of July fireworks shows at Merkel, Ferris, Avista Stadium, and Plante's Ferry are cancelled due to increased risk of fire danger.

Flags Lowered For Fallen Officer Alexandra Brenneman Harris

8:47 a.m. - Flags are lowered to half-staff