News Releases for July 2023

July 31

Suspect in Custody after Suspicious Fire in Residence

8:43 a.m. - Suspect in Custody after Suspicious Fire Causes Moderate Damage to Residence

July 28

Police to begin enforcement of after-hours Park violation

4:25 p.m. - In an effort to keep our parks safe and free of property damage in the overnight hours, SPD will begin enforcing the new city ordinance July 30, 2023

July 27

SPD seeking public assistance in locating missing 7-year-old

9:39 a.m. - UPDATE: Valkyrie has been located and is safe. Thank you to all who assisted in looking for her.

Suspect arrested after stealing car, hitting patrol car

8:19 a.m. - SPD arrests convicted felon who stole car, tried to run over a police officer and rammed a police vehicle

July 26

Fire Causes Moderate Damage to Detached Garage

12:14 p.m. - On Friday, July 21, 2023, at 5:17 pm, Spokane Fire responded to 2332 West Broadway Ave for a reported fire in a detached garage

Alert Neighbor Notifies Firefighters of House Fire

12:07 p.m. - On Monday, July 24, 2023, Spokane Fire Engine 18 was dispatched to a smoke investigation in a mobile home in the Contempo Mobile Home Park

July 24

TJ Meenach Bridge to Close July 31-Aug. 4

2:09 p.m. - Weekday closure part of Cochran Basin improvement projects.

July 19

Cooling Resources Available During Predicted Extreme Heat

5:50 p.m. - All residents are reminded that cooling resources are available to help them chill out in Spokane during the predicted heat waves.

City, Spokane Arts Launch Asphalt Art Program

2:08 p.m. - Artist Applications Being Accepted

City Wins National Distinguished Budget Award

10:28 a.m. - GFOA award evaluates financial strategy, honors transparency in budgeting

July 18

SPD Seeking Assistance Locating Missing Vulnerable Adult

3:23 p.m. - SPD seeking assistance locating missing 74-year-old woman

Council Seeks Applications To Fill Vacancy

11:33 a.m. - Council approves process and timeline to fill vacancy in south council seat - District 2, Position 1

Council Member Lori Kinnear Confirmed As Incoming Council President

8:36 a.m. - Council Member Michael Cathcart becomes Council Pro Tem

Spokane Police Seek Help Locating Missing Vulnerable Adult

8:33 a.m. - UPDATE: KJ has been located and is home safe. SPD thanks the public for its assistance and vigilance.

July 17

Riverfront Park Assault Arrest

2:59 p.m. - Juvenile female arrested for multiple violent acts in Riverfront Park

SPD Major Crimes Investigating A Homicide

8:16 a.m. - SPD Major Crimes investigating the death of a person found outside a building on the north side as a homicide

Three Injured in Residential Fire in the Chief Garry Neighborhood

8:13 a.m. - Residential Fire in Chief Garry Neighborhood

Wildland Urban Interface Fire Threatened Apartments

8:10 a.m. - Brush Fire Endangers North Market Apartment Buildings

Arrests Made In Morning Crime Spree

8:06 a.m. - A morning long crime spree ends when SPD arrests 3 suspects in an armed robbery, 2 in a vehicle prowl, after they crash while fleeing officers

July 14

City Council Seeks Answers to Mayor's Budgetary Plans For 2024

4:26 p.m. - Council is requesting an earlier preview of the 2024 budget.

Shakespeare in the Park Returns with New Location

3:56 p.m. - Shakespeare in the Park comes to Riverfront, Manito, and Sky Prairie (new this year!) for free community performances

Resources Available To Cool Off During Predicted Extreme Heat

10:53 a.m. - Six Spokane Public Library and TRAC are available to provide indoor cooling areas for Saturday and Sunday's hot daytime temperatures.

July 13

City Administrator Resigns; Investigation Closed

4:41 p.m. - Investigation revealed evidence of sexual harassment policy violation

SPD Concludes Sexual Assault Kit Testing Program

3:24 p.m. - SPD concludes multi-year project to test hundreds of sexual assault kits, successfully reviewing all tested kits, and identifying several defendants.

City Crews Working to Repair Water Main Break

2:26 p.m. - City of Spokane Water Department crews worked to assess and repair a water main break at Freya St. and 13th Ave. in south Spokane.

July 12

Council Seeks Volunteers for Potential Pro and Con Committees

3:34 p.m. - The Spokane City Council will appoint community members to pro and con committees for two upcoming ballot measures.

July 10

SPD Arrests Man After Hours Long Standoff

4:44 p.m. - Suspect who brandished a weapon at officers arrested after hours long standoff

July 7

Suspect Arrested in Two Stabbings

4:11 p.m. - Suspect arrested in California for stabbing two homeless people as they slept in Downtown Spokane

July 5

Residential Fire, 2323 W College Ave

4:40 p.m. - Detached Garage Fire Caused by Fireworks, Related Power Surge Causes Fire Inside of Home at Same Location

Residential Fire, 5521 N Madison

4:31 p.m. - Cooking Fire in North Spokane Damages Kitchen, Displaces One Resident