News Releases for 2024

June

I-90 Westbound Thor-Freya Exit Opens, Eastbound Exit Closes Friday

Today at 8:09 a.m. - Crews move intersection rebuild work to the south side of freeway.

SPD seeking help from the public in identifying person of interest

Yesterday at 3:14 p.m. - The SPD is seeking help from community members in an effort to identify a person of interest related to an assault investigation.

Spokane Police Chief Finalists Named

Yesterday at 10 a.m. - Candidates to visit Spokane and participate in public interview forum

Assault call in West Spokane leads to multiple felony warrant arrests

June 19 at 9:03 a.m. - Assault call in West Spokane results in multiple felony warrant arrests

SPD arrests repeat offender for stealing a car and eluding police

June 17 at 4:37 p.m. - SPD arrests repeat offender for stealing a car and eluding police

SREC, SFD, & AMR Announce Nurse Navigation Program

June 17 at 2:51 p.m. - Beginning tomorrow, residents of Spokane who call 911 will have access to expanded medical services through the new Spokane Nurse Navigation program.

SPD reminds you to slow down - traffic emphasis underway

June 13 at 4:40 p.m. - SPD reminds you to slow down - traffic emphasis underway

Three House Fires in 24 Hours Keep Spokane Firefighters Busy

June 13 at 3:18 p.m. - The Spokane Fire Department has been busy over the past 24 hours, responding to three reported working fires.

SPD arrests man who assaulted a woman who got out of her car to help

June 12 at 5:17 p.m. - SPD arrests man who assaulted a woman who got out of her car to help him

City Closures Planned For Juneteenth

June 12 at 9 a.m. - Garbage and recycling pickup on a normal schedule

SPD investigating fatal hit & run collision in Downtown Spokane

June 11 at 4:20 p.m. - SPD investigating fatal hit & run collision in Downtown Spokane

Spokane City Council Approves Funding for Allocations of ARPA Funds

June 11 at 9:45 a.m. - City Council has adopted a Special Budget Ordinance approving $5 million in appropriations and allocations of the American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funding.

SPD arrests 5 teenagers after they accost two security workers

June 10 at 5:22 p.m. - SPD arrests 5 teenagers after they accost two security workers, brandish a gun and vandalize property

Snapshot Estimate of Homeless Population Reveals Overall Decrease

June 10 at 3:53 p.m. - The 2024 Point-in-Time Count revealed a decrease overall from 2023.

Saturday Evening Apartment Fire Displaces Two Occupants

June 10 at 2:50 p.m. - On Saturday, June 8, 2024, the Spokane Fire Department was dispatched to S Elm St in response to a report of smoke inside a structure.

Taking Leadership Skills Back To the Neighborhoods

June 10 at 2:20 p.m. - City, Gonzaga partnership academy energizes volunteers to take next steps for their community

One in custody in Downtown Spokane shooting

June 10 at 11:53 a.m. - One in custody in Downtown Spokane shooting

City Provides Annual Report on Drinking Water Quality

June 7 at 2:42 p.m. - The City of Spokane today is releasing its required annual report on the quality of drinking water provided by the City’s Water Department.

High Traffic Impacts Coming Week of June 10

June 7 at 1:12 p.m. - The community is urged to plan for detours and alternate routes.

Stabbing in West Spokane leaves one dead, one with serious injuries.

June 6 at 4:22 p.m. - Stabbing in West Spokane leaves one dead, one with serious injuries. Suspect in custody for homicide.

Multiple Arrests Make After Downtown Pride Mural Is Vandalized

June 6 at 1:17 p.m. - On June 5, 2024, SPD officers responded to the intersection of Howard Street and Spokane Falls Boulevard on a report of a vandalism incident.

Council Votes to Ratify Mayor's Executive Declaration of Emergency

June 6 at 1:15 p.m. - At a Special Legislative Session on June 6, 2024, the City Council, in a unanimous vote, ratified the Mayor’s Executive Declaration of Emergency.

Suspect in Custody After Assaulting Family Member with a Firearm

June 5 at 4:48 p.m. - Suspect in custody after assaulting family member with a firearm, brief pursuit safely ends with PIT.

Mayor Brown Declares Emergency to Implement Response to Opioid Crisis

June 4 at 11:34 a.m. - Emergency declaration to streamline several public health and public safety directives within the 2nd and Division St corridor

City Council Approves Contract with Lime as Scooter Vendor

June 3 at 6:43 p.m. - During Monday’s Legislative Session, the City Council voted to approve a two-year contract with Lime.

Post St. Bridge Reopening Celebrates River Views

June 3 at 1:44 p.m. - Three completed projects showcase accessibility to outdoor recreation.

May

Applications For Spokane Tourism & Cultural Investment Grants Open 6/1

May 31 at 1:07 p.m. - Recently revived and rebranded City committee to offer grants aimed at bolstering tourism and cultural events

Arrest Made In Violent Unprovoked Downtown Assault Of Elderly Male

May 30 at 5:19 p.m. - On May 18th, 2024, just before 4pm, Spokane Police responded to the area of 3rd and Monroe on a report of an assault.

Mayor Brown Proposes Move to Biennial Budget

May 30 at 9:29 a.m. - New ordinance proposes moving from annual to biennial budget process

SPD arrests man for child luring

May 29 at 4:41 p.m. - Spokane Police Officers responded to a call of a potential child luring incident

Juvenile Arrested in April Shooting

May 29 at 11:39 a.m. - Detectives with the Regional Anti-Violence Enforcement & Narcotics Task Force have arrested a 13-year-old male related to a shooting on 4/24/24.

East Central Commercial Fire

May 28 at 11:50 a.m. - On May 25, 2024, just after midnight, the Spokane Fire Department received a report of a commercial structure fire in the East Central neighborhood.

High Traffic Impacts Coming May 28 & June 3

May 24 at 2:35 p.m. - The community is urged to plan for detours and use alternate routes.

Male in custody after causing nearly 30,000.00 dollars in damage

May 24 at 10 a.m. - Male in custody after causing nearly 30,000.00 dollars in damage to West Spokane business

Flags To Be Lowered for Memorial Day

May 24 at 8:50 a.m. - Flags to fly at half-staff for Memorial Day

Male Succumbs To Injuries After Northeast Spokane Motorcycle Crash

May 23 at 4:17 p.m. - Male succumbs to injuries after northeast Spokane motorcycle crash

SPD Arrests Male with Large Quantity of Drugs and Also Guns

May 23 at 4:10 p.m. - SPD’s Violent Crime Task Force (VCTF) and Patrol arrest a man wanted for DV assault, discovers drugs and guns in the process

Shooting In Garland District

May 23 at 3:22 p.m. - SPD arrests a suspect in a shooting in the Garland district which took the life of one person

Cooking Fire Leaves One with Critical Injuries

May 22 at 7:55 a.m. - SFD wants to remind our citizens of the dangers of leaving cooking unattended. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of residential fires.

High Speed Hit and Run Sends Two to the Hospital, One to Jail

May 22 at 7:52 a.m. - High speed hit & run incident in downtown sends 2 to the hospital, 1 to jail

City First in State to Implement Solar Permit Software Program

May 21 at 3:23 p.m. - Spokane launches software platform to streamline and automate the solar permitting process for residential applications.

SPD Arrests Intruder for Residential Burglary and Arson

May 21 at 2:29 p.m. - SPD arrests intruder for Residential Burglary and Arson after home set on fire

Council To Consider Development Moratorium in Latah Valley

May 20 at 9:05 a.m. - City Council will consider establishing a one-year moratorium on subdivision applications in the Latah Valley and Grandview Thorpe neighborhoods.

City Closures Planned For Memorial Day

May 20 at 9 a.m. - Riverfront Park attractions and City golf courses are open

SPD Focuses on Drug and Related Crimes in the Downtown Core

May 20 at 8:22 a.m. - SPD focuses on drug and related crimes in the downtown core with extra events and activities underway

SPD charges suspect with felony assault after deliberate drug exposure

May 17 at 3:58 p.m. - SPD charges suspect with felony assault after deliberate drug exposure of 2 corrections officers at Spokane County Jail

SPD Seeks Assistance in Identifying Suspect in an Arson Investigation

May 17 at 10:15 a.m. - SPD is seeking help from community members in identifying a suspect in an arson that caused extensive damage to a local business.

SPD Investigates Defaced Mural

May 17 at 9:45 a.m. - SPD investigates a fire on a downtown street that defaced a mural

Fire Investigators Ask for Assistance in Identifying Arson Suspect

May 15 at 1:54 p.m. - The Spokane Fire Department is seeking the public’s help to identify a suspect in an arson fire.

Flags Lowered for Peace Officers Memorial Day

May 15 at 9:51 a.m. - Mayor directs flags to fly half-staff

Salary Review Commission to Hold Public Hearing

May 14 at 11:08 a.m. - Members of the Public invited to testify at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 16

Shelter Audit Points Toward Scattered Site Model

May 13 at 12:19 p.m. - An audit of Spokane’s homeless shelter system points toward moving from a large congregate shelter to a model with smaller, scattered sites.

Three Fires on Mother's Day Keeps Spokane Firefighters Busy

May 13 at 12:16 p.m. - On Mother's Day, three significant fires within the city kept the Spokane Fire Department busy.

Warm Weather and River Safety Reminder

May 10 at 3:51 p.m. - Follow these tips near the Spokane River to stay safe.

Suspect Arrested for Drive by Shooting

May 10 at 3:38 p.m. - Spokane Police arrested a male suspect in connection with a shooting.

Council Votes to Remove Community Safety Levy for Ballot

May 9 at 12:35 p.m. - During a Special Legislative Meeting Council deliberated and voted unanimously to remove the Community Safety Levy from the August ballot.

Spokane's Homeless Outreach Team Adopts New Structure

May 9 at 10:35 a.m. - The Homeless Outreach Team has adopted a new structure to improve complaint response, broaden geographical coverage, and better serve community needs.

SPD quickly locates suspect involved in South-Hill shooting

May 9 at 9:59 a.m. - Spokane Police officers responded to a call on 5-8-24 on the report of shooting and found the assailant shortly after.

Mayor Brown Proposes Extending Timeline for Community Safety Levy

May 8 at 11:22 a.m. - Mayor Lisa Brown and the Spokane City Council announced Wednesday their intent to extend the timeline for implementing the Community Safety Levy.

SPD Makes Multiple Arrests at North-East Spokane Nuisance Property

May 8 at 10:29 a.m. - Spokane Police conducted several search warrants at a high crime location in the 900 block of East Indiana Avenue.

SpoCanopy Expo Forest Tree Plantings May 7-11

May 6 at 2:23 p.m. - Over 5 days, nearly 500 new urban trees will be planted to celebrate the SpoCanopy Expo Forest Tree Plantings for Expo’s 50th anniversary

Spokane Police Emphasis to Keep Parks Safe

May 6 at 2:07 p.m. - Spokane Police conduct park emphasis including enforcement of after-hours City Park violations

Flags Lowered for National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

May 3 at 12:52 p.m. - Flags will be at half-staff throughout the weekend.

SPD Emphasis to Keep Parks Safe

May 3 at 12:47 p.m. - Spokane Police conduct park emphasis including enforcement of after-hours City Park violations

Male Transported to Area Hospital After Crash into Spokane River

May 2 at 11:58 a.m. - One male has been transported to a hospital with life threatening injuries after crashing into the Spokane River.

SPD Arrests Long Time Conivcted Felon After Brief Standoff

May 1 at 5:26 p.m. - SPD arrests long time conivcted felon for robbery after brief standoff in a North Spokane McDonald’s parking lot

SPD requests public assistance in locating a missing elderly person

May 1 at 4:04 p.m. - The Spokane Police Department is seeking help from the public to locate Terra L. Havens (71).

SPD Arrests Two in Park Shooting

May 1 at 2:06 p.m. - SPD arrests two teenagers for drive-by shooting after shots were fired at busy park

Downtown Parking Meter Swapout to Start

May 1 at 11:10 a.m. - The City is starting the process of swapping out downtown parking meters from dual- to single-space devices in the paid parking area.

April

Commercial Fire Burns, Firefighters Narrowly Escape Injury

April 30 at 10:13 a.m. - The Spokane Fire Department responded to a call from employees at the US Bank branch on 29th Ave.

Victim Safely Recovered, Suspect Still on the Loose

April 30 at 7:50 a.m. - The suspect, 51 year-old Jospeh Parisien, is still outstanding. Anyone who sees him or knows of his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

Council Votes to Amend Residential Rental Notice Period

April 30 at 7:47 a.m. - Ordinance C36515 amends the SMC regarding residential rental properties and establishes a minimum notice period for residential rent increases.

Council Votes to Put Mayor's Community Safety Levy on August Ballot

April 30 at 7:42 a.m. - Levy funding would go toward maintaining existing community safety services and new city-wide and neighborhood investments

Final Day to Request Disposal Pass Friday, May 3

April 29 at 10:17 a.m. - The final day for City residents to request a disposal pass this spring is Friday, May 3.

Fire Investigators Ask for Help In Identifying Two Subjects

April 26 at 10:06 a.m. - Fire Investigators from the Special Investigations Unit seek public assistance in identifying two individuals shown in the provided photos.

SPD Seeks Assistance in Identifying Robbery Suspect

April 26 at 9:32 a.m. - Spokane Police responded to the 3000 block of East 29th Avenue on a report of a robbery.

Council Member Lili Navarrete Condemns Racist Propaganda in Spokane

April 25 at 9:48 a.m. - Council Member Lili Navarrete of District 2 issued a statement in response to recent racist posters in Downtown Spokane.

Downriver Park River Access Area Now Open

April 24 at 2:27 p.m. - Today, the City of Spokane reopened Downriver Park near TJ Meenach Dr. with an improved and expanded small watercraft access area.

Downriver Park River Access Area Now Open

April 24 at 1:53 p.m. - New infrastructure benefits river health and improves recreational access

Council Adopts Mayor's Proposal to Invest Opioid Settlement Dollars

April 24 at 12:05 p.m. - $1 million to go toward Spokane CARES program, High Utilizer and Complex Care Initiative

Investigators Release Cause of Fatal House Fire

April 22 at 3:50 p.m. - Investigators from the Spokane Fire Special Investigations Unit have concluded their inquiry into the fatal house fire at 1717 North Howard Street.

City of Spokane Celebrates Earth Day

April 22 at 12:03 p.m. - Various departments work year-round to reduce impacts on the environment.

Early Morning Fatal House Fire in West Central Spokane

April 22 at 8:23 a.m. - On Saturday April 20, 2024, at 4:10 a.m., the Spokane Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 1700 block of Howard.

Convicted Felon Arrested for Multiple Burglaries Out on Bond Again

April 19 at 4:16 p.m. - Convicted felon out on bond for burglary since January is arrested for 2 more burglaries earlier this week, out on bond again today

Officer Involved Shooting in North Spokane

April 19 at 8:15 a.m. - Information is preliminary; more information will be released at a later time by the Spokane Independent Investigation Response (SIIR) team.

Man Shoots Dog to Stop Attack

April 17 at 4:15 p.m. - The Spokane Police Department responds to a reported shooting where, a dog was shot as it was attacking another dog and seventeen-year-old girl.

Council Members on STA Board to Consider Promotional Fare for Expo

April 17 at 3:27 p.m. - Council Members who serve on the Spokane Transit Authority Board will consider a historic rate fare reduction for Expo '74 50th Celebration.

Spokane Police arrest a woman for murder after running a man over

April 16 at 4:58 p.m. - On 04/09/24, SPD officers investigated witness reports of a reckless driver intentionally hitting a man.

City Joins Lawsuit Against Manufacturers of PFAS/PFOA Contaminants

April 16 at 2:42 p.m. - The City is taking action to protect the community’s drinking water by joining a lawsuit against manufacturers responsible for PFAS/PFOA contamination

Finch Arboretum Hosts Free Arbor Day Festivities Saturday

April 16 at 11:17 a.m. - Spokane’s Arbor Day celebration will be held at Finch Arboretum on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. rain or shine.

House Fire Leaves Six Gonzaga Students Displaced

April 15 at 4:02 p.m. - Spokane Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire.

SPD seeking assistance in locating 11 year old

April 15 at 11:10 a.m. - SPD seeking assistance in locating young boy.

SPD seeking assistance in contacting a witness

April 15 at 10:45 a.m. - Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives would like to speak with a witness in a criminal incident.

Council Seeks Volunteers for Potential Pro and Con Committees

April 15 at 10 a.m. - This month, the Spokane City Council will likely appoint members of the community to pro and con committees for two ballot measures.

SPD Responds to An Armed Robbery Downtown

April 11 at 4:25 p.m. - The Spokane Police Department responds to an armed robbery downtown and quickly apprehends the suspect at a local youth facility.

SPD Seeking Suspect After East Spokane Credit Union Robbery

April 11 at 10:43 a.m. - Spokane Police Department Seeking Suspect After East Spokane Credit Union Robbery

SPD Searching for Suspect After Patrol Car Rammed

April 10 at 10:35 a.m. - SPD searching for suspect after patrol car rammed, brief pursuit halted due to dangerous driving by the suspect

Expo 50th Opening Ceremonies May 4, 2024

April 9 at 12:28 p.m. - Expo 50th anniversary opening ceremonies are planned for Sat., May 4 from 3 - 9 p.m., kicking off a 9-week celebration.

SPD Seeking Assistance Locating Missing Juvenile

April 8 at 10:10 a.m. - The Spokane Police Department has located a missing 12-year-old juvenile.

Mayor Brown Appoints Interim Fire Chief O'Berg To Full-Time Role

April 8 at 10:02 a.m. - Mayor Lisa Brown has appointed Julie O’Berg to be the permanent Chief of the Spokane Fire Department.

Dog park design open houses begin next week

April 5 at 4:45 p.m. - Spokane Public Schools and Spokane Parks & Recreation invite the community to two dog park open houses to hear updates and provide design feedback

Parking Lot Altercation Leads to a Male Bing Shot, SPD Seeking Suspect

April 5 at 2:46 p.m. - South Hill parking lot altercation leads to a male being shot, SPD seeking suspect

2024 Projects Will Impact Washington St. Corridor

April 5 at 2:24 p.m. - Significant improvement projects to begin April 8 along the Washington-Stevens corridor, including water, sewer, and grind and overlay work.

Expo 50th Celebration Press Conference, April 9

April 4 at 2:48 p.m. - Please join Spokane Parks and Recreation & Visit Spokane for a press conference as we gear up for May 4th, Opening Day of the Expo 50th Celebration!

City To Host Community Meetings for Input on Public Safety Priorities

April 4 at 11:10 a.m. - The City of Spokane is hosting four meetings to seek input on the community’s public safety priorities.

SIIR Investigating Monroe Rd. Incident

April 3 at 4:31 p.m. - Spokane Independent Investigative Response Team investigating an officer-involved shooting.

SPD Makes Arson Arrest

April 2 at 2:19 p.m. - Spokane Police arrest suspect in a fire on Easter Sunday in the West Central neighborhood – numerous people were inside the involved structure

City Reminds Motorists to Slow Down for Pedestrians

April 1 at 4:37 p.m. - The City reminds motorists to slow down and watch for pedestrians crossing streets.

SFD & Fairchild Air Force Base Partner for Neighborhood Install Blitz

April 1 at 12:17 p.m. - On Saturday, April 6, 2024, SFD and volunteers with Fairchild Air Force Base will be offering to install free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Spokane Police Officers Were Involved in an Officer Involved Shooting

April 1 at 10:02 a.m. - Spokane Police Officers were involved in an officer involved shooting Sunday evening in the 1800 block of West Dean Avenue

March

Arterial Construction Projects Start Monday

March 28 at 12:54 p.m. - The community is urged to plan for detours and alternate routes.

SPD Arrests Multiple Suspects in Brazen Downtown Daylight Robbery

March 27 at 4:47 p.m. - Multiple suspects got arrested from downtown daylight robbery.

Indian Canyon Golf Course Opens Friday

March 27 at 2:33 p.m. - Indian Canyon will open for the season on Friday, March 29, 2024.

SPD Arrests Male for 1st Degree Kidnapping

March 27 at 1:44 p.m. - DV after victim held against her will on separate occasions over 2 days, suspect released on own recognizance by court 12 hours after being booked

Palisades North Trailhead Improvements Public Workshop #2

March 26 at 4:13 p.m. - City of Spokane Parks & Recreation invites the community to attend a public workshop to review plans for the Palisades North Trailhead improvements

Council Member Paul Dillon Champions Fentanyl Resolution

March 26 at 9:12 a.m. - On Monday, Council Member Dillon championed a resolution to address the fentanyl crisis in Spokane.

Council Member Bingle Proposes Mandatory Treatment for Overdoses

March 26 at 9:11 a.m. - During Monday’s Briefing Session, Council Member Jonathan Bingle brought forth an amendment to add language to Resolution 2024-0031.

Spokane Secures Funding Agreements for Encampment Cleanup

March 25 at 9:43 a.m. - City of Spokane, state agencies reach agreement for flexible deployment of millions in funding for public safety and homeless outreach efforts.

Spokane Secures Funding Agreement for Encampment Cleanup

March 25 at 9:32 a.m. - City of Spokane, state agencies reach agreement for flexible deployment of millions in funding for public safety and homeless outreach efforts

Male Arrested for 4 Counts of Assault in the First Degree

March 25 at 9:30 a.m. - Shortly before 6am on Saturday March 23, 2024, Spokane police responded to a shooting in the 900 block of E Indiana Ave.

Mayor Brown Proposes Strategic Investment Plans With ARPA, New Opioid

March 25 at 9:20 a.m. - Mayor Lisa Brown is proposing two strategic investment plans using American Rescue Plan Act and opioid abatement funds.

SPD arrests 4 suspects for kidnapping and felony assault

March 22 at 4:20 p.m. - SPD responded to the 1300 block of West Boone after 911 received a call.

SPD responds to shooting in Spokane that leaves one subject deceased

March 22 at 3:41 p.m. - Spokane Police responded to the area of Thor and Cleveland on a report of a shooting

Spokane Gets Head Start On Spring As Visitors Flock For Weekend Events

March 22 at 10 a.m. - Spokane gears up for busy weekend with NCAA basketball, Pacific Northwest Qualifier and Spokane Velocity game.

City Secures Funding Agreement with WSDOT For Gateway Cleanup

March 21 at 1:37 p.m. - The City of Spokane has secured a funding agreement with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for city gateway cleanup.

I-90 Westbound Off-Ramp Closed at Freya St. Starting March 25

March 21 at 1:22 p.m. - Drivers urged to plan for detours and alternate routes.

Place of Truths Plaza Restoration Cleaning Begins March 19

March 19 at 9:44 a.m. - The City of Spokane will temporarily close A Place of Truths plaza behind the Central Library on March 19 for a thorough cleaning and minor repairs.

South Suspension Pedestrian Bridge in Riverfront Park Re-Opens Today A

March 15 at 3:18 p.m. - The newly renovated South Suspension Pedestrian Bridge in Riverfront Park re-opened to the public this morning.

SPD Seeks Assistance in Identifying Suspect in Armed Robbery

March 15 at 12:24 p.m. - The suspect is described as a white male in his 40’s, about 6ft with a medium build and last seen wearing a tan jacket, ball cap, hoodie & blue jeans.

City Opens Application Process for West Quadrant TIF Advisory Committe

March 15 at 11:44 a.m. - City seeks residents to advise on the use of public tax increment funds in the West Quadrant Tax Increment Financing District.

SPD Arrests Suspect for a Stabbing and Unlawful Imprisonment

March 14 at 5 p.m. - SPD arrests suspect for a stabbing and unlawful imprisonment in a domestic violence incident, suspect released by court after first appearance.

Downriver Golf Course Opens Saturday, March 16

March 14 at 2:10 p.m. - Downriver Golf Course is planning to open Saturday, March 16 for the season.

Anderson Recommended As City’s Next CHHS Director

March 13 at 10:13 a.m. - Anderson Recommended As City’s Next Community, Housing And Human Services Director.

Investigators Release Cause of Fatal House Fire

March 13 at 9:18 a.m. - Investigators from the Special Investigations Unit have concluded that the fatal fire on West Elmhurst Ave was deliberately started.

SPD Investigating Serious Collision on Highway 2

March 13 at 7:13 a.m. - The Spokane Police Department is currently investigating a serious traffic collision which occurred on Highway 2 near Spotted Road.

SPD Arrests Male for Commercial Burglary, Felony Drug Warrant

March 12 at 3:51 p.m. - On 3-5-24 at 4:48am, SPD responded to a burglary in the 800 block of West Riverside Avenue.

SPD honors fallen WSP Trooper

March 12 at 1:27 p.m. - The City Of Spokane and Spokane Police Department honor fallen Washington State Trooper

Illegal Camping Cause of Garage Fire, Displaces Two Families

March 12 at 10:09 a.m. - On Monday, March 11, 2024, at 8:55 a.m., the Spokane Fire Department received a call about a house fire on the 00 block of East Rockwell Avenue.

Flags Lowered for Fallen Trooper Christopher Gadd

March 12 at 9:22 a.m. - Spokane Mayor Lisa Brown has ordered flags at all City facilities be lowered to half-staff.

Qualchan and Esmeralda Golf Courses Open this Week

March 11 at 4:39 p.m. - Qualchan opens March 13, Esmeralda opens March 15

Quick Response Limits Fire Damage to Home

March 11 at 2:40 p.m. - Engine 15 promptly arrived at the scene within three minutes and confirmed a fire in the basement of a split-level home.

DUI Collision and Suspect Assaults Hospital Staff

March 11 at 8:51 a.m. - After an injury collision SPD Officers arrest a woman for DUI/vehicular assault, no interlock device when required and driving while license suspended

Mayor Brown Applauds Legislature's Investments Across Spokane

March 8 at 9:50 a.m. - Millions allocated to Spokane from across three state budgets

Mother of a Teenager in Jail for an April 2023 Homicide Also Booked

March 7 at 5:03 p.m. - The mother of a teenager in jail for an April 2023 homicide also booked for murder in the case

Spokane Public Library Hosts Weekly Water Wise Wednesday Workshops

March 7 at 2:27 p.m. - Spokane Public Library will host weekly Water Wise Workshops in collaboration with the City Water Department every Wednesday in March and April.

SPD Arrests Suspect Involved in String of Local Commercial Burglaries

March 6 at 2:37 p.m. - SPD arrests suspect involved in string of local commercial burglaries after patrol officers recognize suspect from security video.

DUI X 2

March 5 at 4:53 p.m. - DUI emphasis officers arrest a man for impaired driving during a traffic stop & then arrest his wife for the same crime when she pulls up to the scene

SPD Arrests Male for Malicious Mischief

March 5 at 2:32 p.m. - SPD arrests male for malicious mischief after causing over $10,000.00 of damage to medical care facility, Hostage Team negotiators respond to assist.

Apply For City Boards & Commissions to Ensure Inclusive Representation

March 5 at 11:25 a.m. - The City of Spokane is calling on its diverse and talented residents to apply for vacant positions on various boards and commissions.

Council Member Dillon Champions Ordinance Clarifying Parking Lot Uses

March 5 at 8:24 a.m. - Spokane City Council voted on an ordinance clarifying parking lot uses in Centers and Corridors.

Dillon and Zappone Lead Passage of Family Friendly Festivals Ordinance

March 5 at 8:21 a.m. - Council passed the “Family Friendly Festivals” Ordinance, which allows families to stay together at street festivals that serve alcohol.

Former Pasco Police Officer Sentenced in a Spokane Cold Case Murder

March 5 at 8:18 a.m. - A former Pasco Police Officer was sentenced in a Spokane cold case murder that spanned 38 years and resulted in two trials.

Spokane Police Department Responds to an Armed Barricaded Subject

March 4 at 1:10 p.m. - Spokane Police Officers, SWAT, HNT, EDU & K9 respond to an armed barricaded subject who attempted to light his residence on fire with a victim inside.

SPD Arrests Male for 1st Degree Robbery

March 4 at 7:49 a.m. - SPD arrests male for 1st degree robbery, store clerk stabbed during theft of a water bottle

SPD Looking for Suspect in Assault

March 1 at 4:03 p.m. - SPD seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a male who brazenly hit a business owner over the head with a flower pot.

SPD Arrests 8 Time Convicted Felon in Relation to Drive by Shooting

March 1 at 1:13 p.m. - Spokane Police Department arrests eight-time convicted felon in relation to drive by shooting.

SPD Seeking Assistance in Identifying a Theft Suspect

March 1 at 8:44 a.m. - SPD seeking assistance in identifying a theft suspect who has been stealing items from hospital patients.

Flags Lowered for Fallen Lance Corporal Donovan Davis

March 1 at 8 a.m. - Flags lowered to half-staff

February

SPD Arrests Suspect for Felony Theft

Feb. 29 at 4:33 p.m. - SPD arrests suspect for felony theft after cell phone stolen from a blind victim

CM Zappone and Local Officials Celebrate Passage of Hate Crimes Bill

Feb. 29 at 3:03 p.m. - Council Member Zack Zappone and local officials celebrate the passage of hate crimes legislation SB5917.

City Facilitates Community Plan for Emergency Warming Shelters

Feb. 29 at 12:47 p.m. - City also announces audit to assess current shelter capacity

13 Plus Year Sentence for Vehicular Homicide

Feb. 29 at 9:04 a.m. - Feb. 28, 2024 Jermaine J. Green was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for vehicular homicide. The sentence stemmed from a collision in 2022.

Series of Incendiary Fires Concerns SFD Investigators

Feb. 27 at 3:26 p.m. - Spokane Fire Department's Special Investigations Unit is urging the public to stay vigilant to prevent further fires and aid in their investigations.

SPD Resources Challenged Over a Busy Weekend

Feb. 26 at 4:49 p.m. - SPD officers, investigators and members of specialty units respond to a high number of critical incidents creating a challenge for police resources.

SPD Requests Assistance in Locating Missing Indigenous Female

Feb. 22 at 3:28 p.m. - SPD requests public assistance in locating missing endangered indigenous female

SPD Investigation into Arrest Made by SCSO Sergeant Complete

Feb. 21 at 1:52 p.m. - SPD completes investigation into SCSO sergeant’s actions in the arrest of a man last August, charges forwarded to prosecutor.

SPD Offers Anti-Theft Devices

Feb. 20 at 4:37 p.m. - SPD offers anti-theft device in a continuing effort to curb vehicle theft issues plaguing KIA and Hyundai owners

Same Address, Two Standoffs, In Six Months

Feb. 20 at 2:16 p.m. - Spokane Police Officers arrest two men for felony assault charges after a standoff on the South Hill.

Fire Causes Damage to Local Business

Feb. 20 at 1:28 p.m. - Spokane Fire Department responded to a fire reported at Sparky’s Subs.

City to Resume Yard Waste Curbside Pickup Feb. 26

Feb. 20 at 1:24 p.m. - Yard waste, food scraps and some paper items accepted.

Police Resolve Potential Hostage Situation

Feb. 20 at 12:08 p.m. - Spokane Police take a man into custody after he threatened suicide with a gun and inferred he would harm his four-year-old child.

SPD’s Investigation into a Shooting on Feb. 16 Continues

Feb. 19 at 9:47 a.m. - SPD’s investigation into a shooting on 2-16-24 continues, multiple arrests made, one person deceased

Council Member Dillon Testifies in Support of Senate Bill 5917

Feb. 16 at 12:35 p.m. - Increasing penalties for defacing public and private property

SPD Arrests Prolific Burglary Suspect

Feb. 15 at 4:02 p.m. - SPD arrests prolific burglary suspect with additional investigations ongoing

Brown Administration Announces Police and Fire Chief Searches

Feb. 14 at 12:50 p.m. - Mayor Lisa Brown and Deputy City Administrator Maggie Yates announced details for the upcoming police and fire chief searches.

Officer Involved Shooting

Feb. 13 at 8:16 a.m. - Spokane Police Officers were involved in an officer involved shooting Monday afternoon.

SPD Officer Involved Shooting

Feb. 12 at 9:39 a.m. - Spokane Police Officers were involved in an officer involved shooting early Monday, Feb. 12.

Presidents' Day Is a Parking Meter Holiday

Feb. 12 at 8 a.m. - Garbage and recycling pickup on normal schedule

Juvenile Arrested with Stolen Firearm Fights with Police

Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. - SPD arrests teenager, after he assaulted a female juvenile, displayed a stolen gun to witnesses, and fought with police.

Local Scam Re-occurring

Feb. 9 at 4:52 p.m. - SPD wants to make Spokane residents aware of a possible new scam being used in the area to steal your money and possibly your identity.

Homicide suspect arrested

Feb. 9 at 4:46 p.m. - SPD arrested a homicide suspect wanted for second degree murder. The arrest is related to a shooting call that occurred last week.

Make Beacon Hill Public Phase II Community Meeting

Feb. 8 at 11:18 a.m. - Another community meeting with updates will be held Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 5:30 p.m.

SPD Arrests Criminal on Two Counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

Feb. 8 at 10:22 a.m. - After being alerted to a possible murder suspect, SPD arrests a criminal for two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree.

Shoplifting Call Leads to Multiple Felony Arrests on South Hill

Feb. 7 at 6:57 a.m. - On 2-5-24 at approximately 3:30pm, Spokane Police Officers responded to the Target store in the 4900 block of South Regal on the report of a theft.

Spokane Police Respond to Fatal Automobile-versus-Pedestrian Collision

Feb. 5 at 11:55 a.m. - Driver arrested for vehicular homicide.

Suspect Arrested in Death of Child

Feb. 2 at 4:34 p.m. - The suspect is facing extradition back to Spokane

SPD Investigating Homicide

Feb. 2 at 4:26 p.m. - SPD responds to shooting call, one person deceased

SPD and SCSO Respond to Hostage Situation

Feb. 2 at 8:42 a.m. - Combined SPD/SCSO SWAT responds to hours long hostage situation, suspect arrested and children rescued.

Hours Long Barricade Situation Ends with Suspect Arrested

Feb. 2 at 8:40 a.m. - Hours long barricade situation ends with suspect arrested without incident.

City Council Briefed by Mayor's Transition Committees

Feb. 1 at 3:12 p.m. - Committees present priorities for Mayor’s first 100 Days

Officer Involved Shooting on Lower South Hill

Feb. 1 at 7:36 a.m. - Spokane Police Officers were involved in an officer involved shooting Wednesday evening in the area of Cliff Avenue and Stevens Street.

January

Mayor Brown, Transition Committees to Present Priority Recommendations

Jan. 31 at 10:02 a.m. - Five transition committees to present guidance on challenges and opportunities related to Spokane’s most important issues

Council Member Paul Dillon Champions First Two Ordinances

Jan. 31 at 8:18 a.m. - Council Member Paul Dillon champions first two ordinances with focus on community.

Governor to present Spokane with Smart Communities Award

Jan. 30 at 3 p.m. - Spokane recognized for innovative approach to middle housing

SPD locates shooting suspect within 4 minutes, suspect arrested

Jan. 29 at 8:21 a.m. - The shooting suspect was located within 4 minutes, arrested and booked into jail

SPD SPEAR unit arrests two for trafficking stolen property

Jan. 26 at 3:56 p.m. - The SPD Stolen Property Enforcement and Recovery (SPEAR) team completed a vehicle prowling/trafficking stolen property investigation this week.

Suspect in Fatal Vehicle Collision Found Guilty

Jan. 26 at 8:32 a.m. - Today, 1/25/24, in Spokane County Superior Court, a jury found the impaired driver guilty of vehicular homicide.

Intentionally Set Fire Severely Damages Home, Kills Two Dogs

Jan. 25 at 3:50 p.m. - On Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, at 9:45 p.m., SFD received a dispatch about a house fire in the 2600 block of East Desmet Ave.

SPD arrests suspect after house set on fire

Jan. 25 at 2:19 p.m. - Spokane Police officers responded to the 2600 block of East Desmet on a report of a structure fire.

SPD responds to an early morning homicide, suspect in custody

Jan. 24 at 2:24 p.m. - Spokane Police officers responded to a call of a man shot at a residence in the 3300 block of E. 55th Ave.

Spokane City Council Appoints Barbara Liliana Navarrete Lorenzo As New

Jan. 22 at 10:25 p.m. - Spokane City Council Appoints Barbara Liliana Navarrete Lorenzo As New City Council Member, District 2, Position 2

Council Passes Resolution Condemning Antisemitism and Islamophobia

Jan. 22 at 10:21 p.m. - Council Passes Resolution Condemning Antisemitism and Islamophobia during Monday night's Legislative Session.

Pair of Weekend House Fires Keep Spokane Firefighters Busy

Jan. 22 at 10:56 a.m. - Over the weekend, SFD responded to two working house fires, keeping our firefighters busy in addition to the increased weather-related calls.

City Completes Full-City Plow Jan. 21

Jan. 21 at 2:37 p.m. - Public Works departments team up for 24-hour operations and response.

SPD Arrests Suspect in Violent Crime Spree

Jan. 19 at 6:35 p.m. - Man who went on violent crime spree in Downtown Spokane booked into jail

Please Help Locate a Vulnerable Adult

Jan. 18 at 2:50 p.m. - Patrick has been located and is safe. Thank you for your assistance.

City to Transition Info Full-City Plow

Jan. 17 at 4:03 p.m. - Primary and secondary routes will be maintained with residential to follow.

SFD's Quick Actions Prevent Electrical Fire from Spreading Into Home

Jan. 17 at 2:58 p.m. - Please consult licensed electricians to ensure the safe use of multiple high-wattage appliances without overloading their electrical systems.

Arctic Temperatures Keep Spokane Firefighters Busy

Jan. 16 at 4:17 p.m. - SFD responded to four "working" fires over a three-day period.

City Prepares for Storm

Jan. 16 at 3:33 p.m. - Community urged to clear City streets of vehicles and be ready.

Council President Announces Candidate Interviews for the Vacant Seat

Jan. 16 at 1:44 p.m. - The recent election of Betsy Wilkerson to City Council President has created a vacancy on the city council, representing District 2, Position 2.

Package Theft Arrests

Jan. 16 at 7:54 a.m. - SPD SPEAR Team has success with holiday package theft operation

Second Suspect in Drive-By Shooting Arrested

Jan. 16 at 7:53 a.m. - Second suspect in a drive-by shooting last May arrested in Idaho

Additional Warming Spaces Now Open

Jan. 12 at 9:37 p.m. - The Cannon Street Shelter is now open for full-time service through January 18.

Spokane Public Library Opening Select Branches as Warming Centers

Jan. 12 at 4:24 p.m. - Spokane Public Library will open four locations on Monday, January 15 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to provide access to a warm indoor space.

Mayor Brown Appoints Interim Fire Chief

Jan. 12 at 10:44 a.m. - Deputy Fire Chief Julie O’Berg appointed to be Interim Chief

Latah Bridge Weight Restrictions Updated

Jan. 12 at 10:41 a.m. - Some heavy equipment and vehicles now require detour.

Major Crimes Unit Makes Arrest in 2021 Homicide

Jan. 12 at 8:52 a.m. - Major Crimes Unit arrests suspect for Murder stemming from seemingly unprovoked 2021 attack.

Mayor Brown Declares State of Emergency Due to Frigid Temperatures

Jan. 11 at 4:32 p.m. - Warming resources available to those who need them.

SPD Looking for Carjacking Suspect

Jan. 10 at 4:42 p.m. - SPD seeks assistance in identifying suspect in attempted carjacking

Chief Financial Officer Tonya Wallace Resigns

Jan. 10 at 3:38 p.m. - Mayor Brown appoints Matt Boston to fill vacancy

City Preparing for Incoming Cold Temperatures

Jan. 10 at 12:56 p.m. - Mayor Lisa Brown’s Administration is asking the community to prepare and familiarize themselves with resources available to them.

Early Morning Fire Causes Serious Damages to Garages and Contents

Jan. 9 at 11:32 a.m. - Tuesday, Jan. 9, 3:16 a.m., SFD received a dispatch to the garages behind the Trestle Creek Apartments.

City Closures Planned for MLK Jr. Day

Jan. 9 at 9 a.m. - Garbage and recycling pickup on normal schedule

SPD Arrest Two Following Armed Burglary, Vehicle Theft, and Pursuit

Jan. 9 at 8:12 a.m. - Spokane Police arrest two following armed burglary, vehicle theft, and multi-agency pursuit

Dillion and Zappone Introduce Family Friendly Festivals Ordinance

Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. - Council Members Dillon and Zappone will introduce the “Family Friendly Festivals” Ordinance to align the City policy with state requirements.

Mayor Brown's Statement on Upcoming Weather Emergency

Jan. 5 at 4:22 p.m. - In light of the impending weather emergency, Mayor Lisa Brown has issued a statement.

Mayor Brown appoints Kinder to be NHHS Director

Jan. 5 at 12:57 p.m. - Dawn Kinder to return to the City as Director of the Neighborhood, Housing, and Human Services Division

Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer Announces Retirement

Jan. 5 at 8:12 a.m. - Mayor Lisa Brown and Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer have mutually agreed on the Chief’s retirement from the Spokane Fire Department.

SPD 2023 Highlights

Jan. 4 at 4:12 p.m. - SPD is constantly evolving to better serve the community - see highlights, with special mention of highlights under Chief Meidl’s tenure at SPD.

SPD Arrests Suspect in Shooting Incident

Jan. 4 at 8:32 a.m. - SPD arrests suspect in shooting incident, along with related previous violent episodes

Spokane Police Seek Help Identifying Hospitalized Male

Jan. 2 at 9:26 a.m. - The male has been identified, thank you for your help.