News Releases for January 2024

Jan. 31

Mayor Brown, Transition Committees to Present Priority Recommendations

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

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

Jan. 30

Governor to present Spokane with Smart Communities Award

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

Jan. 29

SPD locates shooting suspect within 4 minutes, suspect arrested

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

Jan. 26

SPD SPEAR unit arrests two for trafficking stolen property

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

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

Jan. 25

Intentionally Set Fire Severely Damages Home, Kills Two Dogs

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

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

Jan. 24

SPD responds to an early morning homicide, suspect in custody

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.

Jan. 22

Spokane City Council Appoints Barbara Liliana Navarrete Lorenzo As New

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

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

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.

Jan. 21

City Completes Full-City Plow Jan. 21

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

Jan. 19

SPD Arrests Suspect in Violent Crime Spree

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

Jan. 18

Please Help Locate a Vulnerable Adult

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

Jan. 17

City to Transition Info Full-City Plow

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

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

Jan. 16

Arctic Temperatures Keep Spokane Firefighters Busy

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

City Prepares for Storm

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

Council President Announces Candidate Interviews for the Vacant Seat

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

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

Second Suspect in Drive-By Shooting Arrested

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

Jan. 12

Additional Warming Spaces Now Open

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

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

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

Latah Bridge Weight Restrictions Updated

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

Major Crimes Unit Makes Arrest in 2021 Homicide

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

Jan. 11

Mayor Brown Declares State of Emergency Due to Frigid Temperatures

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

Jan. 10

SPD Looking for Carjacking Suspect

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

Chief Financial Officer Tonya Wallace Resigns

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

City Preparing for Incoming Cold Temperatures

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

Jan. 9

Early Morning Fire Causes Serious Damages to Garages and Contents

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

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

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

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

Jan. 8

Dillion and Zappone Introduce Family Friendly Festivals Ordinance

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

Jan. 5

Mayor Brown's Statement on Upcoming Weather Emergency

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

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

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.

Jan. 4

SPD 2023 Highlights

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

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

Jan. 2

Spokane Police Seek Help Identifying Hospitalized Male

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