News Releases for May 2024

May 31

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

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

May 30

Arrest Made In Violent Unprovoked Downtown Assault Of Elderly Male

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

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

May 29

SPD arrests man for child luring

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

Juvenile Arrested in April Shooting

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.

May 28

East Central Commercial Fire

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.

May 24

High Traffic Impacts Coming May 28 & June 3

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

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

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

May 23

Male Succumbs To Injuries After Northeast Spokane Motorcycle Crash

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

SPD Arrests Male with Large Quantity of Drugs and Also Guns

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

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

May 22

Cooking Fire Leaves One with Critical Injuries

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

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

May 21

City First in State to Implement Solar Permit Software Program

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

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

May 20

Council To Consider Development Moratorium in Latah Valley

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

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

SPD Focuses on Drug and Related Crimes in the Downtown Core

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

May 17

SPD charges suspect with felony assault after deliberate drug exposure

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

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

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

May 15

Fire Investigators Ask for Assistance in Identifying Arson Suspect

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

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

May 14

Salary Review Commission to Hold Public Hearing

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

May 13

Shelter Audit Points Toward Scattered Site Model

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

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

May 10

Warm Weather and River Safety Reminder

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

Suspect Arrested for Drive by Shooting

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

May 9

Council Votes to Remove Community Safety Levy for Ballot

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

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

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.

May 8

Mayor Brown Proposes Extending Timeline for Community Safety Levy

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

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

May 6

SpoCanopy Expo Forest Tree Plantings May 7-11

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

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

May 3

Flags Lowered for National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

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

SPD Emphasis to Keep Parks Safe

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

May 2

Male Transported to Area Hospital After Crash into Spokane River

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

May 1

SPD Arrests Long Time Conivcted Felon After Brief Standoff

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

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

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

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.