News Releases for 2021


Looff Carrousel to Reopen in Riverfront Park March 1, 2021

Feb. 25 at 5:24 p.m. - Riverfront Park is excited to announce the Looff Carrousel will reopen Monday, March 1, 2021 under Phase 2 guidelines.

Spokane Cultural Days

Feb. 25 at 2:02 p.m. - Council Member Wilkerson along with community partners join to celebrate Spokane Cultural Days

City to Resume Curbside Yard & Food Waste Service on Monday, March 1

Feb. 25 at 8:24 a.m. - The City of Spokane will resume curbside yard and food waste pickup on Monday, March 1. The optional service runs from March through November.

Man Arrested After Assaulting and Strangling Woman

Feb. 24 at 2:40 p.m. - Suspect assaults and strangles victim before shooting out a window of her residence and fleeing the scene.

Arrest Made In Alleged Burglary and Drive by Shooting

Feb. 24 at 2:35 p.m. - Two adults and a juvenile were arrested early this morning after an alleged burglary and drive by shooting.

SPD Looking At High Number of Shootings

Feb. 23 at 4:28 p.m. - Drive-by shootings on the increase in Spokane, SPD working cases diligently, seeking assistance from witnesses and the community

Celebrating Black History Month

Feb. 23 at 8:23 a.m. - Recognizing Black Women in Leadership

Remembering the 500,000 Americans Lost To COVID-19

Feb. 22 at 5:12 p.m. - City flags at half-staff through Feb. 26

Catalytic Converter Theft

Feb. 22 at 4:52 p.m. - SPD officers arrest a suspect for stealing a catalytic converter just hours after the theft was completed.

Shelter System Continues To Adjust For Need

Feb. 22 at 8:33 a.m. - Rising temperatures, space availability, sustainability of contract support factors

Drive-by Shooting ID request

Feb. 19 at 4:39 p.m. - SPD is asking the public for assistance with information in a drive-by shooting last night

Behavioral Health Unit 2020 Impact

Feb. 19 at 4:38 p.m. - BHU responds to thousands of people in crisis providing the best possible outcomes during a very challenging year for people with mental health issues

Hoopfest + Parks & Rec offer first outdoor basketball league

Feb. 19 at 3:39 p.m. - The Spokane Hoopfest Association and Spokane Parks & Recreation are partnering to present the City’s first Hooptown USA Outdoor League this spring.

Increase in Catalytic Converter Thefts

Feb. 18 at 3:22 p.m. - SPD would like the community to be aware of an increase of catalytic converter thefts from vehicles in the city.

City Crews Complete Full-City Plow Overnight

Feb. 18 at 7:28 a.m. - The City of Spokane completed work in the early morning hours of Thursday, Feb. 18, on the Full-City Plow initiated on Monday, Feb. 15.

City Launching a Full-City Plow

Feb. 15 at 11:10 a.m. - The City of Spokane will launch a Full-City Plow today. City crews will work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until all the streets are plowed.

COVID Shelter Strategy Creates Extra Room

Feb. 15 at 8:37 a.m. - Few exposure responses, no deaths reported among homeless population

Residential Fire

Feb. 15 at 8:34 a.m. - SFD crews were dispatched to a report of a structure fire on W. Gardner Ave. The caller reported flames coming from the front of the home.

Male carjacks female minutes after he is released from jail

Feb. 14 at 3:53 a.m. - SPD arrests male for carjacking committed minutes after he was released from jail

Missing Elderly Female

Feb. 12 at 5:41 p.m. - Donna has been located!

Missing Vulnerable Adult

Feb. 12 at 5:38 p.m. - Jung Kang has been located.

COVID-19 update for Parks & Recreation: February 12, 2021

Feb. 12 at 4:58 p.m. - What the move to Phase 2 means for City of Spokane Parks & Recreation

Shelter Services Adjust For Those Experiencing Homelessness

Feb. 12 at 4:16 p.m. - Shelter system activates additional resources with COVID protocols

City, Police Guild Reach Tentative Agreement

Feb. 12 at 3:48 p.m. - 5-year contract must be voted on by Guild membership, Council

Missing Juvenile Girl

Feb. 11 at 3:37 p.m. - SPD needs your help in locating a missing juvenile girl who is possibly in need of her medication. She was last seen early Thursday morning.

SPD Arrests Three Subjects For Gonzaga University Area Burglaries

Feb. 10 at 3:06 p.m. - The Patrol Anti-Crime Team has arrested three subjects for nine of the eleven Gonzaga University area burglaries during their winter break.

Public Meeting To Focus on Transportation Needs Near 37th & Ray

Feb. 10 at 8:41 a.m. - The City will host an online meeting to discuss options to address transportation needs near 37th & Ray, 37th & Freya and Ferris High School.

City Recognizes Local Businesses for Excellent Wastewater Management

Feb. 9 at 11:53 a.m. - The City of Spokane today is recognizing five organizations that have excelled in the management of wastewater generated as part of their processes.

SPD Arrest Suspect After He Flees From a Routine Traffic Stop

Feb. 9 at 11:08 a.m. - Spokane Police arrest suspect after he flees from a routine traffic stop – leaving a trail of drugs and a gun.

Spokane City & County Awarded $700,000 by MacArthur Foundation

Feb. 9 at 10:51 a.m. - New Funding Will Help Support Initiatives Aimed at Safely Reducing Spokane County’s Jail Population and Advancing Racial Equity

Presidents' Day Is a Parking Meter Holiday

Feb. 9 at 9:04 a.m. - Garbage pickup on normal schedule

Services Are Available For Those Experiencing Homelessness during Cold

Feb. 9 at 8:13 a.m. - Shelter system activates additional resources with COVID protocols

SPD Investigating a Crime of Malicious Harassment

Feb. 8 at 3:37 p.m. - SPD makes an arrest in the vandalism of Temple Beth Shalom in south Spokane, suspect is charged with a hate crime.

Warming Center Patrons Receiving First Round of COVID-19 Vaccine

Feb. 8 at 8:43 a.m. - Collaboration with SRHD streamlines distribution for high-risk population

Stabbing in Garland District results in life-threatening injuries

Feb. 5 at 10:12 p.m. - An adult male victim suffered multiple stab wounds after an argument, and was transported to a local hospital in critical condition

Missing Vulnerable Adult

Feb. 4 at 1:47 p.m. - Ronald Kovach has been located and is safe!

Juvenile Shooting Suspect Arrested

Feb. 3 at 3:28 p.m. - SPD arrested a juvenile shooting suspect after surveillance video contradicted his statement claiming he had been the victim.

Three SPD Officers Sent To Hospital for Suspected Fentanyl Exposure

Feb. 3 at 3:23 p.m. - A suspected Fentanyl exposure sends three Spokane Police Officers to the hospital for treatment.


Assistance sought locating missing 11-year-old

Jan. 29 at 11 p.m. - Andreus Thorson was last seen in the area of 1200 W Westview Ct in Northeast Spokane on 01-29-21 around 7:30PM.

Stolen Handgun

Jan. 29 at 5:13 p.m. - SPD arrests a vehicle prowling suspect for stealing a firearm from a vehicle, after SPD recovers surveillance footage of him breaking into the car.

SPD Officers Test E-Bikes

Jan. 29 at 11:37 a.m. - Spokane Police Officers test E-bikes while patrolling downtown Spokane.

Connecting During COVID

Jan. 29 at 11:34 a.m. - SFD Launches Virtual Fire Safety Program for Preschools and Families

Residential Fire

Jan. 27 at 12:16 p.m. - Tuesday, SFD and a District 1 Engine Company, through automatic aid, were dispatched to the 2400 block of East 5th Avenue for a residence on fire.

SPD makes arrest after thief leaves mail in recovered stolen vehicle.

Jan. 26 at 4:30 p.m. - On January 25th, 2021 around 2:00PM SPD was dispatched to the 2300 block of E. Rich Ave. in reference to the recovery of stolen property.

Learn More About Likely Route to Connect Fish Lake & Centennial Trails

Jan. 25 at 10:25 a.m. - The City of Spokane will share information from its evaluation of routes to connect the popular Fish Lake Trail to the Centennial Trail.

A Message from the Spokane Police Chief

Jan. 19 at 7:57 a.m. - A message from City of Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl regarding the upcoming inauguration and potential unrest

Burglary Arrest

Jan. 19 at 7:55 a.m. - Officers investigated an attempted residential burglary in north Spokane on Sunday and eventually arrested and booked two suspects into jail.

K-9 Incidents

Jan. 19 at 7:53 a.m. - Officers utilize their K-9’s, two nights in a row to end potentially dangerous situations, highlighting the importance of a well trained K-9 program.

South Hill Garage Fire

Jan. 19 at 7:48 a.m. - SFD and Fire District 8, were dispatched to the 1800 block of East 18th Avenue for a report of a fire in an attached garage underneath a house.

Mayor Appoints O’Sullivan to Municipal Court

Jan. 15 at 11:04 a.m. - Accomplished O’Sullivan has served in all court capacities

South Hill House Fire

Jan. 15 at 11:02 a.m. - SFD was dispatched to the 600 block of West 20th Avenue for multiple reports of a one and a half story home with its back porch on fire.

Deputy Fire Marshal Near Miss

Jan. 15 at 10:59 a.m. - Deputy Fire Marshal's vehicle crushed by Ponderosa Pine tree while he occupied the driver's seat. He was uninjured and able to walk away.

First Responder Vaccination Clinic

Jan. 15 at 10:54 a.m. - Spokane County's First Responders finished its mission, with the last vaccination occurring Thursday, Jan. 14

Residential Basement Fire

Jan. 15 at 10:48 a.m. - SFD was dispatched to the 700 block of South Lincoln Place for a report of a basement fire in an apartment.

Porch Pirate Arrest

Jan. 15 at 10:46 a.m. - Two porch pirates were arrested on Thursday evening after taking a couple packages off of porches and stealing the contents inside.

SPD Cold Case on National TV Program

Jan. 14 at 5:04 p.m. - SPD cold case to be highlighted on national program this weekend

Comstock Park Temporarily Closed While Crews Mitigate Hazards, Damage

Jan. 14 at 4:16 p.m. - Comstock Park on Spokane’s south hill is temporarily closed while work crews assess and mitigate hazards from high winds.

Mayor Declares Emergency to Help Storm Response

Jan. 14 at 12:04 p.m. - Declaration speeds deployment of additional resources to prevent further impact

Early Morning Garage Fire

Jan. 14 at 11:15 a.m. - SFD responded to the 3800 block of East Rich Avenue for a report of a structure fire.

City Dealing With Storm's Aftermath

Jan. 13 at 3:34 p.m. - Watch for dangerous conditions

City Providing Free Disposal of Tree Debris from Storm

Jan. 13 at 2:23 p.m. - Three local transfer stations offering free tree disposal

City Responding To Storm

Jan. 13 at 9:12 a.m. - Public Safety officials ask citizens to stay home if they can

East Sprague Motor Vehicle Accident

Jan. 12 at 4:11 p.m. - SFD was dispatched to the 1200 block of E. Sprague for a reported motor vehicle accident.

City Closures Planned For MLK Day

Jan. 12 at 9:18 a.m. - Garbage pickup on normal schedule

Fatal Vehicle Vs Pedestrian Collision

Jan. 11 at 4:20 p.m. - Fatal vehicle vs pedestrian collision in northeast Spokane

Flags Lowered For Fallen Capitol Police Officers

Jan. 11 at 1:56 p.m. - Flags will remain lowered at half-staff until Jan. 13

Community Invited To Join Judge Candidate Forum

Jan. 9 at 11:43 a.m. - Candidates seeking to fill position vacated by Judge Staab

Partners Establish Young Adult Shelter Plan, Funding

Jan. 9 at 11:23 a.m. - Regional solution includes interim step, identification of long-term location

Human Trafficking Support Signs Placed at Riverfront Park

Jan. 8 at 2:03 p.m. - Beginning Monday, January 11, 2021, signs providing resources and support for human trafficking victims will be placed at Riverfront Park.

Logan Fire Child Fatality

Jan. 8 at 12:03 p.m. - SFD is saddened to announce the passing of 4-year-old Michael LeRoy Kane II, the community's first fire fatality of 2021.

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan. 7 at 4:25 p.m. - MLK: 2021 AND BEYOND

SPD Investigating Numerous Burglaries near Gonzaga University's Campus

Jan. 7 at 1:13 p.m. - Several off-campus student residences were broken into and property stolen while they were gone on winter break.

SPD Arrests Suspect for Two Robberies in Downtown Spokane

Jan. 7 at 1:09 p.m. - Patrol officers investigate 2 robberies in downtown Spokane. Officers locate and arrest the 18-year-old suspect about 15 minutes after the incidents.

SIIR Team Investigating Officer Involved Shooting

Jan. 6 at 10:29 a.m. - The Spokane Independent Investigative Response (SIIR) Team is investigating an officer-involved shooting in north Spokane.

Mayor Issues Statement about Healthy Washington

Jan. 5 at 4:15 p.m. - Plan includes positives, hope, and a goal certain

Woman Watches Suspect Ransack Home Through Ring Camera

Jan. 5 at 4:11 p.m. - Burglary victim who watched her home being ransacked via Ring camera calls police and helps identify suspect leading to his arrest.

Domestic Violence Suspect Arrested

Jan. 5 at 4:08 p.m. - A Domestic Violence subject was arrested for felony assault after attacking his girlfriend with an axe. The victim sustained serious injuries.

Early Sunday Morning Logan Fire

Jan. 4 at 9:42 a.m. - SFD was dispatched to the 1200 block of E. Illinois for a reported house fire.

Christmas Morning Commercial Fire

Jan. 4 at 9:39 a.m. - A first alarm was dispatched to North Hough Street and East Trent Avenue for a 911 report of a commercial building on fire.

City to Complete Full-City Plow This Evening

Jan. 2 at 3:10 p.m. - The City of Spokane expects to complete work by about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2, on the Full-City Plow initiated on Wednesday, Dec. 30.