Posts tagged: crime
Neighbors noticed a suspected drug deal in the area of South Hatch and Harrison on Monday. The cars involved are a burgundy, four-door Lexus with WA plates 565XOG and a Chevrolet Surburban with WA plates 426UWM. If you see the cars in the area or know where they belong, please call crime check at 456-2233
Colleague Meghann Cuniff covered an arrest on South Ivory Thursday night. Cuniff writes: “Members of the Spokane gang unit saw Brian J. King, 39, while patrolling the area of East 7th Street and South Perry Avenue, but King fled.
Then at 11:05 p.m., residents in the 600 block of South Ivory Street, just east of the vacant lot, reported a white man in a dark-colored sweatshirt trying to break into the home.
Spokane police Officer Shawn Kendall and his K-9, Stryder, found King hiding near South Ivory Street and East Newark Avenue.”
Here’s a link to the full story and a picture of King.
A nicely dressed young African-American man has been going house to house with well rehearsed stories of needing money immediately to attend his grandmother’s funeral. The story line is some version of “he’s worked so hard he only needs $14 to pay for his AMTRAC ticket,” his bus leaves in two hours and he only needs a few more dollars for the fare but has run out of time to work for it. He’s really doing this for his mother so she doesn’t have to go alone; he works at McDonald’s and has time off to go but can’t quite afford the ticket.
Via e-mail from crime hounds Will and Sue Hille: ”Does anyone know anything about on an older black Jaguar, four-door sedan with shiny chrome wheel covers [WA license #524-YFZ], or anything about its owner, driver or passengers? Will was admiring the car as it was parked on the 600 block of South Hatch and the driver reacted in a somewhat threatening way. We have heard of neighbors in that area being “spooked” by driver and passengers in that car.”
Call Crime Check if you are the victim of a theft, vehicle prowl or burglary, or if you see suspecious behavior around your address. The number is (509) 456-2233
Via e-mail from neighborhood crime watchers Will and Sue Hille:
We no longer receive the SPD crime maps at C.O.P.S. East Central so I want to be sure you all know about sites you can connect to directly for daily updating on crime incidents close to your home.
The first is elert - a free service through the Spokane Police Department. Go to the Spokane Police Department and look on the left side of the screen for elert. Follow the prompts to sign up. This is a secure site and it provides current information about any area of the city you select.
The other is www.spotcrime.com, another free service that shows you a daily crime map delineating incidents within a three-mile radius of your address.
By checking both of these daily you will have better information more quickly than anything we can send. Emergency alerts will come directly to your e-mail address.
From the Spokane Police Department: there has seen a huge surge in malicious mischief over the last couple of days, and reports are continuing to come in. Initial numbers look like we are double what we normally see on an average week, and most of those have occurred over a two day period. BB and pellet guns appear to be the main method for breaking out vehicle and house windows. Many windows were damaged along East 11th Avenue from the 1200 to the 1900 block. Most of these crimes are occurring in the East Central Neighborhood. If you have been a victim of vehicle prowling, please make a report with Crime Check 456-2233.
In conjunction with Spokane’s Night Out Against Crime on Aug. 3, the Martin Luther King Jr. Outreach Center is holding an ice cream social in support of a new program for crime victim advocacy.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Outreach Center will provide resources and information such as crisis intervention, victim’s rights education, advocacy and emergency financial assistance to victims of crime.
The center is located at 845 S. Sherman Street and the ice cream social runs from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 3. It’s one of many events to be put on in Spokane that night, as part of the National Night Out Against Crime.
The Fair and Parade this weekend is over and has been declared a success. It was the 11th year that neighborhood organizers pulled off this event and attendance was higher than ever before. Feel free to post about your favorite or not favorite parts of the event - and then let’s move on:
This summer’s outdoor movies at The Shop begin on Saturday with Time Bandits - bring your own chairs, movie is free and starts at dusk.
An out-of-state blog reader sent this e-mail:
“I am so glad to see that you have a love for the neighborhood. I bought a home on E. 7th in late 2005. At the time the neighborhood was really improving, but I am hearing distressing news about the neighborhood. Everything on your blog seems to suggest the opposite of what I am hearing. Please email me to let me know if you think the neighborhood is improving.”
What do you think? Is the neighborhood improving?
This just in from Sgt. Dave Reagan of the Sheriff’s Department - some good reminders in here for all of us:
Property crimes investigators report that the annual summertime crush of vehicle prowling incidents has begun and that losses are mounting.
Thieves know that boaters, hikers and walkers/runners don’t want to carry wallets, purses, cameras, GPS units, I-pods, I-pads and I-other things while they are out enjoying the day. They consider parking lots target-rich environments for stealing items easy to pawn.The best way to defeat a vehicle prowler? Keep your valuables out of sight, preferably placed in your trunk before you arrive at the county park, Centennial Trail or boat launch parking lot.
Criminals frequently sit nearby and watch for would-be victims who stuff their valuables beneath a seat as they lock up their vehicle, and it takes mere seconds to break a window to gain entry.
Officer Dan Strassenberg is the neighborhood resource officer for the South Perry District. What does that mean? That means he has an office at COPS East Central on East Fifth and he’s the guy who responds to tips from neighbors about suspected drug houses, abandoned vehicles and other neighborhood concerns.
“It’s my impression that South Perry has changed a lot over the past couple of years,” Strassenberg said. “The neighborhood has really improved.” His biggest concern is with Grant Park where, he said, teens tend to hangout at night – especially now when school is out.
The South Perry Blog is visiting with COPS East Central and Officer Strassenberg (your neighborhood resource officer) Wednesday morning - let me know if there are any specific questions or issues you’d like to find out about.
Also, does anyone in the South Perry district have an active Block Watch group?
This came from reader Nate Bartlett, Friday June 11: “I got home late last night from a school function and forgot to lock my truck, I went to leave this morning and someone had stolen my silver iPod classic that has over 12,000 songs on it, and its charger. I live on Hatch just past 41st. I park in the alley there near my garage between Hatch and Scott. They didn’t take anything else, just looked through all of the stuff I have in my truck. Anyways, I know that it’s my own fault to forget to lock my truck, but it still makes me crazy that someone took my music.”
Have you ever had your car broken into in the South Perry neighborhood? When did it happen and what was stolen?
Via e-mail from COPS volunteer and neighborhood ‘crime hound’ Sue Hille:
“Around midnight Saturday 5/15 there was a break-in and burglary on the 600 block of South Hatch. The residents came home to find the door kicked in. Police were called to investigate. Some things were taken, mostly stuff that’s small and easy to carry.
It’s a good idea to take pictures frequently of things in your home to help remember what you had in case of a burglary.
Also, give one copy of those pictures to a friend or relative to keep for you in case of a fire. Alarm systems can be pricy, but do help. Renter’s insurance is not terribly expensive and really a good idea.
The good news is that we have some really great new neighbors buying, living and raising food and families in the area.”
I couldn’t agree more, Sue. My house was burglarized some years back, I lost a lot of things, new and old, and it took me forever to come up with a complete list of what I was missing as I kept remembering things. It’s also a good idea to make an effort to get to know your neighbors, chat a little and share phone numbers.
Read Kevin Graman’s story about the Saturday morning fire at the HiFumi En Apartments on East Eighth here. There has been two other suspected arson fires at the HiFumi En lately - and residents still can’t return.
One of the things we can do on this blog is to share information and tips about neighborhood crime - kind of like a large blockwatch group. If there’s something going on in your neighborhood, shoot me a quick e-mail and I’ll share your tip - but I will not share your address.
Thursday morning, someone was peering in windows at a home in the area around Eighth Avenue and Hatch. The homeowner and the homeowner’s dog woke up around 2 a.m. because of the commotion on the front steps. No one was spotted outside, but the incident was reported to Crime Check at 456-2233.
Neighbors report repeated ‘drug running’ in the 500 block of South Hatch Road, between Sherman and Hartson. If you suspect drug related activity on your block - lots of comings and goings from one house, at all hours of the day; frequent stops by many different vehicles - the thing to do is to write down the time of day, a license plate (if you can safely see one) and the nature of the activity - then call Crime Check.
The COPS Station that covers South Perry is located at 3001 East Fifth Avenue and the front desk is staffed most days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. East Central COPS can be reached at 625-3330 or simply by stopping in during opening hours.