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Otto Zehm

Otto Zehm, a Spokane man with schizophrenia who worked as a janitor, died after a confrontation with police at a North Side Zip Trip store in March 2006.

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  • Sun., March 18, 2007, midnight

    Doug Clark: Often, there’s no telling when we’ll see justice

    A few takes on that mysterious subject called justice: JUSTICE DESERVED – If anybody really believes Josh Heytvelt didn’t get special consideration in being OK’d for entry into a diversion …

  • Wed., Jan. 31, 2007, midnight

    New police oversight in works

    A new model for citizen oversight of police in Spokane is needed and on the way, Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick told an audience Tuesday night as they flooded her with …

  • Tue., Jan. 9, 2007, midnight

    Police review recommends changes

    After a series of high-profile controversies involving the Spokane Police Department, a review by a leading law enforcement group recommends several changes – including better training to protect the lives …

  • Thu., Jan. 4, 2007, midnight

    Chief makes changes

    In what she described as her toughest decision so far, Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick on Wednesday announced a department reorganization intended to increase efficiency, facilitate communication and encourage responsiveness …

  • Sun., Dec. 31, 2006, midnight

    12 months that were anything but dull

    The year 2006 was a time of comings and goings for the Inland Northwest, in academia, sports, law enforcement and politics. Coming were Eastern Washington University’s new president Rodolfo Arevalo …

  • Sun., Dec. 31, 2006, midnight

    Year in review

    January 1: Jonathan Wade Ellington runs over and kills Vonette Larson of Athol in an apparent case of road rage that involved chases and gunfire. He is later sentenced to …

  • Thu., Dec. 28, 2006, midnight

    Doug Clark: Gregoire doles out pork in re-election down payment

    Unlike my willpower and work ethic, the news did not lapse into hibernation during my holiday hiatus.

  • Wed., Dec. 20, 2006, midnight

    Deputy chief quits Police Department

    Spokane Deputy Police Chief Al Odenthal, a 26-year veteran of the force, resigned Tuesday following behind-the-scenes negotiations over his future with the department. Various City Hall officials said personnel issues …

  • Tue., Nov. 7, 2006, midnight

    Doug Clark: Future Spokanites, look on our works and despair

    Spokane officials are asking for suggestions on items to cram in a time capsule so that the people of the future can crack it open in 25 years and have …

  • Sun., Nov. 5, 2006, midnight

    Doug Clark: Holes in the doughnuts only, please officer

    File this under the category of pigs fly and hell freezes over. I have been asked by Spokane Police Department consigliere Tom Lee to attend a sit-down with Anne Kirkpatrick, …

  • Thu., Nov. 2, 2006, midnight

    Man sues Spokane County over Tasering

    Spirit Creager, a 34-year-old single father and painter of custom homes, is suing Spokane County for excessive force, emotional distress and false arrest resulting from a traffic stop two years …

  • Sat., Oct. 21, 2006, midnight

    Enhanced Zehm video released

    The city of Spokane released the “enhanced” surveillance video Friday that Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker previously said he would use to help him decide whether to file charges against …

  • Thu., Oct. 5, 2006, midnight

    New evidence delays Zehm decision

    The FBI has found new evidence in the fatal struggle between mentally ill janitor Otto Zehm and seven Spokane police officers, prompting Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker to again delay …

  • Thu., Oct. 5, 2006, midnight

    Review of Zehm probe on hold

    The independent review ordered by Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession of Otto Zehm’s death will have to wait, too. A hired consultant told Hession on Wednesday he won’t review the Police …

  • Wed., Oct. 4, 2006, midnight

    No charges in Zehm death

    None of the seven Spokane police officers involved in the March 18 fatal confrontation with mentally-ill janitor Otto Zehm will be charged unless Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker gets new …

  • Sat., Sept. 30, 2006, 3:44 p.m.

    Use of rebreather mask restricted for firefighters

    Spokane firefighters are under new orders to no longer use a so-called “anti-spitting” device like the one strapped to the face of Otto Zehm, who died two days after lapsing …

  • Sun., Sept. 24, 2006, midnight

    Doug Clark: When will Timid Tucker get off the pot?

    And now for the latest speed bump in the case of Otto Zehm, the mentally ill janitor who died at the hands of the police last March in a north …

  • Sat., Sept. 23, 2006, midnight

    Caruso criticizes Zehm case delay

    Democratic challenger Bob Caruso ripped Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker on Friday, saying the Republican incumbent has waited long enough to decide whether to file any criminal charges in connection …

  • Fri., Sept. 22, 2006, midnight

    Mask ruled out as cause of Zehm’s death

    A plastic mask with a dime-size hole apparently did not cause Otto Zehm to stop breathing during his fatal March 18 confrontation with Spokane police officers, the medical examiner has …

  • Tue., Aug. 29, 2006, midnight

    Charges in Zehm case likely to wait

    Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker probably won’t decide whether to charge Spokane police officers involved in the fatal confrontation with Otto Zehm until Anne Kirkpatrick takes over as police chief …