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UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 9:54 a.m.

Three challenge Breean Beggs for Spokane City Council seat representing South Hill

Challengers seeking Breean Beggs’ appointed seat on the Spokane City Council criticize policies he’s floated on oil and coal trains and ways to pay for more police, but the 44-year-old …


Editorial: Beggs, Dunau should advance in council race

Breann Beggs has achieved important accomplishments, though we worry about his political activism. Andy Dunau, who is supported by former council members Mike Allen and Steve Salvatori, evinces a thoughtful, …


UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 12:35 p.m.

City Council asks Mayor Condon to cap overtime, enhance civilian oversight in negotiations with Spokane Police Guild

In a letter to Mayor David Condon agreed to Monday night, the Spokane City Council requested negotiations with the police union include caps on overtime hours and a more defined …


City Council seeks more control of how Police Department uses seized funds

The panel is set to vote on a bill Monday that will put the spending of money seized from suspected criminals under their authority and require regular public reports.


UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 10:56 p.m.

Spokane considers new misdemeanor penalty to combat car theft

Under a new law, entering or staying in a car that isn’t yours would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail or a $1,000 fine. The …


Ex-con tortured by gang members asked for protection by the state and instead nearly lost his fingers

The first time that convicted felon Ahmet Hopovac asked the Department of Corrections to let him leave Grant County for Idaho was in January 2011. He argued he was homeless …


City leaders believe Trump’s ‘sanctuary city’ order won’t apply to Spokane

City Council President Ben Stuckart and Councilmen Breean Beggs said Wednesday they don’t believe President Donald Trump’s executive order cutting federal funding to “sanctuary cities” will affect Spokane because officials …


Knezovich vows legal challenge to proposed oil, coal train ban in Spokane

An independent legal review of a proposal to fine the shippers of coal and oil through downtown Spokane determined it violates federal law, but City Councilman Breean Beggs said he’ll …


New Chief Craig Meidl, Councilman Breean Beggs say Spokane should hire consultant to mend police-community relations

With some tension still looming over the Spokane Police Department, city officials want to hire a consultant to facilitate “a formal process for reconciliation” with the community.


Editorial: Calm prevails in police search

Fortunately, a compromise was forged between the mayor and two councilmembers, Lori Kinnear and Breean Beggs, who asked for more time to bring in candidates. The mayor agreed to that …


Spokane city attorney nominee McAloon denies influencing Straub report

Laura McAloon said Saturday the 126-page report finding major issues in the handling of harassment investigations and public records requests at City Hall was not unduly influenced by her or …


Police ombudsman, union set to negotiate access to body camera footage

Bart Logue, Spokane’s interim police ombudsman, wants his assistant to be able to access body camera footage captured by officers in the field. But the union representing officers argue the …


County planners worked with developer to make sure South Hill project could move ahead

City planners will do the heavy lifting applying state development laws to a 9-acre, $6 million development on Spokane’s South Hill proposed by developer Cyrus Vaughn. Vaughn is fighting his …


Chalk art isn’t graffiti, it’s free speech, Spokane City Council says

Chalk art on downtown sidewalks is a form of free speech, no matter how offensive it is, a situation recently clarified by the Spokane City Council.


Spokane City Council approves funds for lawyers in Straub case

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart approved payments to the firm defending the city in a lawsuit against former Police Chief Frank Straub through mid-July, but asked that Mayor David …


City Council votes to retain additional lawyer in Frank Straub investigation

The proposal by Councilman Breean Beggs would allow investigator Kris Cappel to review documents and testimony from city attorneys wary about violating ethical codes. It requires a signature from Mayor …


Sprague revitalization efforts get boost with taxing district

The effort to lift Sprague up moved forward last month when the Spokane City Council approved a request by a majority of East Sprague business and property owners to create …


City Council considers next steps in Straub investigation

Key documents are being kept out of reach of the investigator looking into the circumstances surrounding the firing of police Chief Frank Straub, and another lawyer may be hired by …


Opponents of Spokane City Council raise running out of time for referendum

An effort to block a 44 percent pay increase for Spokane City Council members is rushing to gather enough signatures before a Monday deadline, but organizers acknowledge they may fall …


Breean Beggs offers new police ombudsman plan to minimize union influence

Spokane’s police ombudsman could be in a much stronger position to conduct independent investigations by the end of the year if City Councilman Breean Beggs has his way. Beggs says …


Breean Beggs appointed to city committee investigating Spokane police chief controversy

A committee of Spokane City Hall officials that is helping lead the investigation into recent turmoil in the police department and at city hall got a new member Monday night: …


Breean Beggs picked to fill vacancy on Spokane City Council

Breean Beggs, a civil rights attorney, will fill the vacancy on the Spokane City Council. The council picked Beggs to take the seat that was left open when Councilman Jon …


Breean Beggs picked to represent ombudsman commission

A local attorney who has pushed city leaders for stronger police oversight has been selected to represent Spokane’s new ombudsman commission. Breean Beggs was selected over a former mayor and …


Former Mayor Hession among finalists for ombudsman attorney

Former Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession is among three finalists under consideration to serve as the Spokane police ombudsman commission’s attorney. Hession was an early advocate to create a police ombudsman …


Haskell, Beggs share mixed view of Tucker

Candidates for Spokane County prosecutor in a debate this week gave current prosecutor Steve Tucker a mixed report card on his charging decisions and professional conduct in several recent, high-profile …


County agrees to $350,000 settlement with jail inmates

More than 1,000 people jailed in Spokane County in the past six years for failing to pay court-ordered fines will benefit from a class-action lawsuit that prompted the jail to …


Q&A with prosecutor candidates Haskell, Beggs

Spokane County prosecuting attorney candidates were allowed 50 words to respond to each of five questions. Their responses are listed in the order the candidates appear on the ballot. Why …


Prosecutor candidates Haskell, Beggs support reforms to criminal justice system

A lengthy list of prescribed criminal justice reforms and the promise of the first new Spokane County prosecuting attorney since 1998 have conspired to attract intense interest – and dollars …


Prosecutor candidates promise fresh approach to criminal justice

Both candidates for Spokane County prosecutor promised change as they debated Thursday at a downtown candidate forum. The extent of those changes, and the person most qualified to make them, …


At debate, prosecutor candidates promise to be different than Tucker

Both candidates for Spokane County Prosecutor promised change as they debated Thursday at a downtown candidate forum. The extent of those changes, and the person most qualified to make them, …