Stories tagged: Breean Beggs
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 …
Sun., April 9, 2017, 3 a.m.
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 …
Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 4:48 p.m.
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 …
Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 6:05 p.m.
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 …
Thu., Nov. 3, 2016, 5:31 p.m.
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 …
Thu., Oct. 13, 2016, 5:45 p.m.
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.
Wed., Aug. 24, 2016, midnight
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 …
Sat., July 30, 2016, 1:50 p.m.
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 …
Fri., July 22, 2016, 6:04 p.m.
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 …
Mon., July 11, 2016, 10 p.m.
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 …
Fri., June 10, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
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.
Mon., June 6, 2016, 9:22 p.m.
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 …
Mon., May 23, 2016, 8:53 p.m.
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 …
Wed., May 11, 2016, 3:26 p.m.
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 …
Tue., May 10, 2016, 7 p.m.
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 …
Fri., April 22, 2016, 4:25 p.m.
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 …
Tue., April 19, 2016, 5:01 p.m.
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 …
Mon., Feb. 29, 2016, 8:45 p.m.
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: …
Mon., Feb. 8, 2016, 7 p.m.
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 …
Wed., Jan. 14, 2015, 9:17 p.m.
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 …
Wed., Jan. 7, 2015, midnight
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 …
Fri., Oct. 31, 2014, midnight
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 …
Thu., Oct. 9, 2014, midnight
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 …
Wed., Oct. 1, 2014, midnight
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 …
Wed., Oct. 1, 2014, midnight
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 …
Fri., Sept. 19, 2014, midnight
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, …
Thu., Sept. 18, 2014, 5:13 p.m.
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, …
Wed., Aug. 6, 2014, midnight
Republican incumbents carry the day in local races
A slate of inconsequential primaries delivered results Tuesday night as both candidates in a number of two-person races moved forward to November’s general election with a better idea of where …
Sun., Sept. 8, 2013, midnight
Spokane City Council president stalls ‘sit-lie’ law
A proposed expansion of powers for Spokane police expected to decrease criminal behavior downtown has been partly blocked by City Council President Ben Stuckart after detractors said it would “criminalize …