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  • FRIDAY, FEB. 21, 2014

    Catholic Charities opens retail furniture store

    Catholic Charities Spokane’s first retail store, Furnishings for Hope, is open in one of north Spokane’s landmark structures, the historic Boulevard Building on North Monroe Street. If what matters is …


  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2013

    Nicks’ badge reflected honor in Zehm case

    As former Spokane police Officer Tim Moses accepts his slap on the hand for the lie known as the Lunge of Otto, it’s worth remembering the local police officer who …


  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012

    Why city chose to blame Zehm remains unexplained

    Spokane city leaders finally are admitting that mistakes were made during a 2006 police confrontation that led to the death of Spokane resident Otto Zehm. But it remains unclear if …


  • FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2011

    Zehm settlement elusive

    Despite calling for “all courses of action” four months ago to settle the civil suit brought by the mother and estate of Otto Zehm, it appears Mary Verner will step …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 20, 2011

    EMT, medical examiner testify about baton injuries to Zehm

    YAKIMA – For the first time since the trial of Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. began last week, federal prosecutors walked out of the William O. Douglas federal …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19, 2011

    Officer denied Zehm lunged, judge told

    YAKIMA – On the eve of his anticipated testimony, Assistant Spokane police Chief Jim Nicks disclosed to prosecutors that he believes Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. tried to “manipulate” his …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2011

    Second officer under investigation in Zehm case identified

    With the excessive force trial of a Spokane police officer less than a month away, the identity of a second officer under active federal investigation in connection with the fatal …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2011, 6:50 P.M.

    Officer under federal investigation in Zehm case identified

    With the excessive force trial of a Spokane Police officer less than a month away, the identity of a second officer under active federal investigation in connection with the fatal …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 15, 2011

    Clark: Police chiefs’ parting gifts will embody law, odor

    The ongoing soap opera that is Spokane law enfarcement has had more twists and turns lately than a Ringling Bros. trapeze act. Fortunately, Cpl. Clark has returned to help guide …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2011

    Mayor’s FAQs on Zehm case short on real answers, again

    It is sad that the Otto Zehm case is becoming a political spectacle. Sad, and absolutely appropriate. Because it’s hard to see what else – apart from insistent public pressure …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2011

    Nicks set to retire as chief steps down

    The Spokane Police Department’s top two officers are on their way out, leaving city officials to find new leadership as they struggle with the continuing legal fallout surrounding the death …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2011, 12:30 P.M.

    Spokane’s top 2 police officials leaving department

    The Spokane Police Department confirmed today that both Chief Anne Kirkpatrick and Assistant Chief Jim Nicks have plans to retire within the next few months.


  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 10, 2011

    Mayor promises review of Zehm case

    A hastily arranged briefing by Spokane Mayor Mary Verner on Friday announcing her desire for a complete internal and external review of the Otto Zehm controversy turned into a platform …


  • SUNDAY, AUG. 21, 2011

    Revised Nicks statement drops chief’s opinion

    The sworn and signed declaration of Assistant Chief Jim Nicks that details his concerns about the police confrontation with Otto Zehm has been revised to leave out a detail about …


  • SUNDAY, AUG. 21, 2011

    Timeline of events in Otto Zehm case

    • March 18, 2006: Otto Zehm, 36, a mentally ill and unemployed janitor, is beaten, Tasered and hogtied inside a Zip Trip convenience store by seven Spokane police officers after …


  • SUNDAY, AUG. 21, 2011

    Council late to get Zehm news

    A majority of Spokane City Council members say they weren’t told until this month that the city’s assistant police chief believes officers violated department policies in the beating of a …


  • FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2011

    Many things Jim Nicks didn’t do in Zehm case

    Jim Nicks has taken a lot of heat lately, as well he should, for his role in the Otto Zehm case. Today, though, I come not to bury Nicks, but …


  • WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17, 2011

    Mayor pushes to resolve Zehm suit

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner announced Tuesday that she is seeking “all courses of action” to resolve the civil case surrounding the city’s handling of the fatal 2006 confrontation between Spokane …


  • MONDAY, AUG. 15, 2011, 7:27 P.M.

    Medical expert: Officers caused Zehm’s death

    A medical expert hired by the Spokane police officer facing criminal charges over the fatal Otto Zehm confrontation is blaming other officers at the scene for causing the unarmed janitor’s …


  • THURSDAY, AUG. 11, 2011

    Doug Clark: Nicks’ exit is past due

    “ Give (Jim Nicks) the benefit of the doubt. Maybe the acting chief hadn’t bothered to carefully examine the evidence before running his mouth and handing Spokane a bill of …


  • WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10, 2011

    Shawn Vestal: Truth about Zehm sure took a while

    It took just five years, 20 weeks and a day. But finally we’re hearing the truth about Otto Zehm from Jim Nicks.


  • MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2011

    Law agencies see benefit of cameras

    For police agencies, cameras that record officer encounters with the public can help prove suspects are guilty and set the record straight if officers are wrongly accused of misconduct. “It …


  • WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23, 2011

    Complaints against police rose in 2010

    More citizens alleged misconduct by Spokane Police Department employees last year than the previous four years, but the number of complaints that resulted in discipline decreased. Police leaders attribute the …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 5, 2010

    Grant will go to police firing range

    City leaders on Monday agreed to spend a federal grant on a firing range rather than divert it to prevent officer layoffs. Police officials have long argued that the city’s …


  • THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010

    Editorial: Police Guild voting stunt hurt its own rank and file

    Just because the Spokane Police Guild races to the defense of officers who break the law, abuse their authority or demonstrate other inappropriate conduct, that’s no reason to conclude the …


  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010

    Spokane Police Guild distorted vote on chief

    The extent of dissatisfaction with Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick among the rank and file may not be as bad as union leaders suggest. A document obtained by The Spokesman-Review …


  • THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2010

    Four years later, let’s not forget Otto Zehm

    Today is the fourth anniversary of that sad and violent encounter between Otto Zehm and the Spokane cops. Hard to believe, huh?


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 23, 2009

    Police reject allegations by federal prosecutors

    Attorneys representing Spokane police in the Otto Zehm lawsuit launched a counterattack Tuesday against suggestions by federal prosecutors that they withheld information about the fatal confrontation in 2006. Sworn statements …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 17, 2009

    Zehm inquiry continuing

    More Spokane police officers could face criminal charges over the city’s handling of the fatal confrontation with unarmed janitor Otto Zehm, with newly filed court documents indicating a federal probe …


  • SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2006

    Doug Clark: Acting chief failed to act responsibly

    I have no control over what happens once I turn in my column and it heads off to the press room. So there’s a chance that by the time you …


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