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Shawn Vestal: Ombudsman rule imperfect but promising

Spokane’s new path on police oversight has been greeted by some reform proponents as a horror, a travesty, a failure. Even supporters have been lukewarm about it: Best we can …


Condon, Mielke back Regional Justice Commission proposal

Local officials are backing a key recommendation coming out of a yearlong study of the region’s criminal justice system: creating a Regional Justice Commission with a paid, professional administrator to …


City of Spokane offering new ways to keep updated during snow season

Spokane is prepping for its annual battle with Old Man Winter and city officials are touting new ways for residents to keep up with constantly changing snow conditions. “Everywhere that …


Spokane Mayor Condon’s budget focuses on public safety, street repairs

Spokane Mayor David Condon’s 2014 budget would hire 25 new police officers, restore fire service at Station 9 on the South Hill and put $2.5 million more into street maintenance. …


Vestal: Pitch to add police officers must come from the top

We need more cops. This is old, old news. We needed more cops last year, when the mayor decided that what we needed was a tax freeze. We needed more …


Knitting Factory concert hall back in business

The Knitting Factory concert hall is back in business. Spokane city officials lifted the entertainment license suspension after the concert hall’s management agreed to discuss changes that would help ensure …


City lifts ban on concerts at Knitting Factory

Spokane City officials today announced that they lifted the suspension of the entertainment license for the Knitting Factory after the concert hall’s management agreed to discuss changes that would help …


Spokane police to get federal review

After years of controversy and calls for outside scrutiny, U.S. Department of Justice officials will arrive next week to begin reviewing police shootings and other uses of force by Spokane …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2013, 4:46 p.m.

Feds to review Spokane Police uses of force

After years of controversy and calls for outside scrutiny, U.S. Justice Department officials will arrive next week to begin reviewing police shootings and other use of force by Spokane Police …


Police use of force review wrapping up

Spokane’s quest to restore police accountability will largely succeed or fail based on the department’s ability to improve how it investigates its own officers, a consultant concluded. Police procedure expert …


Police face reorganization

The Spokane Police Department, hoping to restore public confidence, will embark on a major reorganization next month designed to make existing resources more efficient at achieving the ultimate goal of …


Use of force panel offers 26 recommendations to improve police department

A yearlong review of the Spokane Police Department found a professional organization committed to public service but lacking in identity and needing improvements in how it investigates its own officers. …


Commission seeks list of changes for SPD

The long-awaited draft report by the independent City of Spokane Use of Force Commission was released today and it calls the Spokane Police Department to change how it polices itself …


City irks business owner

Business owner Claudia Kirkebo understands the city of Spokane wants to simplify business license renewals. And she’s not keen on a new $9 service charge for renewing her license on …


Zehm plaque placed at Mission Park in ceremony on his birthday

Wrapped in a blanket under gray skies, Ann Zehm reached out to touch the metal plaque placed at Mission Park to honor her son, Otto, on what would have been …


Officials agree on criminal justice collaboration

Spokane city and county leaders today announced the latest step in a proposal to combine the region’s criminal justice system.


Spokane to pay golfer $215,000 for sprained ankle

A golfer who sprained his ankle at Esmeralda Golf Course is getting $215,000 from the city of Spokane plus free golf for the rest of his life, but neither side …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2012, 6:50 p.m.

Mayor to select one of two chief finalists, despite panel’s rejection

Mayor David Condon said Wednesday that he is “very confident” one of two remaining finalists will be the next Spokane police chief, despite a law enforcement panel’s recommendation that he …


Mayor, Stuckart award grant funds

Spokane Mayor David Condon and City Council President Ben Stuckart have announced a list of seven Economic Development Innovation Fund grants, using a competitive-bid process to hand out about $63,500 …


UPDATED: Mon., July 2, 2012, 9:18 p.m.

Condon asked Indianapolis police administrator to apply

Spokane Mayor David Condon has asked the public safety director in Indianapolis to apply to be Spokane chief of police.


East Central center may switch to a nonprofit

In a cost-cutting move, city officials likely will convert the East Central Community Center to a nonprofit operation like Spokane’s other community centers. Twelve employees likely would lose their jobs …


Mayor eyes ‘metro’ model

Spokane Mayor David Condon said Friday that the Lilac City’s next police chief will not come from the ranks of the Spokane Police Department and indicated that he favors consolidating …


UPDATED: Fri., June 1, 2012, 1:06 p.m.

Mayor seeks outside candidate for next police chief

Spokane Mayor David Condon announced today that Interim Police Chief Scott Stephens is no longer being considered a candidate for chief and that he will not accept applications from within …


City consolidating management of its land in effort to save money

Spokane is consolidating the management of the 1,600 pieces of land the city owns, Mayor David Condon said Friday. The effort has two goals: eliminating “inconsistent” property management and saving …


Otto Zehm family reaches settlement with Spokane

The family of Otto Zehm will get the apology they sought for more than six years as Spokane city officials agreed Tuesday to settle a civil lawsuit against nine police …


Condon fires city attorney

In the biggest shakeup of his administration yet, Spokane Mayor David Condon on Thursday fired City Attorney Howard Delaney following worsening criticism of the legal office’s handling of a series …


Woman’s 911 call prompts investigation of officer

Another Spokane police officer is facing potential termination after using law enforcement resources to find the home address of a woman he’d met at a Spokane Valley bar, then showing …


City, Zehm family will enter mediation regarding lawsuit

In the first significant step toward a possible settlement, Spokane city leaders and attorneys representing the mother and estate of Otto Zehm announced late Thursday that they will enter mediation …