Stories tagged: Spokane Police Department
Wed., Feb. 19, 2014
Copper thieves hit health center, construction site, businesses
It’s not the amount of copper taken in a theft at the NATIVE Project building last week or the loss of one of the building’s heat sources that have Executive …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2014, 3:18 p.m.
Police: Copper thieves strike construction site, community center
Spokane Police are investigating a string of copper and electronics thefts during the past week, according to a news release. Thieves struck the Target store construction site on the South …
Mon., Feb. 17, 2014, 1:02 p.m.
Police: Music may have led to weekend shooting
A man shot in the Garland neighborhood Saturday afternoon may have been targeted due to loud noise coming from his home earlier in the day, according to investigators.
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 17, 2014, 10:45 a.m.
Spokane Police looking for espresso stand robber
Spokane police are looking for a man they say robbed a Garland neighborhood espresso stand, possibly armed, early Monday morning.
Sun., Feb. 16, 2014
New Spokane police cars handle test runs with quiet ease
Gone are the days of putting on studded tires and chains to get around icy, snowy streets for Spokane police Lt. Tom Hendren. He’s driving one of the new cruisers …
Sat., Feb. 15, 2014
Judge throws out most of Gerlach’s statements to police in car thief shooting
Much of what Gail Gerlach told police after he shot and killed a fleeing car thief can’t be used against him at trial, a judge ruled Friday. Gerlach, 57, faces …
Fri., Feb. 14, 2014, 9:28 p.m.
Some Gerlach statements thrown out in car thief shooting trial
Much of what Gail Gerlach told police after he shot and killed a fleeing car thief can’t be used against him at trial, a judge ruled Friday.
Fri., Feb. 14, 2014
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 …
Thu., Feb. 13, 2014
Spokane officer retired following false police report
A Spokane police officer with a troubled work history was forced into retirement this month after he filed a false police report. Officer Barry O’Connell, who has been suspended three …
Tue., Feb. 11, 2014
Drugs, weapons seized after two drug busts
Heroin, marijuana, cocaine, cash, weapons and a luxury car were seized in busts of two area drug-distribution rings late last week, landing four men behind bars, according to police. Spokane …
Tue., Feb. 11, 2014
Rick Dobrow, new Spokane police assistant chief, doesn’t meet qualifications
Spokane’s new assistant police chief doesn’t meet the stated minimum qualifications for his new job. Rick Dobrow, who has served on the force for 20 years, was announced as the …
Mon., Feb. 10, 2014, 4:56 p.m.
Spokane’s new assistant police chief doesn’t have qualifications listed by city
Spokane’s new assistant police chief doesn’t meet the stated minimum qualifications for his new job.
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 10, 2014, 9:19 a.m.
Man killed in hit and run on Mission Avenue
A man was killed Sunday night on Mission Avenue at South Riverton Drive in an apparent hit-and-run, Spokane police said.
Mon., Feb. 10, 2014, 8:10 a.m.
Rick Dobrow named assistant Spokane police chief
Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub has officially named Rick Dobrow the new assistant chief of the force, according to a news release.
Sat., Feb. 8, 2014
Spokane settles with bicyclist’s estate for $120,000
The city of Spokane will pay the estate of a bicyclist $120,000 to settle a lawsuit that claims the city failed to maintain a safe intersection. Matthew Hardie, 32, had …
Fri., Feb. 7, 2014, 3:17 p.m.
Capt. Rick Dobrow is Chief Straub’s top candidate for assistant police chief
Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub’s top candidate to be assistant police chief is an internal candidate. City Councilman Jon Snyder, the chairman of the city’s public safety committee, said Friday …
Fri., Feb. 7, 2014
Shawn Vestal: Hard work remains to shift Spokane police culture
A lot of positive changes have taken place in and around the Spokane Police Department. Those changes should be credited and appreciated. But how much change has occurred in the …
Thu., Feb. 6, 2014
Spokane police headquarters might be moved
Spokane police are talking about moving out of the City-County Public Safety Building as the department makes a transition to a neighborhood crime-fighting model. The move would be consistent with …
Sun., Feb. 2, 2014
Doug Clark: Corporal Clark talks cops, crooks, downtown violence
Corporal Clark returns to address your concerns about cops, crooks and your odds of getting a black eye after dining out in downtown Spokane. Q: Wasn’t it terrible what happened …
Sat., Feb. 1, 2014
Job shuffle leaves top police positions vacant
A shakeup in the Spokane Police Department has left three top jobs vacant and no uniformed officers within much of the command staff. The latest change came Wednesday when the …
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 31, 2014, 12:31 p.m.
Meidl steps down as assistant chief
Spokane’s assistant police chief has stepped down from his position.
Fri., Jan. 31, 2014
Family wants action to address violent incidents downtown
Sporting bruises around his eyes, Bruce Palmer gripped the hand of his wife, Billie, at his home Thursday, three days after the couple said they were attacked in downtown Spokane. …
Thu., Jan. 30, 2014, 1:52 p.m.
Spokane Police sergeant faces internal investigation
Chet Gilmore, a sergeant with the Special Victims Unit, is on administrative leave pending an internal investigation, the Spokane Police Department said. The investigation does not include criminal activity, according …
Wed., Jan. 29, 2014, 12:31 p.m.
Man suspected of stealing cat food from SpokAnimal arrested
A 40-year-old man was arrested late Tuesday after police say he stole at least 25 bags of cat food from SpokAnimal. William Sorenson is cooperating with the investigation, police said.
Wed., Jan. 29, 2014
Spokane police stress downtown still safe after Monday fight
Spokane police are insisting downtown remains safe in the aftermath of a fight sparked Monday night by loitering teenagers. Officers jailed a 17-year-old suspected of instigating the violence against a …
Tue., Jan. 28, 2014, 11:59 a.m.
Teenager arrested after downtown altercation Monday night
A 17-year-old was arrested after 8 p.m. Monday when he struck a man following an argument outside the Steam Plant restaurant downtown. Police say the random occurrence is an anomaly …
Tue., Jan. 28, 2014, 10:01 a.m.
Rooftop burglary suspects arrested at K-Mart
Four burglary suspects, including three juveniles, were taken into custody early Tuesday on suspicions of rappelling into an East Sprague K-Mart and attempting to steal jewelry and electronics. They face …
Tue., Jan. 28, 2014
Police credit public help in bank robbery arrests
A tip from a confidential source led police to a quartet of suspects in a pair of Garland neighborhood bank robberies during the past month. The four men were booked …
Mon., Jan. 27, 2014, 11:27 a.m.
Woman arrested with help from iPhone app strikes officer
Laci Anthony was arrested last month after a GPS-enabled application on alleged stolen Apple devices showed the victims her location. She’s back in jail Monday after police say she sped …
Sun., Jan. 26, 2014
Spokane-area officer-involved fatalities rose in 2013
Five men died last year at the hands of Spokane-area law enforcement, in actions ruled justified by prosecutors, after just a single fatal officer-involved incident the year before. Comparing Spokane …