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Thursday, January 17, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Olsen trial delayed again

The trial of James “Jay” Olsen, the off-duty Spokane cop charged with first-degree assault for shooting a young man in the head during a drunken nighttime chase a year ago, …


City won’t represent officer in shooting

The city of Spokane will not represent the police officer who was off duty and legally drunk when he chased a man and shot him in the head last year. …


Pete found not guilty

Shonto Pete, shot in the head in a dispute with an off-duty police officer, was found not guilty by a Spokane County Superior Court jury of stealing the truck of …


Trials weigh on mother

Two family calamities 250 miles apart have burdened Diana Cote’s life. Shonto Pete, her 28-year-old fourth child, is standing trial in Spokane County Superior Court for allegedly stealing a police …


Pete, accused of theft, says he sought ride

Shonto Pete, the man shot in the head last February by an off-duty Spokane cop, took the stand Tuesday in his trial for second-degree auto theft – denying he stole …


Officer takes Fifth in Pete trial

Suspended Spokane police Officer James “Jay” Olsen has invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in the trial of Shonto Pete, the man Olsen accused of taking his truck before …


Car theft charge will go to trial

A judge Thursday denied a motion to dismiss the car theft charge against Shonto K. Pete stemming from an incident earlier this year in which Pete was shot in the …


Criminals, please put on a class act

I am terrified that the popular TV reality show “Cops” is in Spokane to ride along and film members of our police department as they go about enforcing the law …


Attorney for Zehm estate files claim against city

An attorney representing the estate of Otto Zehm, the mentally disabled janitor who died last year after he was Tasered, beaten and bound by Spokane police officers, has filed a …


Kirkpatrick discusses Peaceful Valley issues

Peaceful Valley residents weren’t the only ones awakened by gunshots in the middle of the night Feb. 26 – so was Spokane’s chief of police. From her apartment on Riverside …


Olsen pleads not guilty in off-duty shooting

Spokane police Officer James “Jay” Olsen pleaded not guilty Wednesday to three charges relating to the Feb. 26 shooting of 27-year-old Shonto Pete. Olsen, 43, offered no comment as Superior …


Officer in shooting didn’t seek help via phone

Spokane police Officer James “Jay” Olsen was not only packing his personal gun while drinking in a bar into the early hours of Feb. 26; he also had his cell …


Area police shootings since 2001

Spokane law enforcement officers have been involved in 17 shootings since 2001. With the exception of a shooting by off-duty Spokane police Officer James “Jay” Olsen earlier this year and …


Consultant: Get rid of police review board

Spokane’s all-volunteer Citizen’s Review Commission no longer has the trust of the public to monitor police misconduct and should be replaced by a full-time police ombudsman appointed by and answerable …


Suspect denies taking pickup

The man shot in the head after allegedly stealing an off-duty police officer’s pickup pleaded innocent Wednesday to second-degree vehicle theft. Shonto K. Pete’s attorney argued during the arraignment that …


In brief: Officer released after posting bail

The Spokane police officer charged with shooting a man in the head was released from jail Monday night after he posted bail. James Jay Olsen, 43, posted $25,000 and was …


Kirkpatrick to revise ‘generic’ strip-search rules

The Spokane Police Department lacks a policy specifically addressing strip searches of suspects who aren’t in a jail or prison – a practice that a federal judge has recently signaled …


Judge trims bail for officer, alleged shooting victim

A Spokane police officer remained in jail Monday night despite a reduction in his bail on charges that he drunkenly shot a man who allegedly stole his pickup. Spokane County …


Officer in shooting, victim remain in jail

Spokane police Officer James Jay Olsen remained in the county jail Saturday evening in lieu of $100,000 bail on charges that he recklessly endangered a neighborhood while drunkenly shooting a …


In brief: Man shot by cop begins DUI term

The 27-year-old man shot by an off-duty Spokane police officer last month is now serving a 90-day sentence under home monitoring for an unrelated conviction of driving under the influence, …


Lawyer: Man shot by officer had back turned

A man shot last month by an off-duty Spokane police officer during an encounter outside a downtown bar was wounded while his back was turned, and evidence from his emergency …


Files on police officer, man he shot revealed

A 27-year-old man shot by an off-duty Spokane police officer earlier this week has a criminal past, while Officer James “Jay” Olsen’s personnel file indicates only upstanding behavior. Spokane County …


Signs of shooting detailed

The only weapon carried by a man shot in the head by an off-duty Spokane police officer was a keychain-size pocket knife, Peaceful Valley residents said Wednesday. And it was …


Shot man denies taking truck

Two days after an off-duty Spokane police officer shot a man he claimed was stealing his truck, the man’s attorney is saying his client only asked the officer for a …


Shooting probe offers timeline, new questions

More questions than answers have arisen from Monday’s investigation into an off-duty officer’s shooting of a 27-year-old man he believed was stealing his truck. Veteran Spokane Officer James “Jay” Olsen …


Police review recommends changes

After a series of high-profile controversies involving the Spokane Police Department, a review by a leading law enforcement group recommends several changes – including better training to protect the lives …


Chief makes changes

In what she described as her toughest decision so far, Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick on Wednesday announced a department reorganization intended to increase efficiency, facilitate communication and encourage responsiveness …


Big changes urged for police review

A consultant’s report recommends substantial changes for a citizen commission overseeing the Spokane Police Department and sweeping reforms in the way the department handles internal affairs investigations. The report also …


Enhanced Zehm video released

The city of Spokane released the “enhanced” surveillance video Friday that Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker previously said he would use to help him decide whether to file charges against …


Our View: Trust in cops a must

The good news is that the decision on whether to file criminal charges against police officers in the Otto Zehm case has been postponed. The bad news is that this …