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Friends remember ‘gentle lion’

About two dozen friends and co-workers of Otto Zehm, who died after struggling with police March 18, remembered him Monday as a “gentle lion.” Spokane police say officers shocked the …


Deaths raise Taser questions

The cause of Otto Zehm’s death is still being investigated. But because the mentally disabled janitor died after a scuffle with Spokane police, the city has been thrust into an …


‘Upset’ chief blocks records

The Spokane Police Department is withholding public records requested by The Spokesman-Review because acting Police Chief Jim Nicks is angry with the newspaper’s recent coverage of two high-profile cases. The …


FBI not studying Zehm case

The FBI announced Thursday it erred this week when a spokeswoman disclosed that agents were looking into the death of Otto Zehm, who died following a March 18 scuffle with …


Only two officers used Tasers on Zehm

The Spokane Police Department for the first time Wednesday said that only two of seven responding police officers used their Tasers against 36-year-old Otto Zehm during a March 18 scuffle. …


Questions linger at memorial service

For a man who lived quietly on the margins of this city, Otto Zehm drew a surprisingly large crowd to his memorial on Tuesday. More than 100 mourners – including …


Police seek man’s medical records

Nine days after Otto Zehm died after a scuffle with Spokane police, detectives told a judge they needed to seize the mentally ill man’s medical records because he was under …


Video of scuffle kept secret

Security camera footage of a scuffle between police and a developmentally disabled janitor who died two days later will remain hidden from the public under orders from Spokane County Prosecutor …


Officers in fight defended

No one knows yet what killed Otto Zehm, but acting Spokane Police Chief Jim Nicks insisted Thursday it wasn’t his officers. “We cannot speculate on the actual cause of death; …


Officers back on beat after fatal fight

Otto Zehm did what he did almost every night and stopped by a Zip Trip to pick up a Diet Pepsi and fast-food for dinner. But Saturday, something went fatally …


Man who fought police dies in hospital

A 35-year-old man who was hospitalized Saturday after fighting with police died about 3:30 p.m. Monday at Deaconess Medical Center. An autopsy is planned to determine the cause of death …


Lingering unsolved murders haunt families

The arrest of a 58-year-old man in the strangling of Rochelle English nine years ago might put to rest one mystery, but it awakens others