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Sirens & Gavels archive for April 20, 2011


Kirkpatrick 5-year tenure nears end

When Anne Kirkpatrick was interviewed to be Spokane’s police chief, she was asked how long the city could expect her to stay. Her answer was frank: about five years. Nearly five years later, that position hasn’t changed. Kirkpatrick confirmed Tuesday that she has suggested Mayor…

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Washington is 10th least-violent state

Washington is one of the most peaceful states in the nation, according to a new study that examined various factors such as homicide and violent crime rates. Idaho ranked 16th. The Institute for Economics and Peace, a nonpartisan think tank, examines violence from an economic…

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Hillyard police shooting ruled justified

Two Spokane police officers were justified when they shot a man who was pointing a gun at another man outside a Hillyard bar last December, the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday. Cpl. Zachary Storment and Officer Christopher Douville will not be charged for the…

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