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Spokane police to investigate fewer thefts, burglaries

If you’re a victim of a burglary, theft or car prowling in Spokane, don’t expect to get the crime solved. The Spokane Police Department announced Wednesday the official elimination of the property crimes unit and said citizens should expect only 5 percent of reported property crime to be investigated.

Mayor renews water rate debate

The long summer debate over water rates in Spokane apparently will extend into the fall. Spokane Mayor Mary Verner this week promised to float a new proposal on water rates even though the City Council already adopted fees for 2012 that Verner declined to veto.

Condon revises water rate ad


Verner doesn’t blame Hession


City’s FAQ answers challenged

Spokane city leaders are continuing to mislead the public about the fatal Otto Zehm confrontation, new court documents suggest. Federal authorities say city officials provided “patently false” information in a “Frequently Asked Questions” handout distributed during a Sept. 9 news conference in which Mayor Mary Verner announced her intent to investigate the city’s handling of the controversial 2006 police encounter once all legal proceedings are complete. The false information is contained in several of the city’s responses in the FAQ, Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Durkin wrote in a 12-page document filed this week in U.S. District Court.

Mayoral candidates focus on differences

One of the first debates between the two candidates for Spokane mayor – incumbent Mary Verner and challenger David Condon – focused on style. Condon promised to take charge of the bureaucracy.

Park budget restores center funds

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and a large group of seniors and youth advocates warned the Spokane Park Board on Tuesday to think twice before slashing the budgets of youth and senior centers. “Without this center I know where these kids end up. They end up on the streets,” said Knezovich, who visited the Northeast Youth Center in Hillyard over the weekend. “They end up in my jail. That’s not where we need our kids.”

Northeast Youth Center marks milestone

Michael Glatzmaier said the Northeast Youth Center in Hillyard changed his life. “Growing up I did not have a good influence or someone to look up to,” he said. “The people who were my inspirations were leading me down the wrong path.”

Consultant poised for Zehm case review

When Spokane Mayor Mary Verner promised this month that there will be an internal review examining the death of Otto Zehm, it wasn’t the first time a city leader has made such a pledge. Indeed, the city has had an open contract with a police consultant for more than five years to perform that review.

Condon ad takes aim at water rates

Fresh off the Spokane City Council’s decision to raise water rates for next year, Spokane mayoral candidate David Condon released a new commercial this week attacking that decision. The ad so far is running only on YouTube, but he said it likely will hit TV airwaves as the election draws closer.

City announces choice for planning director

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner has selected a new planning director, a position that has been empty for nearly two years.

Mayor visits first Sister City

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner last week rekindled the city’s relationship with its first sister city. This year officials from Nishinomiya, Japan, and Spokane celebrated the 50th anniversary of their sister city relationship in events on both sides of the Pacific. In May, Nishinomiya leaders, including Mayor Masahiro Kouno, visited Spokane and participated in the Lilac Festival’s Armed Forces Torch Light Parade. Officials from both cities signed a charter reaffirming the partnership.

Thompson wants trial moved

The attorney representing Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. filed a motion Thursday asking a federal judge to move the upcoming trial because of “intense” media coverage and because it has become a political issue in the city mayoral race. Carl Oreskovich acknowledged in his filing that the deadline for such motions passed on July 21. He wrote that he had been withholding his request for change of venue to see if attorneys had difficulty finding a jury to hear evidence about Thompson’s fatal confrontation with Otto Zehm.

Thompson attorney wants Zehm trial moved

The attorney representing Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. filed a motion today asking a federal judge to move the upcoming Oct. 11 trial because of “intense” media coverage and because it has become a political issue in the upcoming mayoral election.

City budget picture offers good and bad news