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Breean Beggs offers new police ombudsman plan to minimize union influence

Spokane’s police ombudsman could be in a much stronger position to conduct independent investigations by the end of the year if City Councilman Breean Beggs has his way. Beggs says small changes to the city ordinance laying out the ombudsman’s powers and duties could effectively cut the city’s two police unions out of having a say in the ombudsman’s role and hiring, opening the door for more robust independent investigations.

Hire Logue as ombudsman

The community needs resolution more than additional deliberations. It needs to see someone doing the job. Someone they know will be around for awhile.

Police ombudsman commissioners seek deeper background check on job finalist

A week after Spokane’s police chief was forced to step down because of accusations he harassed and belittled subordinates, people involved in the decision to select a new police ombudsman say they’re concerned about similar allegations against one of the finalists for that job.

Police ombudsman commissioners seek deeper background check on job finalist

A week after Spokane’s police chief was forced to step down because of accusations he harassed and belittled subordinates, people involved in the decision to select a new police ombudsman say they’re concerned about similar allegations against one of the finalists for that job.

Long wait to hire Spokane police ombudsman nears end

Three finalists for Spokane’s police ombudsman will be in town this week for community interviews, signaling an end in sight for a hiring process many say has left the position vacant for too long. Since the start of the year, the Spokane Police Department has received 71 complaints and classified more than half as inquiries, meaning further investigation is not warranted, according to data provided by the department’s Office of Professional Accountability. They’ve also completed 21 Internal Affairs investigations and had three officer-involved shootings, one fatal.

Neighbors want vacant lots to bloom

Commuters on Interstate 90 likely noticed as homes along the East Central stretch of the freeway began to disappear. Washington state Department of Transportation has been buying up several city blocks on each side of the freeway between Havana and Hamilton streets to make room for planned freeway expansion and for the interchange connecting to the North Spokane Corridor. Houses located there have been torn down and what’s left is an arid strip of land home to dying trees, grass and weeds. And it may be anywhere from 15 to 20 years before actual freeway construction begins.

South Perry celebrates ‘awesome’ community

More than 10 years ago, when the South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association held its first meetings, most of the businesses that now define the South Perry District were not around. At the association’s annual meeting on Monday, many reminisced about the neighborhood before it had the South Perry Farmers Market, The Lantern, Perry Street Café and South Perry Pizza, which hosted this week’s meeting.

South Perry assesses year with eye to future

When the South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association held its annual meeting Tuesday evening at the Emmanuel Life Center, the first part of the meeting was dedicated to neighborhood news and updates from various organizations. Spencer Granger, of the Emmanuel Life Center, has worked with the South Perry association for the past five years to set goals organized around what’s called the Main Street model.

Pastor to lead S. Perry group

The South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association elected a new president last week. The Rev. Deb Conklin, pastor at Liberty Park United Methodist Church, is serving through this fall as former president Geoff White of the Perry Street Café is focusing his efforts on the upcoming South Perry Fair and Parade on July 17. Conklin has lived in the South Perry neighborhood for three years. Prior to that, she served in several smaller towns around Spokane.