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Investigation reopened in death of bicyclist Ryan Holyk

The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team, which investigates officer involved shootings and other cases of potential misconduct, has reopened its investigation into the death of 15-year-old Ryan Holyk two years ago.

Shawn Vestal: Video expert from Zehm case was wrong pick for review of bike incident

When police officers investigating the death of a teenager killed in an encounter with a speeding Spokane County deputy needed an expert to analyze video footage, they made an unusual choice: the guy accused of whitewashing the infamous Otto Zehm videos. That’s the bad news. The good news, so far as it goes, is that once concerns were raised about “credibility problems” with the work of Grant Fredericks, the owner of Spokane-based Forensic Video Solutions, the brass ordered a separate review, according to investigative files released last week.

Report: Teen’s DNA on patrol car likely from skin

A Spokane Police Department report indicates the DNA of the teenage bicyclist found on the bumper of a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office patrol car’s bumper did not come from blood or saliva. Ryan Holyk, 15, was riding a bike without reflectors or brakes and was crossing Sprague Avenue against the light last year when he encountered a speeding patrol car driven by sheriff’s Deputy Joe Bodman, who was violating department policy by not using his emergency lights or siren.

DNA of bicyclist found on patrol car’s bumper

A teenage bicyclist’s DNA was found on the bumper of a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office patrol car even though investigations have found that a deputy did not hit the boy before he died. An attorney for the family of Ryan Holyk received that information in response to questions submitted to the Sheriff’s Office as part of the discovery process in the civil suit the Holyk family has filed against Deputy Joe Bodman and the Sheriff’s Office.

No charges for deputy in young cyclist’s fatal crash

Three separate investigations into the death of a 15-year-old bicyclist last May in Spokane Valley have determined that a speeding patrol car driven by a sheriff’s deputy did not strike the teen as preliminary reports suggested, the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday. Instead, investigators found that Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Bodman braked and swerved to the right, missing West Valley High School student Ryan Holyk – by as little as one foot – as Holyk and a friend crossed Sprague Avenue on bicycles about 10:30 p.m. May 23.

Investigation shows deputy did not strike teenage bicyclist who died

Three separate investigations into a May bicycling fatality have determined that the patrol car driven by Spokane County sheriff's Deputy Joe Bodman did not strike 15-year-old bicyclist Ryan Holyk, according to the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office.

Six vie for the job of sheriff

There’s a new sheriff coming to town. Voters in Kootenai County are electing the first new top law enforcer in 13 years because Sheriff Rocky Watson is retiring. Three Republicans are vying in the May 15 primary. The winner will face three Independent candidates in the November general election: former deputies Joe Bodman and Tom Dickson and Coeur d’Alene City Code Enforcement Officer Bob Foster.

Budget, taxes focus of Post Falls races

All three incumbent Post Falls City Council members tout that the city held the line on taxes this year in the face of difficult economic times. Despite that fact, challengers are making taxes and the budget the primary issues in this year’s races.