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Police chief touts progress on Use of Force recommendations

Spokane police Chief Frank Straub said Wednesday that his department has made significant progress on every one of the 26 recommendations issued by the city’s Use of Force Commission in …


Spokane police force hires fraud investigator

A fraud investigator from the federal public defender’s office has joined the Spokane Police Department to focus on improving the city’s seizures of drug assets, implementing new laws legalizing marijuana …


Spokane police officer suspended for ties to woman

A Spokane police officer has been suspended for two months without pay after the department determined he had been associating with a woman engaging in prostitution, drugs and burglary. Police …


Chief: Department didn’t sell Stephens submachine gun

The Spokane Police Department is denying that it sold a submachine gun to former Assistant Chief Scott Stephens, despite its own internal affairs investigation saying Stephens’ possession of the SWAT-style …


Police officers feared Scott Stephens’ intent

When fellow police officers heard Assistant Chief Scott Stephens say he wanted to “go home and get a rifle” after hearing of his impending demotion last December, they feared it …


Getting a handle on Spokane’s property crime problem

When he was 7, Aaron Crummett got his first bicycle for Christmas. It was stolen from his front yard. He got his second bicycle for his eighth birthday. It was …


As Spokane’s gang activity grows, police expand tactics

Police are adding hundreds of gang members to a sophisticated Spokane-area database, using technology to track crime and criminals. It’s part of a law enforcement effort to better understand gang-related …


Stolen property investigation nets police chief’s bike

It was a bad day for Andrew J. Koffel. Police were investigating a possible theft ring operating from a motel room in west Spokane on May 27 when officers spotted …


Officials, mum on cop, let felon off

A gun charge against an outlaw biker – considered so dangerous that Spokane police last year called in a SWAT team to apprehend him on an unrelated assault charge – …


Two law enforcement officers placed on leave

Two Spokane-area law enforcement officers, both facing potential criminal charges in unrelated cases, are on administrative leave.


Police Chief Straub’s home burglarized

Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub’s home was burglarized and a bicycle was stolen.


More than 47,000 soak up Bloomsday experience

With added security across the 7.5-mile Spokane Bloomsday course, runners and walkers cruised through a warm and uneventful race marked mostly by dozens of runners being treated for dehydration. Concern …


Race filled with big, small moments

Seventy-eight-year-old Dora Saw, of Spokane, ran her second Bloomsday race Sunday with the help of two wooden canes. She moved faster than just walking, so “ran” is apt. Her husband, …


Bloomsday security fine-tuned by Spokane police

Spokane police Chief Frank Straub said runners and spectators can expect heightened security the moment they board a bus to downtown Spokane on Sunday during the 37th Lilac Bloomsday Run. …


City settles with Stephens

Spokane taxpayers would pay Assistant Police Chief Scott Stephens $190,000 under a settlement announced Friday in which he would leave the department after he was singled out for demotion and …


UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2013

Former police chief will get $190,000 to resign

The city of Spokane will pay former interim Police Chief Scott Stephens $190,000 to leave the department under a deal reached this week.


Council OKs spending $1.1 million on police equipment, training

Spokane police patrol cars may soon be equipped with cameras to record encounters with the public. The Spokane City Council last week agreed to spend $1.1 million from reserves to …


Police chief fills four of 13 exempt positions

Four of the 13 new public safety departments created by the Spokane City Council on Monday will soon have permanent leaders likely to keep the bigger paychecks most of them …


Shawn Vestal: Condon’s civil service remake merits closer study

Mayor David Condon’s proposal to skirt civil service rules and expand the number of administration-appointed managers in the police and fire departments is worth considering. In particular, the need for …


Agencies plan to crack down on property crime

Law enforcement officers in Spokane and Kootenai counties announced plans to crack down on property crimes following a series of confrontations involving homeowners firing gunshots at suspected criminals. Top lawmen …


Crime unit claims disputed

Spokane police Chief Frank Straub said Friday that the disbanding of the department’s property crimes unit in 2011 is an “urban legend” perpetrated by former administrators looking to boost funding …


Mayor seeks greater control over police, fire department slots

During Spokane County Commissioner Phil Harris’ 12 years in office, all three of his kids got county jobs – including one who worked in economic development despite filing for bankruptcy …


Doug Clark: Spo-fight Club would draw crowds downtown

Figuring out how to lure more of the public downtown has been the curse of every civic booster since Expo ’74. Yet until now, nobody has been able to break …


Vestal: Stephens’ demotion puts police at crossroads again

Will the Scott Stephens debacle take us to a new ring of hell with regard to the city and the cops? Will it carry us from the age of the …


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2013

Lawyer: City wrongly feared Assistant Chief Stephens posed workplace threat

The decision to place Assistant Spokane Police Chief Scott Stephens on paid administrative leave more than two months ago was based on erroneous assertions that he’d become so upset over …


Independent investigator hired in Stephens inquiry

Ten weeks after placing assistant Spokane police Chief Scott Stephens on paid leave, city leaders say they will start an investigation into the “circumstances” that led to his removal from …


Bust near school nets drugs, guns

A nine-time convicted felon and reputed white supremacist got a wake-up call Friday morning from the Spokane police SWAT team, which took him into custody after finding drugs, guns, counterfeit …


Spokane music venue punished following shootings

Owners of the Knitting Factory said they are working with police to fight gang violence in the wake of two shootings Monday. The gunfire prompted Spokane police Chief Frank Straub …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2013

Feds to review Spokane Police uses of force

After years of controversy and calls for outside scrutiny, U.S. Justice Department officials will arrive next week to begin reviewing police shootings and other use of force by Spokane Police …


Chief: COPS shops could be City Hall outposts

The 27 Spokane neighborhood councils each send a representative to the monthly meeting of the Community Assembly on the first Friday of every month at City Hall. The tightly structured …