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Ex-police chief Stephens still on paid leave

More than a month after the city’s new police chief placed the man he replaced on paid administrative leave, the public still has not been given an explanation for the …


Input sought on use of force report

Several community members on Wednesday thanked the city of Spokane’s Use of Force Commission for months of work, and police Chief Frank Straub said he and Mayor David Condon will …


Doug Clark: Trust zapped by Operation Lips-Zipped

For the record, I have no interest in the list of individuals whose credit card charges were on file at any of the eight supposed houses of happy endings that …


Former interim Spokane police chief placed on leave

News of a Spokane Police Department shake-up surprised Spokane city leaders. Officials have yet to release much information about what led police Chief Frank Straub to place the former interim …


City leaders surprised by Spokane Police Department shake up

News of a Spokane Police Department shake-up surprised Spokane city leaders.


Former interim police chief on administrative leave

Spokane’s former interim police Chief Scott Stephens is on indefinite administrative leave.


Use of Force Commission urges upgraded police instructor training

As the Spokane Police Department starts its makeover, one of the top suggestions by the city’s Use of Force Commission is for police officials to upgrade the training of officers …


Police chief pledges to address violence

Marie Schultz peers out her north Spokane bedroom window at the party house, now riddled with bullets, that has made her neighborhood almost unlivable. She’s hoping the drive-by shooting that …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2012

Organizational shakeup coming for Spokane police

The Spokane Police Department, hoping to restore public confidence and rebuild its tarnished image, will embark on a major reorganization next month that’s intended to give the agency greater crime-fighting …


No easy fix to halt violence

In an address to the nation, President Barack Obama promised action to prevent future mass shootings in response to Friday’s killings at a Connecticut elementary school. In crafting potential policy …


Spokane officials consider response to school shooting

In an address to the nation, President Barack Obama promised action to prevent future mass shootings in response to Friday’s mass murder at a Connecticut elementary school. In crafting possible …


Building bridges

During and after the election there is always much talk about the value of working together, moving forward and showing tolerance of each other’s differences. On Friday, Gonzaga University is …


Symposium will discuss future of criminal justice system

Faced with the prospect next year of going to voters to fund a new $200 million jail, Spokane County leaders are teaming up with community activists for a discussion about …


Zehm plaque placed at Mission Park in ceremony on his birthday

Wrapped in a blanket under gray skies, Ann Zehm reached out to touch the metal plaque placed at Mission Park to honor her son, Otto, on what would have been …


Spokane’s first police ombudsman’s term extended

Spokane’s first police ombudsman will keep his job for another year. Mayor David Condon decided in August against renewing Ombudsman Tim Burns’ three-year contract. The move angered some City Council …


Doug Clark: So begins Straub’s grace period

Frank Straub has taken the oath to become Spokane’s new police chief, and already the department is running like a stolen Rolex. No innocent civilians have been shot, shocked or …


New chief takes oath

Frank Straub was sworn in Monday as Spokane’s new police chief. Public officials gathered to witness the ceremony, which came a week after he began work in his new job.


Shawn Vestal: ‘Wisdom’ on Straub very unwise

When “everybody knows” something, everybody is often wrong. Jim McDevitt says that’s the case when it comes to the widespread assumption – which has had an airing in this column …


Officers cleared in every case of excessive force since 2007

Internal affairs investigators for the Spokane Police Department have sided with officers accused of brutality and excessive force in every single complaint filed by citizens over the past five years, …


Vestal: Patience needed to weigh ‘Action Guy’s’ decisions

Mayor David Condon once referred to himself as an “action guy.” Eight months into the strongest example so far of Spokane’s strong-mayor system, the term seems apt. Action Guy! Cutting …


State grants Straub training waiver

BURIEN, Wash. – Spokane’s new director of law enforcement will not have to attend a five-month police academy to become a commissioned officer in Washington. The state Criminal Justice Training …


Straub granted waiver

BURIEN, Wash. — A state commission granted a waive this morning to Spokane Law Enforcement Director Frank Straub that will allow him to take a shortened course on state laws …


Straub saw 9/11 up close

The new leader of the Spokane Police Department credits his life to a fire truck. More specifically, the New York City Fire Department truck he used as shelter as the …


Straub gets show of support

Tired of hearing negative things about the man he selected to be police chief, Mayor David Condon and his top administrator personally paid to fly four Indiana residents to Spokane …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2012

Spokane council picks Straub to lead police

Tired of hearing negative things about the man he selected to be police chief, Mayor David Condon and his top administrator personally paid to fly four Indiana residents to Spokane …


Police chief designee Straub to get interim title of director

The Spokane City Council will consider a resolution Monday to appoint Frank Straub as director of law enforcement, not chief of police. To become police chief, Straub needs to be …


Doug Clark: Straub’s relationship OK – not sure about Fravid, though

Spokane’s new police chief hasn’t even been sworn in yet and already his administration is under the fog of an Amber Alert. Amber Myers, that is.


Straub acted as fiancee’s supervisor

The city’s nominee for police chief is engaged to a woman he supervised in his previous job as public safety director in Indianapolis, a relationship that wouldn’t be allowed under …


Doug Clark: New chief’s somber demeanor understandable

Wednesday afternoon found me at the City Hall of Mirrors where reporters and the gullible gathered on the second-floor terrace to hear Spokane Mayor David Condon make the following announcement: …


Mayor selects Straub to lead police

Mayor David Condon’s choice to lead the Spokane Police Department has spent much of his career managing and working for large law enforcement agencies. But it’s medium-size police forces serving …