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Jim McDevitt: Sanctuary city policies are a threat to public safety

Unfortunately, current ‘sanctuary city’ policy and directives originating from Olympia, as well as from major cities such as Seattle and Spokane, undercut not only cooperation among local, state and federal …


UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 5:34 p.m.

Harrington to serve as Acting U.S. Attorney for Eastern Washington

Longtime Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Harrington will serve as the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington after Mike Ormsby was asked last Friday to resign by President …


Spokane Police Department – a report card

Jim McDevitt, who led the Spokane Police Department during the city’s search for a new chief, offers a “report card” on the department, with some recommendations for the next chief …


Spokane police officials elevated to temporary command structure

The Spokane Police Department received a new, but possibly temporary, command structure this month as it waits for the selection of new police chief.


Proposal to ban marijuana with strong alcohol gets public hearing in Spokane

Sen. Michael Baumgartner headed a meeting of local and state legislators Thursday discussing the potential to ban sales of marijuana where strong alcoholic drinks are already outlawed. But it’s unlikely …


Parents of man shot by Spokane police feel helpless in getting mental health assistance for son

Investigators found a fake handgun near where Aaron D. Johnson was shot by police at the West Wynn Motel on Sunset Boulevard on Monday.


Ten applicants so far for Spokane police chief job

Ten people have applied to be chief of the Spokane Police Department so far, which is considered a “high” number of applicants by the recruiter leading the search, according to …


Unexpected cash infusion helps Spokane fight auto theft, property crime

Spokane law enforcement got a $300,000 surprise in 2016 state budget, money to fight property crimes.


Doug Clark: Zehm didn’t die in obscurity, thanks to unsung heroes

With the 10th anniversary of the beating of Otto Zehm upon us, it’s time to thank some of the unsung heroes who kept him from dying in obscurity.


Forum brings out critics of Spokane police leader Jim McDevitt

About 100 people showed up to a community forum hosted by the city of Spokane Wednesday to talk about race relations and the Spokane Police Department.


Leader of Spokane police advisory group resigns, says Knezovich should lead department

The leader of a eight-member board advising Spokane Mayor David Condon on hiring a new police chief resigned Monday and called on Condon to let Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich …


Editorial: Revolving-door leadership harms police, city

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office a model of stability.


Shawn Vestal: Listening to other points of view doesn’t hurt your integrity, Mr. McDevitt

Former U.S. Attorney and current director of the Spokane Police Department Jim McDevitt should be aware that many people will not agree with his assessment on race and crime, and …


Condon says he’ll hire next Spokane police chief by July 1

Spokane should have a new police chief on the job by July 1, Mayor David Condon said Tuesday. During a meeting that sometimes grew tense, Condon discussed the next hiring …


McDevitt appointment as interim Spokane police leader sparks controversy

Former U.S. Attorney Jim McDevitt hasn’t started his new job running the Spokane police department, but his appointment has already ruffled some feathers on the mayor’s police leadership committee.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 5, 2016, 3:15 p.m.

Spokane interim police Chief Dobrow announces retirement

Interim Spokane Police Chief Rick Dobrow abruptly announced his retirement on Friday, throwing more uncertainty in the leadership of the department. The change at the top gives the department its …


Condon, Mielke back Regional Justice Commission proposal

Local officials are backing a key recommendation coming out of a yearlong study of the region’s criminal justice system: creating a Regional Justice Commission with a paid, professional administrator to …


Casino opponents criticize tribe-funded study

Critics of the Spokane Tribe’s proposed casino and resort at Airway Heights took issue Wednesday with the findings of a consultant’s study that claimed the project poses no threat to …


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 …


Editorial: Keep public assistance programs accountable

What might be lost in the controversy over welfare debit card abuse is the fact that the state is taking serious steps to address the problem. The unfortunate distraction emerged …


Nomination near for federal judge

President Barack Obama is expected to make his nomination soon for the next federal judge for the Eastern District of Washington. The opening became available in mid-2009 when U.S. District …


Editorial: Federal marijuana laws don’t keep pace with reality

Several efforts are under way in Washington state to loosen marijuana laws, from fully legalizing it to making in readily accessible to patients who need it for medicinal purposes. A …


Drug web snagged many

Snow covered the ground and the wind howled furiously as a young Canadian man approached the Colville National Forest, piloting a helicopter packed with marijuana. Federal agents say Samuel Jackson …


Pilot’s story sought for big, small screens

Samuel Lindsay-Brown’s popularity in the sport of extreme mountain-biking led to wide attention when he committed suicide in Spokane County Jail in February. Since then, Lindsay-Brown’s story has been told …


Pot grower sentenced to 75 months

A Mexican national arrested a year ago when federal and state agents shut down a large marijuana growing operation in the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests was sentenced to 75 …


Pot grower ordered to pay for environmental damage

A Mexican national arrested last August when federal and state agents shut down a large marijuana growing operation in the Okanogan and Wenatchee national forests was sentenced to 75 months …


Board clears McDevitt of conflict of interest

James McDevitt does not have a conflict of interest between the River Park Square project and his role as U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington, a state bar association panel ruled …