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100 years ago in Spokane: Deputies sought to ‘hunt booze’ as Prohibition becomes law

Now that Prohibition was the law of the land, Spokane was acquiring four new deputies to enforce it. They would be under the direction of John M. Rogers, Prohibition agent …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 29, 2019

Hayden property tax increase would more than double number of deputies on patrol

The tax on the November ballot would increase property taxes by 26 cents per $1,000 in assessed home value, which works out to an estimated $4.23 per month for a …


Google Maps now shows speed traps, potentially clashing with law enforcement

Google is rolling out the ability to report speed traps, crashes and slowdowns in real time to its Maps iOS app, making the new feature available to about 1 billion …


Sue Lani Madsen: Initiative didn’t strengthen gun safety, it added stigma, layers of bureaucracy

Initiative 1639 raised the age for buying a rifle to 21 and requires an “enhanced background check.” The results are, by turns, stigmatizing for those with mental health issues, burdensome …


Behind the divide on bail reform, frustration over ‘revolving door’

Some activists say cash bail creates a two-tiered justice system in which poor defendants remain locked up before trial, while rich ones can pay to get out. Spokane County Sheriff …


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019

Washington gets $750,000 grant to test backlogged rape kits

The attorney general’s office estimated the Washington State Patrol, which runs the state’s two crime laboratories, will be able to test about 1,150 kits with the grant from the U.S. …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018

Both sides of I-940 campaign to back changes next year

Backers and foes of a successful ballot measure with new standards on the use of lethal force by police said Monday they will work together to get improvements they both …


Opponents and supporters of Washington Initiative 940 on deadly force were allies, and could be again

Initiative 940 will pit once and possibly future allies against each other this fall.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018

Deadly force initiative, I-940, headed to Washington ballot without proposed changes

Initiative 940, which changes the rules for reviewing cases of the police use of deadly force, must go on the November ballot, a divided Washington Supreme Court rules.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018

7 law enforcement officers recognized for domestic violence work by Spokane YWCA

Several YWCA legal advocates recognized area law enforcement Thursday morning at the fifth annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast at the facility’s West Central building on Monroe Street.


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018

Will voters have 1, 2 or no “deadly force” measure on November ballot?

Washington Supreme Court to decide whether an initiative on the police use of deadly force must go on the November ballot by itself, with an alternative version, or not at …


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018

More than 2,300 people arrested for child porn, sexual abuse in nationwide ‘Operation Broken Heart’

A three-month, nationwide law enforcement effort dubbed “Operation Broken Heart” led to the arrests of more than 2,300 people suspected of sexually abusing children and dealing in child pornography, authorities …


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018

Area law enforcement remembers their fallen in Spokane ceremony

Spokane area law enforcement honors fallen officers at a ceremony Tuesday.


New Washington law aims to help find missing Native American women

New law helps to coordinate investigations among law enforcement agencies to help find more missing Native American women.


UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018

Eyman sues over Legislature’s changes to I-940

Initiative activist Tim Eyman challenges legislative maneuver that changes Initiative 940 without putting it on the ballot.


Spin Control: How I-940 could become law with changes already on the books

How the Legislature undid parts of Initiative 940 before it becomes law.


Deadly force initiative moves forward in Washington legislature

Legislature could pass deadly force initiative and a bill to change a day later.


Washington Legislature keeps rules for body cam images

Rules for the release of images from police body cameras will remain in place.


Program to monitor motor vehicle felons proposed for Spokane

Spokane could be the site of a new program to keep better tabs on convicted car thieves after they get released from prison.


Officials worry GOP memo will lead to far-reaching damage

Top intelligence and law enforcement officials warn that last week’s release of a congressional memo alleging FBI surveillance abuse could have wide-ranging repercussions: Spy agencies could start sharing less information …


Sheriff’s Office investigating two threats to local high schools

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two recent threats made to area high schools via social media.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018

Body camera exemptions from Public Records Act could be extended

Some people recorded by police body cameras would continue have their privacy protected when that footage is sought as a public record under a proposal being considered by the Senate.


Trump campaign ad calls Dems ‘complicit’ in police officers’ deaths

President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign released a provocative new ad accusing Democrats of being “complicit” in the slayings of law enforcement officers by people in the U.S. illegally.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017

Multiple arrests after bust of suspected Spokane Valley drug house

Several suspects face charges of possession with intent to distribute following the bust of a suspected drug house in Spokane Valley last week.


Report finds law enforcement failed at Charlottesville rally

Law enforcement’s response to a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia last summer failed on multiple fronts, leading to “deep distrust of government” in the Charlottesville community, an independent review …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017

Does cellphone-sweeping ‘StingRay’ technology go too far?

New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas are among scores of police departments across the country quietly using a highly secretive technology developed for the military that can …


Outside View: Sanctuary needed from DOJ’s lost legal cause

The administration has no valid legal justification for its insistence that state and local law enforcement officers act as proxies for federal immigration agents.


Montana announces program to crack down on organized crime

Law enforcement officials have announced a program to crack down on organized crime in Montana, mainly through increased efforts to stop drug trafficking.


Froma Harrop: U.S. is proficient in massacre cleanup

A country that refuses to lift a finger to curb gun violence needs a big cleanup crew to deal with it.


At Martin Stadium, a special room for the drunk and disorderly

Beneath the stands of cheering fans, room 96 of Washington State University’s Martin Stadium serves as a temporary waypoint for disorderly and intoxicated visitors. Each game, about 15 people are …