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Runaway who taunted cops on social media arrested at grandma’s house in Hillyard

Spokane police Sgt. Terry Preuninger said Seaman taunted authorities by posting pictures of himself and his girlfriend in front of the Spokane County Jail with the caption, “bad boys, whatcha …


Spokane police updates use-of-force policy to emphasize use of de-escalation techniques

The update, released Oct. 4, includes a new section on de-escalation, reporting of ethical misconduct and deadly force.


Spokane police change dispatch policy for dangerous animals after dog attack

After Bonnie Rae’s dog Downey was killed and her daughter was bitten by a loose dog in north Spokane in September, she reached out to local officials about changing the …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019, 7:40 p.m.

Prosecutor: Spokane officer justified in South Hill shooting

Spokane police Officer Daniel Lesser was placed on administrative leave after he fired two rounds at Charles E. Jackson Jr. on the afternoon of July 6. Jackson had allegedly pointed …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 5, 2019, 5:15 p.m.

Friday night standoff with armed felon in downtown apartment ends peacefully, police say

A report of an accidental shooting inside a downtown Spokane apartment building led to a Friday night standoff that ended peacefully.


Officer Traci Ponto selected to receive YWCA Women of Achievement award for government and public service

Spokane Police Department Neighborhood Resource Officer Traci Ponto never had any doubt she wanted to be a police officer.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019, 8:53 p.m.

Spokane police release video, audio of fatal January officer shooting

During a Friday news conference, the Spokane Police Department released body camera footage and 911 calls that show the four minutes between reports of a man shooting at his neighbors …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019, 10:50 a.m.

Women of the Year: Meidl found her calling in policing

Spokane Police Capt. Tracie Meidl developed an affinity for proactive, community-oriented policing early in her career, and she continues to be recognized for taking that approach, even as she’s ascended …


Spokane law enforcement agencies will add four more mental health teams

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Department and the Spokane Police Department will add four more co-deploy mental health teams between their agencies after the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019, 8:48 p.m.

After eluding police, man arrested for hit and run crash and DUI

After eluding police officers earlier in the day, a 20-year-old man was arrested for allegedly causing a crash on Sunset Boulevard and running away.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019, 7:33 p.m.

18-year-old arrested after standoff on suspicion of 11 counts of 1st-degree assault

An 18-year-old man was arrested on 11 counts of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon, Thursday, after a short standoff.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019, 3:42 p.m.

Man jailed on suspicion of vandalizing Spokane police cars and Knitting Factory

Bobby Risenhooven, 51, also known as Bobby Risenhoover, of Cheney is charged with two counts of first-degree malicious mischief for the damage to the police vehicles and one count of …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 2, 2019, 9:05 p.m.

Spokane police urge public not to drink and drive after several dangerous crashes over Labor Day weekend

One crash involved a 23-foot pontoon boat being towed by a truck near Spokane Community College, police reported.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.

Spokane police work to break down communication barriers with the hard-of-hearing at coffee event

Police officers are often guarded and think of their safety first, he said. If an officer shines a light in the face of someone who is deaf or hard of …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 27, 2019, 7:50 p.m.

Coffee with a Cop event to focus on engaging with those who are hard of hearing

The Spokane Police Department’s Coffee with a Cop event Thursday will focus on offering community members who are deaf or hard of hearing an opportunity to engage with local law …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 26, 2019, 7:22 p.m.

Spokane police say five vehicles damaged, several officers injured in weekend pursuits

The first chase began at about 2 p.m. Saturday when a car salesman called to report that a woman was refusing to stop or let him out of a vehicle …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019, 9:04 p.m.

Spokane Police arrest 2 men in connection with July shooting of EWU football players

Avery K. Francis and Anthony J. Carell were both booked into Spokane County Jail on Thursday, facing charges of attempted first-degree murder and drive-by shooting tied to the July 13 …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 3:29 p.m.

Three arrested after early morning burglary attempt in east Spokane

Police arrested three people on suspicion of burglary and robbery after two of them allegedly forced their way into a residence, demanded money, were rebuffed and threatened to come “back …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, 10:41 p.m.

Man in Spokane standoff taken into custody without incident

A man wanted by Spokane police barricaded himself in a multifamily home Wednesday afternoon, but was later taken into custody without incident.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 11, 2019, 7:32 p.m.

Man arrested after allegedly burglarizing Corbin Park residence Saturday night while residents were home

After the homeowner said she was calling the police, Stephen R. Brown, 37, allegedly fled the north Spokane residence and was later arrested on a residential burglary charge, according to …


Spokane police investigating rumors of neo-Nazi ‘hate camp’

“Our intel suggests it is being held outside Spokane County,” said a spokesman for the Spokane Police Department.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019, 8:46 p.m.

Police arrest four after burglary at Arc of Spokane thrift store

Spokane police say they arrested four people and recovered hundreds of dollars’ worth of stolen merchandise after responding to an alarm at the Arc of Spokane thrift store late Sunday, …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 4, 2019, 12:10 p.m.

Man arrested after early Sunday standoff with police near South Perry district

Jeremy Barkus, 39, is suspected of assaulting a family member with a knife before the standoff began around 6:30 a.m. He was taken into custody without incident about four hours …


UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019, 2:44 p.m.

Medical examiner rules Richard Coffee died of drowning; family still seeks answers in mysterious death

A 56-year-old man whose body was found floating in the Spokane River near the Division Street Bridge after spending weeks in the water died of drowning, the Spokane County Medical …


UPDATED: Sun., July 28, 2019, 12:46 p.m.

Historians persuade Spokane police to correct error on their uniforms – date of department’s founding

Spokane police patches and badges sport the date 1884, but a town marshal, Eugene Hyde, was on duty three years previously. It’s taken a dedicated band of historians, including the …


UPDATED: Sun., July 21, 2019, 5:34 p.m.

Spokane police stop driver suspected of DUI in Vinegar Flats neighborhood Sunday

Spokane Police stopped an SUV that was driving erratically in the Vinegar Flats neighborhood late Sunday morning. No one was injured, but Inland Empire Way between 14th and 15th avenues …


UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019, 8:10 p.m.

Police search for knife-wielding man who rang Spokane woman’s door

Twice in the past week, a man wielding a knife approached Kristen Tesarik’s house in the East Central neighborhood, stood outside the front door and left without harming anyone or …


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 10:43 p.m.

Man in custody in Missoula after death at Spokane house

A 19-year-old man was jailed in Missoula after a suspected killing Wednesday afternoon in the Emerson-Garfield neighborhood.


Spokane man sentenced to 11 years for assault

A 39-year-old man who previously sprayed bear mace at Spokane police and himself in a confrontation two summers ago will spend more than a decade in prison after striking a …


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 9:52 p.m.

Tony Bamonte, sheriff and Spokane historian who exposed corruption in law enforcement, dies at 77

Tony Bamonte, a prolific local historian and the three-term Pend Oreille County sheriff who unearthed evidence of a police cover-up in the murder of the Newport town marshal 54 years …