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News Releases for May 2014

May 31

Working fire at 212 N. Magnolia

6:42 p.m. - The Spokane Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 212 N. Magnolia on May 31 at 10:47 a.m.

SPD Working to Locate Missing Vulnerable Adult

11:36 a.m. - Spokane Police are looking to the public to help locate a missing vulnerable adult, Steve G. Strout (photo attached).

May 30

Body Located in Spokane River; Detectives Investigate

8:44 p.m. - A male body was located in the Spokane River near the TJ Meenach Bridge this evening.

Riverfront Park "Blue Bridge" to be closed Tuesday June 3

Midnight - The Blue Bridge will be closed to all users, including pedestrians, on TUESDAY, June 3rd from 5 a.m. – 7 p.m.

May 29

Council Member Amber Waldref to hold mobile office at Cassano Grocery

4:56 p.m. - Council Member Waldref will host a mobile office on Tuesday, June 3 from 12-1 pm.

City of Spokane District 3 Council vacancy plan

3:25 p.m. - City Council President Ben Stuckart announced the process for filling the District 3 seat that will be vacated by Councilmember Steve Salvatori

Park Bench Cafe Offers FREE Friday Night Music Series

2:50 p.m. - Bring your own chair and sit under the stars as you enjoy FREE live music every Friday night, 5:30-7:30 p.m., May 31 - August 23, 2013.

Three Arrests in Connection to Body Located in Kootenai County

2:48 p.m. - Police have arrested and charged three people with 1st Degree Murder in connection to a body located in Kootenai County on May 16.

Information sought on two robberies from May 19

2:48 p.m. - Detectives are continuing to investigate two armed robberies that occurred on 05/19/2014 and working to determine if they are related.

Garage fire on East Providence

12:20 a.m. - The Spokane Fire Department responded to a reported garage fire at 1823 E Providence on May 28 at 9:52 p.m.

May 27

Repeat Offender Arrested after Ramming Patrol Car

Midnight - Spokane Police arrest repeat offender Nicholas L. Gillam (34), after he rammed the car he was driving into a police car.

May 25

Suspect booked for downtown device scare

7:28 p.m. - Spokane police responded to a report of a possible device at Davenport at Post/Sprague. Robert W. Malley (43) was booked into Spokane County Jail.

May 24

SIRR Team Investigates Collision Involving Spokane Valley Officer

11:04 a.m. - Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team investigates auto-cyclist collision involving Spokane Valley Police Officer.

May 23

Standoff with Wanted Felon Ends Peacefully

Midnight - Standoff with Wanted Felon Ends Peacefully

May 22

Follow-up Info: State Accreditation and Law Enforcement Training

4:46 p.m. - Follow-up information from today’s news conference announcing SPD’s accreditation and the re-establishment of a Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy

Search Warrant Served this Morning

Midnight - SPD's SIU Unit served a search warrant on a home in the 1100 block of west Jackson this morning.

May 21

State Accreditation and Law Enforcement Training Held in Spokane

5:34 p.m. - Mayor Condon and Chief Straub announce the SPD's achievement of state accreditation through the Washington Association of Sheriff and Police Chiefs.

Repeat Offender Arrested for Trafficking Stolen Property

1:08 p.m. - Seven-time convicted felon/repeat offender arrested for 2nd Degree Trafficking of Stolen Property.

City closures planned for Memorial Day

11:40 a.m. - In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, City Hall and other City facilities will be closed on Monday, May 26; Riverfront Park attractions are open.

Splash pads open Saturday City-wide

Midnight - Spokane is home to a total of 17 splash pads that provide FREE summer fun for kids in neighborhoods. Splash pads open this Saturday, May 24th.

May 20

Two Armed Robberies from Yesterday

5:03 p.m. - Detectives are investigating two armed robberies that occurred yesterday and working to determine if the two incidents are related.

Gaiser Conservatory Upgrade

3:04 p.m. - The center house of Gaiser Conservatory will be closed for renovations from May 27 to September 30. Reopening is dependent on construction schedule.

No Pets in Riverfront Park During Major Events

2:05 p.m. - The City of Spokane Event Pet Ordinance SMC 10.03.110 prohibits dogs and other pets at major Riverfront Park events.

Felony Hit-And-Run Suspect Quickly Apprehended

10:03 a.m. - Officers arrest a hit-and-run suspect thanks to alert citizen tips and quick officer follow-up. Roderick Thomas was booked for Felony Hit-and-Run.

University District Bridge Open House

9:03 a.m. - City seeking input on proposed University District Bridge and will host an Open House to provide a progress update, answer questions and take input.

May 19

Emphasizing outcomes improving City performance

11:30 a.m. - The City's emphasis on outcomes has delivered improvement in several priority areas, including public safety, customer service and resource management

Witter Pool Now Open for Pre-Season Activites

10:43 a.m. - Aquatics staff is busy preparing facilities, hiring and training staff and working to ensure everything is ready for opening day, June 16.

Spokane Police & Spokane Transit Partner for Coffee with a Cop

Midnight - Spokane Police & Spokane Transit Partner for Coffee with a Cop - May 21 at STA Plaza

May 17

Garage fire on E 5th Ave

9:46 a.m. - The Spokane Fire Department responded to a garage fire in the 3900 block of East 5th Ave shortly after midnight on Saturday morning.

May 16

DUI Driver Hits SPD Patrol Vehicle and Flees

9:54 a.m. - A DUI driver hits an SPD Patrol vehicle and flees. Officers quickly arrest the suspect nearby; 43-year-old Aaron T. Scott. The officer was not injured

May 15

Reported Shooting Victim Likely Accidentally Shot Himself

9:26 p.m. - His injuries were determined to be non-life-threatening and there is no suspect believed to be outstanding.

Suspect Arrested after Dispute with his Brother Ends in Gunfire

Midnight - Thirty-year-old Jy Jy Jones Arrested after Dispute with his Brother Ends in Gunfire

May 14

Re-Assignments for Spokane Police Department

4:44 p.m. - Re-assignments in Downtown, Professional Standards, Investigations, and Civil Enforcement based on priorities and commitment to continued improvement.

PACT Team arrests prolific vehicle theft suspect

12:17 p.m. - Spokane Police Patrol Anti-Crime Team officers identify, locate and arrest suspect for multiple counts of Forgery and Theft.

May 13

DUI Suspect Hits SPD Patrol Car and Citizen Vehicle

9:53 a.m. - Spokane Police Patrol vehicle and citizen vehicle hit at high rate of speed while stopped at stop light by Savannah L. Ashby.

May 10

Natural gas leak ignites in backyard

12:56 a.m. - Spokane Fire Department responded to a reported natural gas leak that had ignited in the backyard of a home at 2529 W. Queen on May 10 at 9:46 p.m.

May 9

Spokane Police Asking for Help Identifying Stabbing Suspect

5:21 p.m. - The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’10" to 6’ tall, possibly 25 to 35 years of age. Sketch and further details provided.

City, County to discuss growth on Monday

4:43 p.m. - The City of Spokane and Spokane County will hold the first collaborate meeting to establish parameters on plans for growth and regional development.

Officers Recover Property Stolen from Spokane County Burglary

3:53 p.m. - On 05-08-2014, at approximately 10 a.m., officers responded to W Francis after seeing a Toyota that matched the description of a stolen vehicle.

May 8

Applicants sought for Ombudsman Commission

3:18 p.m. - Applications for the independent citizen Police Ombudsman Commission are being sought until June 6

Councilmember Fagan "Building Dreams-Bright Futures for Our Kids"

2:56 p.m. - Councilmember Fagan is distributing raffle tickets to children for the opportunity for one child to win a custom-built Sheriff's Office playhouse.

May 7

Councilmember Snyder to host Council Connection

4:58 p.m. - Councilmember Snyder will host Council Connection and discuss re-development of Riverfront Park, and Spokane City Firefighter Operations

Spokane Police Asking People to Watch for Stolen Walgreen’s Totes

Midnight - On two separate occasions in the last couple of months, two different Walgreens have been the victims of a bizarre burglary.

May 6

Learn about City of Spokane streets, parks funding proposal

3:50 p.m. - Spokane has set meetings for citizens to learn about a new refinancing proposal to maintain and rebuild streets & reinvigorate Riverfront Park.

Spokane Police Arrest 12-Time Convicted Felon

3:19 p.m. - Police arrest a Burglary and Vehicle Theft suspect. Officers have connected the suspect to several other recent burglaries.

May 5

Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony - Tomorrow 11:30 am

5:14 p.m. - SPD and other local law enforcement agencies will recognize officers who were killed in the line of duty at the Public Safety Building Cul-de-sac.

Spokane Police Investigate Attempted Child Abduction in N. Spokane

8:51 a.m. - Involved children are safe; Officers searching for dark green GMC Jimmy SUV. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at 509.456.2233.

May 2

SPD Releases Names of Officers involved in April 29 Shooting

4:51 p.m. - The SPD is releasing the names of the officers involved in the shooting of homicide suspect Jeremy Arnold on the afternoon of April 29th, 2014.

May 1

City announces parking amnesty program

3:47 p.m. - A parking amnesty program launched today allows citizens to pay parking tickets in collections at face value until June 30.