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News Releases for December 2015

Dec. 31

Sergeant Interrupts Burglary as he was Getting Off Duty for the Night

11:11 a.m. - Sergeant Interrupts Burglary as he was Getting Off Duty for the Night

Dec. 30

Tickets to Start Jan. 4th for School Zone Safety Cameras

5:14 p.m. - Tickets to Start Jan. 4th for School Zone Safety Cameras

Spokane Police Patrol Officers Disarm Suicidal Woman with Knife

5:14 p.m. - Spokane Police Patrol Officers Disarm Suicidal Woman with Knife

Dec. 29

SIRR Team Investigating Officer Involved Shooting

2:34 p.m. - The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team is investigating a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office officer-involved shooting on Dec. 28.

Dec. 28

Mayor, Council President select Cappel for inquiry

10:34 a.m. - The principal in a Seattle investigative consulting firm has been chosen to conduct the independent inquiry into recent personnel matters.

Dec. 27

Suspect In Subway Robbery Arrested

1:36 p.m. - Suspect In Subway robbery arrested within an hour of the incident.

Suspect Arrested for Last Night's Homicide

1:36 p.m. - Spokane Police MCU Detectives arrested Brian L. Hall (43) this morning for 1st Degree Murder in connection with last night’s shooting.

Dec. 26

Spokane Police Investigating Homicide on the North Side

11:45 p.m. - Officers responded to a home after receiving a call of a shooting.

Suspect In Subway Robbery Arrested

10:34 p.m. - The Spokane Police Division located a suspect in a the robbery of the Subway in the 6400 block of N. Nevada less an hour after the crime occurred.

Stage 2 Snow Event Ends

10:50 a.m. - All City streets have been plowed, ending the Stage 2 snow event declared Monday evening, Dec. 21.

Dec. 23

Joint committee recommends three for inquiry

2:21 p.m. - A joint committee has forwarded the names of three individuals to investigate a recent personnel matters

Dec. 22

Detectives Seeking Information on Drive-By Shootings

3 p.m. - Detectives Seeking Information on Drive-By Shootings

State gives $5 million to Spokane area for affordable housing

2 p.m. - The Washington State Department of Commerce has awarded more than $5 million to affordable housing projects in the Spokane area.

City declares Stage 2 snow event

8:17 a.m. - City crews will begin an all-city plow, which is expected to take four days to complete

Dec. 21

City of Spokane Council District 2 - vacancy announcement

4:07 p.m. - City Council announces plan to fill District 2 vacancy

Councilmember Jon Snyder selected policy adviser for Governor Inslee

3:30 p.m. - Spokane City Council member Jon Snyder has been selected to be Governor Jay Inslee’s Policy Advisor for Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development.

City declares Stage 1 Snow Event

3 p.m. - The City of Spokane has declared a Stage 1 snow event.

Free curbside pickup & other disposal options for holiday trees

11:30 a.m. - The holidays aren’t quite here yet, but the City is ready to help you clean up when the season is over.

City Closures Planned for the Holidays

10 a.m. - The City of Spokane will have a number of closures related to the holidays.

Dec. 19

Spokane PD Officers Arrest Robbery Suspect

7:20 p.m. - On 12/18/15 around 5:15 p.m. a suspect robbed the Subway on Northwest Blvd.

Dec. 16

SPD Target Crimes Unit Assist in Arrest of Homicide Suspect from Ore.

6:32 p.m. - The Spokane Police Division’s Targeted Crimes Unit (TCU) had been working with Medford Police Department detectives for the past week.

Dec. 15

Major Crimes Investigating Deaths in North Spokane

7:58 p.m. - During a welfare check, officers found two people deceased in a house in the 2800 block of West Upton.

An Old Scam is Making the Rounds Again

11:59 a.m. - The Spokane Police Division would like the public to be aware of an old scam making the rounds again.

Dec. 13

Major Crimes Investigating Homicide on Sunset/Cannon

9:05 p.m. - Spokane Police responded to the report of a shooting in the 2000 block of west Sunset just before 7 p.m. tonight.

Dec. 11

Mayor submits responses to Council and joint committee

3:30 p.m. - Spokane Mayor David Condon responded to questions asked in a Nov. 30 letter from the City Council.

Programmed Flash ends at some intersections

1:21 p.m. - The City will be terminating programmed flash – setting traffic signals to flash during early morning hours – at four intersections on Wellesley.

Dec. 10

Leaf Pickup scheduled for Browne's Addition

12:43 p.m. - The City of Spokane continues its regularly scheduled leaf pickup in the Browne’s Addition neighborhood.

City Council Member Mike Allen to be Honored at Farewell Reception

Noon - Spokane City Council Member Mike Allen will attend his final meeting as District Two’s representative Monday.

Vehicle block heater causes South Hill fire

8:45 a.m. - No one was injured by a fire in a South Hill home sparked by a vehicle block heater.

Dec. 9

City Makes Last Push to Get Updated Information from Utility Customers

11:55 a.m. - The City has been updating its database so utility accounts are in the name of the owner of a property or a firm responsible for a property.

Dec. 8

Detectives Still Looking for Information Leading to Arrest in Homicide

3:23 p.m. - The incident occurred just before midnight, 11/7/2014, near the intersection of S. Elm Street and W. 10th.

Inclement Weather Joint Press Release

2:29 p.m. - Residents may again have to deal with more outages in the face of another, hopefully less powerful, windstorm.

Spokane Police Arrest Suspect in Kidnapping

11:50 a.m. - Witnesses reported seeing a female being forced into a vehicle in the 100 block of E. Gordon.

City places second police employee on layoff status

10:27 a.m. - The City has placed a second police employee charged with a felony on layoff status.

Dec. 7

Watch for Standing Water; Use Caution

5:25 p.m. - City of Spokane Wastewater Management crews have received several reports of standing water around the City today and are working to remove puddles.

City of Spokane Aquatics offers free swim lessons

4:26 p.m. - Swim scholarships offer 30 minute swim lessons on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between Dec.14 and Dec. 30, 2015.

More than 3,000 tons of Storm Debris Collected at City Sites

3:55 p.m. - During the 18 days of free disposal for debris from the Nov. 17 wind storm, the City of Spokane collected 3,025 tons of debris.

Basic K-9 Academy Graduation this Thursday

3:27 p.m. - One K-9 and handler from the Spokane Police Department and three other K-9’s and handlers from the region will be graduating.

City councilmember calls on community to volunteer to help homeless

2:07 p.m. - Spokane City Councilmember Karen Stratton is asking for the community's help to provide transportation for the homeless to the warming center.

City announces construction season wrap up, snow season plan

12:30 p.m. - The City of Spokane is wrapping up the 2015 Construction Season and transitioning into snow season.

City Council members hire two new legislative aides

11:30 a.m. - Spokane City Council Member Amber Waldref and Council Member-Elect Lori Kinnear recently hired new Legislative Aides.

Dec. 5

Grease fire damages rendering plant

6:54 p.m. - Fire damaged a rendering plant late Friday.

Subject Arrested After Swinging Metal Bar at Cars, People in Traffic

4:44 p.m. - On Saturday, Spokane Police officers responded to a call of a male subject who had tried to stab someone in the area of 6th/Browne.

Dec. 4

Woman arrested after reports she was waving handgun around

5:43 p.m. - Spokane Police took a woman into custody without incident after reports the woman was displaying a handgun, one of those reports near a school.

'Secret Santas' to plug parking meters starting Monday

5:19 p.m. - Beginning Dec. 7, through New Year’s Day, the City’s ten parking enforcement officers will be out randomly providing free parking to citizens.

Mayor, Council President announce joint inquiry

4:27 p.m. - Mayor David Condon and City Council President will jointly select an independent evaluator to conduct an inquiry into process, policy and timelines.

Flags to fly half-staff to remember Pearl Harbor

4:15 p.m. - National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day honors those Americans killed or injured as a result of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

City places police employee on layoff status

2:05 p.m. - A police sergeant charged with second-degree rape has been placed on unpaid layoff status pending outcome of the trial.

Dec. 3

Thanks to Tip, Stolen Puppy Recovered, Returned to Pet Shop

7:44 p.m. - Spokane Police Detectives from the North Precinct, acting on tips from the public, were able to recover a puppy stolen from Northwest Seed & Pet.

SPD helps out at Heroes and Helpers in partnership with Target

6:24 p.m. - The Spokane Police Department and Spokane’s South Hill Target store will partner together Saturday, Dec. 5th, to host Heroes and Helpers.

State, U.S. flags to fly half-staff

12:15 p.m. - Mayor Condon has directed that flags at all City facilities be lowered to half-staff to honor victims in the San Bernardino attack.

Free Clean Green dumpster event to aid in windstorm cleanup

9:29 a.m. - For the next three weekends, the City will have dumpsters available at different areas of Spokane for the three council districts.

Dec. 2

Free clean green dumpster events to aid in windstorm cleanup

5:16 p.m. - Neighborhood cleanups are scheduled each over three weekends in December.

SPD Still Seeking Public's Help Finding Missing Female

3:32 p.m. - The Spokane Police Department is asking for the public’s help to locate Deanne M. Hastings. Her family last had contact with her around Nov. 3.

Dec. 1

Cellphone charger ignites apartment fire

1 p.m. - An apartment fire on the lower South Hill displaced four tenants.