News Releases for December 2019

Dec. 30

Couple arrested after stealing air compressor from open garage.

6:52 p.m. - Couple arrested after stealing air compressor from open garage.

SPD Investigates Vehicle vs Pedestrian Crash in North Spokane

3:54 p.m. - The pedestrian was transported to the hospital and is listed in stable condition. The driver remained on-scene and is cooperating with investigators.

Flags Lowered For Fallen Pierce County Deputy Cooper Dyson

10:29 a.m. - Flags will be lowered to half-staff Dec. 30

Dec. 29

Hit and Run Crash leads to arrests of two previously convicted felons

5:33 p.m. - Hit and Run Crash leads to arrests of two previously convicted felons for outstanding warrants.

Dec. 27

Package Thief Arrested

11:29 a.m. - SPD PACT Team arrests holiday package thief with over 35 stolen items in his possession.

Major Crimes Investigating A Death in North Spokane

11:28 a.m. - Spokane Police are investigating a death in North East Spokane.

Dec. 23

New Year’s Eve 2019 Celebration at Riverfront Park

2:18 p.m. - Riverfront invites the community to enjoy fireworks on New Year’s Eve. The 12-minute show begins at 9 p.m. to accommodate families with children.

Dec. 22

SPD Arrests Car Prowling Suspect for Assault and Possession of Drugs

6:55 p.m. - K-9 Haywire assists in locating car prowling suspect.

Dec. 21

SWAT Team Arrests Burglar

8:16 p.m. - Spokane Police SWAT team arrests burglar still inside residence on W Gray Ct.

Dec. 19

SPD Request Assistance in Locating Outstanding Suspect

2:35 p.m. - Spokane Police Investigate numerous early morning crashes, and request assistance in locating an outstanding suspect.

City to Update Its Hydrant Permit Program

10:11 a.m. - Program changes designed to enhance hydrant security

SPD Requesting Assistance in Locating Missing Endangered Male

10:06 a.m. - Spokane Police requesting media and public assistance locating a missing endangered 65-year-old male.

Dec. 18

First Fatal Fire for 2019

3:11 p.m. - SFD responds to fatal fire at 6300 block of N. Lee Street.

Dec. 16

Council's Proposed Budget Approach Could Risk City's Credit Rating

2:50 p.m. - Council approach would limit funds available for reserves

Life Threatening Carbon Monoxide Found

2:42 p.m. - Three people treated for carbon monoxide poisoning.

City Closures Planned For the Holidays

8:15 a.m. - Garbage pickup a day late on weeks of Christmas and New Year's

Dec. 15

Critically Burned Male Transferred To Harborview

7:27 p.m. - SFD Paramedics treat man with critical burns from a recreational vehicle (RV) fire explosion.

Fire At Spokane Addition Recovery Services

7:24 p.m. - Spokane firefighters contain fire at the Spokane Addiction Recovery Services.

SPD Officers Respond To Report of Domestic Violence

7:21 p.m. - Police respond to late night domestic violence threats with a weapon call.

SPD Responds To Robbery in NE Spokane

7:18 p.m. - Spokane Police respond to a robbery at the Walgreens in northeast Spokane.

Dec. 12

Council To Seek Applicants to Fill Upcoming City Council Vacancy

9:17 a.m. - Process and timeline set to fill vacancy in Council District 2


8:59 a.m. - Inc. today announced its second annual Surge Cities list, a guide to the best 50 cities in America for starting a business.

Dec. 11


3:42 p.m. - DSHS Eastern State Hospital and the Spokane Police Department partner to support individuals with mental illness.

SPD Makes Several Arrests At NorthTown Mall

2:53 p.m. - Spokane Police Officers responded to JC Penny’s at NorthTown Mall for a shoplifting incident that spiraled out of control.

Dec. 9

DUI Arrest During Separate Investigation

11:49 a.m. - Spokane Police make DUI arrest with the help of Washington State Patrol while conducting a separately involved collision investigation.

Two Vehicle Collision with Substantial Injury

11:48 a.m. - Police respond to a two vehicle collision on the north side in the early evening hours. At least one individual sustained substantial bodily injuries.

Dec. 7

DV Suspect in Custody after Hours Long Standoff on South Hill

2:35 p.m. - After a more than four hour long standoff, Ryan F Whyte (31), was taken into custody for 2nd Degree Assault & Residential Burglary Domestic Violence.

Dec. 6

Natural Gas Line Struck by Workers Near Gonzaga

12:16 p.m. - SFD responded to a 911 call reporting a 1-inch natural gas line inadvertently struck by construction workers near the Gonzaga University Campus.

Gas Line Struck in The Area of Hamilton and Springfield

8:27 a.m. - Be prepared for road closures and traffic slowdowns in the area of Hamilton and Springfield.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

8:03 a.m. - Flags lowered in honor of Pearl Harbor victims

Carbon Monoxide Incident Prompts Evacuation

8:01 a.m. - The SFD recommends that CO detectors be installed on each floor of a residence and in, or just outside, each sleeping area.

Dec. 5

Tragic Incident Involving Large Vehicle

4:52 p.m. - SFD responded to a 911 call reporting an adult male that was struck by a vehicle's driveshaft and injured.

SPD Arrests 30 Time Convicted Felon

1:15 p.m. - 30 time convicted felon arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine.

Challenging Technical Rescue this Morning

11:12 a.m. - SFD rescue was likely the most technical and challenging event faced by the team this year.

Dec. 4

Missing Vulnerable Adult: Catherine Hutchinson

1:34 p.m. - Spokane Police Department Police Officers are attempting to locate 81-year-old Catherine Hutchinson who has gone missing from 2500 E. Rowan Avenue.

Dec. 3

Fire Stopped from Destroying Home in Eagle Ridge

4:58 p.m. - SFD responded to a residential structure fire in the 900 Block of West Basalt Ridge Drive in the Eagle Ridge neighborhood.

Quick Stop of Attic Fire on 1600 Block of East Sinto

4:57 p.m. - SFD responded to the 1600 East Block of Sinto Avenue on a report of a residential structure fire.

Flag Commission Convenes For First Meeting

1:50 p.m. - The Spokane Flag Commission will convene for its first meeting on Friday, Dec. 6.

Dec. 2

Leaf Pickup Planned On Dec. 5 & 6 in Browne's Addition

3:46 p.m. - Vehicles must be moved to accommodate City crews

Space Heater Safety Reminder

2:55 p.m. - SFD has some space heater safety tips for you!

Package Theft

2:53 p.m. - Today is Cyber Monday, the start of the Holiday shopping season which means package thieves will be scouring neighborhoods.

Early Morning Fire on East Broad Avenue

9:25 a.m. - On Thanksgiving morning, SFD was dispatched to a fire in the 1100 Block of East Broad Avenue.