SPD's new Internal Affairs director is changing the way officer misconduct is investigated
In a time when the Spokane Police Department looks to rebuild its public image and strengthen accountability, a former fraud investigator with the federal public defender's office has taken over the investigation of officer misconduct, training priorities and technology upgrades, including the implementation of officer-worn body cameras. As director of the department's newly created Strategic Initiatives division, Tim Schwering now oversees the vastly different, but often interconnected, operations of Internal Affairs, professional standards, information technology and officer training.
Jolly old Saint Nicholas landed at River Park Square Friday evening, and dozens of children craned their necks to catch a glimpse of Santa as he descended down the atrium escalator. With a wave of his finger, he lit the mall Christmas tree before dancing with elves and mingling with children, ready to whisper their wish lists into his ear.
The city's Use of Force Commission weighs in on progress at SPD; plus, Lakeland Village under fire
Not Done Yet A month-old letter from the city's Use of Force Commission surfaced last week in response to the Spokane Police Department's ongoing reform efforts, commending initial progress, but also calling out three recommendations in need of additional attention.
Next year the city will start booting the cars of parking "scofflaws"
In a database at City Hall, officials track more $4 million in unpaid parking tickets, often seeing the same names — about 3,500 "frequent flyers," who have four or more unpaid tickets — appear over and over again. Now, one man thinks he has a way to target just 10 or 20 of those drivers and make the whole lot listen.
Medicaid expansion under Obamacare is shaping up to be a wedge issue in the 2014 race for Idaho governor
Back in 2010, Idaho's cowboy Gov. Butch Otter was the first state executive to sign a law allowing his attorney general to sue the federal government if Congress passed the president's signature health care law. But three years later, Otter has shown he's willing to compromise his hard-line opposition to the Affordable Care Act as long as he can make the law work on Idaho's terms: First, the governor formed a workgroup to study whether Idaho should form its own state-run health insurance exchange.
Lives cut short, families torn apart, children mourned: the heavy toll of American roadways
Enclosed in the broken glass and crushed steel of a crumpled 1969 Plymouth Fury, Margaret Nordhagen sits next to the love of her life.
Among those planning to run for county prosecutor and sheriff: one of the community's most outspoken Smart Justice advocates
Last spring, amid panic about overcrowding, calls for a brand-new jail took over the regional conversation.
The Spokane City Council explores a "safety valve" for the ombudsman; plus, lawmakers in Olympia look to fund the North-South Freeway
What the Council Wants
Three different charter schools, with vastly different visions for education, have applied for Spokane Public Schools' authorization
Spokane Public Schools stands alone: So far, it's the only district in the state that's seized the chance to become a charter school authorizer.
I-522 supporters lost their first fight to label genetically engineered foods in Washington; now it's on to Round Two
When the campaign to label genetically modified food in Washington conceded last week, Initiative 522 had definitely failed — 51 to 49 percent — with too few uncounted votes left to pull off a win.
Christina Napier helps 5-year-old Jordan Jensen read Christmas hymns during a "Candlelight Vigil Against Poverty" with Catholic Charities Spokane on Monday night.
A traveling house-flipping seminar promises to give you the tools to wealth — but then come all the strings
Before a sleepy Saturday morning crowd of about 50 in a Davenport Hotel ballroom, speaker Tony Natoli rattles off quips, jokes and axioms, delivering a sort of sermon in his Georgia drawl.
Spokane City Council kills the tentative agreement with the police guild; plus, more election results
Back to Bargaining
Very little is known about the prevalence of child sex trafficking in Washington state, let alone Spokane County, but that soon may change
They were just children, whose drug-addled parents sold them to predators to pay back a debt. They were girls who fell for dangerous, older men online.
With the loss of federal grant money, the Idaho Innocence Project faces a shortfall in cash, but no lack of work
It's 2 am on the West Coast when the news arrives.
The Spokane City Council tips a little to the left, Washington state shoots down GMO labeling and, as of press time, the levy to buy land around Fairchild was failing
SPOKANE CITY COUNCIL