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Drive by shooting in West Central

On January 23, 2012 at 8:50 pm, Spokane police officers responded to a drive-by shooting in the 2100 block of W. Boone Avenue. Police received multiple calls of at least four gunshots heard. Police officers spoke to witnesses and found four  spent shell casings on the sidewalk and in the snow. No victims were located. The suspect was described as a black male 25 to 30 years of age, about 6 foot tall, short curly hair, wearing a  black hooded sweatshirt, and light-colored jeans. The suspect left the scene in a tan or champagne colored SUV, possibly a Ford Explorer. If anyone has information on this crime please call Crime Check at 456-2233. … Read entire article »


Police respond to home invasion robbery

On 1/22/2012 at around 8:30pm officers responded to a reported home invasion at 911 E Beacon.  A female caller said that 4-5 black males armed with handguns had forced their way into her apartment and “hogtied” her and her roommate .  The female also reported that the suspects had fired a gun in her apartment and that there was blood on the floor. Officers arrived in just over a minute.  There was no other calls of the gun fire and the suspects were gone when officers arrived.  A K9 attempted to locate the suspects but they were not found. The female victims could not provide much of a description of the suspects as they were reported to be wearing bandanas … Read entire article »

Police arrest man for burglary, voyeurism

On 1/21/2012 at about 11:19pm, Police officers responded to the Girl Scouts of America office at 1404 N Ash on the report of a prowler in the yard. The Girl Scouts were having a late night gathering. When officers attempted to contact the suspect, he fled on foot. Officer P. Gorman and his K9 Max responded and located the suspect ,Martin J Green 29, hiding under a car. After the investigation was complete, Green was booked into jail for 2nd Degree Burglary and Voyeurism. Voyeurism is a Class C Felony in the State of Washington. If convicted, Green will be required to register as a sex offender. Related Reading: Sex Education: A Woman's Awakening, Book 1 "Kick Ass" Home … Read entire article »

Two Shot in Downtown Spokane

On January 22nd 2012, at approximately 1:40 am, Spokane Police Officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Mexican Restaurant at 2nd and Cedar.  Upon arrival, Officers discovered two male victims.  Both had been shot in their lower leg and had non-life threatening injuries.  Both stated that there was a fight at the restaurant and that someone inside a white van fired a gun, striking them.  Both victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment. Although there were numerous people on scene, there were only a couple of witnesses who were able to state that shots were fired from a white van.  Officers discover broken window glass in the street at the scene.  … Read entire article »

Police investigating hit and run collision

Spokane police are investigation a felony hit and run collision that occurred at 0102 hrs this morning at Everett and Standard.  The driver of the at-fault vehicle fled the scene on foot.  A passenger had to be extricated by the Spokane Fire Dept in the victim vehicle.  Both the driver and the passenger of the victim vehicle were transported to the hospital and are currently being treated for multiple injuries including broken bones.  The injuries are not believed to be life threatening at this point. A police K9 and the Sheriff’s Helicopter responded but were unable to located the suspect in the area.  The suspect was last seen talking on a cell phone so it is … Read entire article »

Man arrested for Attempted Murder

At about 1010 pm on 1/21/2012,  Spokane Police received a 911 cell phone call from the vicinity of 800 W. York.   A male and female could be heard arguing in the background about a restraining order.   911 heard the male ordering the female upstairs and heard the male say he was going to kill the female.   911 was able to pinpoint the location of the call and officers were dispatched. When officers arrived they could hear a female screaming inside.  As officers made entry into the house they could clearly hear the sound of a round being chambered in a firearm.  The officers located the male and female in an upstairs bedroom and the male was taken … Read entire article »

Spokane Police Arrest Man For Burning His Wife

Spokane Police arrested Ronald M. Pritchet (45) for 2nd Degree Assault after he threw a pot of hot oil on his wife.  The victim was seen at a local hospital for extensive burns while Pritchet was booked into jail. Spokane Police patrol officers contacted the victim at her home, yesterday around 1pm.  She told offices that the night before, she and Pritchet were arguing. While making a pan of chicken and bacon, Pritchet became angry and threw the pan at her.  He then refused to allow her to seek medical attention or call for help. The following day, once Pritchet left the home, the victim was able to call 911 for help.  She was transported to a … Read entire article »

Spokane Police Arrest Two on Multiple Counts of Assault

On January 18th, at approximately 10:52 pm, Spokane Police Officers responded to Underhill Park in southeast Spokane on multiple reports of two individuals threatening people with guns.  Numerous people reported that the suspects were in a silver Chevrolet Impala in the parking lot. Spokane Police Officer David Stone arrived on scene and quickly spotted the Impala leaving the park.  As Officer Stone entered the park area, he signaled for the vehicle to stop.  Instead of stopping as required, the vehicle sped up and drove past Officer Stone.   Officer Stone attempted to catch up to the fleeing vehicle on the snowy roads, updating other responding officers to its location.  Officer’s Cory Lyons and Ron Van Tassel arrived … Read entire article »

North County Pursuit Ends With Arrest

A traffic stop on a vehicle for failing to display visible license plates turned into a pursuit Tuesday afternoon when the driver failed to stop and began evading a Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy. The incident began at 1239 p.m. when Deputy Jeff Thurman attempted to stop the 1992 Honda Civic in the area of the 8500 block of North Country Holmes Blvd. Deputy Thurman tried to safely end pursuit by attempting a PIT technique (Pursuit Intervention Technique) but the driver, later identified as Aaron D. Lyons, 33, intentionally swerved into his patrol vehicle. Shortly after, Lyons crashed into some shrubbery when he failed to successfully negotiate a turn into the parking lot of Rite Aid on North Division.  … Read entire article »

Fraud Arrest: What Was He Thinking?

On January 12, 2012, Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies arrested John P. Oak, 44, on felony counts of Forgery and Theft 2nd after he apparently cashed the check he was issued from the Spokane County Jail for a fraudulent amount. Oak, who had been arrested for a minor traffic warrant,  received the check on January 8th from Spokane County Jail staff when he was released from custody.  The $15.00 check issued from a Spokane County Sheriff’s account covered the remaining funds in his inmate account. On January 11th as the jail financial staff reconciled accounts, they noticed the original $15 check issued to Oak had been changed and cashed for $3,042.21.  Reportedly when Oak cashed the check, he … Read entire article »

Spokane Police Investigate An Accidental Stabbing

Spokane Police Detectives are investigating the death of a man that occurred downtown Saturday night near 410 W. 3rd Ave. Detectives have located all parties and are awaiting autopsy results on Tuesday. The incident started on January 14, 2012, just before 8pm, when officers responded to a report of a man bleeding outside an apartment complex at 410 W. 3rd Ave. The scene was initially difficult to piece together due to the confusing nature of the circumstances. Through further investigation detectives have learned a man was banging on a secured door of the apartment complex, armed with a knife. He had previously been threatening a tenant. When the tenant attempted to flee the building, he saw other people … Read entire article »

Police Respond to Shots Fired and Mob Scene Downtown

Spokane Police responded to numerous calls of shots fired in downtown early this morning, and found a crowd of more than 100 unruly people. When the crowd refused to safely disperse, officers were forced to use pepper spray to avoid injuries to those involved. The incident started this morning, around 2:30am, when Spokane Police received multiple reports of shots fired outside the concert venue The Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague. Event security advised officers it was unsafe for them to interact with the unruly crowd outside. Approximately 20 SPD officers quickly responded to diffuse the situation and assist the event security and bystanders. After the event ended, a crowd of over 100 people spilled onto 1st Avenue, … Read entire article »

SPD Adds Stuffed Animals to Patrol Cars

Thanks to a donation of more than 1,000 new beanie babies to the Spokane Police Department, stuffed animals are being added to patrol cars to help child victims and children at crime scenes. Many of the cases the Spokane Police Officers respond to involve innocent and frightened children.  The purpose of keeping stuffed animals in the trunk of patrol cars is to help small children cope in stressful situations, accidents, domestic disputes, medical emergencies, etc..  Handing a child a stuffed animal can help to calm a child and reassure them.  Similar programs involving the use of stuffed animals in patrol cars have been implemented in cities such as San Diego, Oakland and Detroit. It is the priority … Read entire article »

Vehicle flees from officers responding to a shots fired call

About 0220 hrs this morning, Spokane Police Patrol officers responded to the area of Corbin Park for multiple calls of shots being fired.  At least nine calls came in describing multiple gunshots at different times. A witness told officers that he saw a white four door compact car leaving the area at a high rate of speed just after the shots were heard. Sgt D. Overhoff located a vehicle matching that description on the north side of Corbin Park.  When Sgt Overhoff attempted to stop the vehicle, it fled. Due to the dangerousness of a vehicle pursuit and the seriousness of the crime being investigated, a Pursuit Intervention Technique was used to stop the vehicle at Garland and … Read entire article »

Help Identify Robbery Suspect

On January 4, 2012, at 4:30pm, a Safeway, 2507 W. Wellesley, employee was robbed by a white male, who held a knife to his throat. The suspect threatened to slit the victim’s throat, when approached regarding the stealing of grocery items. The suspect had a pocket knife in his hand when he fled on his bicycle. He is described as a white male in his late 30’s, wearing a dark beanie, button up flannel shirt and grayish tan Carhart jacket. Anyone with any information about the suspect’s identity is urged to call Crime Check at 456-2233. Related Reading: Safeway showdown; Everything you need to know about men's provincial curling championship.(Sports): An article from: Winnipeg Free Press A Safeway in Arizona: … Read entire article »

MCU Investigates Assault on an Infant

Spokane Police detectives are investigating the assault of an infant, possibly by her father. The 3 month old baby girl victim was treated at a local hospital last Friday for broken bone, skull fractures and bruises. On January 6, 2012, Spokane Police officers responded to an abuse call at a local hospital. Medical personnel are “mandatory reporters” in the State of Washington when they believe a child has suffered abuse or neglect. The parents of a three month old girl took her to the hospital for an arm injury. Upon examination, medical personnel determined the baby suffered from scratches, bruising to her face and forehead, multiple bone fractures to include skull fractures. Evidence of previous injuries … Read entire article »