Public’s Assistance Requested in Reducing Commercial Burglaries

The Spokane Police Department’s downtown precinct would like the public’s assistance in reducing the volume of commercial burglaries we are experiencing in the down town core. Recently there has been a marked increase in commercial burglaries in the downtown area, and there have been some commonalities in the tactics used by the burglars. Business owners […]

Mussel-sniffing Dog “Puddles” Joins Fight Against Invasive Species

Mussel-sniffing Dog “Puddles” Joins Fight Against Invasive Species The newest member of the team that protects Washington’s waterways from invasive species has quite the ruff routine: Sniff, sit, play! Starting this spring, Puddles, a 2-year-old Jack Russel terrier mix, will use her keen sense of smell to help detect quagga and zebra mussel larvae on […]

Can You Help Identify this Suspect?

Can You Help Identify this Suspect? Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detective Kirk Keyser is attempting to identify the female suspect in these photos.  This suspect accompanied another female whom Detectives believe they have identified during a shoplifting theft turned violent, raising the crime to robbery.        On May 13, 2019, at approximately 5:40 p.m., this female suspect was […]

10 Spokane Fire Department Communication Specialist being laid off for SREC

CITY NOTIFIES FIRE COMMUNICATION SPECIALISTS OF CHANGES AS EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS TRANSITIONS Community moving to new SREC operations ********************************************** The City of Spokane today notified 10 Spokane Fire Department Communication Specialists that they will be laid off from the City on July 1 when the new Spokane Regional Emergency Communications (SREC) is scheduled to begin operations. […]

Father’s Day 2019 Promotion

Father’s Day Promotion Winners! Our 3rd Place Winner is: Alexandria Fisher. Our 2nd Place Winner is: Tim Mitchell. Our Grand Prize Winner is: Cindy McCauley Father’s Day 2019 Promotion Presented by Our Sponsors. Hampton Inn & Suites in the Spokane Valley Avista Utilities Spokane Legacy Limo Mt. Spokane Pediatrics Total Security Inc. Halletts Chocolates Scratch […]

SWAT Team and Negotiators Successful: Felony DV Suspect Surrenders

SWAT Team and Negotiators Successful: Felony DV Suspect Surrenders The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) successfully ended a standoff this afternoon when the suspect surrendered after their arrival. On May 14, 2019, at approximately 9:00 a.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a domestic violence call.  […]

Suspect Who Pled Guilty to Child Rape 1st Degree, Sentenced

Suspect Who Pled Guilty to Child Rape 1st Degree, Sentenced This morning, Spokane County Superior Court Judge Tony Hazel sentenced 77-year-old Merlyn R. Schmelzer to 93 months (7 years, 9 months) and up to life in prison.   On April 2, 2019, Schmelzer pled guilty to one count of Child Rape 1st Degree in Spokane County Superior Court.  Schmelzer was […]

Arbitrator Upholds Termination of Former Deputy

Arbitrator Upholds Termination of Former Deputy Late last week, an Arbitrator’s Opinion and Award letter was received regarding the termination of Travis Smith, a former Deputy.  In the letter, Arbitrator Martin Henner found Travis Smith violated Washington statute and that he was untruthful during the investigation into his actions, denying Smith’s grievance of his termination […]

North Spokane Road Rage and Threats with a Gun

On Saturday, the Spokane Police Department investigated a road rage incident in north Spokane which quickly escalated into a very dangerous situation. When people from two different vehicles confronted each other, one pulled out a gun and threatened the other. The next day Officers were able to track down the suspect and take him into […]