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NCAA Spokane Arena Announcement

The University of Idaho and the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena are pleased to announce that tickets for the 2022 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship – Spokane Regional, taking place March 25-March 28, 2022 will go on sale at 7:00am (PST) on Tuesday, October 19! 

All guests who purchase tickets to the 2022 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2024 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship hosted at the Spokane Arena.

8200 North Market Fatal Motorcycle Crash


Fatal Motorcycle Crash in North Spokane County

Investigators Work to Identify Witnesses in a Blue Sedan

Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies and Traffic Unit Investigators responded to a motorcycle/vehicle collision last night on N. Market between Lincoln Rd. and N. Freya.  The rider of the motorcycle was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The driver of the SUV tried to avoid the collision but was unsuccessful.  She showed no signs of impairment and was not charged. 

Investigators are attempting to identify the driver or any passengers of a blue sedan that witnesses stated was almost hit by the motorcycle on N. Market, near Magnesium, just prior to this fatal crash.

Occupants of the blue sedan or anyone else who has information regarding this fatal crash are asked to call Detective Jeff Welton at 509-477-3237.        

On October 11, 2021, at approximately 9:07 pm., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a motorcycle and vehicle collision report in the 8200 block of N. Market. 

Deputies arrived to find Spokane Fire, Spokane County Fire, and AMR personnel providing medical treatment to the adult male motorcycle rider, who sustained life-threatening injuries.  Despite their best efforts, he was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Initial information indicates the adult female driver of the SUV, a Honda Pilot, was traveling north on Market.  She had slowed and moved into the two-way center turn lane, preparing to turn left into a parking lot, and was almost stopped.

The rider of the motorcycle was traveling south on Market.  As he approached the Honda, he appeared to be unable to maintain control of his motorcycle and crossed into the center turn lane, heading straight toward the Honda.  The SUV driver tried to avoid the collision by turning back toward the northbound travel lane, but unfortunately, the motorcycle crashed into the SUV. 

Evidence at the scene indicates the motorcyclist was traveling above the posted speed limit and possibly under the influence of alcohol. 

A witness contacted at the scene identified a blue sedan occupied by teens that the motorcycle passed and almost hit on N. Market St. near Magnesium. 

Investigators would like to speak with any of the occupants of the blue sedan or anyone else who can provide information regarding the events leading up to the fatal collision.  Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Jeff Welton at 509-477-3237, reference #10135707.          

Corporal Mark Gregory

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office

Spokane Valley Police Department
Public Information Officer

Spokane Valley Homicide Suspect In Custody


Male Arrested for Murder Following Shooting this Weekend

Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred in the early morning hours on Sunday.  The adult female victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The male suspect was located and arrested a short distance from the residence.  Later, he was booked into the Spokane County Jail for Murder 2nd Degree. 

On October 10, 2021, at approximately 2:25 a.m., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the report of a shooting at a residence located in the 900 block of N. Wilbur Road in Spokane Valley. 

They arrived to find a male in front of the residence pointing toward Wilbur and Broadway, indicating the suspect had fled in that direction.  

Deputies entered the residence to find an adult female suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.  They attempted life-saving aid until relieved by Spokane Valley Fire personnel.

Assisting Deputies began searching for the suspect, identified as 42-year-old Jason E. Woodlief.  

A short time later, Deputy Daryl Hansmann observed a male matching Woodlief’s description sitting in the side yard of a home located in the 11600 block of E. Broadway and requested additional units to respond.  Deputy Phil Pfeifer arrived, and as Deputy Hansmann gave commands which Woodlief followed.  He was taken into custody without further incident and immediately requested a lawyer. 

Initial information gained from witnesses indicates Woodlief attended a gathering at a friend’s home with his roommate, his girlfriend/victim, and her two children.  Woodlief was drinking and began arguing with others at the house.  Woodlief’s roommate, the victim, and her children left and went back to their home on Wilbur, where they lived upstairs, and Woodlief stayed in a bedroom in the basement. 

Soon after, two friends arrived and said Woodlief was drunk and just smashed up one of their cars.  While they were explaining this, Woodlief arrived at the home, and an argument ensued.  The two friends left the house, and Woodlief went downstairs to his room, leaving his roommate, the victim, and her children upstairs.

Woodlief came back upstairs, had an altercation with the victim, then shot her before fleeing the residence.  The victim’s boyfriend and the victim’s children were not injured during this violent incident. 

Woodlief was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Murder 2nd Degree, where he remains with a bond set by the courts at one million dollars. 

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the identity of the victim at a later time, when appropriate. 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233, reference #10134975.

Corporal Mark Gregory

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office

Spokane Valley Police Department
Public Information Officer

Win 2 Tickets to Casey Donahew


Country music 🤠 makes its grand return to #KnittingFactory Saturday, September 18 with CASEY DONAHEW! Over the last 18 years, Casey has risen from a favorite on the local Texas music scene, racking up 21 #1 singles, to a nationally touring act who consistently sells out venues all across the country.

We are giving away 🎟️TWO TICKETS🎟️ to one lucky winner. Spread the word by sharing this post. Comment below to let us know who you would bring as your +1! You can also buy tickets in advance!

Win 2 Tickets to Tom Papa


In-person events are back!👏 Don’t miss your chance to see actor, writer and comedian extraordinaire TOM PAPA at #TheBing on Friday, September 17. We are giving away 🎟️TWO TICKETS🎟️ to one lucky winner. Spread the word by sharing this post. Comment below to let us know who you would bring as your +1!

With more than 20 years as a stand-up comedian, Tom Papa is one of the top comedic voices in the country finding success in film, TV, radio and podcasts as well as on the live stage. He is a regular guest on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast and the late night TV shows. Don’t wait the miss the show? Buy now:

Win 2 Tickets to Smells Like Nirvana


Relive the glory days of grunge Friday night, September 10 at #KnittingFactory with SMELLS LIKE NIRVANA! Celebrate the legendary sounds of Nirvana & Kurt Cobain with the national traveling Nirvana tribute as they perform songs from Nevermind, In Utero, Bleach, and more (b-sides/rare songs).

We are giving away 🎟️TWO TICKETS🎟️ to one lucky winner. Spread the word by sharing this post. Comment below to let us know who you would bring as your +1! Why wait?! Buy tickets now:

Child Predator Sentenced to 8 Years


Serial child predator sentenced to 8 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to several felony charges in Spokane County Superior Court

On August 25, 2021, Charles Green (59 y/o) pled guilty to 2 counts of Second Degree Assault (DV) and Communicating with a Minor for Immoral Purposes. As part of this plea deal, Green also pled guilty in May to First Degree Child Molestation and 2 counts of Second Degree Child Molestation.

Green was charged with 26 felonies involving 16 child victims before pleading guilty to 6 of the 26 felony charges.

In May 2018, two teenage victims reported Green was sending sexually explicit messages to his children’s friends. SPD Detectives soon discovered allegations that Green had committed over 50 felonies involving more than 16 girls ranging in age from 11 – 17. Green was ultimately charged with 26 felony crimes, including child molestation, commercial sexual abuse of a minor, communication with a minor for immoral purposes, possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and multiple counts of providing drugs to minors (including methamphetamine and marijuana).

Green was sentenced to 98 months to life in prison. As a condition of his First Degree Child Molestation plea, Green must file a petition demonstrating he is no longer a threat to society to be eligible for release. If released, Green would be required to register as a sex offender.

SPD takes all allegations of sexual assault extremely seriously and is committed to vigorous investigation in the pursuit of justice.

Officer S. Anderson
Spokane Police Department

SPD Arrest 5 in Robbery Shooting Call


Spokane Police Department arrest 5 in connection with an attempted robbery that occurred in the downtown area

On 08/21/2021, at about 1:07 P.M, Officers responded to a shooting in the 400 block of South Maple St. in the downtown area of Spokane. While Officers were en-route, the caller advised that one male had been shot in the parking lot and the suspects were fleeing in a vehicle.

Once Officers arrived on-scene, they located a male with a single gunshot wound.  While talking to the victim, he advised he was just “robbed” and provided Officers a detailed description of the vehicle that was used in the shooting. 

Another Officer, who was responding to the scene, located the vehicle used in the robbery and attempted to catch up to the vehicle. When Officers tried to stop the vehicle, the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed.

Based on recent changes, Officers had to establish probable cause before a pursuit was initiated.  Fortunately Officers were able to maintain visual until this element was met which took extra time due to Officers still investigating at the crime scene. Officers were able to determine probable cause existed on the vehicle and its occupants for Robbery 1st so the pursuit was initiated.

During the pursuit, one of the occupants threw a firearm out of the window which was recovered. Also during the pursuit, Officers were able to spike the vehicle to slow the vehicle down. At one point, Officers initiated a PIT maneuver to end the pursuit.  The vehicle spun out and struck a parked car. Some of the occupants in the vehicle fled and were later apprehended a short time later. All 5 occupants were detained while the investigation continued.

Once everyone was detained, Officers ran the license plate of the vehicle.  The plates on the vehicle came back stolen.  Officers tried to get a hold of the owner to determine if the vehicle was stolen but were unable to get a hold of the owner at this time.

During the investigation all 5 occupants were arrested. The following charges are as follows:

The driver of the vehicle, identified as 20 year old Chandler Alexander, was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Attempt to Elude a Police Vehicle, Robbery 1st degree, Possession of Stolen Property 3rd degree, Resisting Arrest and Obstruction.

20 year old Dylen Swan was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail for 1st Robbery, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 2nd degree, and an un-related misdemeanor warrant.  Dylen was also booked into the Spokane County Jail for 2 more counts of Robbery from an incident that occurred yesterday.

38 year old Giovanni Juarez was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Robbery 1st degree and an unrelated felony warrant for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.

21 year old Roniah Friedlander was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Robbery 1st degree.

17 year old female was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center for Robbery 1st.  Due to her age, her name will not be released at this time.

This case is still under investigation.  The victim was transported to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries. His injuries were listed as non-life threatening. No one else was injured during this incident.

Sgt. Michael Huffman
Swingshift Patrol Supervisor Team 8
Team Public Information Officer.

Deputies Locate and Arrest Stabbing Suspect


Deputies Locate and Arrest Stabbing Suspect

Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a person with a weapon/stabbing call at the Big Foot Tavern on N. Division.  Arriving Deputies learned the suspect fled the scene following a fight.  Deputies identified the suspect and later found him walking near his home, where he was safely arrested.  The victim was provided medical attention for a deep cut to his hand.  

On August 25, 2021, at approximately 1:25 am, Spokane County Deputies responded to a call of a fight/stabbing at the Bigfoot Tavern located at 9115 N. Division in Spokane County. 

Arriving Deputies located an adult male victim with what appeared to be a deep cut to his hand.  The victim was provided medical attention for the non-life-threatening wound.  Deputies were told the adult male suspect, and a female left the tavern prior to the arrival of Deputies. 

Through the investigation, Deputies identified the suspect as 30-year-old Marc J. Holzer.  A perimeter was established, and a K9 Unit was requested to attempt a track to locate Holzer.  The perimeter units gave K9 warnings, and when the K9 Team arrived, a track was initiated.  Deputies were assisted by Spokane Police Department Officers.

As the investigation continued, Deputies learned Holzer might have made it to his home, located in the 6000 block of N. Buffalo Street.  Deputies quickly established a perimeter around the house as they worked to confirm if Holzer was inside and began the process to obtain a search warrant.

At approximately 3:25 am, a Deputy on the perimeter near the home observed a male matching Holzer’s description walking with a female on W. Central Ave. at N. Monroe.  The Deputy made contact at W. Central and N. Buffalo St. and identified the male as Holzer.  Holzer was arrested without incident.

The victim and witnesses at the scene told Deputies the incident began when Holzer and another male got into a physical fight.  The victim tried to intervene and break up the fight, but Holzer pulled out a folding pocketknife and raised it above his head.  The victim tried to block Holzer’s armed assault and received a deep cut to the palm of his hand.  Hearing the commotion, the bouncer of the tavern ran outside and broke up the fight.  Afterward, Holzer fled the scene on foot. 

Holzer was advised of his rights and agreed to answer questions.  He admitted to being at the Bigfoot Tavern earlier, where several subjects confronted him.  He pulled out a knife, a scuffle ensued, and one of the subjects was injured.  Holzer then fled on foot. 

Deputies located the knife believed to have been used by Holzer in a driveway, several hundred yards west of the tavern.

Holzer was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Assault 2nd Degree.      

Corporal Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Spokane Valley Police Department
Public Information Officer

900 East Indiana Standoff Ends with Suspect in Custody


Early morning standoff concludes with arrest for multiple felonies

On August 25, 2021 just after 3:00am, 911 received a phone call from a victim stating she had been assaulted and was unsure where she was. The victim said she was currently with the suspect who threatened to kill her with a knife earlier in the evening. She told 911 the suspect was currently asleep, but was afraid he would wake up if she tried to leave.

The investigation lead officers to a residence in the 900 block of E. Indiana Avenue. As the victim remained on the line with 911, she continued to express her fear of being killed by the suspect.

Shortly after realizing officers were on scene, she exited the residence to safety.  She told officers the suspect strangled her in addition to threatening to kill her. Officers developed probable cause for Second Degree Assault and Unlawful Imprisonment. 

Due to having probable cause for a felony assault and the suspect potentially being armed with a deadly weapon, the residence was surrounded by on scene officers and additional resources from SPD SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics), K-9, and Hostage/Crisis Negotiators were requested.

Prior to specialized resources arriving, the suspect exited the residence and was taken into custody without further incident.

SPD frequently activates specialized personnel/resources as part of the commitment to resolve incidents peacefully and to maintain the safety of all parties involved.

The suspect was identified as Daniel L. Murphy (54 y/o). Murphy was charged with Second Degree Assault and Unlawful Imprisonment.

Officer S. Anderson

Spokane Police Department