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“Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order and Its Enforcement

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“Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order and Its Enforcement

Spokane, WA – Local law enforcement are responding to the numerous questions regarding Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order and how it will be enforced.

The Executive Order comes in response to increasing precautions in the fight against COVID-19 across the state of Washington.

As local law enforcement begins to carry out the state-wide directive, officials seek to dispel rumors and misinformation about its enforcement. It is important all citizens take this seriously, be responsible, and stay at home. 

As the Governor stated is his live address, the order does not mean residents cannot leave their homes to get food, exercise, accomplish essential services, or simply go for a walk.  However, the order restricts public and private gatherings, such as weddings, large barbeques, and group sports.

Local health officials want to emphasize the importance of continuing social distancing (minimum of 6 feet or distance between each other), wash your hands, disinfect surfaces, and follow the other guidelines provided by Spokane Regional Health District Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz, the Washington State Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Additionally, deputies and officers will stop to educate and inform groups or businesses if violations are observed.  Community members are asked to NOT call Crime Check or 9-1-1 to report individual incidents of children playing on park equipment, a barbeque, or people not following social distancing. 

The phone reporting and emergency lines must stay open for citizens needing emergency response of deputies and officers. 

If a business intentionally or continually violates the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, individuals could face the loss of business licenses and/or criminal charges.

The Spokane Region has always come together in time of crisis or adversity. Now is the time for everyone to do their part and set the example for others to follow.  #StayHomeStayHealthy and be #InlandStrong.  

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Emergency Coordination Center
Greater Spokane Emergency Management

Spokane Police Officers and a Spokane Police K9 catch a potential robbery suspect.

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Spokane Police Officers and a Spokane Police K9 catch a potential robbery suspect with help from some alert citizens.

Early this morning at 5:33 AM a man walked into the 7-11 in the 2800 block of or East 30th and took things from the store without paying.  Wit was reported to police that when employees attempted to contact him in order to stop him he displayed a “black handgun” and told them he would shoot them.  He then fled on foot. 

SPD patrol officers responded and set up a perimeter and then began a track with an SPD K9 and deployed an SPD drone to provide over watch for the track adding an additional layer of protection for the officers and the community.  Alert citizens provided updates to the officers in the area as to the movement of the suspect.  The K9 located the suspect near the Applebee’s restaurant on 29th and he was taken into custody without incident.  At the time of his arrest he was cooperative and did not have a firearm in his possession. 

The SPD would like to thank the citizens that provided information which helped lead to the capture of the suspect.

The investigation is continuing, anyone with information regarding this incident that has not spoken to law enforcement is encouraged to call crime check at 456-2233. 

Sergeant Terry Preuninger 

Spokane Police Department  

Communications & Public Information Office  

Assistant Commander – Special Weapons & Tactics Team

DNR Closing Public Lands to Recreation Activities

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DNR Closing Public Lands to Recreation Activities

In order to stop the spread of COVID-19, all public lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources (nearly 6 million acres) will be closed to the public through at least April 8.

OLYMPIA – The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the closure of all DNR-managed lands to the public. The closure goes into effect tomorrow – Thursday, March 26 – and will last through at least April 8.

This step is a continuation of the agency’s efforts to protect people by stemming the spread of the coronavirus. On Monday, the agency, along with the State Department of Parks and Recreation and State Department of Fish and Wildlife, closed all campgrounds across the state through April 30.

Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, the elected official who leads DNR, issued the following statement:

“This was not an easy decision. We treasure our forests and trails and beaches as places of rejuvenation and refuge from the chaos of daily life. But, I cannot ignore the unfortunate reality of what we saw this weekend: crowded trails, people shoulder to shoulder, and large gatherings. This behavior undercuts the sacrifices that Washingtonians of all means and ability are making in order to adhere to social distancing. And it undercuts the heroic efforts of our doctors, nurses, and first responders who risk their lives each day responding to this unrelenting epidemic.

“This behavior also makes clear that, while we have taken drastic measures, we have not done enough when it comes to closing areas where large crowds gather and communicating the importance of staying at home and avoiding physical contact with others.

“The disruptions we are experiencing are difficult and challenging – and unprecedented in our lifetimes. But they are necessary. We must bend the curve. And if we all do our part, these temporary disruptions will save countless lives.”

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About DNR Recreation

Led by the Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, DNR manages 1,200 miles of trails and 160-plus recreation sites in 3 million acres of working forest state trust lands and 92 natural areas. DNR trust lands keep forests development-free, provide clean water, and generate revenue for public services and school construction.

Recreation & Public Access Closure Frequently Asked Questions

DNR Will Be Closing Public Access to State Lands to Keep Everyone Safe During the COVID-19 Outbreak


How long is this closure?

For two weeks, from Thursday, March 26 through Wednesday, April 8. During this period, DNR will assess the situation to evaluate whether lands will remain closed past April 8.

Does this apply to all DNR Managed Lands?

Yes, this applies to all DNR managed lands, which include trailheads, trails, roads, free flight launch sites, campgrounds, water access sites, day-use areas, and dispersed recreation (camping, off-trail hiking, hunting, target shooting, etc.)

Why is the closure necessary?

The decision to close is a difficult one. Recreation provides physical and mental health benefits. Unfortunately, too many people were not following recent safety guidelines while out on our landscapes. At this time, it is extremely important that we follow the direction of scientists and doctors to stay home except for essential needs.

Isn’t being out in the wilderness safer than being elsewhere?

In some ways, yes, but other people also think so. When everyone heads to their favorite recreation area, suddenly people are parking together, sharing facilities, passing on the trail. Closing access is a significant step, but it’s necessary and temporary. The sooner people follow stay home direction, the sooner we can welcome folks back.

Why is camping closed?

Campgrounds bring people together and that is why we cherish outdoor adventure. However, this creates a potentially unsafe setting. Visitors stay for days at a time, cook and eat in close proximity, share restroom facilities, and have limited resources for following disinfection and hand washing recommendations.

We weighed many scenarios, and came to the conclusion that the most effective course is to fully close camping for now. We recognize that this will create additional challenges for some people, however, it is imperative that we take action to limit risk and exposure for everyone.

How will this be enforced?

We take this closure seriously and expect the public to also. Ultimately, we are counting on people to do the right thing and comply. It is important that we all abide by this closure to protect the safety of everyone. Our enforcement staff will be patrolling our landscapes. If you are found on state land, our staff will provide information about the closure and ask you to leave. Citations can be issued to individuals who refuse to leave.

Does this apply to commercial activities?

No. Consistent with the Governor’s order, essential business functions of DNR will continue on state lands. That includes timber harvests, which support the manufacture and distribution of forest products, and our agriculture lands that support our food supply. Social distancing will be adhered to by these workers, and any non-essential elements will be done via telework or suspended.



Paige DeChambeau

Recreation Communications Manager



SPD Vehicle Involved in Collision at 5th and Lincoln

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A Spokane Police Officer was injured this morning when a driver ran a stop sign and collided with his patrol car.

This morning a Spokane Police Officers was traveling north on Lincoln at 5th   in his patrol car when a citizen driving west on 5th failed to stop for the stop sign.  The resulting collision drew the attention of Medical staff from Deaconess Hospital who immediately ran out of the building and began giving aid to the officer and other driver. The driver of the car that failed to stop had to be extricated from the vehicle by responding Spokane Fire Fighters. 

The officer and the citizen are currently being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The SPD Major Crimes Unit traffic investigators are on scene and are continuing the investigation.

We would like to thank the health care workers at Deaconess for their attentiveness and quick response. 

Sergeant Terry Preuninger 

Spokane Police Department  

Communications & Public Information Office  

Assistant Commander – Special Weapons & Tactics Team

Commerce and Employment Security Department leaders partner for economic resilience and recovery effort during COVID-19 outbreak

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State leaders roll out joint effort to help business and workers hit hard by economic fallout of coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

State agencies and partners are working to swiftly respond to the economic impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on Washington state. Disruptions to workers and small businesses are serious, as are disruptions in the global supply chain for larger manufacturers.

On March 18, Gov. Jay Inslee announced the launch of the Economic Retention, Resilience and Recovery effort to help business and workers through this difficult economic situation.

Commerce Director Lisa Brown and Employment Security Department (ESD) Commissioner Suzi LeVine are leading the state’s efforts in this area and have already begun working on a plan.

Commerce and ESD are working with other state partners to update a statewide portal to rapidly provide up-to-date information on resources and services available to support businesses and workers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Businesses and workers can go to coronavirus.wa.gov to access these sources in one place.

The U.S. Small Business Administration approved Gov. Inslee’s request for a disaster declaration, and all counties in Washington state are now eligible for assistance. This unlocks low-interest loans that will help small businesses meet their financial obligations during this difficult time.

Up to $5 million of in the Governor’s Working Washington Fund will be made available as micro-grants to small businesses across the state to help prevent closure due to COVID-19. Commerce will distribute these funds. Check coronavirus.wa.gov for updates on the funding timeline and follow Commerce on Twitter @WAStateCommerce for an announcement when funds are available.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and we know they are feeling real pain right now. Public health is our state’s number one priority, and we are working quickly at the local, regional and federal level to bring help to businesses hit hard by the economic fallout of this outbreak,” said Commerce Director Lisa Brown. “These are initial steps. More information and more help is on the way.”

For businesses that need some temporary tax relief, Gov. Inslee has given the Department of Revenue authority to waive interest, fees, and due dates for a broad range of taxes, including property tax exemptions, business license renewals and others. Visit the DOR website for full information.

Washingtonians are turning to unemployment insurance, many for the first time, to provide them the financial stability they need. This has created a tremendous spike in demand for this program. ESD is pulling out all the stops to rapidly expand its capacity during these unprecedented times, including:

  • Hiring more than 60 new staff for its claim center operations.
  • Helping people navigate the state’s unemployment Insurance system by posting more information on ESD’s website and social media channels.
  • Extending its service hours to seven days a week and extending hours per day.
  • Reassigning staff from other parts of the agency to provide more customer service.
  • Deploying staff to answer general questions from the public.

“Many Washington workers are living paycheck to paycheck and need income support now,” said ESD Commissioner Suzi LeVine. “Unemployment insurance will play a critical role in reducing the financial hardship many families are feeling at this time, as well as support the larger economy through increased consumer spending,” she said.

Victim stabbed in neck after meeting people regarding a Craigslist rental listing.

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Victim stabbed in neck after meeting people regarding a Craigslist rental listing.

On 2-26-2020 around 7:00pm Spokane Police responded to a report of an assault near N Ash St and W Heroy Ave.  Upon arrival officers observed the victim’s face and shirt were covered with blood and the victim had received a laceration above the eye along with what appeared to be a puncture wound to the neck.  SPD administered medical aid until fire personnel arrived to take over.  The victim was then transported by AMR to Deaconess Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

According to the victim, he met up with a male and female while inquiring about a room for rent on craigslist.  The male and female sellers picked up the victim and drove him to the apartment in question so he could see if he would like to rent the room.  The victim inspected the apartment and stated that he did not want to put a deposit down until he had a signed lease agreement in writing.

The male suspect then offered the victim a ride back home.  On the trip home, the female was driving and the victim and the male were sitting in the back seat of the vehicle.  During the ride the male suspect leaned into the victim and stabbed him in the neck with a hunting knife.

They struggled over the weapon which the victim was able to get control of as well as push the male away.   The struggle continued and the victim managed to open the driver side rear door of the vehicle and throw the knife out.  The victim then grabbed his belongings and threw them out of the vehicle while simultaneously rolling himself out as well.  The victim then got up out of the roadway and attempted to flag down a vehicles for assistance.

The victim described the suspects as:

Suspect 1:           White male, ~27y/o, 5’7”-5’9”, 300+lbs, light brown or possibly blue eyes, a shaved head, and blonde/reddish beard.  Wearing a black athletic shirt, dark cotton t-shirt, grey sweater, dirty blue jeans, black boots, plain black baseball cap.

Suspect 2:           White female, ~23 y/o, 5’5”-5’6”, thin build, round head, dark large eyes, and shaved sides of her head with purple/maroon dreadlocks on top.  She was wearing a lot of makeup and had a piercing near her mouth.

Suspect Vehicle:     Black SUV

The Spokane Police Department wants to remind everyone that predatory criminals will use a variety of methods to seek out potential victims.  While the overwhelming majority of business conducted online is legitimate, we do need to exercise caution when conducting these transactions.

This incident is reference SPD Police report #2020-20034620

Sergeant Terry Preuninger 

Spokane Police Department  

Communications & Public Information Office  

Assistant Commander – Special Weapons & Tactics Team

UPDATE: Suspect in Shooting on 7th Ave. Arrested

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UPDATE: Suspect in Shooting on 7th Ave. Arrested

Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Detectives continued their investigation throughout the night and early morning.  The suspect, 34-year-old Brian L. Riley, a 14-time convicted felon, was booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of Attempted Murder 1st Degree, Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement, and two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.  The 33-year-old victim remains in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.  This investigation is active, and additional charges are possible.      

Through the investigation, Detectives learned Riley was at the E. 7th Avenue home.  He was armed and reportedly trying to sell some items to get cash.   The homeowner states he heard a shot inside his home and went to investigate and found the victim unconscious and bleeding.  Riley said he shot the victim and now needed to finish him off.  The homeowner said he was in fear he would be killed, but he talked Riley into leaving with him to protect the victim. 

The homeowner, fearing for his life, stopped at the Maverick Station on Argonne, said he needed some cigarettes, and went into the store, leaving the vehicle running.  Once inside the store, he told the clerk that his passenger was armed and to call the police before running out the back.  He ran to Albertson’s on Trent and told an employee to call the police and waited to be contacted.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., two Deputies happened to arrive and go into the store.  The clerk hung up the phone and immediately told one of the Deputies what had happened.  He pointed toward a blue Audi in the parking lot and that he was told the passenger, later identified as Riley, was armed and dangerous. 

Unaware of the shooting and with minimal information, Deputies believed Riley possibly intended to rob the store or assault the clerk.  As the Deputies approached the vehicle, Riley fled at a high rate of speed south on Argonne and west on Sprague.  Riley almost struck another car while making the turn and began weaving around the sporadic vehicles on the road, overtaking them at high speeds.  Near Thierman and Sprague, not knowing Riley’s identity, about the shooting, or having any knowledge of an actual crime, the pursuit was terminated for the safety of the public.      

Soon after, Riley turned the vehicle’s lights off and slowed considerably.  Due to the slow speeds and lit roadway, the Deputies were able to maintain sight of the Audi. 

When the Audi turned south on Havana, at approximately 6:35 p.m., Dispatch advised the vehicle may have been involved in a shooting on E. 7th Avenue, and the male driving was possibly the suspect.  With this new information, the Deputies activated their emergency lights and siren to catch up to the Audi.  Riley rapidly increased speed, westbound on Pacific, then south on Myrtle.  The Deputies momentarily lost sight of the Audi but located it in an alleyway a short distance from the dead-end on Myrtle.

As they approached, they observed Riley emerge from behind a building.  Riley complied with commands, and with additional patrol units at the scene to assist, he was taken into custody without incident.   

A small pistol magazine was located in Riley’s pants pocket, and a handgun was observed inside the car.  A second, silver handgun was found under a parked vehicle next to where Riley was taken into custody.

As a result of the ongoing investigation, Major Crimes Detectives developed probable cause to charge Riley with Attempted Murder 1st Degree, Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement, and two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. 

As of this morning, the victim remains in critical condition. 

Anyone with information regarding these incidents and has not already been contacted by law enforcement is urged to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

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Release from February 23, 2020:

Major Crimes Investigates Shooting in Spokane Valley

Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Detectives are investigating a shooting at a residence in Spokane Valley.  The adult male victim was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

On February 23, 2020, at approximately 6:35 p.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the report of a shooting with a victim, at a residence located in the 11300 block of E. 7th Avenue.  The caller reported he was no longer at the residence, but his friend was there and had been shot.  

Deputies responded and located an adult male victim with what appeared to be life-threatening injuries. 

Spokane Valley Fire and AMR personnel provided medical care and the victim was quickly transported to the hospital.

Major Crimes Detectives are responding to the scene to continue the investigation. 

Although this investigation is in its initial stages, this does not appear to be random.  With the information received at this time, there is no known threat to the safety of the public stemming from this incident.    

No further information is available at this time. 

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Corporal Mark Gregory

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office

Spokane Valley Police Department
Public Information Officer

#Update North Assembly and West Wellesley DUI Crash

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In the early morning hours of February 23, 2020 Officers responded to Wellesley and Assembly for a single vehicle collision. Officers responded and found that there was significant damage to the car and two of the passengers were critically injured. Officers processed the scene and later arrested the driver of the vehicle for several charges related to this incident.

On February 23, 2020, just after 2 am a Spokane Police Officer was at Garland and Ash. He witnessed a vehicle traveling west on Garland at such a fast speed that it looked like a blur, he estimated the speeds of the vehicle at least 80 MPH. The Officer turned on his lights and tried to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was going so fast and was so far ahead that the Officer never got close enough to stop it. The vehicle turned north on Belt and the Officer lost sight of it.

Minutes later Police and Fire personnel were dispatched to Assembly and Wellesley for a collision. The initial reports into 911 indicated that people were trapped in the car and it was now on fire. By the time emergency crews arrived, the fire was out. The collision involved only the one vehicle, but it had hit a pole just passed the intersection. The damage to the vehicle was extensive and it appeared the vehicle was traveling at high speeds.

The two adult male passengers were trapped inside the vehicle and the Fire Department had to extricate both of them out. Both males were transported to the hospital in critical condition, both with life threatening injuries to include a partially amputated arm.

The driver of the vehicle, 21 year old Daryn White received minor injuries from the collision. Through the course of the investigation, Officers determined that White was driving the same vehicle that flew by the Officer at Garland and Ash. Officers also believed that White could be under the influence of alcohol. A Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) was called to the scene to evaluate White. The DRE applied for and was granted a search warrant for a sample of Whites blood to determine the presence of alcohol or drugs.

White was released from the hospital a short time later. He was booked into the Spokane County Jail for 2 counts of vehicular assault. This charge applies when a driver is driving in a reckless manner or under the influence and there is significant injury to another person. He was charged for 2 counts because of the two people injured. White was also charged for eluding a Police vehicle for not pulling over when the initial Officer attempted to stop him at Garland and Ash.

This incident, like so many others in the community highlight the importance of getting a designated driver, a taxi or having other plans to get home other than driving impaired. Because of poor decisions made last night, two men will have life altering injuries. This incident would have been significantly worse if White had crashed into another vehicle and not a pole. Please, don’t drink/do drugs and drive, the consequences can be severe.

Cpl Van Tassel

Spokane Police Department

Can You Help Identify this Theft Suspect?

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Can You Help Identify this Male?

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Unit (SCIU) Detective Dean Meyer would like your help identifying this male.    

On February 10, 2020, a victim reported someone entered her apartment while she slept and stole two purses and her car keys.  The slider door to the apartment was found wide open and may have been left unlocked.  The victim said her vehicle which was parked in the complex parking lot, located in the 4900 block of E. Upriver Drive, was also taken. 

When the victim called her bank to cancel her banking card, she learned a fraudulent purchase was made at approximately 7:00 a.m. that morning at Jack in the Box located at 6318 N. Division Street. 

These pictures were obtained from Jack in the Box surveillance video.  Investigators would like your help identifying this male regarding the fraudulent purchase.   

If you recognize this male or can identify him, please contact SCIU Detective Meyer at 509-477-3159, reference #10018214.

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Corporal Mark Gregory

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office

Spokane Valley Police Department
Public Information Officer

St Patrick’s Day Promotion 2020

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Winners names will be posted on the Facebook post for each promotional post. Winners will have to pick up their prize at the Spokane News Headquarters and message Spokane News on FB to claim their prize when names are announced. All prizes not picked up 3/20/20 will be forfeited. You can enter on each post and it is possible you can win multiple times if you enter on every post. All winners will be verified to have entered the promotion by following the rules. Winners must have ID to claim their prize. To claim Lottery part of winning, Winner must be 18 years old or over.

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