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 […]

Update WSP Trooper vehicle struck by sleeping driver

WASHINGTON STATE PATROL*                                   PRESS MEMODATE: 20190511    TIME: 1638    INV UNIT: 872 – TROOPER CARLONELOCATION:E90 MP298 TWO MILES EAST OF LIBERTY LAKECOUNTY:SPOKANE    COLLISION REPORT NUMBER:SECTOR   CASE FILE:19010951NBR VEH: 3    CARS: 03    TRUCKS: 00    MOTORCYCLES: 00   PEDESTRIANS: 00NBR INJ: 02    DECEASED: 00              DRUGS OR ALCOHOL INVOLVED: NO———————————-PERSON(S) INVOLVED—————————-NAME: WELLS, ALLEN O    AGE: 19 YEARS    SEX:MALE    MC ENDORSEMENT: […]

5 Female Graffiti Suspects Caught in the act and flee

The Spokane Police responded to the Shadle Park neighborhood early Saturday morning reference a malicious mischief report. Officers observed five people in the middle of the street spray painting the street. All five ran when Police arrived on scene. Four of the five were detained and arrested.  The fifth person was identified. There were similarities between […]

Arrested, Booked, Right Back Out on the Streets of Our Community

Arrested, Booked, Right Back Out on the Streets of Our Community Spokane Valley Investigative Unit (SVIU) Detectives found themselves investigating a well-known address with well-known suspects committing the same crimes.  Area residents reported the short-term traffic and disruption to their neighborhood.   SVIU Detectives did the investigation and made the arrests, but unfortunately, 3 of the […]

2800 North Cherry Deputy Involved Shooting Update

SIRR Team Investigating May 4, 2019, Officer Involved Shooting The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team (SIRR) is investigating the Officer Involved Shooting involving Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputies that occurred on May 4, 2019 at 2800 N. Cherry Street. At approximately 5:25 p.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the report of a disorderly male at […]

WSP Update Motorcycle Crash North 291 at Big Sandy

WASHINGTON STATE PATROL*                                   PRESS MEMODATE: 20190503    TIME: 1841    INV UNIT: 745 – TROOPER PARENTLOCATION:N291 BIG SANDY MILEPOST 12.5 – 9.5 MILES NORTHWEST OF SPOKANECOUNTY:SPOKANE    COLLISION REPORT NUMBER:SECTOR   CASE FILE:PENDINGNBR VEH: 01    CARS: 00    TRUCKS: 00    MOTORCYCLES: 01   PEDESTRIANS: 00NBR INJ: 01    DECEASED: 00              DRUGS OR ALCOHOL INVOLVED: NO———————————-PERSON(S) INVOLVED—————————-NAME: BLONSKIY, DMITRIY    AGE: 19 YEARS    SEX:MALE    […]