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Community Coverage of North Spokane Deputy Shootout

Community Coverage of North Spokane Deputy Shootout

For those that have been following the news lately, we've been covering the recent deputy shootout heavily.

I'd like to use this time to remind everyone to send us story ideas for things happening in your community. You're always welcome to email me personally at nicoleh@kxly.com since I'm the one managing, producing and writing the majority of the content.

To see what we've been working on www.kxly.com and other community sites, here's a few useful links of the shooting coverage:

Timeline: A Routine Traffic Stop

This is a call feature we put a lot of work into. It documents all the confirmed related events into a timeline so you know what happened and when. It's very visual with a brief description of the incidents. Includes photos, video and audio from dispatch.

Spokane Valley deputies help respond to Tuesday's shooting

While we drove north to respond to breaking news, we saw vehicles from nearly every law enforcement area in the region. Spokane Valley deputies were some of those who responded to the scene. They had to drive 19+ miles to respond via I-90 and other roads to get to the area of north Spokane.

Code-99 screams over scanner traffic from injured deputies

You can listen to the dispatch audio that was broadcast on the public police scanners. The shout that started it all, an injured deputy screaming code-99 into his radio.

Security station moved at Spokane County Courthouse

Security station moved at Spokane County Courthouse

The next time you visit the Spokane County Courthouse for a sandwich, you’ll have to go through the security checkpoint first. Over the weekend the security screening station was moved prior to the High Nooner entrance so security could better monitor who is entering the annex which is connected to courtrooms on the same floor and above.

It’s been an ongoing process says the courthouse’s director of risk management, Steve Bartel. A campus security committee who meets on a quarterly basis to assess and identify vulnerable areas in the building, requested the change.

“Anyone could walk into the annex where the High Nooner is. [Municipal] courtrooms are right above it. We decided to move the security station so if you walked into a building that houses courtrooms, you had to walk through security,” Bartel said.

There have been no prior security issues according to Bartel: “It’s a preventative security plan that came to our attention.”

Moving the security station had been in the process for several months. Bartel says they were waiting on the sandwich shop to move their entrance first before they made the change.

Seat belt emphasis cites 247 drivers in Spokane County

A recent seat belt enforcement patrol issued 247 tickets to drivers in Spokane County. During May 21st and June 3rd, extra patrols from eight agencies in the county focused on unbuckled drivers using funds from a Washington Traffic Safety Commission grant.

The numbers for seat belt use is going up since 2002 when the Washington Legislature made the seat belt law a primary offense instead of a secondary. During the past ten years, the number of drivers wearing seat belts increased from 82% to now 97.5% statewide. In Spokane County, that number is only slightly lower than the state, 0.2% less.

“It’s not about writing seat belt citations, it’s about encouraging them to buckle up,” said Karen Wigen, Washington Traffic Safety Commission. She estimates that with every death avoided, they also avoid four serious injuries.

Wigen says the participating agencies logged 313 hours and reached 830 contacts during the campaign. She calls it successful because they also issued five DUIs. During every grant funded patrol, they usually get a few, but she says the five was a good number.

City council to reevaluate noise ordinance

If you think it's a little noisy in your neighborhood, you may not be the only one. Spokane City Council is going to review its noise ordinance again this coming Monday, May 14 at 6 p.m.

In the last year, a task force discussed possible changes to the noise ordinance. It was last changed in early 2010 to make the ordinance more legally defensible and to accept input from a broader base of citizens and businesses.

A first reading of the proposed ordinance was held earlier this year, but the final reading and vote was postponed.  A vote is now planned for Monday according to the City.

If adopted, the ordinance would replace the current ordinance.

Browne's Addition Recap: Neighbors Talk Crime

Browne's Addition Recap: Neighbors Talk Crime

When crime happens to you, it’s a wave of one. Discovering you’re not alone in the neighborhood, it’s a wave of dozens, maybe more.

Residents of Browne’s Addition neighborhood meet every month as usual, starting their meeting with a question. On Wednesday night neighbors what they've noticed about crime in their neck of the woods.

From stolen wildflower pots to canoes, most every neighbor had something to say about crime. It’s more than just theft. There’s vandalism on doors and broken glass blanketing the streets from smashed car windows.

Residents aren’t the only ones experiencing it. Tully’s Coffee and Pacific Ave. Pizza on the corner of Pacific and Cannon were both broken into last week. A manager at Tully’s Coffee says the subject broke windows to access the coffee shop and stole some items out of the back.

Statistically speaking, there’s not a huge increase in crime in the neighborhood. Theft and malicious mischief which accounts broken windows in the area is down from from the neighborhood's average.

Spokane's blue heart vandal arrested

Spokane's blue heart vandal arrested

Correction: The correct spelling of the arrested man's last name is Brad Eible. We originally wrote Ruble.

A vandal says he was trying to bring love to the community by painting blue hearts all over Spokane.

With the help of citizen calls, neighborhood resource officer Tim Ottmar was able to arrest 28-year-old Brad Eible on Tuesday just after 3 p.m.

Officer Ottmar located Eible along Adams Street under the railroad bridge in the process of painting another robin egg blue heart on residential property. Eible threw his hands up and said, “You got me.”

During this crime spree, Eible is responsible for 33 different tags of the blue heart. The damage is estimated close to $2,000.