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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.

Burglar targets unsold yard sale goods

Burglar targets unsold yard sale goods

The unsold goods of a yard sale were target of a residential burglar this afternoon. Spokane Police arrested Michael J. Pierce, 35, after he broke into a home near 30 E. Princeton.

Witnesses say they saw him and included a vehicle description which led police to his location near Yoke’s along North Foothills.

Items that didn’t sell in the homeowner’s yard sale over the weekend were left in an enclosed porch for the Arc of Spokane to pick up. Pierce did take those items. Police found the stolen goods inside his car.

Pierce had a warrant for his arrest as well and he was linked to the attempted burglary. He was booked into Spokane County Jail for residential burglary.

AIM Report: Problem Intersection Identified By NRO

According to this week's AIM Report released by Spokane Police Department, an entire intersection in West Central is causing problems for Neighborhood Resource Officer Traci Douglas, she’s been focusing on the T-intersection of Oak and Boone. She says there are about five houses and apartments in that intersection that are a problem.

Douglas is dealing with one drug house in the 1800 block of West Boone that recently had a search warrant served for heroin and meth. Six subjects were taken to jail, but most have since been released. Douglas says a drug notice has been sent to the landlord.

Also in the 1800 block of West Boone, arrests were made in regards to a pizza delivery robbery earlier this year.

Douglas says there are also some burglars living in the 1700 block of West Boone that have recently been arrested, but they are... once again back out.

Anniversary Of Otto Zehm's Death

Anniversary Of Otto Zehm's Death

Over the last six years, Otto Zehm has become a household name in Spokane; but it's a name that came to be recognized by a series of traumatic events. It's a name that came to be recognized because of his death and the way he died.

Exactly six years ago, on March 20th, 2006, Otto Zehm passed away from the injuries he received from Spokane Police. Zehm was beaten and tasered by Spokane Police at a Northside Zip Trip in 2006. He died two days later. An investigation into his death later showed Zehm did nothing to provoke it.

Just last Fall, a jury convicted Spokane Police Officer Karl Thompson of using excessive force in Zehm's death. He was also convicted of lying about the attack on Zehm and what lead up to it. Thompson is currently appealing the court's decision.

Zehm's family told KXLY Thompson's conviction helps bring justice to their lost loved one.


AIM Report: Man Arrested For West Central Residential Burglary

According to this week's AIM Report released by Spokane Police Department, officers arrested a man for attempted residential burglary in the West Central neighborhood.

During their March 6th AIM meeting, officers also referenced the previous week’s AIM meeting when they mentioned an increase of burglaries in the same neighborhood. They identified one subject who may have been targeting vacant yards and homes. Spokane Police suggested the subject could also be associated with other incidents in the area.

During last week’s AIM report, an officer said a homeowner caught him in the act while removing appliances from a home. He was approached by the homeowner and the subject became confrontational and belligerent.

The report does not say if the two subjects are one and the same.

AIM Report: Police Identify Vehicle Theft Hot Spot

According to this week's AIM Report released by Spokane Police Department, officers identified a vehicle theft hot spot during their March 6th meeting. The hot spot is located in the North Hill and Nevada/Lidgerwood neighborhoods.

They’re investigating multiple incidents from the area. Two of the six reported stolen vehicles were Subarus and two were left running outside. Police say a suspect description was given and possible suspects were developed, but no evidence was found linking them to the crimes.

Have any information that could help Spokane Police with these kind of investigations? Contact Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.