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Spokane vying to be named compassionate city

Spokane Gives week kicked off Saturday with Cleaning from The Core, and the week-long volunteer event is continuing, a city-wide effort to eventually name Spokane one of the most compassionate places in the country.

Mayor David Condon said it might take a few years but the first step is getting people involved in a volunteer project like bagging food for the less fortunate at places like Second Harvest Food Bank.

"I volunteer once a week, usually in the evening for two hours," Steve Borchard said.

"My birthday was yesterday and this year I thought I'm going to give back for my birthday, rather than take presents in," volunteer Claudia Campbell said. "I'm putting in a one to four shift today and I know I'll be back."

Borchard and Campbell are among the roughly 1,000 people who have signed up to participate in volunteer projects this week. But that alone is not enough. The charter for Compassion International wants to see a permanent change that will restore the golden rule that is 'treat all others as you wish to be treated yourself.'

"You make a big impact in a short amount of time. It's hard work but it's rewarding," Borchard said.

City Council wants prosecutor to speed up use of force rulings

City Council wants prosecutor to speed up use of force rulings

Spokane's city council wants faster answers about officer involved shootings and Monday night the council intends to urge Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker to speed up his decisions about whether or not officers' use of force incidents are justified.

Sometimes it takes almost a year for Tucker to rule whether or not the use of force was justified and the council thinks that's just too long.

It's been eight months since Spokane Police officers shot and killed a hit and run driver in front of the Salvation Army but it wasn't until late last Friday that prosecutors said the officers wouldn't face any criminal liability in the case.

"Well I want the prosecutor's office to take all due care in processing these cases but at some point we really need to get them out there so we can get some closure for the families involved, for the law enforcement officers involved," Spokane City Council member Jon Snyder said.

Bloomsday entry deadline draws near

Bloomsday entry deadline draws near

In just 20 days racers will cross the starting line for one of the world’s largest road races, but time is running out to enter Bloomsday. Tuesday is the last day to register by mail before facing the late entry fee.

Paper entries must be postmarked by  Tuesday, April 15th. After tomorrow you’ll have until April 20th to register online. You can also register in person at any Sports Authority until 9 pm Tuesday night.

Ponderosa Pine expected to be named official city tree

Ponderosa Pine expected to be named official city tree

Spokane City Council is expected to pass a resolution next Monday that would make Ponderosa Pine the official tree of Spokane. If passed, the Ponderosa would join the ranks of the lilac, the City’s official flower.

Two hospitalized after Monday morning fight

Spokane Police are investigating a fight that ended with two people stabbed Monday morning near downtown Spokane.

Around 10:15 a.m. police responded to the vicinity of the Bel Frankling Apartments, located near the intersection of N. Division Street and E. Spokane Falls Blvd. When they arrived they found a man with stab wounds, who told officers he has been involved in a fight with another man.

The man was transported by medics to the hospital for treatment for his injury.

About 15 minutes later police located the second person they believe was involved in the fight near 600 N. Riverpoint Blvd. This individual was also transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Both men will be interviewed by detectives and police officers believe they were the only two involved in the fight.

Spokane seeks public input on Police Ombudsman Commission

Spokane seeks public input on Police Ombudsman Commission

From The City of Spokane:

With the expectation that the new citizen Police Ombudsman Commission will be seated this summer, the City will host two public meetings this month to gather public input on how it should be formed, selected and function.


Homes evacuated after South Hill gas leak

Homes evacuated after South Hill gas leak

Residents were evacuated from their homes after a gas leak on Spokane's South Hill Monday morning.

Fire crews and Avista responded to the 5100 block of E. Glennaire Dr.

Officials say a contractor doing excavation work hit a gas line going to a home.

Some homes in the immediate vicinity had to be evacuated.

Avista says the issue has been resolved.