Trust me on this folks. People on the “Shea List”, or anyone concerned about being tracked, should consider buying one of these. I know from experience it is a pain in the rear to crawl underneath a vehicle to attach or remove a GPS Tracking Device especially in the winter so one of these would be very helpful if you want to check your vehicle for trackers.

If you do find one make sure you DM SR Reporter Chad Sokol, because I would love to read that story.

One thing to keep in mind is if you do locate a tracker on your vehicle and before you accuse the Shea Crew, you want photograph it in place, be very careful removing the tracker use gloves to preserve finger prints and so your own don’t show up on the device, prior to contacting Chad Sokol or Law Enforcement try and determine the brand to make sure it isn’t a law enforcement tracking device, or just an over the counter model. If you are able to determine it is a law enforcement device I would contact a lawyer first if I were you.

Another thing to keep in mind is that sometimes even the high-end law enforcement trackers fall off the vehicle, so it is also a good idea to check the cartilage around your home and driveway to make sure one hasn’t fallen off your vehicle as was the case here. As you can see you may be interrogated by law enforcement if they think you stole their tracker…so be careful.

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Tonight, is the night for the Guild and Chief Meidl to step up to the plate and voice their objection to the Office of Police Ombudsman Commission renewing the contract of their nemesis Ombuds Bart Logue. Maybe they can convince the OPOC to get rid of Logue and find a snowflake who isn’t willing to take them on in the interest of the Community.

Here is a copy of the meeting agenda but I would suggest they get there early just in case things go faster than predicted.

If you haven’t been keeping up you might not know just how hard the Spokane Police Guild has been trying behind the scenes to defame and discredit OPO Logue, including once again falsely accusing him of things he did not do. Logue’s temperament must be considerably better than mine, I personally wouldn’t put up with the Guilds defamation and they would be using some of that big legal defense fund they have to fend off a defamation lawsuit.

Even the National Association for the Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) realizes just how the Police Guild is playing the game and wrote this letter to Mayor Condon and Council President Stuckart.

If you guys and gals in the Spokane Police Guild want Logue gone “Be There or Be Square”!

In other related news, the Guild and Chief Meidl absolutely don’t want the Public or Ombuds Logue to know about these two cases as I received yet another delay notice from the City, likely because the two cases go to the heart of SPD problems and if the details were released around the time the Lesser Body Warn Camera Video is finally made public they would just add to the embarrassment.

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Goes to Terri Pfister and Laurie Farnsworth of the City of Spokane Clerks Office.

Can you imagine having to deal with a Curmudgeonist like me for all these years?

I think it is important to understand that their jobs cover a multitude of different areas and not just the Public Records Game which is difficult enough. They do an outstanding job of trying to professionally go about their duties despite all the hindrances of being underpaid, understaffed, and in many cases having to deal with uncooperative City Departments like SPD and Human Resources who will make ever effort to withhold responsive but embarrassing PRR documents if they can get away with it, and is not the fault of the City Clerks Office because of the way the system is set up.

The way it works with City PRRs is that once the Clerk’s Office receives a request from the Media or the public they send a copy of the request to the proper City Department and then have to rely on that department to provide them with all responsive records to provide the requestor. The problem is some departments will withhold embarrassing public records unbeknownst to the Clerk’s Office, as was done in this recent case.

As you can see from this email from Laurie Farnsworth the City Clerk’s Office was unaware that the second Tom Michaud interview which demonstrates possible policy violations by Lt. Dave Staben was withheld from me and it wasn’t until I pressed the issue that I received the responsive documents.

Obviously the conduct alleged by Crime Analyst Michaud should have been investigated immediately, but it wasn’t and likely never will be unless a formal complaint is filed with SPD IA. Any investigation of that matter should be independently investigated outside of SPD because of Director of Strategic Initiatives and Head of IA, Jacqui MacConnell’s direct involvement in the case.

Investigative Reporters if they are diligent can not assume that they have received everything in a PRR response and should always dig deeper.

Often times one set of PRR responses will lead to another request.

If you listened to the second Michaud interview carefully toward the end of the interview you would have heard Michaud mention the IA Case against SPD “Brady Officer” Lydia Taylor.!AjPlZebSPc_fg5ZBEw6SVtqR1VcpOA?e=BuzzKP

Some might remember the previous high-profile IA Case against Lydia Taylor, her husband former SPD Officer Mel Taylor, and former Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney

The interesting thing about this somewhat new IA complaint against Lydia Taylor is that once again a member of the Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is involved, this time DPA Mark Cipolla who during one of the once infamous Huckleberry’s Coffee Klatches Cipolla supposedly brought up issues regarding Lydia Taylor’s conduct during the former Officer Gordon Ennis Rape Case, and from those issues brought up by Cipolla Lt. Dave Staben who was present at the Coffee Klatch initiated an IA Case against Lydia Taylor.

Some of my readers will likely remember the battle I had to get the IA Case against Mel and Lydia Taylor.

Since Mayor Condon and Chief Meidl are doing everything they can to withhold and delay a number of Public Records Requests I have made which reflect directly on the how SPD is being run, I wonder how long it will take for a response to this one.

Some people are speculating that many of my requests won’t be filled until after the November election for Mayor including the “horrific” Lesser Body Worn Camera Video, much like Mayor Condon did with records associated with the Cotton/Straub Affair.

Politicians make all kinds of promises they don’t keep, like the promise Condon made to properly fund the Clerks’ Office after the settlement of my PRR Lawsuit against Condon and the City.

Since whomever becomes the new Mayor of the City of Spokane will be directly responsible or cleaning up the continuing problems with SPD as well as the continuing problems with not properly funding transparency and Police Oversight I find it real odd that neither Stuckart or Woodward seem to be interested in answering any direct questions relating to solutions and clean-up. Of course, even though the problems are well documented including this recent case involving Officer Kristopher Henderson, but perhaps Stuckart and Woodward don’t think there are any problems.




The answer of course is absolutely not without legitimate oversight!

The Otto Zehm case pretty well established you can’t, and the documents in that case reflect that SPD Hero Karl Thompson was provided information about the investigations by SPD Guild Members and others every step of the way.

Evidence that the same standards from the time of the Karl Thompson case continue right up to present continue to mount and once again some of the Golden Boys/Girls are being protected by SPD Command Staff.

Mayor Condon, Teresa Sanders, Chief Craig Meidl, Director Jacqui MacConnell, and the Police Guild’s efforts to hide the truth from, mitigate the limited powers of, and intimidate the OPO and the OPOC are well documented, and here is some more evidence which reflects how things are done with SPD HR/IA Investigations.



On January 3, 2019 I submitted a Public Records Request in which I requested all documents relating to the Human Resources Complaint made by Detective Lonnie Tofsrud against Lt. Dave Staben. On April 5, 2019 I received an installment of records which included this.

After reading the above document (you do have to read this stuff) it became obvious to me that there was a second interview with SPD Crime Analyst Tom Michaud and that Lt. Staben had been made aware of at least some of the details of Michaud’s first interview with HR Investigator Jennifer Jackson and Director Jacqui MacConnell on August 8, 2018, so I did some of that investigative reporting stuff.

On May 10, 2019 I received an installment of records which included the recorded statements of Officers Vigesaa, Turman, Stevens, Singley, Preuninger, Barrington, and Ombuds Logue.

On July 25, 2019 I received another installment which included the recorded statements of Michaud, Officers Arleth, Staben and Wendt as well as former SPD Officer Hensley.

After listening to the Michaud recording it became quite clear exactly why Lt. Staben was very concerned about Michaud’s first HR/IA statement as it very clearly supported Tofsrud’s complaint against Staben.

You can listen to the August 8, 2018 Michaud HR Statement here.!AjPlZebSPc_fg5YkRXGjNzSxO7Rr2w?e=Pf2YM6

Interestingly for some reason the City Clerk’s Office wasn’t originally aware of the second Michaud interview and it wasn’t immediately provided to them by HR or SPD until it became apparent the records exist. Perhaps when you listen to the actual recording of the second interview linked below you will understand why some people, not the Clerk’s Office, wouldn’t want it made Public.!AjPlZebSPc_fg5ZBEw6SVtqR1VcpOA?e=BuzzKP

The important thing to remember if you listen to the above recording is that Jacqui MacConnell SPD’s Director of Strategic Initiatives who oversees Internal Affairs conducted the second Tom Michaud interview along with HR Investigator Jennifer Jackson, and had to have know full well what Michaud was expressing in the interview were clear violations on the part of Lt. Staben, yet no action was taken against Lt. Staben.

There is considerably more to this story, but clearly when you have an investigative process that allows confidential HR/IA investigative information to be shared with the individual who was the target of the complaint and that individual, in this case Lt. Staben, is allowed to confront witnesses in an ongoing investigation, the investigation cannot be trusted.