Knitting Factory Update: Concert Venue Still Closed, In Talks Wi - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Knitting Factory Update: Concert Venue Still Closed, In Talks With Police, Mayor

Posted: Updated:

SPOKANE, Wash – One day after Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub announced he intended to close the Knitting Factory in the wake of recent violence, talks between the two sides are in progress.

After two overnight gang-related shootings Monday, Chief Straub suspended the concert venue's live entertainment license.  That day, representatives from Knitting Factory Entertainment reached out directly to the Police Chief and Mayor David Condon.  A corporate representative is flying to Spokane Wednesday, and has requested a meeting with Chief Straub, which will be held Thursday.

At that meeting, the parties are expected to discuss safety concerns and the expectations on each side.  Spokane Police have already added 7 officers to the downtown patrol in recent months.   Monday, Chief Straub said police have been called to the Knitting Factory 60 times in the last year – including for 25 EMS calls and 4 shootings – and that it's been identified as a hotbed for crime.

As of Tuesday, the Knitting Factory had not filed an appeal with the City Clerk in Spokane.  However, they still have 19 days to do so.

Right now, the only concert officially canceled is this Friday's "509 Lyrical Masterminds" show.  If you already bought tickets online through TicketWeb, you will get a refund.  The company is doing one large refund to all ticket holders, but it can take up to 7 days from when the refund is ordered for the money to appear in your account.

There are several, smaller live music venues in Spokane.  However, they tell KHQ it would be difficult to accommodate the large crowds the Knitting Factory often draws.

No arrests have been made in Monday's overnight shootings, but police say those involved in the first shooting just across the street from the Knitting Factory were attending the private event held there Sunday night.  Police say they have identified the gangs involved, and are working on bringing those responsible to justice.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 44 Riverside homes destroyed or damaged in storm

    44 Riverside homes destroyed or damaged in storm

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:46:53 GMT
    RIVERSIDE, Wash. - Many families were still at the Red Cross Shelter set up at Riverside High School in Riverside this morning.An afternoon storm destroyed or damaged 44 of their homes and knocked down close to 100 trees in Riverside Village Mobile Home Park.Many residents said the storm looked like a tornado as it swept through their neighborhood.>>
    RIVERSIDE, Wash. - Many families were still at the Red Cross Shelter set up at Riverside High School in Riverside this morning.An afternoon storm destroyed or damaged 44 of their homes and knocked down close to 100 trees in Riverside Village Mobile Home Park.Many residents said the storm looked like a tornado as it swept through their neighborhood.>>
  • 10 Cheapest Houses For Sale In Spokane

    10 Cheapest Houses For Sale In Spokane

    Wednesday, November 27 2013 2:35 AM EST2013-11-27 07:35:08 GMT
    Whether you are in the market for an affordable place to live or are in the business of flipping houses, here are the 10 cheapest homes for sale in Spokane according to AllSpokaneHomes.com.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Whether you are in the market for an affordable place to live or are in the business of flipping houses, here are the 10 cheapest homes for sale in Spokane according to AllSpokaneHomes.com. Yes, they all need some work and some need a lot more than others, but when your mortgage payment is around the $200/month range there's at least something to stay positive about.>>
  • Person injured by falling tree branches outside Spokane courthouse

    Person injured by falling tree branches outside Spokane courthouse

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:35 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:35:37 GMT
    One person was injured when strong winds caused tree branches to fall to the ground outside the Spokane County Courthouse in Wednesday afternoon.Fire crews and police officers told KHQ the person who was hit by the branches was quickly taken to the hospital.>>
    One person was injured when strong winds caused tree branches to fall to the ground outside the Spokane County Courthouse in Wednesday afternoon.Fire crews and police officers told KHQ the person who was hit by the branches was quickly taken to the hospital.>>
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • PHOTOS: Severe storm causes power outages, damage to homes

    PHOTOS: Severe storm causes power outages, damage to homes

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:04:59 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A storm seemed to leave just as fast as it arrived Wednesday in Spokane. High winds blew over trees and utility lines, causing widespread power outages and some severe property damage. INSIDE>>>| Power Outages | PHOTOS |>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A storm seemed to leave just as fast as it arrived Wednesday in Spokane. High winds blew over trees and utility lines, causing widespread power outages and some severe property damage. INSIDE>>>| Power Outages | PHOTOS |>>
  • Guard, suspect wounded in Seattle bank shooting

    Guard, suspect wounded in Seattle bank shooting

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:40:08 GMT
    SEATTLE (AP) - Harborview Medical Center says two men wounded in a shooting at a Seattle bank are in critical condition. Police say a 46-year-old security guard and a 30-year-old suspect were both shot with the guard's gun in a struggle about 11 a.m.>>
    SEATTLE (AP) - Harborview Medical Center says two men wounded in a shooting at a Seattle bank are in critical condition. Police say a 46-year-old security guard and a 30-year-old suspect were both shot with the guard's gun in a struggle about 11 a.m.
    >>
  • Action Cam: Lavender season at 'Fleur de Provence'

    Action Cam: Lavender season at 'Fleur de Provence'

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:49 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:49:45 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Nestled at the base of the beautiful Green Bluff farming community just north of Spokane, Fleur de Provence Lavender Farm overlooks the ever-changing wheat fields of Peone Prairie. While miles away from our namesake in Provence, France, a visit to our farm provides a similar experience.>>
    KHQ.COM - Nestled at the base of the beautiful Green Bluff farming community just north of Spokane, Fleur de Provence Lavender Farm overlooks the ever-changing wheat fields of Peone Prairie. While miles away from our namesake in Provence, France, a visit to our farm provides a similar experience.
    >>