Airway Heights Correction Center Still Under Emergency Operation - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Airway Heights Correction Center Still Under Emergency Operations After Incident

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE, Wash. -
AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - A fight between nine inmates early Friday morning at the Airway Heights Corrections Center has caused the prison to continue to be under emergency operations. Although details of the incident are under investigation, the fight was between inmates who are part of two rival gangs prevalent at the corrections center and in Spokane. Those who work there say they always have people monitoring the security threat group because it is an ongoing problem at the prison.

"We have had S.T.G. (security threat group) gang fights," said Airway Heights Corrections Center Associate Superintendent James Key. "Our last one was over a year ago, and we have intelligence investigation units that constantly monitors these gangs within the institution to be able to provide information to prevent things like this."

The corrections center says the fight broke out in the dining hall between two rival gangs, the Surenos and the Nortenos. According to information complied by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, and the Spokane Police Department, Hispanic-style street gangs like those two are on the rise in this region. They say there are twenty different Norteno sets active here and fifty Sureno sets in Spokane County and several of those originated here as well.

At the Airway Heights Corrections Center, workers say the Surenos have the highest percentage of gang members in the prison system. Now, because of the fight on Friday, no visitors are allowed until further notice and volunteer programs have been shutdown.

"We're currently at emergency status and we're evaluating intelligence and what we're getting from the population about the event," Key said. "Visiting and volunteer programs will be open when we get to a point where we can safely bring them on site and go into a new normal operations at the facility."

Staff at the corrections center are working to resolve the incident and say they understand how important the visiting and volunteer programs are. Once those have been reopened, it will post a notice online on the Department of Corrections website and on the Facebook page.

  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • Organizers With The Seafair Torchlight Parade Issue An Apology

    Organizers With The Seafair Torchlight Parade Issue An Apology

    Sunday, April 20 2014 10:47 PM EDT2014-04-21 02:47:17 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - This year the Fallen Hero Banner project, which honors men and women from Washington who have died serving our country, applied to march in the Seafair Torchlight Parade in Seattle. However, the organization was denied by the parade selection committee via email saying, "the Fallen Hero Banner Project was not the right fit for the Torchlight Parade."More >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - This year the Fallen Hero Banner project, which honors men and women from Washington who have died serving our country, applied to march in the Seafair Torchlight Parade in Seattle. However, the organization was denied by the parade selection committee via email saying, "the Fallen Hero Banner Project was not the right fit for the Torchlight Parade."More >>
  • Kraft Recalls 96,000 Pounds Of Oscar Mayer Wieners

    Kraft Recalls 96,000 Pounds Of Oscar Mayer Wieners

    Sunday, April 20 2014 10:46 PM EDT2014-04-21 02:46:36 GMT
    NEW YORK (AP) - Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Sunday that packages of Kraft's "Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners" may instead contain the company's "Classic Cheese Dogs.More >>
    NEW YORK (AP) - Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Sunday that packages of Kraft's "Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners" may instead contain the company's "Classic Cheese Dogs.More >>
  • Remembering Columbine 15-Years Later Through The Eyes Of A Survivor

    Remembering Columbine 15-Years Later Through The Eyes Of A Survivor

    Sunday, April 20 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-04-21 02:24:21 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Sunday marks 15-years since the mass shooting at Columbine High School. State Representative Kevin Parker was a student mentor at the time and was at Columbine the day of the shooting to have lunch with a student. He says it is a day that forever changed his life and the lives of everyone who survived this tragedy.More >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Sunday marks 15-years since the mass shooting at Columbine High School. State Representative Kevin Parker was a student mentor at the time and was at Columbine the day of the shooting to have lunch with a student. He says it is a day that forever changed his life and the lives of everyone who survived this tragedy.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KHQ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.