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FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013

Playing the Ozzie card 

A chosen tactic of outgoing leaders in the Spokane Police Department: talk highly about the sheriff’s plan for regionalizing police forces. Documents recently released from last December’s investigation into reports that former Assistant Police Chief Scott Stephens had threatened to go “postal” after hearing of...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2013

Informant led Spokane detectives to suspected drug dealers 

A confidential informant led Spokane County Sheriff’s Office detectives to a married couple dealing meth out of a Spokane apartment, according to criminal complaint filed in United States District Court Tuesday. Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Mark W. Bush (pictured left) and Crystal K. Peterson...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31, 2012

Special Olympics Washington awarded Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich with the 2012 Special Olympics Washington Law Enforcement Torch Run Campaign, Sheriff of the Year Award. (Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

Special Olympics awards Knezovich

Special Olympics Washington honored Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich for his support of the program. Knezovich received the 2012 Special Olympics Washington Law Enforcement Torch Run Campaign, Sheriff of the Year Award. Special Olympics Washington gives the award to one Washington sheriff and police chief...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 9, 2012

'Sovereigns' arrested after SWAT standoff

Two men arrested after a SWAT team standoff in Otis Orchards Wednesday have been identified as Michael Francis Hicks, 55, and David Ray Galland, 58. A sheriff's detective was driving east on Interstate 90 near Sullivan Road when he saw a red truck in front...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2012

Fired sheriff's deputy gets job back

A Spokane County sheriff’s deputy who was fired after he damaged a suspect’s car and mishandled drugs from a crime scene has been rehired following a state arbitrator’s ruling. Deputy Travis Smith was terminated last January for what Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich called a “pattern” of...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 18, 2011

Knezovich offers to lead Spokane police

The search to replace Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick hasn’t even begun, but there’s already a high-profile candidate: Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. Knezovich confirmed Thursday that he’s willing to serve as the city’s interim chief, an administrative role he believes he could fill while...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2011

'Sovereigns' gaining attention locally 

Deputies were prepared for the worst as they stood by in a Spokane County courtroom earlier this month during routine hearings for mostly low-level felonies. Their focus was on one of the more benign cases – possession and distribution of marijuana. But it wasn’t the...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011

"I'm four," says Aidan Cameron, left, to Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick, right, at the YWCA Thursday, April 14, 2011. Kirkpatrick, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and County Prosecutor  Steve  Tucker read to children at the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program at the YWCA to support lobbyng efforts to keep early childhood programs, like ECEAP, from being cut at the state and federal level.  (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Steve Tucker makes public appearance 

"I'm 4," says Aidan Cameron to Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick at the YWCA Thursday. Kirkpatrick, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and County Prosecutor Steve Tucker read to children at the YWCA to support continued federal and state funding for early childhood programs. Education experts...

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MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2011

Post Falls police Officer J.D. Putnam returns to his car after a traffic stop on Friday. The department uses Coban in-car cameras to record every stop officers make. (Kathy Plonka)

Sheriff, ombudsman want patrol cameras

For police agencies, cameras that record officer encounters with the public can help prove suspects are guilty and set the record straight if officers are wrongly accused of misconduct. “It tells you the facts,” Post Falls police Capt. Pat Knight said. “It keeps us out...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 11, 2011

Sheriff's deputy fired for bad behavior

A Spokane County sheriff’s deputy was fired recently after multiple investigations into allegations of criminal misconduct and poor work performance revealed a pattern of bad behavior. “If you’re a law enforcement officer, you shouldn’t be committing crimes,” said Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. The latest internal investigation...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 28, 2010

Reagan to leave sheriff's PIO spot

Longtime Spokane County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan is being transferred to the office’s internal affairs staff. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said today that he wants to hire a civilian to handle spokesman duties because he needs to fill a sergeant’s position in the division...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 12, 2010

Life-savers honored at sheriff's dinner

Two Spokane County sheriff’s employees have been honored for saving the life of a suicidal man after he was shot by officers. Deputy Walter Loucks and Sgt. Dale Golman rushed to Michael E. Young after he was shot Dec. 27 and kept him breathing while...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 2, 2010

Sheriff drops the wait in shooting probes 

Investigators probing officer-involved shootings will no longer be required to wait at least 72 hours before interviewing Spokane County Sheriff’s Office employees. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich (pictured) announced the change Thursday, ending a departmental practice common at many law enforcement agencies but seen as contradictory and...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 9, 2010

Sheriff ruing flap over deputy's vacation 

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is frustrated and caught off-guard by the public reaction to the decision to allow Deputy Brian Hirzel to leave for vacation just hours after he shot and killed a Spokane Valley pastor late last month. Knezovich acknowledges that everything with...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 2, 2010

Sheriff: Ending vacation could taint probe

The interview that should finally explain why a deputy shot and killed a Spokane Valley pastor will come Friday morning – after the deputy returns from a week-long vacation approved by Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. Deputy Brian Hirzel left town the day after an...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2010

Knezovich's 'support' falls in gray area

A testament to the popularity of Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich may be the level to which candidates for Spokane County prosecutor are seeking his support. The situation came to a head last week when incumbent Steve Tucker announced during a debate that he had...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2010

Jailer fired after inmate lies dead for hours

A Spokane County Jail corrections deputy is challenging his dismissal in March for alleged failure to discover an inmate’s death and then lying about it. The deputy, Kenneth Downey, is one of four who were implicated in the Nov. 11 incident, in which an inmate...

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THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010

Former sheriff Sterk mulls run for sheriff

Former Spokane County Sheriff Mark Sterk may give his successor, Ozzie Knezovich, a run for his money. It’s a daunting prospect, Sterk acknowledges, because state Public Disclosure Commission records show Knezovich already has raised $38,778 and spent $17,959. “That’s one of the things we will...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2010

Sheriff dismisses private jail options

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich expressed doubt today that the City of Spokane could save any money by hiring a private company to run a municipal lockup. “We looked at privatization,” Knezovich said, adding the department had talked with a Montana company while researching options for a...

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