Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has recommended three candidates to head the Spokane Valley Police Department.
The candidates are Capt. Bruce Matthews; Lt. Rick van Leuven, who is about to be promoted to captain; and interim department chief Capt. Russ Shane.
Knezovich confirmed Sunday that he had forwarded the three names last week to Spokane Valley officials.
“It’s up to the Valley to put it through their process. We need to do it as soon as possible to get some continuity out there,” Knezovich said.
As part of the Sheriff Department’s contract with Spokane Valley, Knezovich has the authority to select three potential candidates for chief.
The final decision will be made by the Spokane Valley City Council.
The vacancy was created by the resignation in October of then-Chief Cal Walker. Walker resigned less than a month after losing to Knezovich in the Republican primary.
– Karen Dorn Steele
Three slain during weekend
Three men were killed and a woman was critically injured in a rash of shootings in the Seattle area over the weekend.
A man died and a young mother was wounded in one shooting; another man was shot in the head in another and a store clerk died in the third.
The first weekend shooting occurred in a Central District apartment building just after 11 p.m. Saturday, where police say a man fired several shots, critically wounding a young mother, then apparently killing himself.
The woman was in critical but stable condition Sunday and the child was not injured, said Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel.
A few hours later, gunfire erupted near a University District house party when two men got into an argument over a woman, Kappel said. One man pulled out a gun and shot the other in the head.
The victim later died.
The suspect was still at large Sunday.
The third shooting happened in Shoreline just north of Seattle about 4 a.m. Sunday when a 7-Eleven clerk was shot to death.
King County sheriff’s deputies said a customer walked into the store and found the clerk shot to death.
– Associated Press
Measles case confirmed
King County’s public health department has confirmed a case of measles in an adult traveler who caught the disease in another country.
The ill traveler flew to Seattle on Alaska Airlines Flight 399 on Friday and sought medical attention, the health department said.
The risk to the public is considered low because the infected traveler visited only a small number of public areas, including the airport and the Warwick Hotel.
Most King County residents born before 1957 had the disease in childhood, and younger people are routinely vaccinated against measles.
“If you aren’t immune to the measles and were in a location where the infected person was while contagious, it’s important that you contact your health care provider,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin of the health department.
– Associated Press