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Finance manager at Spokane County Jail terminated following investigation

The finance manager at the Spokane County Jail was let go from his job last month following an internal investigation.


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 10:19 p.m.

Knezovich critic changes legal name to DumpOzzie Dot Com ahead of campaign for sheriff’s office

Scott Maclay, a frequent critic of Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, has legally changed his name to DumpOzzie Dot Com and said he plans to run against Knezovich in this …


UPDATED: Sat., March 3, 2018, 8:13 p.m.

Police shows like ‘Live PD’ would get more restrictions under new Spokane law

The Spokane City Council is set to vote on a measure Monday night that would require “reality-based police shows” to obtain a business license and consent from the people they …


Shawn Vestal: Sheriff says he doesn’t want to be Mayor Ozzie

He must be running for mayor. That’s the current conventional wisdom with regard to Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 11:08 p.m.

Spokane police and fire chiefs push back on sheriff’s criticism of North Monroe project

Spokane’s police and fire chiefs said they are united in their support of a street renovation project on North Monroe Street, and do not share Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s concern that …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, 10:31 a.m.

Nearly half of Spokane’s youth experience violence each year, health district study says

According to a Spokane Regional Health District report, nearly half of Spokane’s youth experienced at least one violence-related incident in the past year, and 25 percent of adolescents reported being …


Knezovich warns North Monroe road project would impede evacuation of downtown Spokane during emergencies

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich waded into a contentious discussion about street design earlier this month by officially coming out against the planned street renovation on North Monroe, saying its redesign will …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 6:59 a.m.

Sheriff, prosecutor say budget cuts would undermine public safety in Spokane County

Spokane County’s top law enforcement officials say proposed budget cuts would force them to lay off deputies and prosecute fewer cases.


Freeman High School suspended, evaluated shooter after note was discovered

A parent and a school official confirmed for the first time Friday that the Freeman School District knew Caleb Sharpe had handed notes to students threatening to do something stupid, …


Signs and warnings failed to prevent Freeman school shooting

Caleb Sharpe began months ago making videos with guns and bragged to several friends when he figured out the combination to his father’s gun safe.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 9:19 p.m.

Knezovich: Societal breakdown to blame for Freeman school shooting

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich blamed a breakdown of society, the media and problems with the mental health system for Wednesday’s


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 11:44 a.m.

Spokane County commissioners in stalemate over selection of third member

A rift in the Spokane County Republican Party has resulted in a stalemate between two county commissioners who are running out of time to choose a new colleague.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 1:05 p.m.

Spokane County leaders may abandon tax hike proposal, cut jail funds instead

The Spokane County commissioners may walk away from a proposal to raise property taxes to fix an estimated $10 million budget shortfall.


UPDATED: Fri., July 21, 2017, 10:50 p.m.

Spokane Human Rights Commission will apologize to sheriff’s office for comments on Facebook

City of Spokane Human Rights Commission leaders to apologize for racist and sexist comments made on Facebook aimed at seven newly hired Spokane County sheriff’s deputies


Commissioners give final OK on $2.25 million settlement for exonerated trio

The Spokane County commissioners on Tuesday gave final approval on a $2.25 settlement between the county’s insurer and three men who were wrongfully convicted after a flawed investigation by Sheriff’s …


UPDATED: Wed., June 7, 2017, 10:20 p.m.

Spokane County’s insurer offers $2.25 million settlement to three men wrongfully convicted of robbery

Spokane County’s insurer has offered $2.25 million to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit that alleged the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office engaged in witness-tampering and recklessness to wrongfully convict three …


Panel of citizens will set salaries for Spokane County sheriff, prosecutor

The Spokane County commissioners addressed Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s salary on Tuesday, although they didn’t give him the raise he’s been seeking.


Shawn Vestal: In case of exonerated men, everyone sees mistakes but the sheriff

You could look at it as a three-quarter-million-dollar mistake – that’s how much state taxpayers will likely fork over to pay for the wrongful convictions of three Spokane men in …


UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017, 10:40 p.m.

Knezovich, railroads tout rail safety as Spokane coal, oil train activists close in on ballot measure

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and representatives of Union Pacific and BNSF said Thursday they’re working to ensure coal and oil moves safely through downtown Spokane and first responders are ready in …


UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 10:43 a.m.

Ozzie Knezovich, Mike Fagan explain comments on Obama, transgender rights at NAACP forum

Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan tried to explain his view of transgender rights and restroom use during a forum sponsored by the Spokane chapter of the NAACP on Tuesday night.


Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. MacArthur fired, April, 11, 1951


UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017, 5:19 p.m.

Teen who pointed shotgun at Spokane deputy facing attempted murder charge

A teen who was arrested for pointing a sawed-off shotgun at a Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy Monday morning is now being charged with attempted murder, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday.


UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017, 1:06 p.m.

Racist posting draws political ire and distracts from Spokane Valley community event

A racist Facebook post cast a shadow over the Recreation Against Racism event held Sunday at the HUB Sports Center in Spokane Valley.


Clarksville: Shooting with the sheriff leads to training lesson

Just a couple of good ol’ boys shooting a friendly game of 8-ball. With a slight difference, that is.


UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 11:23 p.m.

Knezovich stands behind heated comments blaming Obama for ‘war on cops’

Despite some rebukes, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich stood by


UPDATED: Sat., March 4, 2017, 4:57 p.m.

Knezovich, Haskell and Fagan praise Trump at rally in Spokane Valley

A standing room only crowd in Spokane Valley Saturday cheered and chanted “USA” in response to several speakers, including Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell, …


Lift tax cap to maintain vital services

Legislators shouldn’t continue to shackle local governments that are, in many instances, performing state-prescribed duties. It’s time to allow budgeting to reflect reality.


UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 10:39 p.m.

Sheriff’s deputy sues Rep. Matt Shea for defamation

A Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy is suing State Rep. Matt Shea for defamation after Shea claimed on a podcast that the deputy provided the gun used in a triple murder.


Doug Clark: I prefer an armed Ozzie to an unarmed one

I all but coughed up my toast and coffee Sunday morning when I read about the sheriff having to give up his gat at the Arena Saturday night. We really …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 13, 2017, 5:01 p.m.

Yes, cops can bring guns into the Spokane Arena

Law enforcement officers may bring their guns into the Spokane Arena, and soon they’ll have waivers to prove it.