Stories tagged: Ozzie Knezovich
Thu., Oct. 30, 2014, 2:49 p.m.
Police investigating after alleged confrontation involving sheriff
A former Spokane County deputy undersheriff said he was chest bumped by Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich earlier this month outside a candidate forum in Northeast Spokane.
Thu., Oct. 23, 2014
Doug Clark: Political pollution is grime against nature
Today we celebrate the winners of my Sign Gripe Contest, which rewards readers for picking the most hideous examples of real estate infected by campaign signs. Before getting to that, …
Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
Two face 201 counts in 40 Green Bluff burglaries
Two 21-year-olds were accused Thursday in a string of 40 Green Bluff burglaries. Trever J. Burzic and Damian A. Zowal face 201 felonies after sheriff’s officials say they broke into …
Wed., Oct. 15, 2014
Knezovich, police ombudsman Tim Burns discussing county role
Depending on whom you ask, the timing of Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s request for the Spokane police ombudsman to assume a similar role for the county may be perfect, or politically …
Mon., Sept. 29, 2014
Spokane County sheriff candidates Q&A
Spokane County sheriff candidates were allowed 50 words to respond to each of five questions. Their responses are listed in the order the candidates appear on the ballot. How should …
Sat., Sept. 27, 2014, 12:21 a.m.
Q&A: Spokane County sheriff candidates Ozzie Knezovich and Doug Orr
Spokane County sheriff’s candidates were allowed 50 words to respond to each of five questions. Their responses are listed in the order they appear on the ballot.
Wed., Aug. 6, 2014
Republican incumbents carry the day in local races
A slate of inconsequential primaries delivered results Tuesday night as both candidates in a number of two-person races moved forward to November’s general election with a better idea of where …
Sun., Aug. 3, 2014
Another big storm slams into region
Another strong thunderstorm hit the northern parts of Spokane and Spokane County on Saturday evening, downing trees and power lines and sparking many brush fires. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich …
Wed., July 16, 2014
Sheriff: Deputy fired for overbilling Best Buy for security work
A Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy was fired this week after he billed a local business for work he didn’t do, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said Tuesday. Deputy Charles “Chuck” …
UPDATED: Tue., July 15, 2014, 1:12 p.m.
Spokane sheriff’s deputy fired for misconduct
Spokane County sheriff’s Deputy Charles Sciortino was fired Monday following an investigation into allegations he worked an extra job while on duty.
Sat., July 12, 2014
Sheriff Knezovich addresses Millwood crime spike
Citizen concerns over Millwood’s recent crime spike brought Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich to Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting. “During the second quarter we had a rash of burglaries,” Knezovich said. He …
Fri., July 11, 2014, 6:27 p.m.
Hospital gunman in murder-suicide was a former cop
The man who shot his wife to death before killing himself on the Deaconess Hospital campus had worked as a police officer in Missouri and told sheriff’s deputies just hours …
Wed., June 25, 2014, 5:44 p.m.
Sheriff’s Detective under investigation for hunting violation
A Spokane County Sheriff’s Office detective is facing criminal charges in Stevens County for a hunting violation in 2013. Property crimes detective Dave Herrin has been placed on paid administrative …
Wed., June 4, 2014, 4:04 p.m.
Sheriff issues memo addressing arbitrator sex-on-duty ruling
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich reiterates that having sex while on duty and lying during investigations are fire-able offenses in an office memo released to media outlets Wednesday.
Wed., May 28, 2014
Shawn Vestal: Sheriff giving high standards another last chance
So, if you’re ever pulled over or interrogated for any reason by Spokane County Deputy Scott Kenoyer, you know what you should say? Whatever you want.
Fri., May 2, 2014
Deputies endorse Douglas Orr in sheriff race against Ozzie Knezovich
The Spokane County Deputy Sheriffs Association on Thursday announced its endorsement of Douglas Orr over Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich in this year’s race for the county’s top law enforcement official. Orr, …
Sun., April 27, 2014
Spokane County Jail is overcrowded and falling apart
Spokane County’s 28-year-old jail is showing its age. Water collects on the floor in the basement kitchen because drains don’t work. Doors to the walk-in coolers are jammed. The subfloor …
Sun., April 20, 2014
Sheriff, Spokane Police Department hard-pressed to keep up staffing levels
When police detectives and public information officers are told to put on a uniform and hit the streets in a patrol car, it’s evident that staffing levels are a concern. …
Sat., April 19, 2014
Deputy called in names, plates without cause as way to seem busy, sheriff says
A deputy under investigation for parking for hours at a woman’s home while on duty made it look like he was busy with work by calling in names and license …
Sat., March 29, 2014
Shawn Vestal: Key witness left out of sheriff’s inquiry
An internal affairs investigation into the work of a Spokane County sheriff’s detective – who helped convict three men who were imprisoned for years before their convictions were thrown out …
Sat., March 15, 2014
Spokane County deputies among first to become master firearms instructors
Two of four people to recently earn the new master firearms instructor certification from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission work in the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Ozzie …
Sun., March 9, 2014
Spokane police Chief Frank Straub gets candid about cameras
Law enforcement in Spokane County is about to enter a new era in which almost all interactions between officers and citizens will be recorded. It’s an era sparked in Spokane …
Sat., Feb. 15, 2014
Deputy’s firing challenged
A dispute over the firing of a Spokane County deputy caught having sex on duty has increased tensions between Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and his force. The Spokane County Deputy Sheriffs …
Thu., Jan. 16, 2014
Doug Clark: Race for sheriff is debate-intensive
DOUG’S SHERIFF’S DEBATE DIARY: Wednesday, 4:57 p.m. – We’re an hour and counting away from OZ vs. ORR I, the first debate* between Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and his …
Thu., Jan. 16, 2014
Washington Senate hearing considers crime bills
OLYMPIA – The state could have new ways to crack down on some of Spokane’s biggest crime problems like car theft and repeat burglars, as well as take early aim …
Sat., Jan. 11, 2014
Abortion cited as crime drop factor by sheriff candidate Orr
A candidate for Spokane County sheriff has offered a provocative explanation for a drop in the U.S. crime rate starting in the early 1990s: legalized abortion. Douglas Orr, a Spokane …
Sun., Dec. 22, 2013
Spokane city-county dispatch systems outdated, sheriff says
Computer equipment used to dispatch law-enforcement officers in Spokane County is 20 to 25 years old. Replacing that equipment with a 21st-century computer system cannot happen soon enough, as far …
Thu., Dec. 19, 2013, 7:55 p.m.
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, wife sustain minor injuries in car accident
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich was rear-ended in an unmarked car on Thursday evening, the Sheriff’s Office said. A pickup truck struck Knezovich’s unmarked car from behind just after 6 …
Fri., Nov. 1, 2013
Shawn Vestal: Jail better off under Knezovich – even critics should admit it
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has a reputation as a straight shooter. But was he shooting straight when he claimed that his jail staffers had developed programs that reduced repeat offenses and …
Thu., Oct. 3, 2013
Spokane 911 call abusers may face jail time under new ordinance
Stop calling 911 for baking advice. Using the emergency line in Spokane for anything other than to “report a situation that requires prompt service in order to preserve or protect …