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  • Petition for sheriff’s office independent review is a political move, Knezovich says

    Calling the process of selecting an ombudsman for the Spokane Police Department “a political nightmare,” Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich on Tuesday dismissed a petition requesting independent civilian oversight for his department …

  • County grants Knezovich request to allow unmarked patrol cars

    At the request of the sheriff, Spokane County commissioners last week passed an ordinance authorizing the use of unmarked patrol cars, amid statewide controversy about the practice. Spokane County Sheriff …

  • County OKs settlement in Creach death

    Spokane County commissioners on Tuesday voted to approve a $2 million settlement with the family of Wayne Scott Creach, a Spokane Valley nursery owner and pastor shot to death in …

  • County settles Creach case

    The family of a Spokane Valley pastor shot to death after a confrontation with a deputy sheriff in 2010 will receive $2 million. The settlement was reached Friday after U.S. …

  • Creach civil case can move to trial

    A civil suit against a sheriff’s deputy in the 2010 shooting death of a Spokane Valley pastor has enough evidence to warrant a jury trial, a federal judge has ruled. …

  • Sheriff’s office releases Creach shooting investigation

    The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office posted a redacted version of the investigation into the shooting of Wayne Scott Creach by Deputy Brian Hirzel online.

  • Deputy cleared in Creach shooting

    The Spokane County sheriff’s deputy who shot a 74-year-old Spokane Valley pastor last year will face no disciplinary action over the fatal encounter. Deputy Brian Hirzel followed all departmental policies …

  • Pastor’s family seeks limits on unmarked police cars

    The family of a Spokane Valley pastor killed in a police confrontation outside his home called on Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich today to voluntarily prohibit the parking of unmarked patrol cars …

  • Unmarked police cars targeted

    Two lawmakers from Spokane Valley want to bar law enforcement officers from parking unmarked police cars on private property for routine matters. The legislation, sponsored by Republican state Reps. Matt …

  • Panels find Creach shooting reasonable

    Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Hirzel acted “in a reasonable manner” when he fatally shot a 74-year-old pastor last summer in Spokane Valley, two departmental reviews have concluded. “Deputy Brian …

  • Sheriff’s panels say pastor’s shooting was ‘reasonable’

    Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Hirzel acted “in a reasonable manner” when he fatally shot a 74-year-old pastor last summer in Spokane Valley, two departmental reviews have concluded.

  • Mayor Towey: City’s health is good

    Spokane Valley Mayor Tom Towey gave the first of four planned State of the City speeches Monday night to a crowd of about 50 people in Valley Fourth Memorial Church. …

  • Deputy won’t face charges in shooting

    A Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputy won’t face criminal charges in the shooting death of a 74-year-old Spokane Valley pastor, a decision Prosecutor Steve Tucker says came down to this …

  • Deputy won’t be charged in shooting death of pastor

    Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker has decided not to file criminal charges against the deputy who shot 74-year-old pastor Wayne Scott Creach during a confrontation last August in Spokane Valley.

  • Creach interred near childhood home in Oklahoma

    Wayne Scott Creach was laid to rest Thursday on a hillside cemetery in a plot that overlooks the tiny Oklahoma town and nearby farm where the pastor and Spokane Valley …

  • Deputy’s approved vacation stalls interview about shooting

    The interview that could explain why a deputy shot and killed a Spokane Valley pastor will come Friday morning – after the deputy returns from a weeklong vacation approved by …

  • Son offers insight into pastor’s fatal encounter

    Spokane Valley pastor Wayne Scott Creach and his wife had a prearranged system for when the business owner encountered trespassers on the couple’s sprawling nursery and greenhouse complex in Spokane …

  • Valley officer kills pastor at nursery

    A pastor and widely recognized Spokane Valley businessman, concerned that a prowler was on his property late Wednesday, got out of bed, apparently armed himself with a pistol and headed …



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