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  • Shawn Vestal: Law enforcement accountability a worthy aim

    The latest report posted online by the citizens board charged with reviewing the performance of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office consists of three paragraphs. It involves the case of Will …


  • Deputy investigated for fatal bike crash will keep job

    The Spokane County sheriff’s deputy who sped through Spokane Valley last year without his lights or sirens activated, narrowly missing a teenage bicyclist, was given a written reprimand for violating …


  • Sheriff finds deputy violated policy in case tied to fatal Valley bicycle crash

    Spokane Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has determined that a deputy violated department policies last year by speeding through Spokane Valley without his lights or sirens activated and narrowly missing a teen …


  • Sheriff’s race centers on jail debate

    Debate over the need for a new Spokane County Jail has become a key issue in this year’s campaigns for sheriff and county commissioner after a candidate in the sheriff’s …


  • Arbitrator reinstates deputy who had sex while on duty

    A Spokane sheriff’s deputy fired for having sex on duty has been reinstated by a state arbitrator. Deputy Scott Kenoyer will have to sign a last-chance disciplinary agreement to get …


  • Sheriff’s deputy on paid leave after citizen complaint

    Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Saunders has been placed on administrative leave following complaints his parked patrol car could be seen at all hours of the night outside a West …


  • Sheriff Knezovich: Man in police shooting had gun, body armor

    A young man shot to death following a police chase Tuesday night was a combat veteran wounded in Afghanistan three years ago and denied disability benefits. Jedadiah Zillmer, 23, died …


  • Sheriff pushes bill boosting panel’s power to fire officers

    Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is taking another run at closing a loophole in state law governing the firing of bad law enforcement officers. On Tuesday, he enlisted support of …


  • Sheriff Knezovich, challenger Orr debate issues

    Two-term Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich came face to face with 2014 election challenger Douglas Orr Wednesday night, going back and forth on criminal justice reform, the need for a …


  • Spokane County sheriff’s budget gets boost

    Spokane County will give its sheriff’s budget another $283,000 to pay for unforeseen costs incurred in 2013. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich on Tuesday told county commissioners his department continues to feel …


  • Group claims sheriff too quick with discipline

    A group of four retired Spokane County sheriff’s deputies is challenging Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich in a public campaign that questions his leadership. The group, called Integrity First, filed paperwork last …


  • Spokane County settles Creach shooting case for $2 million

    The family of a Spokane Valley pastor shot to death after a confrontation with a deputy sheriff in 2010 will receive $2 million.


  • Deputy used chokehold on man

    The man who died last week following a confrontation with Spokane County sheriff’s deputies outside a South Hill gym stopped breathing after being put into a chokehold, according to new …


  • Cause of death in Taser case remains unclear

    The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday it needed more time to determine how a disorderly man who was shocked with a Taser by sheriff’s deputies died. Will Berger, …


  • Subdued by Taser, man dies next day

    A man has died after he was shocked with a Taser during a confrontation Thursday night with Spokane County sheriff’s deputies outside a South Hill gym. The Washington State Patrol …


  • Therapy, cost-cutting efforts showing results at county jail

    Spokane County Jail costs are falling by millions of dollars as work programs and therapy have helped people avoid lockup in recent years. The savings include $1 million for the …


  • Judge Imbrogno accused of being too tough

    After being called out last summer by Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich for freeing the suspected heroin trafficker who later shot two deputies, the same federal judge is now under fire for …


  • Officials identify Spokane jail inmate who died

    A man who died in custody at the Spokane County Jail on Sunday was identified Monday as Christopher J. Parker, 33. The Washington State Patrol is investigating the incident under …


  • Suspect shot dead had back wounds

    A kidnapping suspect shot and killed by Spokane County deputies last summer suffered two gunshot wounds to the back, new documents show. Spokane County prosecutors are still reviewing whether the …


  • Family of man shot by deputies seeks answers

    The man shot to death last Friday by Stevens County deputies was a 66-year-old Vietnam veteran who had struggled with depression.


  • Police won’t say if suspect was armed

    Law enforcement officials are refusing to say whether a man killed by deputies Wednesday was armed when he was gunned down in his girlfriend’s backyard in Spokane Valley, though the …


  • Inaugural Plane Pull benefits the Special Olympics

    They huffed and puffed, heaved and hoed. The men and women had a mighty task ahead of them: drag a Boeing 727 aircraft 12 feet down the tarmac.


  • Sheriff backs sales tax to fix budget shortfall

    Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said Tuesday that the ability of his office to fight crime is increasingly endangered by funding cuts, and he is proposing a new sales tax …


  • Prosecutor compiling list of discredited officers

    Spokane law enforcement officials for the first time are compiling a list of officers and deputies who have a record of lying or who have been discredited while doing their …


  • Police pinpoint crime calls

    A day after Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich declared war on property crimes, the Spokane Police Department sent out a news release highlighting a previously announced initiative designed to combat …


  • Property crimes frustrate sheriff

    Flanked by a woman whose three daughters hid in the basement last week as a burglar ransacked their home, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich announced he’s fed up with prolific …


  • Extortion threat not protected, judges declare

    A woman lost her appeal Thursday of a 2010 conviction for trying to extort money from a Spokane County corrections deputy to keep quiet a relationship that eventually cost him …


  • Ex-deputy sentenced for HUD fraud

    A former Spokane County sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to serve a month in prison after he previously pleaded guilty to defrauding a federal program that allows law enforcement officers …


  • Justice system changes brought results

    Today, Judge Maryann Moreno steps down from the role of presiding judge in Spokane County Superior Court after overseeing dramatic changes – and improved results – in how local officials …


  • County stands by deputies in lawsuit

    Spokane County will stand behind two sheriff’s deputies who broke a Spokane Valley man’s rib and punctured his lung when they were dispatched to help him in September 2009. County …

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