Stories tagged: Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich
Fri., Sept. 29, 2017
Editorial: Tax limit continues to erode services
If you feel these proposed public safety cuts, on top of previous ones, go too far, you should let your elected officials on the county and state level know.
Sun., Sept. 17, 2017
Editorial: Freeman tragedy needs broader perspective
Why does it keep happening? What can we do? We all want to make sense of this. But the answers aren’t simple, no matter how much we wish they were
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 9:42 p.m.
Battle lines drawn in political fight over coal, oil train fines in downtown Spokane
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich repeated his promise Thursday to seek a legal injunction if the measure on the November ballot passes, and said he’s in talks with railroads about joining him. …
Mon., June 19, 2017
Family’s civil lawsuit goes to court four years after man dies following deputy response outside gym
An attorney representing the family of a man killed in 2013 by sheriff’s deputies outside a South Hill gym will ask a jury this week to hold the two officers …
UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 8:43 a.m.
Daughter seeks to reopen investigation into death of battered Spokane Valley mother
The daughter of a Spokane Valley woman believes the cause of her mother’s 2016 death is a clear as the plastic used to wrap her battered body before it was …
Sun., Dec. 11, 2016
Election surprises aren’t over yet
Last May, the 5th Congressional District race featured the incumbent Republican, Democrat Joe Pakootas, Independent Dave Wilson and Republican Tom Horne. Now, none of them may be our representative.
Sun., Sept. 25, 2016
Speak out against Shea’s Rebellion
Shea wants “constitutional sheriffs,” who would impose their legal interpretations, which would subvert the courts and all lawmaking bodies.
Wed., June 8, 2016, 4:36 p.m.
Valley council discusses police service contract
If it will cost tax payers $75,000 to provide identical uniforms that read Spokane Valley Police Department, and “Police” not “Sheriff” across the back, is it worth it? What about …
Tue., May 10, 2016, 4:49 p.m.
Shootings prompt call by police to boost mental health funding
Aaron D. Johnson, like many others in the state, was cycled through jail and hospitals before being shot by police for a second time this month. Lawmakers say more money …
Thu., April 14, 2016, 7 p.m.
Sheriff’s Office oversight criticized, critiqued at community forum
Community forum attendees continued their call this week for a more independent body to oversee the workings of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in the wake of several high-profile use …
Wed., April 6, 2016, 8:23 p.m.
Sheriff offers three nominees for Spokane Valley police chief
Spokane Valley Police Chief Rick VanLeuven is retiring in June. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich announces three candidates for job.
Wed., Aug. 19, 2015
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 …
Tue., July 7, 2015, 11:46 a.m.
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 …
Fri., July 3, 2015, 5:18 p.m.
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 …
Wed., July 23, 2014
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 …
Sat., May 24, 2014
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 …
Mon., March 24, 2014, 2:44 p.m.
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 …
Thu., Feb. 13, 2014
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 …
Wed., Feb. 5, 2014
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 …
Thu., Jan. 16, 2014
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 …
Wed., Dec. 4, 2013
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 …
Fri., July 12, 2013
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 …
UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2013, 3:37 p.m.
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.
Fri., June 14, 2013
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 …
Tue., June 11, 2013
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, …
Sat., June 8, 2013
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 …
Tue., March 19, 2013
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 …
Thu., Feb. 28, 2013
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 …
Tue., Feb. 26, 2013
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 …
Sat., Jan. 19, 2013
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 …