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  • 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 …


  • Postcard-only policy at jail ends

    A postcards-only policy for mail to Spokane County jail inmates has been lifted. Envelopes are OK again. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said the change took effect this week when a federal …


  • Creach family seeks millions

    The family of slain Spokane Valley pastor Wayne Scott Creach has filed a $14.7 million wrongful death claim against Spokane County, which is the first step in filing a civil …


  • Sheriff, coalition discuss jail issues, reoffenders

    Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and members of the No New Jail Coalition found a few points of agreement Wednesday. They appeared together at a meeting of the Spokane chapter of Washington …


  • Sheriff gets $128,000 for gear

    Spokane County commissioners gave Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich $128,223 from reserves Tuesday – about one-third of the amount he requested for equipment and software. Knezovich requested $372,631 last week, but commissioners …


  • State prisoners being evicted from county jail

    The Spokane County Jail will quit housing state prisoners next month in a dispute over payment. State officials refuse to pay the new $125-a-day rate the county charges Spokane and …


  • Knezovich makes points in debate over new jail

    Call it the Dueling PowerPoints. Spokane’s downtown Rotary 21 club got the opening salvo April 29 when Robert Boruchowitz, a Seattle University law professor, made the case for diversion programs …


  • Editors stand by S-R bomb story

    Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich confirmed Wednesday for the second time in two days that chemicals were mixed with shrapnel in a bomb that was placed along the Unity March …


  • Sheriff planning to hire Chilberg

    Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich hopes to profit from former Spokane County Treasurer Skip Chilberg’s recent re-election defeat. Knezovich had been wishing for a budget director when voters gave Chilberg his pink …


  • Ex-county treasurer will be sheriff’s budget director

    Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich hopes to profit from former Spokane County Treasurer Skip Chilberg’s recent re-election defeat.


  • Agents gaining ‘clarity’ on Spokane bomb

    Federal investigators indicated Friday that they have made progress in their efforts to identify the person or persons who left a bomb Monday along the route of the planned Martin …


  • 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.


  • Civil trial begins over deputy’s use of Taser

    A Spokane County Sheriff’s detective who has been the subject of a number of use-of-force complaints appeared in court Tuesday as a civil trial began by a man who claimed …


  • Deputy cleared over sex toys business

    The deputy who shot a Spokane Valley pastor will not face discipline for failing to disclose his co-ownership of a business that sold sex toys online. Spokane County Deputy Brian …


  • Deputy won’t be disciplined for wife’s sex-toy business

    The deputy who shot a Spokane Valley pastor will not face discipline for failing to disclose his co-ownership of a business that sold sex toys online.


  • Deputy in probe shot dog, spurring lawsuit

    The deputy under investigation for shooting a Spokane Valley pastor was sued in California after he shot the dog of a woman who was performing CPR on her dying husband. …


  • Deputies had responded to Creach’s property many times

    Pastor Wayne Scott Creach not only routinely carried his .45 caliber pistol on his property, he was known by police to hold theft suspects at gunpoint until officers could arrive …


  • Witnesses sought in Creach shooting

    The Spokane Police Department announced Thursday that it is still seeking potential witnesses who may have seen or heard the encounter on Aug. 25 when Deputy Brian Hirzel shot and …