Stories tagged: Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich
Fri., Sept. 7, 2012
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 …
Sun., Aug. 26, 2012
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.
Wed., June 6, 2012
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 …
Tue., May 8, 2012, 5:37 p.m.
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 …
Wed., April 11, 2012
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 …
Tue., April 10, 2012
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 …
Fri., March 16, 2012
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 …
Tue., Jan. 31, 2012
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 …
Tue., Jan. 3, 2012
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 …
Fri., Dec. 9, 2011
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 …
Fri., Aug. 5, 2011, 7:38 p.m.
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 …
Wed., July 20, 2011
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 …
Thu., June 16, 2011
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 …
Wed., June 8, 2011
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 …
Sun., May 22, 2011, 4:31 p.m.
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 …
Fri., May 20, 2011
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 …
Wed., Jan. 26, 2011, 7:20 p.m.
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 …
Tue., Jan. 25, 2011
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 …
Mon., Jan. 24, 2011, 8:20 p.m.
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.
Sat., Jan. 22, 2011
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 …
Sat., Jan. 22, 2011
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 …
Fri., Jan. 21, 2011, 12:23 p.m.
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.
Tue., Jan. 4, 2011, 7:49 p.m.
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 …
Sat., Dec. 18, 2010
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 …
Fri., Dec. 17, 2010, 5:59 p.m.
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.
Sat., Nov. 20, 2010
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. …
Tue., Sept. 14, 2010, 4:26 p.m.
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 …
Thu., Sept. 9, 2010, 3:28 p.m.
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 …
Wed., Sept. 8, 2010, 8:39 p.m.
Sheriff regrets way vacation decision was made
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is frustrated and caught off-guard by the public reaction to the decision to allow Deputy Brian Hirzel to leave for vacation just hours after he …
Wed., June 9, 2010, 8:01 p.m.
Jailer who failed to discover inmate death fights firing
A Spokane County Jail corrections deputy is challenging his dismissal in March for alleged failure to discover an inmate’s death and then lying about it.