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Spokane County jail unions still weighing merger

Local unions for two groups of Spokane County corrections deputies will go ahead with county-requested merger discussions despite layoffs, a spokesman said Wednesday. Tuesday’s announcement that 57 of their members …


Spokane County lays off jail workers

Spokane County will lay off 57 jail employees next month to offset a big drop in the number of inmates. The employees were notified Tuesday evening, and formal layoff notices …


Not guilty plea in beating death

A man accused of beating a man to death in the Dishman Hills Natural Area pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of first-degree murder with robbery.


Man charged with counterfeiting

A Spokane man is accused of manufacturing counterfeit money, then spending the bills last summer.


Former sheriff says he won’t challenge Knezovich for job

Former Spokane County Sheriff Mark Sterk announced Friday that he won’t challenge incumbent Ozzie Knezovich. Sterk declared earlier this month that he was considering a run, but he concluded there …


Former Sheriff Sterk won’t challenge Knezovich

Former Spokane County Sheriff Mark Sterk announced today that he won’t challenge incumbent Ozzie Knezovich.


Speakers call for programs, not new Spokane County jail

The most common suggestion at Wednesday’s public hearing on where to build a new Spokane County jail was that it shouldn’t be built at all. Many speakers urged county commissioners …


Spokane County still mulling jail options

Spokane County commissioners are still exploring options as they prepare to take final testimony on proposed jail sites. A public hearing Wednesday will focus on a study that says, if …


Best Spokane County jail plan rethinks the system

Voters have rewarded politicians for the war on drugs, three-strikes laws, mandatory-minimum sentences, and crackdowns on drunken driving and domestic violence. But the “lock ’em up” sentiment carries with it …


Funds needed to run new jail

A new Spokane County jail may require two public votes: one for bonds to build it and another for a sales tax increase to operate it. “I think we have …


Man knifed at transient encampment

A 47-year-old man was cut on the throat Monday evening in a drunken dispute at a Spokane Valley transient camp. The victim was taken to Valley Hospital and Medical Center, …


Sheriff: Jail contracting didn’t ‘pencil out’

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich expressed doubt Tuesday that the city of Spokane could save any money by hiring a private company to run a municipal lockup.


Alleged exposure sends rapist to jail

A convicted rapist considered likely to reoffend is in Spokane County Jail after police say he exposed himself to a 4-year-old girl.


Costs for new Spokane County jail confirmed

A new cost analysis confirmed what preliminary estimates had already shown: A new Spokane County jail would be cheaper to build on undeveloped West Plains land but would be cheaper …


Spokane County Jail vote delay changes PR needs

Spokane County commissioners realized Tuesday they may need to extend a jail project public relations contract they haven’t yet signed. Chairman Mark Richard called that “a little bit frustrating.” Nevertheless, …


Beaten Spokane infant doing better at hospital

A 2-month-old baby who suffered what Spokane police initially feared would be fatal injuries is now expected to survive. SkyeLynn A. Jamison remained Monday at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, …


City explores opening jail

The city of Spokane wants to spend less money housing low-risk inmates and will begin exploring cheaper options, including the possibility of creating its own minimum-security lockup rather than relying …


Spokane wants cheaper jail costs

The city of Spokane wants to spend less money housing low-risk inmates and will begin exploring cheaper options, including the possibility of creating its own minimum-security lockup rather than rely …


Cheney man accused of kidnap, rape

A Cheney man is accused of kidnapping a woman and raping her before she escaped to safety with the help of a passing truck driver. Charles V. Huckabee, 47, has …


Doug Clark: County jail trounces Zags in TV drama

What a letdown. Spokane finally gets some national TV exposure and guess what? The show, “Behind Bars,” is aired at the same time as a Zags game.


Pine Lodge joins jail site list

Spokane County’s list of 10 possible sites for a new jail has an unofficial No. 11: the state’s Pine Lodge Corrections Center in Medical Lake. The women’s prison is among …


Prosecutor drops case against bail bondsman

A bail bondsman once called “a threat to the administration of justice” by a prosecutor has been cleared of wrongdoing in a case his lawyer said amounted to little more …


Jail deputy accused of beating wife re-arrested

A Spokane County Jail deputy accused of attacking his wife last month was arrested again today after police say he violated a court order.


Workshop set on Spokane County jail expansion

Potential sites for a new Spokane County jail will be discussed at an informal meeting Jan. 28. The public workshop will focus on the second of two studies of 10 …


Editorial: Site for new jail due, and one should be ruled out

Spokane County commissioners have a critical decision to make, and they don’t have much time. In coming months they have to choose a site for a new regional jail (voters …


Furloughed inmate’s brother arrested

The brother of a man granted a five-hour furlough from jail for Thanksgiving was arrested today on a drug charge.


Inmate granted holiday wish

Apparently even the federal government is feeling generous this time of year. A Spokane-area drug dealer who has failed to show up for court 75 times and is awaiting sentencing …


Judge lets drug dealer out of jail for Thanksgiving

A Spokane-area drug dealer who has failed to show up for court 75 times and is awaiting sentencing on his latest cocaine conviction will be allowed to leave the Spokane …


Suspects in violent home invasion robbery captured

Masked gunmen pistol whipped a woman in her Spokane Valley apartment late Monday before forcing her into a closet as her child slept in another room.


Jail inmate found dead ID’d

The inmate found dead Wednesday at the Spokane County Jail was Fredrick James Juhnke, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.