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  • Spokane Deputy Brian Hirzel fired for misusing patrol car

    A Spokane County sheriff’s deputy cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a Spokane Valley pastor in 2010 has been fired for improperly using county-owned vehicles. Brian Hirzel, of …


  • Clark: Creach dispute should have been settled in court

    Sometimes what passes for justice around here is just nuts. The recent settlement in the shooting death of a Spokane Valley pastor does nothing to invalidate my thesis.


  • 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 …


  • Creach family files civil rights lawsuit

    The family of a Spokane Valley pastor killed last year by a sheriff’s deputy has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit. The lawsuit filed Friday by the family of Pastor …


  • 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 …


  • Creach family files $15 million claim against county

    The family of slain Spokane Valley pastor Wayne Scott Creach has filed a $14.7 million wrongful death claim against Spokane County, which is a necessary prelude to filing a civil …


  • No disciplinary action for deputy who shot pastor

    The deputy who shot 74-year-old Wayne Scott Creach will face no disciplinary action after being cleared in an internal investigation examining his compliance with departmental policy and procedures during the …


  • Clark: Unmarked police car bill solves no one’s problems

    I’ve long held the belief that if Olympia’s electricity came from brainpower the Statehouse would be in a perpetual gloom. Even so, I’m confident there’s still enough wisdom at the …


  • Creaches want all cars marked

    No one has lost more from the August shooting that killed a Spokane Valley pastor than Imogene Creach. The widow of 74-year-old Wayne Scott Creach stood among family members Wednesday …


  • Washington bill addresses unmarked patrol cars

    Two Republican lawmakers from Spokane Valley want to bar law enforcement officers from parking unmarked police cars on private property for routine matters.


  • Slain pastor’s sons push for new laws

    The sons of slain pastor Wayne Scott Creach have taken their quest for justice to the state Legislature. Alan and Ernie Creach, and the Freedom Restoration Project, a gun rights …


  • Clark: Tucker made right call in a sad case

    So the verdict is finally in. Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker will NOT charge the sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed an elderly Spokane Valley pastor last August.


  • Creach case hinges on self-defense claim

    In principle, it seems clear that a 74-year-old pastor on his own property should not die as a result of an encounter with law enforcement, as Wayne Scott Creach did …


  • Example guides new head pastor after fatal shooting

    The Rev. Eric Walsh was living in McKenzie, Tenn., when he heard in late 2009 about an opening at Greenacres Baptist Church in Spokane Valley. Walsh got the job, and …


  • Recent police shootings raise notion of inquests

    Nearly four months after their father was shot to death by a deputy sheriff in Spokane Valley, sons of Wayne Scott Creach are still looking for answers. Police detectives investigating …


  • 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.


  • Police investigate burglary at Creach son’s house

    Spokane Valley police were searching Wednesday for at least three intruders who ransacked the home of Ernie Creach, son of slain Spokane Valley pastor Wayne Scott Creach. Ernie Creach said …


  • Creach home burglarized

    Spokane Valley police were searching Wednesday for at least three intruders who ransacked the home of Ernie Creach, son of slain Spokane Valley pastor Wayne Scott Creach.


  • 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. …


  • Officers making life or death decisions in an instant

    Facing the muzzle of a gun, a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy said he had one immediate thought: death. Ryan Walter squeezed off eight rounds at the gunman, Donald J. Lafavor. …


  • Decision on Creach shooting charges unlikely before election

    Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker is asking voters for another four years in office at the same time he is trying to decide whether to bring charges in a controversial …


  • Prosecuter receives Creach autopsy

    The autopsy report of pastor Wayne Scott Creach has been turned over to Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker, but it does little to answer many of the family’s questions. Creach’s …


  • Sheriff drops the wait in shooting probes

    Investigators probing officer-involved shootings will no longer be required to wait at least 72 hours before interviewing Spokane County Sheriff’s Office employees. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich announced the change Thursday, ending …


  • Sheriff ends 72-hour rule

    Investigators probing officer-involved shootings will no longer be required to wait at least 72 hours before interviewing Spokane County Sheriff’s Office employees.


  • Creach son questions Valley police contract

    The son of pastor Wayne Scott Creach, killed by a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy last month, urged the Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday to change its police services contract …


  • Sheriff releases tapes of dispatches after pastor’s shooting

    The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office released the 911 and police dispatch tapes Monday documenting Deputy Brian Hirzel’s transmissions surrounding his fatal shooting of Spokane Valley pastor Wayne Scott Creach. The …


  • Deputy’s order to Creach to drop gun was lawful

    Although the Constitution gives citizens the right to bear arms, state laws passed since then dictate how citizens can legally carry and use weapons. Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker and …


  • When police issue order, only legal choice is to comply

    Although the Constitution gives citizens the right to bear arms, state laws passed since then dictate how citizens can legally carry and use weapons. Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker and …


  • Police report details pastor’s shooting

    Deputy Brian Hirzel told investigators that he feared for his life before he fired the shot that killed Pastor Wayne Scott Creach. The 733-page investigative file released Thursday by the …

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