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Spokane law enforcement agencies will focus on education not enforcement of Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order issued Monday.
Spokane County and Spokane have both called for a state of emergency as the number of cases in the state grows.
As law enforcement continues to investigate the circumstances that led to deputies shooting a domestic violence suspect in Spokane Valley on Sunday, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich argued that outside oversight slowed down the process and is unnecessary.
A man was shot in Spokane Valley on Sunday afternoon after Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic violence call.
As city officials prepare for the potential arrival of COVID-19 in Spokane, they stressed this week that the city is still actively engaged with Greater Spokane Emergency Management, even if a written agreement formalizing that relationship no longer exists.
Jaydin Ledford, 24, has agreed to a deal that will keep him out of prison but require he serve five years of probation. Knezovich said Thursday he participated in the agreement.
A man was shot and killed Friday morning by a Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy following a pursuit that ended in the backyard of a North Spokane home.
Former county commissioner and head of GSI Todd Mielke will serve as chief administrative officer for the county police agency.
The city of Spokane will launch a new, independent office of emergency management next year, leaving Spokane County and many of the smaller area governments to manage – and pay for managing – emergencies on their own.
Looking at data from 1999 to 2016 reported to the FBI, a team of researchers that includes criminologists at Washington State University found no clear changes to crime rates in Washington and Colorado after those two states decriminalized marijuana in 2012 and opened legal stores two years later. The authors caution that the data has some limitations, but it is the first study of its kind to look at data and try to draw comparisons that lawmakers and public safety officials have been arguing about for years.
After speaking for more than an hour about the dangers of homegrown extremism Tuesday evening, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich announced he will not seek re-election when his term ends in 2022.
A defamation claim brought by a former Spokane County sheriff’s sergeant is now in court. Jeff Thurman, who was fired from the sheriff’s office in June, denies allegations that he spoke of killing black people and claims Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich publicly misrepresented the findings of an internal investigation.
Austen Sullivan ended up unconscious and jailed after his bicycle and a Spokane sheriff deputy’s cruiser collided. Video from that night captured a controversy that spurred investigations and a county payout.
Every release from the Spokane County Jail, from the least serious to the most, from allegation to conviction to dismissal, tells a different story. But we apply the same blunt tool to every one: a jail cell, at a daily rate of $133.
Spokane attorney Mary Schultz, representing former sergeant Jeff Thurman, filed a tort claim Monday seeking nearly $12.5 million in damages from the county, saying Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s statements about Thurman were defamatory.
The leader of the Spokane County Deputy Sheriffs Association recognizes that his duty does not flow only toward the union, but also toward the public and its expectation of high standards.
Sgt. Jeff Thurman, an 18-year veteran of the sheriff’s office who worked in Spokane Valley, was accused of starting a phone conversation with another deputy by asking: “You ready to kill some (racial slur) tonight or what?”
Hours before he shot and killed a 29-year-old father of two, 61-year-old Dave Cholewinski pointed the same weapon at a group of people during a heated argument.
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says he won’t follow the new state law on immigration status. Supports of the law say he’s misreading it.
Some activists say cash bail creates a two-tiered justice system in which poor defendants remain locked up before trial, while rich ones can pay to get out. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and others argue it’s a necessary tool for protecting the community and ensuring defendants show up to court.