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Sheriff’s ‘support’ falls in gray area

A testament to the popularity of Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich may be the level to which candidates for Spokane County prosecutor are seeking his support. The situation came to a head last week when incumbent Steve Tucker announced during a debate that he had the support of Knezovich. Asked to clarify that support, Tucker made it clear that the sheriff has not endorsed his candidacy.

Spokane County Jail deputy disputes termination

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. The deputy, Kenneth Downey, is one of four who were implicated in the Nov. 11 incident, in which an inmate lay dead in his cell for eight hours before his death from natural causes was discovered.

Geiger’s mission changing

The Geiger Corrections Center will soon become an interim version of the treatment-focused “community corrections center” that is to be part of a jail-construction bond measure next April. Although Geiger will be available for overflow from the Spokane County Jail, its new mission will be to provide 144 beds for offenders who are nearing release. Jail officials already have started rearranging inmate populations to conform to Geiger’s revised role.

Geiger to focus on inmate treatment, training

The Geiger Corrections Center will soon become an interim version of the treatment-focused “community corrections center” that is to be part of a jail-construction bond measure next April.

Fired Spokane County deputy gets arbitration

An arbitrator is reviewing the case of a Spokane County corrections deputy fired after sheriff’s officials determined he used excessive force on an inmate. Wayne Green was fired last summer after an investigation into claims that he beat an inmate inside the Spokane County Jail booking area. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said Green “made a very rude comment” and provoked the situation.

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 will be laid off June 16 threatened to derail a merger meeting scheduled tonight.

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 were to be distributed today.

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 isn’t enough time to mount a competitive campaign.

Former Sheriff Mark Sterk considers run for old job

Former Spokane County Sheriff Mark Sterk may give his successor, Ozzie Knezovich, a run for his money. It’s a daunting prospect, Sterk acknowledges, because state Public Disclosure Commission records show Knezovich already has raised $38,778 and spent $17,959.

Sterk mulls run for sheriff

Former Spokane County Sheriff Mark Sterk may give his successor, Ozzie Knezovich, a run for his money. It’s a daunting prospect, Sterk acknowledges, because state Public Disclosure Commission records show Knezovich already has raised $38,778 and spent $17,959. “That’s one of the things we will look at very carefully, as to whether we can win it or not,” Sterk said Wednesday after registering his potential candidacy with the state Public Disclosure Commission.

Victims, families share their heartaches, healing

Sitting in a courtroom Thursday listening to a man plead guilty for his role in her son’s murder, Tracey Cochran felt voiceless, and desperate. “It’s so hard to sit there and listen to this kid talk about handing over the knife that killed my son,” Cochran said. “I couldn’t handle it. I got up and left.”

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 on the county jail. The idea, which could include using a private jail contractor, caused tension this week with county leaders concerned that a city jail could torpedo a four-year regional process aimed at building a new countywide lockup and putting greater emphasis on rehabilitation. The county currently charges daily incarceration fees for housing inmates from the cities.

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 on the county jail.