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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.

Tucker’s office to be reviewed

Spokane County commissioners agreed Tuesday to pay for an outside review of the prosecutor’s office. Commissioners gave consultant David Bennett $5,000 to bring in a yet-to-be-identified Florida prosecutor to analyze Prosecutor Steve Tucker’s office.

Deadlines bedevil Spokane County prosecutor’s office

Efforts to reduce Spokane County’s jail needs through swift justice have hit a “significant roadblock” in the prosecutor’s office, commissioners were told Tuesday. Once again, jail consultant David Bennett told commissioners, the prosecutor’s office is regularly failing to file formal charges within 72 hours.

Spokane County looking at budget staff

Spokane County is moving to shore up its financial management with several new specialists. A back-burner plan to hire a budget director will heat up next month. Commissioners plan to review applications for the job, which will pay $81,164 to $109,519 a year.

Spokane County, city eye joint use of Pine Lodge facilities for jail

Washington state will delay plans to close the Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women to see whether it can be shared with Spokane County and the city of Spokane. State Corrections Secretary Eldon Vail announced Thursday the Medical Lake center is getting a temporary reprieve from a list of institutions the state wants to close because of its budget problems.

State rethinks plan to close Pine Lodge

Washington state will delay plans to close the Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women to see whether it can be shared with Spokane County and the city of Spokane.

A passion rising

They’re angry, and they’re getting organized. Groups once seen as fringe political outcasts are banding together, powered by what experts describe as an unprecedented fear of the federal government and disgust with the political climate.

Sheriff, prosecutor beg budget relief

Spokane County’s top law enforcement officials made an impassioned plea Tuesday to spare their budgets from spending cuts next year, suggesting commissioners tap the “rainy-day” fund to help prop up public safety services during tough economic times. County commissioners said no and suggested county staff and residents prepare for cuts.

Report praises police operation in Valley

Like an orchestra after a discordant warm-up, Spokane Valley’s police contract players began hitting the same notes at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. “Go figure,” Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said afterward, smiling.

Spokane Valley police study rankles sheriff

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich wants Spokane Valley residents to read the fine print of a report that says the city could save $1.1 million a year by setting up its own police department. “The only way you’re going to do it is to cut 13 police officers,” Knezovich said.

City, county tense over contracts

A harsh exchange Tuesday revealed that Spokane Valley’s contracts for county service are in more peril than previously acknowledged. County Commissioner Mark Richard said after Tuesday’s City Council meeting that the county budget staff is “frustrated beyond belief.”