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Wednesday, October 21, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Public Safety Building break-in shows security shortfalls

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich wasn’t surprised when someone broke into the Public Safety Building Saturday. “This is not a secure campus,” he said of the complex that includes the Sheriff’s Office, the Spokane Police Department, the Spokane County Courthouse and the Spokane County Jail.

Suspect arrested in Public Safety Building break-in

A man was arrested Saturday afternoon after allegedly breaking a glass door to get inside the Public Safety Building, which houses the police department, the sheriff’s office, district court and municipal court. A court employee working inside the building, at 1100 W. Mallon Ave., called 911 around 1:30 p.m. to report that a man with a crowbar was trying to break in one of the front doors, said Spokane police spokeswoman Teresa Fuller.

Spokane police headquarters might be moved

Spokane police are talking about moving out of the City-County Public Safety Building as the department makes a transition to a neighborhood crime-fighting model. The move would be consistent with police Chief Frank Straub’s goal of making police more accessible to the public, said Monique Cotton, department spokeswoman.

Commission opts for smoking areas away from doors

The Spokane County government campus is littered with violations of Washington’s smoking-in-public-places law, literally. Cigarette butts are strewn across sidewalks and courtyards.

Jail captain says inmates clogged, flushed toilets

Spokane County Jail inmates will start returning today to cells they flooded with toilet water Saturday evening. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich plans to seek felony charges against those who were responsible if an assessment confirms the damage was as costly as county officials expect.