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UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019, 10:51 p.m.

Spokane County sheriff’s sergeant fired for racial slur, sexual harassment, talk of killing black people

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 …


Gunman could have been arrested rather than ticketed before killing neighbor in Bigelow Gulch incident

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 challenges Gov. Jay Inslee over new immigration law

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says he won’t follow the new state law on immigration status. Supports of the law say he’s misreading it.


Behind the divide on bail reform, frustration over ‘revolving door’

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 …


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 10:11 p.m.

Deputy whose reinstatement in 2012 ‘dumbfounded’ Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich officially terminated last week following state arbitrator’s finding

A decision to fire a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy with a history of bad behavior was upheld last week by a state arbitrator, the sheriff’s office said.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 10:17 p.m.

Omak man, 23, arrested for alleged threats against Washington sheriffs

Authorities on Wednesday arrested a 23-year-old Omak man who allegedly made Facebook posts threatening to kill law enforcement officers, including Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 11:22 a.m.

Spokane County detectives investigating Facebook threats against Washington sheriffs

“Ozzie Knezovich is gonna get a bullet in his skull,” one of the Facebook posts said.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 21, 2019, 8:50 p.m.

Thousands turn out for Spokane march honoring MLK

Two-and-a-half-year-old Aveline Jones plodded in her yellow shoes, pink pants and black coat with her hand firmly in her mother’s grasp Monday as they joined about 3,000 other marchers to …


Annemarie Frohnoefer: New jail won’t solve societal problems

County Commissioner Al French has proposed building a new jail, saying, “this can has been kicked down the road for too many years,” before adding that he needs to know …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 31, 2018, 11:43 a.m.

Rep. Matt Shea takes credit, criticism for document titled ‘Biblical Basis for War’

Washington state Rep. Matt Shea acknowledged Wednesday he had distributed a four-page manifesto titled “Biblical Basis for War,” which describes the Christian god as a “warrior,” details the composition and …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 11:26 a.m.

Scott Maclay, sheriff’s candidate who changed name to DumpOzzie Dot Com, dies in motorcycle crash near St. Maries

Michael “Scott” Maclay, the Harley-riding respiratory therapist who changed his name to DumpOzzie Dot Com as part of a conspiracy-theory-fueled campaign to unseat Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, died in …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018, 12:11 p.m.

Republicans distance themselves from Allsup; Knezovich says he warned the party

Republican leaders continued to distance themselves from white nationalist James Allsup on Thursday, saying the Spokane County GOP chairwoman made an error in judgment when she introduced Allsup during a …


Finance manager at Spokane County Jail terminated following investigation

The finance manager at the Spokane County Jail was let go from his job last month following an internal investigation.


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 10:19 p.m.

Knezovich critic changes legal name to DumpOzzie Dot Com ahead of campaign for sheriff’s office

Scott Maclay, a frequent critic of Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, has legally changed his name to DumpOzzie Dot Com and said he plans to run against Knezovich in this …


UPDATED: Sat., March 3, 2018, 8:13 p.m.

Police shows like ‘Live PD’ would get more restrictions under new Spokane law

The Spokane City Council is set to vote on a measure Monday night that would require “reality-based police shows” to obtain a business license and consent from the people they …


Shawn Vestal: Sheriff says he doesn’t want to be Mayor Ozzie

He must be running for mayor. That’s the current conventional wisdom with regard to Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 11:08 p.m.

Spokane police and fire chiefs push back on sheriff’s criticism of North Monroe project

Spokane’s police and fire chiefs said they are united in their support of a street renovation project on North Monroe Street, and do not share Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s concern that …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, 10:31 a.m.

Nearly half of Spokane’s youth experience violence each year, health district study says

According to a Spokane Regional Health District report, nearly half of Spokane’s youth experienced at least one violence-related incident in the past year, and 25 percent of adolescents reported being …


Knezovich warns North Monroe road project would impede evacuation of downtown Spokane during emergencies

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich waded into a contentious discussion about street design earlier this month by officially coming out against the planned street renovation on North Monroe, saying its redesign will …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 6:59 a.m.

Sheriff, prosecutor say budget cuts would undermine public safety in Spokane County

Spokane County’s top law enforcement officials say proposed budget cuts would force them to lay off deputies and prosecute fewer cases.


Freeman High School suspended, evaluated shooter after note was discovered

A parent and a school official confirmed for the first time Friday that the Freeman School District knew Caleb Sharpe had handed notes to students threatening to do something stupid, …


Signs and warnings failed to prevent Freeman school shooting

Caleb Sharpe began months ago making videos with guns and bragged to several friends when he figured out the combination to his father’s gun safe.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 9:19 p.m.

Knezovich: Societal breakdown to blame for Freeman school shooting

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich blamed a breakdown of society, the media and problems with the mental health system for Wednesday’s


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 11:44 a.m.

Spokane County commissioners in stalemate over selection of third member

A rift in the Spokane County Republican Party has resulted in a stalemate between two county commissioners who are running out of time to choose a new colleague.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 1:05 p.m.

Spokane County leaders may abandon tax hike proposal, cut jail funds instead

The Spokane County commissioners may walk away from a proposal to raise property taxes to fix an estimated $10 million budget shortfall.


UPDATED: Fri., July 21, 2017, 10:50 p.m.

Spokane Human Rights Commission will apologize to sheriff’s office for comments on Facebook

City of Spokane Human Rights Commission leaders to apologize for racist and sexist comments made on Facebook aimed at seven newly hired Spokane County sheriff’s deputies


Commissioners give final OK on $2.25 million settlement for exonerated trio

The Spokane County commissioners on Tuesday gave final approval on a $2.25 settlement between the county’s insurer and three men who were wrongfully convicted after a flawed investigation by Sheriff’s …


UPDATED: Wed., June 7, 2017, 10:20 p.m.

Spokane County’s insurer offers $2.25 million settlement to three men wrongfully convicted of robbery

Spokane County’s insurer has offered $2.25 million to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit that alleged the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office engaged in witness-tampering and recklessness to wrongfully convict three …


Panel of citizens will set salaries for Spokane County sheriff, prosecutor

The Spokane County commissioners addressed Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s salary on Tuesday, although they didn’t give him the raise he’s been seeking.


Shawn Vestal: In case of exonerated men, everyone sees mistakes but the sheriff

You could look at it as a three-quarter-million-dollar mistake – that’s how much state taxpayers will likely fork over to pay for the wrongful convictions of three Spokane men in …