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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 …


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 …


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 …


Editorial: Fair escape is no reason to change longtime law

Legal scholars say the practice of claiming insanity as a defense against criminal charges is as old as ancient Greece. It matured under centuries of English common law, and the …


Doug Clark: Knezovich spoke the plain truth

Not to belabor our ongoing coverage of the homicidal loon who took off while on a mental hospital- approved field trip to the fair, but I have one more thing …


Friend helps officers locate escaped patient

Three days after he slipped away from a group of mental patients at the Spokane County fair, Phillip A. Paul was caught Sunday afternoon near Goldendale, Wash., after conning a …


Feds unhappy with city attorney

Federal prosecutors have grown increasingly critical of what they describe as questionable behavior by the Spokane Police Department’s chief legal adviser, who reportedly used his position to provide “traditionally confidential” …


Sheriff seeks jail site alternatives

The decision to expand Spokane County’s jail near downtown may be rescinded in the face of growing cost projections. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich on Wednesday asked county commissioners to rethink their …


Sheriff urges reconsideration of downtown jail

The decision to expand Spokane County’s jail near downtown may be reversed in the face of growing cost projections.


Thompson supporters raise cash

Friends of Otto Zehm wore small blue buttons that read “Otto” in support of the mentally ill janitor, after he died in 2006 following a struggle with Spokane police. Now …


Spokane County tax extension passes with ease

Spokane County residents overwhelmingly agreed to continue contributing an extra penny on each $10 purchase to help pay for law enforcement. A ballot measure to extend a sales tax collected …


Sales tax extension will go to voters

Facing a growing budget shortfall now estimated at $11.7 million, Spokane County commissioners Tuesday endorsed an extension of a small hike in the local sales tax for law enforcement and …


Spokane Valley Council makes plans to fill opening

It’s decided. In the event of two tie votes, the next Spokane Valley council member will be selected by a coin toss. Current council members spent time Tuesday night ironing …


County faces series of hurdles before fall vote on new jail

Spokane County faces a series of deadlines for decisions on a new jail. One is Aug. 11, which is the last day county commissioners can decide to put measures on …


No plans to activate emergency center, sheriff says

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said there are no immediate plans to activate the county’s Emergency Operation Center in response to swine flu, as has been done in Seattle.


No charges for arrested sergeant

After taking a second look at possible criminal charges against former Spokane County sheriff’s Sgt. Pete Bunch, city officials affirmed their decision Wednesday against charging him in connection with a …


City again chooses not to charge Bunch

After taking a second look at possible criminal charges against former Spokane County Sheriff’s Sgt. Pete Bunch, city officials re-affirmed their decision today not to charge him for a confrontation …


Sheriff’s sergeant resigns, pending firing

Spokane County sheriff’s Sgt. Patrick “Pete” Bunch resigned Thursday, two hours before Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich would have fired him following a string of questionable on- and off-duty behavior, including a …


Sheriff ponders discipline for sergeant

Mahalia Thompson starts shaking when she describes watching a prowler peek around a neighbor’s fence, enter her yard and approach her teenage daughter’s window. She called 911 twice the morning …


ML council hears from sheriff

After well over a year of searching for a new chief of police, the Medical Lake City Council heard from Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich Tuesday to discuss what it would mean …


In brief: Knezovich will make Polar Plunge

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich will take the plunge – the Polar Plunge – on Feb. 28 for Special Olympics Washington. Knezovich is taking the risk of a cold or at least …


Sheriff calls for reform amid crisis

Reforming the criminal justice system is daunting enough with plenty of money. Yet local court, law enforcement and elected officials are pushing forward with their plans despite the worst budget …


County jail commander retiring

Welds on a jail cell door were a reminder to Spokane County Jail Capt. Jerry Brady of the inmate who kicked it so hard, over and over, it finally fell …