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Report: Paid staff needed for civilian oversight of Spokane County Sheriff’s Office

Reforms needed to increase public trust and transparency in the Citizen’s Advisory Board for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will require a paid staff member, according to a 13-page report.


Parents of man shot by Spokane police feel helpless in getting mental health assistance for son

Investigators found a fake handgun near where Aaron D. Johnson was shot by police at the West Wynn Motel on Sunset Boulevard on Monday.


Spokane Valley councilman wants to slash $2 million from sheriff’s contract

Spokane Valley Councilman Ed Pace wants to cut Sheriff’s contract by $2 million and let the city hire a police chief.


Knezovich will ask state for $12,000 to pay for search for Western State Hospital escapee

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich will send Governor Jay Inslee a bill for $12,030.22 this week for the cost of searching for escaped Western State Hospital inmate Anthony Garver.


Malheur militants harassed deputies for weeks before standoff, Oregon sheriff tells Knezovich

The sheriff of Harney County, Oregon, was contending with armed militants for months before they illegally occupied a national wildlife refuge in January.


Police dog credited for catching escaped patient; sheriff intends to bill state

Police dog Gunnar may like playing and lounging in the grass during his off time, but he was all business Friday night when he and his handler, Spokane County Deputy …


Unexpected cash infusion helps Spokane fight auto theft, property crime

Spokane law enforcement got a $300,000 surprise in 2016 state budget, money to fight property crimes.


Mary Ann Murphy: Spokane should elect police chief

Pending such a city charter change, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s leadership offer should be considered seriously.


Spokane County forms new task force directed at combating hate crimes

A new, 23-member task force made up of Spokane County religious, community and government leaders will seek to help victims of hate crimes and fight discrimination across the county.


Leader of Spokane police advisory group resigns, says Knezovich should lead department

The leader of a eight-member board advising Spokane Mayor David Condon on hiring a new police chief resigned Monday and called on Condon to let Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich …


Local Republicans begin taking sides on Trump

Reaction to Donald Trump by Republican officials varies.


Spokane Valley council looking to create separate police oversight board

Spokane Valley is beginning a discussion of a Valley-only police oversight committee.


Spokane Valley leaders say they want to stick with sheriff contract for policing

Spokane Valley’s mayor stood with Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich Friday to declare that the city won’t set up its own police department, despite persistent rumors to the contrary. Joining …


Family files lawsuit in Spokane County Jail death; Knezovich rebuts claims

The family of 33-year-old Christopher J. Parker filed a wrongful death and excessive force lawsuit against Spokane County this week, three years after Parker died of a meth overdose exacerbated …


Editorial: Revolving-door leadership harms police, city

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office a model of stability.


Pace’s request sets off lengthy review of Spokane Valley police

Spokane Valley councilman Ed Pace says did not intend to start a lengthy official investigation when he sent a query to city staff about alleged surveillance by the Spokane Valley …


‘Sovereign citizen contacts’ with law enforcement on rise, sheriff says

Sovereign citizens who claim they don’t need a driver’s license isn’t a new thing for Spokane County deputies, but Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said the incidents appear to be on the …


Council candidate involved in discrimination lawsuit against Spokane County

Phillip Tyler, one of the people vying to replace Jon Snyder on the Spokane City Council, has sued Spokane County alleging workplace discrimination. Tyler worked in the Spokane County Jail …


County commission rejects pay raises for Knezovich, Haskell

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich will continue to earn less than his undersheriffs after county commissioners rejected a proposal to boost the salaries of the sheriff and prosecutor. Knezovich and …


Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, Prosecutor Larry Haskell set for raises under county proposal

Spokane County officials on Tuesday will consider boosting the salaries of Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and Prosecuting Attorney Larry Haskell.


Spokane County sheriff questions Matt Shea’s trip to Oregon armed protest

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says he “can’t fathom” why Rep. Matt Shea would attend an armed protest at a wildlife refuge in Oregon over the weekend.


Doug Clark: City should give Ozzie a chance to star in Spokane police drama

Come to think of it, maybe letting Ozzie lead our cop shop isn’t so nutty after all.


City passes on Knezovich’s offer to lead Spokane Police Department

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has once again offered to lead the Spokane police department as a search to replace former Chief Frank Straub gets underway.


Former Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputy resigns for dishonesty, still accredited in state

Jeremy Jeske, 44, remains an accredited law enforcement agent in Washington state despite resigning after being confronted with lies in an investigation involving fraudulent vehicle inspections.


Spokane police Sgt. Gordon Ennis arrested for suspected sexual assault

Spokane police Sgt. Gordon Ennis was arrested Wednesday on second degree rape charges, according to a Spokane County Sheriff’s news release. Ennis turned himself in to the Spokane County Jail …


Doug Clark: As police department falters, it needs a real leader

Recent turmoil in the Spokane Police Department doesn’t sound like the new-and-improved department that Mayor David Condon’s been bragging about.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 29, 2015, 5:10 p.m.

City administrator denies she tried to influence news about alleged sexual assault

Spokane City Administrator Theresa Sanders is denying that she tried to soften the details in a news release about an alleged sexual assault of a Spokane police officer by a …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 28, 2015, 11:03 p.m.

Sheriff investigating possible evidence tampering by police in police assault case

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is investigating whether Spokane police officers tampered with evidence and assisted the suspect, also a police officer, in an ongoing sexual assault investigation. “If there …


Spokane County considers partnerships, sites for sheriff’s deputy training facility

Spokane County is casting a wide net for partners to help construct a permanent home to train sheriff’s deputies, including a potential deal with the Kalispel Tribe. Commissioner Todd Mielke …


Petition for sheriff’s office independent review is a political move, Knezovich says

Calling the process of selecting an ombudsman for the Spokane Police Department “a political nightmare,” Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich on Tuesday dismissed a petition requesting independent civilian oversight for his department …