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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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 6, 2015, 3:11 p.m.

Spokane marijuana retailer Greenlight robbed at gunpoint

Spokane County’s leading marijuana retailer was robbed Monday night in what Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich called a “takeover-style” crime. “We’re taking this very seriously,” Knezovich said Wednesday.


County grants Knezovich request to allow unmarked patrol cars

At the request of the sheriff, Spokane County commissioners last week passed an ordinance authorizing the use of unmarked patrol cars, amid statewide controversy about the practice. Spokane County Sheriff …


DNA of bicyclist found on patrol car’s bumper

A teenage bicyclist’s DNA was found on the bumper of a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office patrol car even though investigations have found that a deputy did not hit the boy …


Spokane County settles over jail medication dispute

The failure to disclose a one-page memo governing how outside medicine may be received at Spokane County Jail has put taxpayers on the hook for nearly $28,000 in penalties. Bigger …


Family of teen who died in crash demands activist stop using boy’s name, photo

The family of 15-year-old Ryan Holyk, who was killed in an incident involving a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy last year, has demanded that a local motorcycle club stop using their …


Suspect arrested in Colbert triple homicide

The son-in-law of one of the three people shot to death before fire was set to their Colbert home and barn was arrested Saturday afternoon on three counts of first-degree …


Protest targeting patrol cars draws warning from sheriff

A protest group’s plan to toss volleyballs in front of police cars to draw attention to what it considers a law enforcement cover-up in the death of a Spokane Valley …


Sheriff warns bikers against hurling volleyballs at police cars

A protest group’s plans to toss volleyballs in front of police cars to draw attention to what it considers a law enforcement coverup in the death of a Spokane Valley …


Spokane County workers’ salaries trail city of Spokane paychecks

Half the top 12 earners in Spokane County government last year were women, with Medical Examiner Sally Aiken taking in the largest base salary at more than $197,000. While income …


Memorial honors Washington law enforcement, Moore

Grief and respect transcended borders Tuesday, as the annual event memorializing fallen Washington state law enforcement officers adopted a broader look at the job given recent events in Coeur d’Alene …


Gun rights activists plan rally at U.S. Courthouse in Spokane

Gun rights activists from across the nation have announced their intentions to demonstrate in front of the Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse today in support of an Iraq War veteran …


No charges for deputy in young cyclist’s fatal crash

Three separate investigations into the death of a 15-year-old bicyclist last May in Spokane Valley have determined that a speeding patrol car driven by a sheriff’s deputy did not strike …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 30, 2015, 11:28 p.m.

Deputy returns fire and shoots man, incident likely captured by officer body camera

A Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy shot a man tonight after the man fired at him, sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Mark Gregory said.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 30, 2015, 10:21 p.m.

Investigation shows deputy did not strike teenage bicyclist who died

Three separate investigations into a May bicycling fatality have determined that the patrol car driven by Spokane County sheriff’s Deputy Joe Bodman did not strike 15-year-old bicyclist Ryan Holyk, according …


Spokane Deputy Brian Hirzel fired for misusing patrol car

A Spokane County sheriff’s deputy cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a Spokane Valley pastor in 2010 has been fired for improperly using county-owned vehicles. Brian Hirzel, of …


Pro-law enforcement rally draws 100 outside Spokane courthouse

No one said “Je suis Ahmed” or mentioned the recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, but the 100 people who gathered in the cold air and orange lamplight near the Spokane …


Smart Bombs: A constitutionalist context

Video shot at the Spokane Valley Mall shows a deputy explaining why the Sheriff’s Office needs a mine-resistant, military-style vehicle. He replies, “We’ve got a lot of constitutionalists and a …


‘Constitutionalists’ protest at Spokane Valley Police Precinct

A protest spurred by a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy’s statement that angered self-described constitutionalists drew more than 300 people to the Spokane Valley Police Precinct parking lot Saturday afternoon. Many …


300 protest against deputy comment; activist says people should be ‘armed equal to the police’

A protest spurred by a Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy statement that angered self-described constitutionalists drew more than 300 people to the Spokane Valley Police Precinct parking lot Saturday afternoon.


Police investigating after alleged confrontation involving sheriff

A former Spokane County deputy undersheriff said he was chest bumped by Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich earlier this month outside a candidate forum in Northeast Spokane.


Doug Clark: Political pollution is grime against nature

Today we celebrate the winners of my Sign Gripe Contest, which rewards readers for picking the most hideous examples of real estate infected by campaign signs. Before getting to that, …


Two face 201 counts in 40 Green Bluff burglaries

Two 21-year-olds were accused Thursday in a string of 40 Green Bluff burglaries. Trever J. Burzic and Damian A. Zowal face 201 felonies after sheriff’s officials say they broke into …


Knezovich, police ombudsman Tim Burns discussing county role

Depending on whom you ask, the timing of Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s request for the Spokane police ombudsman to assume a similar role for the county may be perfect, or politically …


Spokane County sheriff candidates Q&A

Spokane County sheriff candidates were allowed 50 words to respond to each of five questions. Their responses are listed in the order the candidates appear on the ballot. How should …


Q&A: Spokane County sheriff candidates Ozzie Knezovich and Doug Orr

Spokane County sheriff’s candidates were allowed 50 words to respond to each of five questions. Their responses are listed in the order they appear on the ballot.


Republican incumbents carry the day in local races

A slate of inconsequential primaries delivered results Tuesday night as both candidates in a number of two-person races moved forward to November’s general election with a better idea of where …


Another big storm slams into region

Another strong thunderstorm hit the northern parts of Spokane and Spokane County on Saturday evening, downing trees and power lines and sparking many brush fires. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich …


Sheriff: Deputy fired for overbilling Best Buy for security work

A Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy was fired this week after he billed a local business for work he didn’t do, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said Tuesday. Deputy Charles “Chuck” …


UPDATED: Tue., July 15, 2014, 1:12 p.m.

Spokane sheriff’s deputy fired for misconduct

Spokane County sheriff’s Deputy Charles Sciortino was fired Monday following an investigation into allegations he worked an extra job while on duty.