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UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 20, 2019

Spokane County Sheriff hires former commissioner, GSI leader Todd Mielke

Former county commissioner and head of GSI Todd Mielke will serve as chief administrative officer for the county police agency.

Spokane plans to manage its own emergencies, drop out of county agreement

The city of Spokane will launch a new, independent office of emergency management next year, leaving Spokane County and many of the smaller area governments to manage – and pay …

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich warns of homegrown extremism, announces he won’t seek re-election

After speaking for more than an hour about the dangers of homegrown extremism Tuesday evening, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich announced he will not seek re-election when his term ends …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019

Former sheriff’s sergeant accused of racist remark brings defamation claim to court

A defamation claim brought by a former Spokane County sheriff’s sergeant is now in court. Jeff Thurman, who was fired from the sheriff’s office in June, denies allegations that he …

UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019

Shawn Vestal: Building a bigger, better Spokane County Jail won’t necessarily solve overcrowding issue

Every release from the Spokane County Jail, from the least serious to the most, from allegation to conviction to dismissal, tells a different story. But we apply the same blunt …

Former sheriff’s sergeant files $12.5 million defamation claim after allegations of sexual harassment and violent, racist remark

Spokane attorney Mary Schultz, representing former sergeant Jeff Thurman, filed a tort claim Monday seeking nearly $12.5 million in damages from the county, saying Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s statements about Thurman …

UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019

Shawn Vestal: Spokane Police Guild should take a cue from union president representing sheriff’s deputies

The leader of the Spokane County Deputy Sheriffs Association recognizes that his duty does not flow only toward the union, but also toward the public and its expectation of high …

UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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