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Study by WSU researchers shows no significant link between marijuana legalization and crime rates

Looking at data from 1999 to 2016 reported to the FBI, a team of researchers that includes criminologists at Washington State University found no clear changes to crime rates in …

Crash video from ‘Cops’ captured Spokane sheriff’s chase that spurred investigations and county settlement

Austen Sullivan ended up unconscious and jailed after his bicycle and a Spokane sheriff deputy’s cruiser collided. Video from that night captured a controversy that spurred investigations and a county …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018

Sheriff candidate wins legal fight to avoid permanent protection order sought by ex-wife

A conspiracy theorist and candidate for Spokane County Sheriff has won his latest round to avoid a permanent protection order in a legal case brought by his ex-wife.

Controversy, conflict no strangers to sheriff candidate Scott Maclay

The man seeking to unseat Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich claims that he helped bring down the Aryan Nations, was a member of the sheriff’s dive team and was the leading real …

UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018

Spokane County sheriff’s candidate vows to handle ‘growing Muslim problem’

A candidate for Spokane County sheriff is calling for the 24-hour monitoring of Muslims and says the Muslim religion is “the only real problem in Spokane County.”

UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018

Lewis and Clark junior strives to keep student voices alive in debate over school shootings

Dylan Soth wants to keep momentum going among the young voices calling for change following the shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Editorial: Tax limit continues to erode services

If you feel these proposed public safety cuts, on top of previous ones, go too far, you should let your elected officials on the county and state level know.

Editorial: Freeman tragedy needs broader perspective

Why does it keep happening? What can we do? We all want to make sense of this. But the answers aren’t simple, no matter how much we wish they were

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017

Battle lines drawn in political fight over coal, oil train fines in downtown Spokane

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich repeated his promise Thursday to seek a legal injunction if the measure on the November ballot passes, and said he’s in talks with railroads about joining him. …

Family’s civil lawsuit goes to court four years after man dies following deputy response outside gym

An attorney representing the family of a man killed in 2013 by sheriff’s deputies outside a South Hill gym will ask a jury this week to hold the two officers …

UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017

Daughter seeks to reopen investigation into death of battered Spokane Valley mother

The daughter of a Spokane Valley woman believes the cause of her mother’s 2016 death is a clear as the plastic used to wrap her battered body before it was …

Election surprises aren’t over yet

Last May, the 5th Congressional District race featured the incumbent Republican, Democrat Joe Pakootas, Independent Dave Wilson and Republican Tom Horne. Now, none of them may be our representative.

Speak out against Shea’s Rebellion

Shea wants “constitutional sheriffs,” who would impose their legal interpretations, which would subvert the courts and all lawmaking bodies.

Valley council discusses police service contract

If it will cost tax payers $75,000 to provide identical uniforms that read Spokane Valley Police Department, and “Police” not “Sheriff” across the back, is it worth it? What about …

Shootings prompt call by police to boost mental health funding

Aaron D. Johnson, like many others in the state, was cycled through jail and hospitals before being shot by police for a second time this month. Lawmakers say more money …

Sheriff’s Office oversight criticized, critiqued at community forum

Community forum attendees continued their call this week for a more independent body to oversee the workings of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in the wake of several high-profile use …

Sheriff offers three nominees for Spokane Valley police chief

Spokane Valley Police Chief Rick VanLeuven is retiring in June. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich announces three candidates for job.

Shawn Vestal: Law enforcement accountability a worthy aim

The latest report posted online by the citizens board charged with reviewing the performance of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office consists of three paragraphs. It involves the case of Will …

Deputy investigated for fatal bike crash will keep job

The Spokane County sheriff’s deputy who sped through Spokane Valley last year without his lights or sirens activated, narrowly missing a teenage bicyclist, was given a written reprimand for violating …

Sheriff finds deputy violated policy in case tied to fatal Valley bicycle crash

Spokane Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has determined that a deputy violated department policies last year by speeding through Spokane Valley without his lights or sirens activated and narrowly missing a teen …

Sheriff’s race centers on jail debate

Debate over the need for a new Spokane County Jail has become a key issue in this year’s campaigns for sheriff and county commissioner after a candidate in the sheriff’s …

Arbitrator reinstates deputy who had sex while on duty

A Spokane sheriff’s deputy fired for having sex on duty has been reinstated by a state arbitrator. Deputy Scott Kenoyer will have to sign a last-chance disciplinary agreement to get …

Sheriff’s deputy on paid leave after citizen complaint

Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Saunders has been placed on administrative leave following complaints his parked patrol car could be seen at all hours of the night outside a West …

Sheriff Knezovich: Man in police shooting had gun, body armor

A young man shot to death following a police chase Tuesday night was a combat veteran wounded in Afghanistan three years ago and denied disability benefits. Jedadiah Zillmer, 23, died …

Sheriff pushes bill boosting panel’s power to fire officers

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is taking another run at closing a loophole in state law governing the firing of bad law enforcement officers. On Tuesday, he enlisted support of …

Sheriff Knezovich, challenger Orr debate issues

Two-term Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich came face to face with 2014 election challenger Douglas Orr Wednesday night, going back and forth on criminal justice reform, the need for a …

Spokane County sheriff’s budget gets boost

Spokane County will give its sheriff’s budget another $283,000 to pay for unforeseen costs incurred in 2013. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich on Tuesday told county commissioners his department continues to feel …

Group claims sheriff too quick with discipline

A group of four retired Spokane County sheriff’s deputies is challenging Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich in a public campaign that questions his leadership. The group, called Integrity First, filed paperwork last …

UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2013

Spokane County settles Creach shooting case for $2 million

The family of a Spokane Valley pastor shot to death after a confrontation with a deputy sheriff in 2010 will receive $2 million.

Deputy used chokehold on man

The man who died last week following a confrontation with Spokane County sheriff’s deputies outside a South Hill gym stopped breathing after being put into a chokehold, according to new …