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UPDATED: Sun., March 8, 2020

Man shot by Spokane County deputies after domestic violence call Sunday afternoon

A man was shot in Spokane Valley on Sunday afternoon after Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic violence call.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 23, 2020

Sunday night shooting leaves man with life-threatening injuries

Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating after a reported shooting that left a man with life-threatening injuries Sunday evening.


Then and Now: Spokane County Courthouse grounds

The size of Spokane County’s jail has been a political question since at least the late 1930s. The current Public Safety Building was built in 1970 to relieve the stress …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 22, 2019

Body found in Spokane River near Camp Sekani Friday morning

The body of a woman was found Friday in the Spokane River near Camp Sekani.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 6, 2019

Man dies Saturday night after Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies use stun gun to subdue him

The Washington State Patrol is leading a regional investigation into the death in Newman Lake. Deputies were initially called to the home around 9:30 p.m. after a family member reported …


Locking classrooms becomes latest safety measure in Spokane schools

When the 2,000 students return from spring break Monday at Lewis and Clark High School, they will be part of the next generation of school safety: studying in classes behind …


UPDATED: Fri., July 21, 2017

Spokane Human Rights Commission will apologize to sheriff’s office for comments on Facebook

City of Spokane Human Rights Commission leaders to apologize for racist and sexist comments made on Facebook aimed at seven newly hired Spokane County sheriff’s deputies


100 years ago in Spokane: Sheriff proposes work farm for inmates

The sheriff wanted leaders to create a farm for inmates.


UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017

Domestic violence suspect killed in SWAT shootout bugged his Colbert home with surveillance cameras

After a four-hour standoff and a bout of gunfire, Spokane County sheriff’s deputies found Dean Bellamy’s body on the floor of the master bedroom of his Colbert home. There was …


UPDATED: Wed., April 5, 2017

Wrongful death suit claims Dwayne Thurman did not aid his dying wife after shooting her

The children of a Spokane Valley woman filed a wrongful death lawsuit against their adoptive father for killing their mother in January 2016.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 2, 2017

Spokane County sheriff ‘dumbfounded’ by repeal of rule barring mentally ill from buying guns

News that the U.S. House of Representatives had repealed a rule banning mentally ill people from buying guns left Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich confused Thursday afternoon.


Woman killed in one-car crash in Four Lakes area

A woman was killed Sunday when her car crashed in the Four Lakes area southwest of Spokane.


Shawn Vestal: In Holyk case, scientist’s testimony doesn’t square with investigators’ statements

What was said publicly about how a teenager’s DNA came to be on the bumper of a deputy’s cruiser doesn’t square with what the scientist who tested the DNA told …


Life jackets top violations for boating anglers

One of the busiest days of the year is coming up for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Marine Unit – opening day of the state’s general fishing season.


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.


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 …


Mead trailer fire burns two

A trailer fire in the sent a man and a woman to the hospital Thursday afternoon.


100 years ago in Liberty Lake: A former Spokane County sheriff dies in apparent suicide

From our archives, 100 years ago F.M. Pugh, twice the Spokane County sheriff and an important political figure, died of a gunshot wound in a tent outside his Liberty Lake …


SCOPE office planned in southeast Spokane

A growing population in south Spokane has brought a need for a new community-oriented policing effort in that area. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with SCOPE (Sheriff’s Community …


Detectives searching for more victims in child luring case

Spokane County sheriff’s detectives are hoping to identify additional victims of a man arrested Friday for child luring and kidnapping.


Doug Clark: Race for sheriff is debate-intensive

DOUG’S SHERIFF’S DEBATE DIARY: Wednesday, 4:57 p.m. – We’re an hour and counting away from OZ vs. ORR I, the first debate* between Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and his …


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 …


Abortion cited as crime drop factor by sheriff candidate Orr

A candidate for Spokane County sheriff has offered a provocative explanation for a drop in the U.S. crime rate starting in the early 1990s: legalized abortion. Douglas Orr, a Spokane …


UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2013

Man shocked with deputy’s Taser dies

A man has died after he was shocked with a Taser during a confrontation Thursday night with Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies outside a South Hill gym.


Court document says man shot by deputy was struggling with a woman

The man shot to death Saturday by Spokane County sheriff’s deputies reportedly threatened the officers with a large knife and refused multiple commands to drop it, according to investigators.


Spokane police officers named in shooting

Spokane police identified the three officers involved in last week’s shooting of a homicide suspect in Nine Mile Falls. Officers Jake Jensen, Danny Lesser and Adam Valdez have been placed …


Transient breaks leg running from cave fire

A man who was living in a makeshift cave dwelling along the Spokane River broke his leg this morning running from a fire that ignited inside the structure.


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2013

Man accused of hoax involving fake bomb

A Spokane County man was ordered held today on a $50,000 bond after he admitted placing a realistic-looking imitation bomb in a Newman Lake mailbox Tuesday afternoon.


Felon arrested after wrong-way freeway chase

A 23-time convicted felon was arrested after a police car chase in Spokane this morning.


UPDATED: Mon., April 29, 2013

Man dies after fiery Spokane Valley crash

A man died at a local hospital after crashing his car into a tree in Spokane Valley this morning.