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Spokane County unveils new alert system

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich plans to keep his bullhorn, but he soon will have a more subtle way to warn Spokane County residents of emergencies. Starting Monday, residents may register their …


Creach drawing gun when shot, police say

Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Hirzel said he ordered Pastor Wayne Scott Creach to drop his gun multiple times, struck the 74-year-old man in the leg with a police baton …


Deputy says he hit pastor with baton

The deputy who shot and killed a Spokane Valley pastor on Aug. 25 told investigators that he used a baton on Wayne Scott Creach and repeatedly ordered him to drop …


Deputy says he struck pastor with baton

The deputy who shot and killed a Spokane Valley pastor Aug. 25 told investigators that he used a baton on Wayne Scott Creach, and repeatedly ordered him to drop his …


Doug Clark: Ozzie out of character on this one

I remember the moment I became an Ozzie Knezovich fan. It was June 2006. That’s when Knezovich showed Joseph “Cuppa Joe” Mastel and the citizens of Spokane County what being …


Deputy says he saw pastor approaching with gun

Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Hirzel told investigators Friday that he saw Pastor Wayne Scott Creach approaching his unmarked patrol car from a distance of about 30 feet with a …


County parks chief urges pool closure

Spokane County’s Holmberg swimming pool would close indefinitely under a plan presented to commissioners Tuesday. Parks Director Doug Chase said Holmberg pool, at 9615 N. Wall St., was little-used this …


Sheriff turns to retiree to head internal investigations

Recently retired Undersheriff Greg Conner would become a $70-an-hour consultant under a contract Spokane County commissioners may approve today. Jeff Tower, the county’s remaining undersheriff, said officials hope to fill …


Officer involved in shooting identified

The deputy who fatally shot a Spokane Valley pastor and business owner last week was identified Monday as Brian Hirzel, a two-year veteran of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office who …


Mourners note ‘good example’ set by slain clergyman

Hundreds gathered on a crisp Monday morning to grieve the loss of a man whose preaching and gardening left an unforgettable imprint on those who met Wayne Scott Creach. The …


Three men killed in crash identified

Three Spokane men killed in a car crash Sunday have been identified by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office as Anthony K. Archuleta, 21; Spencer A. Fry, 25; and Joseph M. …


Sheriff offers condolences, withholds details in shooting

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich extended condolences Friday to the family of slain pastor Wayne Scott Creach and asked for the community to be patient as investigators determine why he …


Jail captain says inmates clogged, flushed toilets

Spokane County Jail inmates will start returning today to cells they flooded with toilet water Saturday evening. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich plans to seek felony charges against those who were responsible …


Shawn Vestal: Driver created ‘horrible bond’

William Knight was driving his 1997 Kia without insurance when he hit a bicyclist outside Cheney in April, police say. A few days later, he was cited again: no insurance, …


Spokane Valley man arrested after mooning deputy

If you’re going to moon someone, it may be best not to do it to an off-duty cop. Ryan Lee Martineau, 43, of Spokane Valley, found that out Saturday evening.


Shooting suspect arrested; companion, weapon sought

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested a suspect in a July 30 shooting that left a man with a gunshot wound to the head. Christopher T. Jackson, 24, was …


City attorneys will defend officers in federal civil suit

Two Spokane police officers named in a lawsuit filed by the family of a man who was stunned by police with a Taser just prior to jumping from the Monroe …


Thieves target bronze urns and flower pots at cemeteries

Thieves looking for valuable metal may be responsible for the loss of bronze flower pots and urns at two Spokane cemeteries in the past two weeks, detectives announced Wednesday. The …


Metal thieves hit 2 Spokane cemeteries

Thieves looking for valuable metal may be responsible for the loss of flower pots and urns at two Spokane cemeteries in the last two weeks, detectives announced today.


Local police say stolen cars often recovered in one piece

While stolen cars serve different purposes for thieves, chances are the vehicle is a Honda or Toyota. The list of the top 10 most-stolen cars in America and in Spokane …


Spokane officer injured responding to robbery

A police officer was hospitalized with a neck injury Saturday after he was broadsided by another vehicle while en route to help catch robbery suspects. The Spokane police officer, whose …


OxyContin robbery suspect dies of self-inflicted gunshot

A man who shot himself after a police chase Tuesday has died. Nicholas T. “Niko” Burden, 31, worked as a car salesman and lived with his girlfriend and baby daughter …


Driver charged in deadly ’09 crash

A driver accused of killing a Mead woman in a drunken head-on crash has been charged with a felony, nearly one year later. Waiting to charge Lucian G. Brisan, 30, …


Authorities identify victim of fatal shooting

A 19-year-old Chattaroy man declared dead Tuesday after being accidentally shot last week has been identified as Tom J. Grauberger.


Driver charged in fatal 2009 crash

A driver accused of killing a Mead woman in a drunken, head-on crash has been charged with a felony, nearly one year later. Waiting to charge Lucian G. Brisan, 30, …


Victim identified in fatal accidental shooting

A 19-year-old Chattaroy man who was declared dead today after being accidentally shot last week has been identified as Tom J. Grauberger.


‘Disparaging remarks’ led to Valley hit and run

A driver sought in a Spokane Valley hit-and-run crash that injured a bicyclist has turned himself in to police.


Chattaroy man brain dead after shooting

A 19-year-old Chattaroy man is brain dead from an accidental shooting Saturday afternoon.


Lawsuit filed over jump from bridge

Attorneys have filed a $4.7 million federal civil suit against the Spokane Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff’s Department for their failed attempt to keep a mentally ill man from …


Burglary suspect pleads not guilty

A suspected serial burglar who tried fleeing a courtroom in April pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 20 felonies related to a six-month string of break-ins across Spokane County – including …