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  • INTERVIEW — Sheriff Knezovich
  • INTERVIEW — Sheriff Knezovich

      “What we hear from the courts is that these are just property crimes,” Knezovich says. “But here’s what the results are: Last fall, a vehicle was broken into and a gun was stolen and that gun was used to shoot two deputies. That’s not just a property crime.
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  • Ups and Downs
  • Ups and Downs

    A trapped inmate didn’t consume the breakfast cart, but officials are losing their appetite for constant elevator repairs.
      Spokane County budgets $50,000 a year for elevator repairs at the courthouse complex.Continuing malfunctions of the elevators in the Spokane County Jail are nothing to laugh at, but they did spark a f
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  • Jail Mail
  • Jail Mail

    A new mail policy at the county jail has inmates fuming.
      “He needs that connection,” says Connie Sullivan, who exchanged letters, documents and clipped magazine articles with her son in a near-constant stream of correspondence. “He doesn’t need to sit there and fester and listen to everybody else. He needs somebody that’s outside that realm right now.
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  • The (Finally) Fightin' Fifth
  • The (Finally) Fightin' Fifth

    Sheriff Knezovich wants to revive rehabilitation programs at Geiger. Plus, Cathy McMorris Rodgers gets a Dem challenger.
      “I said we needed $350,000 to $600,000 so we can keep all these programs intact,” Knezovich says he told county commissioners. Last year, the commissioners called for an across-the-board cut to every county department. “No one stepped up. … Everyone says.
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  • The Sheriff and His Jail
  • The Sheriff and His Jail

    A recent round of layoffs prompted by a low jail population has many people wondering why a new, larger jail is necessary.
      Two weeks ago, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich announced a round of layoffs at both the downtown jail and Geiger Corrections Center in Airway Heights. The hit was big: 57 jail employees would lose their jobs.
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  • Two Into One
  • Two Into One

    The SPD and the County Sheriff's Department should eliminate redundancy and merge. It's worked in other cities.
      Quick: Why do we have two big police departments servicing the same area? Stumped? There’s only one answer: Because that’s how we’ve always done it. And in this brutal new economic world (just ask California — or Greece — how tough it’s become), doing the same thing isn’t good enough any more.
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  • A Short-Staffed Sheriff and Nukes
  • A Short-Staffed Sheriff and Nukes

    The Spokane sheriff restructures, Hanford waste lurks and Eastern turns down more financial control
      Because of a tight county budget this year, the Sheriff’s Offi ce had $3 million sliced from its law enforcement resources. Knezovich says this cost him 19 positions — including two lieutenants, one sergeant, fi ve detective corporals and four deputies — and forced the “total reorg of the agency.
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