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Grant County Sheriff's Office approved for 18 new surveillance cameras in Ephrata communities

Grant County Sheriff's Office approved for 18 new surveillance cameras in Ephrata communities

The Grant County Sheriff's Office announced the Board of County Commissioners approved the purchase of 18 surveillance cameras that will be installed in the Larson community, the Beveryly/Schawana area, and the Courthouse Campus in Ephrata. The cost of this project is projected to be about $68,000.

The Sheriff's Office said as of now there is no firm time line on when the cameras will be installed, but technicians are working on the infrastructure to support the cameras.

Sheriff Tom Jones said the camera footage will be used to record the actions of persons or vehicles associated with criminal acts.

“That is our concern and the purpose for installing these cameras. The cameras will be focused on public areas, specifically streets and sidewalks,” he said.

When the cameras are installed, the Sheriff's Office said the footage will be monitored 24/7 by a service that will watch the cameras and report when an unusual occurrence happens. The Sheriff's Office will also have mobile access capability to views streaming footage if desired.

No injuries in Moses Lake drive-by shooting

No injuries in Moses Lake drive-by shooting

Nobody was hurt and a car was seized after a Wednesday evening drive-by shooting in the Larson community in Moses Lake.

Grant County Sheriff's Deputies and Moses Lake Police arrived just before 6 pm to answer a call for shots fired near 8924 Westover Boulevard. Witnesses described a silver Pontiac with three Hispanic males inside. The right front passenger aimed a firearm out the window toward a possible intended victim.

Witnesses further said the car stopped at the east end of Travis Drive, then the armed passenger got out of the car and fired three shots at two fleeing people. One of the fleeing persons returned fire, striking a nearby home. An unassociated vehicle parked on Travis was also struck. At this point nobody has come forward claiming to be injured.

Shortly after the shooting, investigators received word that the silver Pontiac was parked at 1228 Arlington Drive. The Pontiac was seized as evidence used in a felony crime against a person, and will be processed for evidence.

Vehicle theft suspect arrested after short chase

Vehicle theft suspect arrested after short chase

Grant County Sheriff's Deputies arrested an 18-year-old Moses Lake woman early this morning after she allegedly stole a car and led officers on a short chase.

Brittany Strong was arrested by deputies in the Larson neighborhood. She was driving a Chrysler 300 which had been reported stolen from a nearby home about 15 minutes before Sheriff Tom Jones spotted it and gave chase around 6:30 am.

During the chase Strong struck a curb, flattening the right front tire of the vehicle. A short time later Strong lost control and crashed into a fire hydrant at Mather Drive and Larson Boulevard.

Strong was arrested shortly thereafter and booked into the Grant County Jail on charges of theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle and felony eluding police.

Information wanted in residential burglary

Information wanted in residential burglary

Grant County Sheriff's Deputies arrested two 17-year-old boys Wednesday afternoon for burglary and theft.

Deputies responded to 123 E. Montmorency Boulevard in George for a report of a burglary which happened between 7:30 am and 11:30 am Wednesday. During the investigation, deputies learned of two possible suspects. Deputies then found those two suspects a short distance away.

One suspect, a 17-year-old George boy, was arrested. The other suspect, a 17-year-old Quincy boy, fled but turned himself into deputies later that day. Deputies recovered two .22 caliber pistols stolen during the burglary. Each suspect faces charges of first-degree burglary and theft of a firearm.

Deputies are still looking for several other pieces of property stolen during that burglary. These are the best descriptions of the items:

Grant County Sheriff concerned about rural burglaries

Grant County Sheriff concerned about rural burglaries

The Grant County Sheriff's Office is increasing patrols in rural communities to combat rising property crimes. Today Tom Jones reports the rural areas of Grant County have experienced several property crimes, specifically thefts of metal, wire, batteries and livestock panels. The most recent thefts occurred in Mae Valley and the area to the northeast of Moses Lake.

With autumn approaching and the farming season coming to an end, Sheriff Jones is offering several reminders to assist farmers and ranchers in protecting themselves and their property from being a victim.

Moses Lake pharmacy tech accused of stealing narcotic

Moses Lake pharmacy tech accused of stealing narcotic

A Moses Lake Pharmacy Technician has been suspended after allegations he diverted the powerful narcotic Hydromorphone from the pharmacy where he was working.

Hydromorphone is known under the brand names Dilaudid, Exalgo, Dilaudid-hp and Palladone. It is a Schedule II controlled substance and in the same class of drugs as Oxycodone and Morphine.

Between January and May of 2014, state health officials allege Adrian Don Padilla filled empty capsules with the pure powdered drug from a stock bottle at the pharmacy, then diluted the remaining drug with lactose before returning the bottle and selling the capsules.

Padilla's license has also been suspended, leaving him unable to practice as a pharmacy technician or pharmacy assistant until the charges are resolved. He has 20 days to request a hearing to contest the charges.