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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.

Gang member Eddie Hernandez sentenced to 23 years

Gang member Eddie Hernandez sentenced to 23 years

A 22-year-old gang member in Grant County has been sentenced to 23 consecutive years in prison.

Superior Court Judge John Antosz followed the prosecutor's recommendation and sentenced Eddie Hernandez for the crimes of Residential Burglary, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree and Assault in the Third Degree.

Hernandez plead guilty to two of the charges in connection to an incident on June 17, 2013, when police stopped a vehicle he was a passenger in.

“Mr. Hernandez fled the scene, discarding numerous shotgun shells as he ran. Officers later found a sawed-off shotgun on the floorboard of the seat that Mr. Hernandez was seated in. Based on this evidence, Mr. Hernandez plead guilty to Unlawful Posession of a Firearm in the First Degree,” said Grant County Prosecutor Angus Lee.

Four Arrested in Multi-County Arson Spree

Four Arrested in Multi-County Arson Spree

Four people were arrested this weekend, accused of taking part in a three-county arson spree.

Here's the news release from the Grant County Sheriff's Office:

Shooting injures Royal City man

An elderly man received a minor wound last night when someone fired two rounds from a shotgun into the home where he was sleeping.

At around 10:45 p.m. Grant County Sheriff?s Deputies answered the call for shots fired at 4042 Road 10.4-Southwest space #4. Occupants of the home said two shotgun rounds were fired into the front of the home and into the kitchen. A Hispanic male was seen running from the scene and getting into a car which sped off toward Royal City. Witnesses weren?t able to describe the male or the car.

An elderly man who was sleeping in the front bedroom received a minor wound and declined medical treatment.

Evidence collected at the scene will be sent to the state crime lab for analysis.

Deputies believe this was a targeted, gang-related shooting. Grant County Sheriff?s Gang Unit is investigating.

Location change for Moses Lake meeting on recent violence

Location change for Moses Lake meeting on recent violence

The location for the Moses Lake town hall meeting to discuss recent gang violence has been changed to accommodate more people. The meeting, called by Sheriff Tom Jones, will be held at North Elementary on Wednesday, February 26th, rather than at the Grant County Sheriff’s substation.


The meeting was called on Friday, following a drive-by shooting on Thursday. The incident is the fourth shooting in the Larsen Housing area in the last month. Two of those shootings targeted 16-year-old Brandon Mende, who was injured in one shooting and killed in the second.