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Publishers Clearing House scam leads Chelan deputy to aide in arrest of NYC scammer

Publishers Clearing House scam leads Chelan deputy to aide in arrest of NYC scammer

On Monday, March 16th Deputy Paul Nelson of the Chelan County Sheriff's Office responded to a theft/fraud complaint where an adult female reported sending $17,500.00 in cash to a New York address, after receiving a telephone call notifying her she had won the Publishers Clearing House $1,000,000.00 prize. The caller claimed the woman needed to send $17,500.00 in cash for fees associated with the million dollar prize.

The package is initially returned by the carrier due to a problem with the delivery address. Due to the delay in delivery the woman is then instructed to send $18,000.00 in cash to claim the prize.

Drive by shooting in Schwana damages car; nor injuries- deputies seek white Dodge 4x4

Drive by shooting in Schwana damages car; nor injuries- deputies seek white Dodge 4x4

A drive by shooting in Schwana damaged a car the night of Monday, February 2nd. According to the Grant County Sheriff's Office no injuries were involved, but deputies are seeking the driver of a white Dodge lifted 4x4 pickup.

Deputies were called to 18343 Third Avenue Southwest at approximately 10:00 p.m. for shots fired. When the deputies arrived, they found bullet damage to a car parked at the home. Witnesses described hearing four gunshots, then seeing a white Dodge 4x4 pickup leaving the scene. The home's occupants, who are believed to be targets, were uncooperative with deputies.

Deputies and Mattawa Police searched the area, but were unable to find the pickup.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Grant County Sheriff's Office at 509-762-1160, or to send the information to crimetips@grantcountywa.gov. The reference case number is 15GS01249. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Grant County Sheriff's Deputies seek irrigation pipe theft victims

Grant County Sheriff's Deputies seek irrigation pipe theft victims

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to find the victims of aluminum irrigation pipe theft stemming from an investigation of illegal pipe scrapping in the Quincy/George area.

Deputies are asking area farmers to check their equipment for any missing aluminum pipe including pipe from wheel lines.

The Sheriff’s Office is aware of one incident where a wheel line mover was stolen. Other circumstances suggest that a quantity of aluminum pipe has been stolen, and the victim may not yet know their pipes are missing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Jon Melvin through MACC dispatch at 509-762-1160, or send information to crimetips@grantcountywa.gov. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

IRS phone scams continue to be a serious threat

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain near the top of the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent months as scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation and other things. The IRS reminds taxpayers to guard against all sorts of con games that arise during any filing season.

"If someone calls unexpectedly claiming to be from the IRS with aggressive threats if you don't pay immediately, it's a scam artist calling,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "The first IRS contact with taxpayers is usually through the mail. Taxpayers have rights, and this is not how we do business."

Deputies nab 3 suspects in Larson area burglary, recover thousands of dollars in stolen property

Deputies nab 3 suspects in Larson area burglary, recover thousands of dollars in stolen property

On Tuesday, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office arrested three Moses Lake men suspected in a Larson area residential burglary after a patrolling deputy came upon two of them leaving the scene with stolen property. The first two suspects led the GCSO to a third suspect who was also arrested when found with additional stolen property from the residence.

The incident took place on the evening of December 19th, when a deputy came across the first two male subjects in the area of Arlington and Lowry around 7:30 p.m. The Sheriff's Office said one of the suspects was pushing an outboard boat motor in a wheelbarrow and the other suspect was carrying a large box of household items. The deputy made contact with them and through field interviews, learned that the items were being transported from the scene of a residential burglary in the 1200 block of Arnold Drive.

Four hour standoff in Wilson Creek ends peacefully with no injuries

Four hour standoff in Wilson Creek ends peacefully with no injuries

On December 25th, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Soap Lake Police Department, and Moses Lake Regional Tactical Response Team (TRT) responded to a standoff in Wilson Creek after a man reportedly barricaded himself and his ex-wife inside their home.

At Thursday at approximately 2:30 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of 4th Street in Wilson Creek where the male suspect, age 79, was holding his ex-wife, age 77, inside the residence. The TRT was activated due to known weapons inside the home, the aggravated demeanor of the suspect, as well as the woman’s reported poor health. The man had also reportedly removed his ex-wife from a medical care facility in Soap Lake against medical advice and without authorization.

After negotiations failed, TRT conducted a forced entry and the suspect surrendered. The incident ended at 6:15 p.m. The suspect was booked into Grant County jail on kidnapping charges and a local warrant for a DUI.

Identities of those involved in yesterday's Soap Lake shooting released

Identities of those involved in yesterday's Soap Lake shooting released

The Grant County Sheriff's Office has released the identities of the victim and suspected shooter involved in yesterday’s Soap Lake incident.


The shooting victim has been identified as Don Bitterman, age 78, who was found suffering from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen at his home in the 18000 block of Division 0.5 Road Northeast just south of Soap Lake. He was flown to Confluence Health/Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. He is currently reported in stable condition.

The shooter has been identified as Josephine Bitterman, (aka: Johnson), age 77, who has been arrested on suspicion of first degree assault.

Emergency responders were called to their home about 2:00 p.m. yesterday. Aside from the couple, no one else was in the home at the time.