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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.

Judge rules Nathan Brooks trial will take place in Grant County

Judge rules Nathan Brooks trial will take place in Grant County

Nathan Brooks, the 16-year-old Moses Like Boy will face his two counts of attempted murder in Grant County Superior Court. The news comes after Brooks' defense attorney, Brain Gwinn, argued that the news coverage surrounding the allegations tainted the potential jury pool.

Identity theft suspect busted; charged over $1,700 in goods during credit card fraud

Identity theft suspect busted; charged over $1,700 in goods during credit card fraud

A 25-year-old Moses Lake woman is behind bars today after deputies arrested her on charges stemming from a recent identity theft.

Nakita M. Clark was arrested during a raid at her home Thursday morning at 7503 Rainier Road Northeast. The raid was the result of an investigation of a fraudulently obtained Kohl’s store credit card acquired in the name of another Moses Lake woman. The victim notified deputies on December 8 based on a credit alert she had received.

Kohl’s fraud investigators provided deputies with the list and values of purchased items and the Rainier Road address where the items were shipped. From inside Clark’s home, deputies recovered nearly 50 pieces of Kohl’s merchandise totaling $1,775, including clothing, shoes, appliances, beauty and haircare products, electronics, home furnishings, and jewelry.

“I’m very happy deputies were able to arrest this suspect,” said Sheriff Tom Jones. “All too often, identity theft investigations don’t result in an arrest because of the complexity of Internet fraud. This time, I’m happy we were able to put a stop to it. Great job by deputies!”

Sheriff's Office reminds the public to be vigilant against metal theft

Sheriff's Office reminds the public to be vigilant against metal theft

Metal theft continues to be a concern in Grant County communities and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office is reminding the public how they can help stop these crimes.

Metal thieves target copper wire, steel scrap, and parts from vehicles and farm implements as a source of quick cash. According to the Sheriff's Office, these people have little regard for the community and are jeopardizing our citizen's safety.

The Sheriff's Office recommends citizens be on the lookout for suspicious activity. If you see someone who appears to be out of place or acting nervously, call 9-1-1. Try to get a good description of the person. If they are driving a vehicle, try to get the license number and a description.

In addition, people should report what they have seen. Local law enforcement agencies are already working with recycling businesses to report any suspicious materials dropped off for recycling.

Anyone who has information on a crime should call 509-762-1160, or send information to crimetips@grantcountywa.gov. Tipsters can remain anonymous.