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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.

Grant County Sheriff's Office warns of Green Dot Scam

Grant County Sheriff's Office warns of Green Dot Scam

The Grant County Sheriff's Office is warning of scam phone calls by someone claiming to be from a law enforcement agency.  The scammer calls a potential victim saying they have outstanding bench warrants for their arrest.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the caller says to avoid jail time, the person must buy a Green Dot card and upload money on to it. This is a scam. People should not to buy the card or give out credit card information.

Grant County residents who have been a victim of the scam should call 509-762-1160 to report the incident.

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.