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Man Arrested for Pot Possession On Courthouse Lawn

Man Arrested for Pot Possession On Courthouse Lawn

A Grand Coulee man didn't go far to escape the long arm of the law Tuesday. In fact, he went right up in the law's front lawn.

Around 1:30 Tuesday, citizens told sheriff's deputies they were being approached in front of the courthouse by a man wearing a red coat and a baseball cap. That, in itself, is not illegal. But, the citizens told deputies the man was trying to sell them marijuana. Deputies found Andrew Allen Kramer right where they said he'd be, on the front lawn of the courthouse in Ephrata. Deputies say they detected a strong odor of marijuana and found Kramer was carrying "20.5 grams of portioned and packaged marijuana" in his pockets. He was arrested, cited for possession of marijuana and released. The marijuana, though, was seized for evidence and will stay at the courthouse for now.

In a news release sent by the Grant County Sheriff's Offfice Tuesday, Sheriff Tom Jones said simply, "This one speaks for itself."

Detectives Arrest 4 Gang Members

Detectives Arrest 4 Gang Members

The Grant County Sheriff's Office busted known gang members for an incident at a Moses Lake home.

Detectives say 25 year old Christopher McCarrell and three juvenile men were arrested after the woman at the house on 3750 Denton Road Northeast called police. Detectives say the men were there to confront the man who lived at the home. Deputies arrived and arrested the men, who are documented gang members.

Detectives searched the house and a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer and found shotguns inside the home and inside the Trailblazer. Two juvenile females along with a baby and toddler were inside the Chevrolet. They also found drug paraphernalia inside the home.

Detectives say after questioning the people involved that the men showed up to try and steal a dog.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the Grant County Sheriff's Office at 509-754-2011 ext. 468 or send information to crimetips@co.grant.wa.us. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

3 Arrested In Soap Lake For Property Crime

Cooperation between Soap Lake Police and the Grant County Sheriff's Department landed three people in jail for multiple property thefts.

Grant County Sheriff's deputies arrested 23-year-old Mathew Low, 23-year-old Dylan Timpani, and 28-year-old Michelle Abrahams on suspicion they stole a Durango from someone in Moses Lake.

During the arrest in Soap Lake, deputies spotted several stolen items in and around the fifth-wheel trailer where the three were found. Deputies also discovered methamphetamine inside the trailer. The three were arrested for first-degree possession of stolen property and possession of methamphetamine. They're all being held in the Grant County Jail.

Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones gives credit to Soap Lake Police for helping serve the search warrant and for matching the stolen property with its rightful owners.

Man faces charges for destroying Lake Roosevelt vegetation

Man faces charges for destroying Lake Roosevelt vegetation

A Stevens County man pled guilty Wednesday after charges were filed in United States District Court for damaging and disturbing plants and other resources at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area last year - with his SUV.

Park rangers on October 31st, 2010 responded to a call from Stevens County Sheriff’s Deputies saying they observed a SUV sticking out of a swampy marsh cove under a steep cliff directly across Lake Roosevelt from the highway. They had to access the vehicle on foot from the Stevens County landfill to check the vehicle’s registration - learning it belonged to Cody W. McBride of Rice, Washington.

That’s when they found significant amounts of empty and partially full Keystone Light beer cans scattered all over the scene. They were on top of the vehicle, inside and around.

According to sheriff's deputies, the vehicle was in about two feet of water on the driver’s side and one and a half feet of water on the passenger side with mud up to the axles.

Search Continues for Moses Lake Man Missing Since Friday

Search Continues for Moses Lake Man Missing Since Friday

The search continues for a Moses Lake man who went missing on Friday afternoon.

64-year-old Dan Toya told his wife around 2:30pm Friday that he was taking their dog to the veterinarian, then taking the golden labrador retriever to Samson's Beach, south of Moses Lake.

Later Friday, Toya's wife became concerned when her husband had not returned home. His truck was found unoccupied near Samson's Beach, but neither he or the dog could be found.

Grant County Sheriff's deputies and several other agencies have been searching for Toya in an area surrounded by the ice-covered Potholes Reservoir.

Toya is described as Asian, standing 5'9" and weighing 180 lbs. He has gray hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a dark colored jacket, blue jeans and tennis shoes.

Anyone with information about Toya's whereabouts is asked to call the Grant County Sheriff's office at 509-762-1160 or 911.


Grant County pizza delivery driver robbed and carjacked

A fake pizza order may have lured a pizza delivery driver to a residential area where he was robbed by three men.

The robbery was called in around 9 p.m. on Friday in the 1200 block of Pershing Road at the Larson Housing area north of Moses Lake. Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived to find a frightened 22-year-old pizza delivery driver who said three men robbed and carjacked him by knife-point.

The driver said he was delivering a pizza when he was confronted by the three men. One of the suspects said he was being robbed. They demanded his money and cell phone. The suspects fled in the victim’s vehicle. The vehicle was recovered a few blocks away just after the robbery.

The victim was not injured during the incident.

Law enforcement gearing up for multi-state DUI emphasis

Law enforcement gearing up for multi-state DUI emphasis

A multi-state and agency effort aims to reduce drunk drivers on roads this holiday season.

Law enforcement organizations in Washington and Idaho are teaming up to increase their patrols starting December 17th to January 3rd.

In the above staged photo, multiple law enforcement agencies came together to pose for the camera. It was taken Wednesday evening for their 2011 DUI photo shoot overlooking the LC Valley - just above those rolling hills.

Front and center is an Asotin Police patrol vehicle. The photo features a mixture of state, county and city agencies. Can you spot your community’s law enforcement patrol vehicle?