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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.

Grant Co. Sheriff draws line in sand against gangs

Grant Co. Sheriff draws line in sand against gangs

Help is on the way. That's what Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones is telling the community amid a wave of violence in the Larson Housing Area outside of Moses Lake.

Last weekend a teenager was shot and killed. Thursday night there was a drive-by shooting. Now Sheriff Jones is saying, "Enough is enough."

There have been four shootings in the last month in one Moses Lake neighborhood and two of them targeted 16-year-old Brandon Mende. He was injured in the first and, while recovering, was shot and killed.

The Larson Housing Area is the most troubled spot in Grant County according to Jones. After the fourth shooting Thursday night on the 1200 block of Arlington Drive NE. the sheriff, like many residents, are fed up.

"I am no longer putting up with gangs or gang-violent related incidents. I'm also here to tell you, the members of this community, that more help is on the way," he said.

The sheriff plans to establish a stronger presence in the area and tell deputies to pull over suspicious cars.

Authorities arrest teen for Moses Lake murder

Authorities arrest teen for Moses Lake murder

Authorities in Grant County have arrested a suspect in the February 16 fatal shooting of Brandon Mende.

Mende was shot and killed last Sunday morning in the yard of a residence in the 6000 block of Turnkey Road in Moses Lake.

The suspect in Mende's shooting, 17-year-old Michael Meier, was arrested at 425 North Grape Drive Thursday morning.

Members of the Grant County Sheriff's Office, Moses Lake Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service worked together to arrest Meier.

"I want to thank everyone who stepped forward with tips, and also all the witnesses who stepped up to give us the information we needed to make the arrest," Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones said.

Meier is facing a single charge of first-degree murder.