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High speed chase leads to two person arrest

High speed chase leads to two person arrest

Two Quincy men were arrested Wednesday afternoon following a high-speed chase with a stolen vehicle.

Grant County Sheriff's Deputies received a call around 2 pm about a recently stolen vehicle from the George area. The owner said he picked up Gustavo Tapia, 18, and drove to a location near George to pick up three other passengers. The owner then stepped out of his 1995 GMC Jimmy when Tapia jumped in the driver's seat and drove away with the three passengers.

A Washington State Trooper saw the vehicle on Interstate 90 near mile post 170 and when he tried to pull them over the driver acclerated reaching speeds up to 100 miles per hour.

The vehicle eventually slowed, exited the freeway at exit 182 and Troopers, Deputies and Moses Lake Police surrounded the vehicle.

“I really want to thank and highlight the Washington State Patrol and Moses Lake Police,” said Sheriff Tom Jones. “They kept an eye out for the stolen car, pursued it, and were essential in safely taking the occupants into custody.”

Suspect Identified in Warden Shooting

Suspect Identified in Warden Shooting

The Grant County Sheriff's Office identified a suspect in connection with a shooting in Warden on Sunday night that left two injured.

Authorities have an arrest warrant for 19-year-old Ramon O. Morfin for suspicion of two counts of first degree assault. Morfin has “F13”, for the Florencia 13 street gang, tattooed on his right forearm. Morfin allegedly fled on foot after shooting two men following a verbal altercation on Sunday night.

Anyone with information about Morfin's whereabouts are asked to call (509) 762-1160.  

Marshal Task Force Results in 20 Grant County Arrests

Marshal Task Force Results in 20 Grant County Arrests

The U.S. Marshal's Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force teamed up with Grant County Sheriff's Deputies and Moses Lake Police Officers to make 20 arrests over the course of four days.

The task force targeted fugitives wanted for high end crimes scattered all over the Grant County and Othello areas. Sheriff's Deputies and Police Officers were cross-commissioned as Special Deputy U.S. Marshals. Deputies from Spokane and Benton counties were also cross-commissioned.

“For Grant County and other communities across the state, there are many benefits through participation on a Marshal's task force,” said Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones. “Local law enforcement officers contribute knowledge of their area and local criminals, and can cull information from their informants.”

Suspected Arsonists Caught Running From Blaze

Suspected Arsonists Caught Running From Blaze

Three people were arrested in Beverly on Thursday morning after firefighters spotted them running away from the scene of two building fires. Two of the suspects are minors.

Firefighters were battling a blaze at a property behind Outpost Grocery when they saw a second nearby building was also on fire and spotted the trio fleeing from the site. The group was followed to home in the area where investigators with the Grant County Sheriff's Office questioned them.

Jeremy Ocampo, 21, was arrested along with a 16-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girls. Each faces charges of second degree arson.

“Fire District 10, the Fire Marshal's Office and Deputies all teamed up on this call, “ said Sheriff Tom Jones. “In this case, cooperation and attentiveness by responders and investigator helped capture the suspects.”

The first building, which had sustained damage in a previous fire, was destroyed. The second was damaged, but the value of the damage has yet to be determined. Both buildings were made of cinder blocks and were unoccupied.

Two Drug Traffickers Caught Near George

Two Drug Traffickers Caught Near George

After a six-month investigation, two George men were arrested Wednesday afternoon and jailed on charges of drug trafficking and manufacturing among other charges.

Servando Flores, 37, and Viancy Villa. 27, were in possession of methamphetamine and were selling and distributing the drug between Wenatchee and the Quincy and George area.

Grant County’s Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) raided Flores and Villa’s home and found that they were holding rooster fights as well. The two also planned on making cocaine and had already manufactured marijuana.

INET worked along side the Wenatchee-based Columbia River Drug Task Force and Deputies from the Grant County’s sheriff department in the investigation.

Flores and Villa are now being held in an immigration detainer while U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement decides which jail should maintain custody of the two, neither of them are U.S. citizens

LSD, ecstasy, and marijuana arrests at Sasquatch

LSD, ecstasy, and marijuana arrests at Sasquatch

Grant County Sheriff's Office press release:

Grant County’s Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team worked the Sasquatch Music Festival at the Gorge May 31 through June 2. INET investigated drug violations occurring in the campground adjacent to the concert venue.

Throughout the weekend INET partnered with several agencies and undercover agents buying and/or seizing various drugs ranging from several pounds of marijuana and marijuana edibles to over 100 doses of ecstasy and LSD.

At least eight people were arrested and over 13 search warrants were served, resulting in over 40 felony charge requests and the civil seizure of three vehicles and over $20,000 in cash.

“INET and their partners work to keep the Gorge safe for all concertgoers,” said Sheriff Tom Jones. “INET’s work is valuable in stopping major drug activity in Grant County, and I am proud of the work they do.”

Supervised by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, INET is comprised of detectives from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Moses Lake Police, Quincy Police and the Washington State Patrol.

 

Sheriff's Office seeks community help locating rape suspect

Sheriff's Office seeks community help locating rape suspect

The Grant County Sheriff's Office is asking the community to be on the look out for a child rape suspect who may be attempting to flee.

 

Detectives have a felony arrest warrant for Miguel Gutierrez Espino for 2nd Degree Rape of a Child, 2nd Degree Child Molestation, 3rd Degree Rape, and 3rd Degree Rape of Child. Espino may be hiding in the Quincy or George areas and detectives believe he may be trying to flee Grant County.

 

Espino is 46 years old, 5'6” and 140lbs. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's non-emergency dispatch at (509) 762-1160.