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Farm equipment stolen near Moses Lake

Farm equipment stolen near Moses Lake

The Grant County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to be on the look out for farm equipment that was stolen from Eckenberg Hay Company. The John Deere 3400 Telehandler was stolen on Saturday, September 28th, and is one of only four in the Grant County Area.

 

The Telehandler was stolen from the 9000 block of Stratford Rd. NE north of Moses Lake. It is used to picking up large bales of hay and is valued at $32,000. Eckenberg Hay Company owns three of the four John Deere 3400 Telehandlers in the area.

 

Othello School District facing lawsuit over sexually abused student

Othello School District facing lawsuit over sexually abused student

An attorney for the boy sexually abused by a teacher plans to sue the Othello School District for allegedly failing to protect the child.

On Monday, 48-year-old Lisa Davis pleaded guilty to first degree child molestation. Davis, who taught at Scootney Springs Elementary School, touched the 10-year-old's genitals and allowed the boy to touch her breasts. The abused happened several times between April and May of 2013.

Ryan Earl, an attorney representing the victim and his family, sent a notice of intent to file a claim to the school district in August. Earl said he intends to file a lawsuit in the near future.

He said he will be asking for one million dollars in compensation. But he added it's not just about the money.

"And I think we'd like change and awareness to the situation where small communities if you will, small school districts aren't immune to this type of behavior," said Ryan Earl.

Moses Lake man faces felony drug charges

Moses Lake man faces felony drug charges

A Moses Lake man is in custody on suspicion of dealing drugs following a year long investigation by law enforcement.

 

Detectives from the Grant County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team, Moses Lake Police Officers, and Special Agents from the State Gambling Commission arrested Herculano F. Oronia, 63, on Tuesday. Detectives searched Oronia's two homes and found a large amount of cocaine, scales and packaging material.

 

Oronia has been arrested and convicted of drug dealing in the past. INET detectives conducted several controlled buys of cocaine from him in the Longview Tracts area of Moses Lake.

 

Oronia faces serious felony charges for possession of cocaine with intent to delivery in a school zone. That one charge alone could put him in prison for a minimum of two years.  

Royal City woman injured after car ran her down twice

Royal City woman injured after car ran her down twice

A Royal City woman was injured after a car intentionally ran her down twice while she was out for a run on Sunday evening.

 

Jackie Monney, 33, was running along Road 10 SE near State Route 262 when a white Oldsmobile stopped and asked if she would like a ride. When Monney declined the offer, telling the Hispanic male driver that she was exercising, the driver drove away, turned around and drove past her again. The driver then turned toward Monney and drove off the road striking Monney from behind.

 

After knocking Monney to the ground, the driver turned around and hit Monney again, this time dragging her a short distance. The driver then speed away. Monney was able to grab the attention of a near by property owner who called for medical help.

 

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.”