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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.

Man arrested for burglary while posing as alarm salesman

Man arrested for burglary while posing as alarm salesman

A man was arrested for burglary on Saturday, April 27th after posing as an Vivant alarm salesman to enter homes.

Ryan Lee Schmidt, 24, was arrested after Moses Lake residents complained about his pushy and aggressive efforts to get into their homes while trying to sell them an alarm system. Schmidt was already wanted for investigation of a residential burglary the previous day. He is suspected of stealing medication after gaining access to the home. 

Schmidt had been an employee of Vivant, but was fired on Friday, April 26th. He was wearing a gray polo shirt with the orange Vivant logo and was carrying a Vivant I.D. card. 

Police say that any homeowners who think they may have let Schmidt into their home recently should check for stolen items. If you think you may have been a victim you should contact law enforcement through the non-emergency number (509) 762-1160.

$20,000 of stolen property recovered, suspect jailed

$20,000 of stolen property recovered, suspect jailed


The Grant County Sheriff’s Office continues its fight against property crimes, and yesterday dealt a blow to an alleged major player in the local theft trade.

Deputies on Mar. 14 served a property search warrant at 13290 Road M.5-Northwest in rural Quincy. The warrant stemmed from the investigation of several thefts.

On the property, Deputies found a large amount of stolen goods, including a truck-mounted fuel tank, electric fuel pump, 4000-watt Honda generator, laser surveying tools, four railroad crossing batteries, an oxy-acetylene torch, Suzuki ATV, chop saw and most of a stolen GMC pickup truck. Thus far, around $20,000 in stolen property has been recovered.

One of the suspects in this case, Daniel Amaya, 39 of Ephrata, was arrested the day before on other Grant County warrants and is lodged in the Grant County Jail. He faces charges connected to the stolen property.

Two firearms were also found, and since Amaya is a convicted felon and not allowed to possess guns, they, too, were seized.

The investigation is continuing and more property is likely to be recovered. Deputies are also looking for Amaya’s crime associates.

Othello man says he was shot by gang member

At around 4:00am today, Warden Police Department reported a 19-year-old Othello man was treated for a small caliber single gunshot wound to his leg.

The man claimed members from a local street gang were suspects in the shooting and believed he was a victim of gang violence. The man also told investigators he was shot in the city limits of Warden but that information has not been confirmed.

Investigators are actively pursuing all leads and ask if anyone has information about this incident to contact the Warden Police Department at 349-2232.