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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. 

It’s a spoof! The Attorney General’s Office is not sending you stock tips


It can happen to anyone. Spoofers have targeted two well-respected consumer protection agencies in an attempt to harm the very people those agencies protect.

In mid-January, the Federal Trade Commission warned people that scammers had sent e-mail messages that appeared to be from the FTC to thousands of businesses claiming that people had complained about them. The email included a link or attachment to a document including more information. The goal? Entice frazzled business owners to click on the link or attachment then dump malware on their computer.

Burrito truck boosted outside of Moses Lake for second time


A full-size delivery truck carrying about $10,000 worth of Mexican food was reported stolen Friday.

“Deputies are searching for a white and black 2010 Kenworth box truck with Oregon license plates YARK286,” a news release from the Grant County Sheriff's Office said. “The truck bears Reser's company logos on the sides.”

The truck was stolen sometime between 4 p.m. Feb. 28 and 6 a.m. on March 1 from the 2700 block of Road O-Northwest outside of the city of Moses Lake.

This is the second time this truck has been reported stolen.

“Anyone who knows the whereabouts of this truck or is aware of any suspicious person selling Reser's products should call the Grant County Sheriff's Office at (509) 762-1160, or send information to crimetips@co.grant.wa.us,” the news release said. “Tipsters can remain anonymous.”

Grant Co. law enforcement arrest alleged cocaine dealers

Grant Co. law enforcement arrest alleged cocaine dealers


The Grant County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday that two men are in custody on cocaine charges after Grant County's Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team severed search warrants on a home in Moses Lake.

Alexander Zambrano, 30, is charged with possession of cocaine with intent to deliver in a school zone and his 21-year-old brother Julio was arrested for possession of cocaine.

Both are citizens of Mexico and not legally living in the United States, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.

INET detectives discovered nearly an ounce of cocaine, a scale and undercover buy-money when they served the search warrants.

Othello man accused of selling cocaine in Grant Co.

Othello man accused of selling cocaine in Grant Co.


An Othello man is accused of selling cocaine in Grant County as a result of a six-month undercover investigation.

Erphen Sindhu Khan, 36, was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 6 by the Moses Lake Regional Tactical Response Team in the parking lot of the Moses Lake Home Depot, according to a news release from the Grant County Sheriff's office.

The Grant County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team executed the arrest as search warrants were authorized for Khan's vehicle and Othello home, where drugs and paraphernalia were found.

INET has officers from the Grant County Sheriff's Office, Quincy Police Department, Moses Lake Police Department and the Washington State Patrol.

“The diligence of the INET detectives resulted in this cocaine bust,” Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones said. “This case serves as an example that INET and other partnering agencies are a strong force targeting those who deal in illegal drugs.”

Deputies arrest alleged fairgrounds burglar

Deputies arrest alleged fairgrounds burglar


A Grant County man only got partially through a yard project before sheriff's deputies arrested him for allegedly stealing the chainsaw he was using.

Grant County Fairgrounds employees reported a burglary early Feb. 4, when they noticed several tools and a Kawasaki Mule ATV missing. The employees noticed ATV tracks leading to the 4000 block of Airway Drive.

While taking a look around the area surrounding the fairgrounds, deputies noticed Joshua J. Griffin, 35, using a chainsaw with the same description as a tool reported stolen at 4209 Airway Drive. Deputies procured a search warrant and found “all of the stolen property from the fairgrounds with the exception of a laptop computer. The items recovered totaled $10,630,” according to a news release.

While executing the search warrant, police found stolen property from another burglary.

Griffin was arrested for alleged first-degree possession of stolen property and is currently in the Grant County Jail.

Level 3 sex offender relocation notification issued

Level 3 sex offender relocation notification issued


The Sheriff's Office announced the relocation of a level 3 sex offender to Grant County Wednesday.

Leon K. Chartier will be moving into a home on the 10400 block of Road A-Northwest in Ephrata, according to a news release.

Chartier was convicted May 31, 1991 of indecent liberties.

“The individuals who appear on such notifications have been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the Sheriff's Office in the county of their residence,” the release said. “Further, their previous criminal history places them in a classification level which reflects the potential to reoffend.”

It is important to note that Chartier is “not wanted by law enforcement at this time.” The release stresses that the notification is not meant to stoke fear within the community but rather to inform residents, because “an informed public is a safer public.”