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Cockfighting Operation Discovered at Royal City Suicide Scene

Grant County Deputies are investigating a man’s death and the discovery of a suspected cockfighting operation at the same location in the 6800 block of Frenchman Hills Road West in the Royal City area.

A caller reported a man had shot himself at around 12:30 p.m. Saturday.  When deputies arrived on the scene, they found a 24-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the head.

He was flown to Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, where he was pronounced dead.  The Benton County Coroner will determine cause and manner of death, and confirm the man’s identity.  Early information suggests the man committed suicide.

Deputies discovered evidence of a suspected cockfighting operation at the scene, collecting cockfighting knives, roosters physically altered for cockfighting, drug paraphernalia and firearms while serving a search warrant Sunday morning..
 

Man Dies of Suspected Drug Overdose in Rural Moses Lake

Grant County detectives are investigating the death of a man from a suspected drug overdose over the weekend on 10800 block of County Road 6-Southeast in rural Moses Lake.

After receiving a 911 call at around 9:00 a.m. Saturday, authorities arrived and found a 38-year-old man inside the home unconscious and not breathing.  Attempts to revive him were not successful.  He died on the scene.

The man's remains are in the custody of the Grant County Coroner, who will determine cause and manner of death, as well as confirm the man’s identity.

Detectives found evidence in the home which suggested the man died of a drug overdose.  While serving a subsequent search warrant, they recovered drug paraphernalia and firearms.

Shooting victim's family plans to continue Quincy peace rallies

Last year’s gang-related shooting that killed Ramiro Muñoz, Jr. has not been forgotten by his family. His brother-in-law and wife who saw him die at the September family reunion are continuing their monthly peace marches to raise awareness of violence in their community.

The victim’s wife Raquel Muñoz says she wants to be heard: “The investigation is dragging, but I understand it’s a process.”

Muñoz’s husband, Ramiro, was shot and killed on Sept. 23 following an argument. A man came to the family reunion creating a scene with Muñoz’s brother, Roberto Alvarez. After being asked to leave, the man brought two men to the park where they fired shots and killed Ramiro.

Muñoz said her husband was trying to protect their children.

Both Ramiro and Alvarez had prior gang affiliation. Muñoz says everyone makes mistakes especially when they’re young. That includes her husband. He was affiliated with area gangs when he was 18-21-years-old. Ramiro was 40 when he was killed.

Drive-By Shooting Interrupts Soccer Game

(Updated 5:46 p.m.) - A high school soccer game in Mattawa was interrupted by a drive-by shooting over the weekend. Now, sheriff's deputies need help finding the people responsible. According to witnesses that have come forward, the vehicle used in the shooting may be a gold-colored Oldsmobile Intrigue. 

Around 1:00 Saturday afternoon, someone fired shots at the athletic field next to Wahluke High School. Witnesses who were watching the soccer game say a car drove by, the people inside shouted profanities and threats toward a rival gang, then fired several shots from the car. Soccer players and spectators had to take cover; no one was hit by the bullets. The high school canceled the soccer game as a precaution.

Deputies were able to recover shell casings from the area and they're being sent to the state crime lab for analysis.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Grant County Sheriff's Office at 509-754-2011, ext. 468. You can also email information to crimetips@co.grant.wa.us - tipsters can remain anonymous.

Oh, the iron-y: Suspected metal thieves busted following meeting on metal thefts

Two alleged metal thieves were caught red handed by Grant County's own sheriff, Tom Jones last night. Sheriff Jones was headed home from a town hall meeting in Wilson Creek at 8:45 and was just passing through Stratford when he noticed a black pickup truck parked in a pull off area near some farm equipment on Stratford Road Northeast and County Road 22.7-Northeast.

He saw the silhouettes of two men near the truck and realized the two were probably up to no good. He backed out of the area and called for backup. Chief Deputies Ryan Rectenwald and Ken Jones, who had also just left the town hall meeting were quick to arrive.

Minutes later, the black pickup took off north on Stratford Road and Jones and his chief deputies were close behind. The two men in the truck, 41 year old David Dodson and 40 year old Mark Hoose, were pulled over and detained.

Grant County Sheriff's Office Announces Town Hall Meetings

What is the Grant County Sheriff's Office doing to make you safe? Two town hall meetings are being organized to help answer that question and shed a little light on what they're doing in the community.

The meetings are being hosted by Sheriff Tom Jones and other administrative staff will be attending to answer any questions you may have.

  • Tuesday, March 20th, 7-9 p.m. at Wilson Creek High School
  • Thursday, April 19th, 7-9 p.m. at George Community Hall
  • Tuesday, May 17th, 7-9 p.m. at Warden Senior Center

Both meetings are a ways away, so be sure to mark your calendar so you don't forget. If you miss these two, there will be some more meetings scheduled in the future.

WSP Chief Thanks Citizens in Wake of Trooper Death

WSP Chief Thanks Citizens in Wake of Trooper Death

It was a time for our state to mourn. Last week, a Washington State Patrol trooper shot in the line of duty was laid to rest. While most of us could not be along the processional route when Trooper Tony Radulescu was brought to his final resting place, many grieved across the state. Now, the chief of the Washington State Patrol is saying thank you.

Trooper Tony Radulescu was shot and killed in late February by a man he stopped for a traffic violation. It happened on a dark highway near the Kitsap County town of Gorst. The man who killed Trooper Radulescu shot and killed himself a few hours later as the SWAT team was closing in. Radulescu's death was the first trooper death in the line of duty in 13 years. Tuesday, WSP Chief John Batiste sent a letter to media outlets across the state, hoping to pass on his department's thanks for the support during this diffucult time.

Here is that letter:

The Washington State Patrol would like to thank all the wonderful people of Washington who showed their compassion and care following the tragic death Trooper Tony Radulescu.