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Police searching for murder suspect

Police searching for murder suspect

Spokane police continue their search for the suspect in what hopefully will be the last homicide of 2012.

On Sunday, patrol officers were called to a home near the intersection of Wall and Augusta on reports that a man had been shot to death there. Now major crimes detectives say they have probable cause to arrest Salvador Rivera Romero, 26, for that killing.

The shooting has all the hallmarks of a drug-related murder with both the suspect and the home where the murder happened having a history of guns and drug dealing.

About 5:30 p.m. Sunday witnesses said the gunman knocked on the door, and when the victim answered he was shot to death. Patrol officers flooded the area looking for the suspect but later determined he had driven away from the scene.

The three women inside the home at the time of the shooting were taken down to the Public Safety Building and detectives later determined Rivera Romero was a viable suspect.

Police break up heroin trafficking ring

Police break up heroin trafficking ring


A significant intrastate heroin trafficking ring has been busted by Grant County law enforcement officers and western Washington police investigators. 

The team of officers and investigators spent several months uncovering a heroin trafficking ring which was moving drugs btween Moses Lake and the Seattle area. Several people were taken into custody and heroin was seized when a search warrant was executed last week. 

Detectives determined the heroin was coming from the Seattle area. The detectives teamed up with the Eastside Narcotics Task Force in Bellevue to further the investigation.

Undercover drug boys were used in the Seattle area resulting in five arrests. Two of the arrests were Matthew R. Dizzard, 25, and Caspar J.S. Wandler, 22. Both men were from Seattle. 

Investigators seized over four ounces of heroin, a handgun and almost $7,000 in cash. 

Off duty police officer identified as driver in fatal crash

Off duty police officer identified as driver in fatal crash


The driver who hit and killed a man last week in Moses Lake was an off-duty police officer.   The Washington State Patrol is investigating the Halloween night fatality, but Police Chief Dean Mitchell says there's no indication Officer R.C. Sheats did anything wrong. Mitchell calls it an unfortunate accident.   The patrol reports 47-year-old Gary C. Kilpatrick of Moses Lake ran into traffic in front of Sheats' personal vehicle. The 25 year old Moses Lake police officer has been on the force for about a year.

Detectives investigating homicide near Moses Lake

Detectives investigating homicide near Moses Lake

Detectives with the Grant County Sheriff's Office are investigating the discovery of a body found near the 12000 block of County Road 10-Northeast.

The body was found lying in a ditch by a motorist driving by the scene.

Early evidence collected from the scene indicates that the person died as a result of homicidal violence.

County Road 10-Northeast is temporarily closed east of County Road K while detectives investigate the crime scene. There's no estimate on when the road will reopen.

Detectives investigating apparent homicide near Mattawa

Detectives investigating apparent homicide near Mattawa

Grant County Detectives are investigating an apparent homicide near the 22000 block of Road 26 SW, approximately 3 miles southwest of the city limits of Mattawa.

According to Grant County, a hunter found a body north of a fish and wild life access area, which services the Columbia River.

The circumstances surrounding the homicide and the victim are still under investigation and will be released at a later time.

Warden homicide investigation

AP Wires: The Grant County sheriff's office is investigating the death of a man who apparently was shot in Warden.

Deputies responded to a report of a body being loaded in a car around midnight Tuesday and later found the dead man in a car outside an apartment building.

Deputies are questioning possible witnesses with help from Warden police and the Washington State Patrol.

Magic mushroom grow discovered inside Moses Lake home

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A Moses Lake man was arrested for narcotics manufacturing on Sunday night.

Moses Lake Police said in a news release that a search warrant was served around 11 p.m. in the 2000 block of south Division for narcotics. Police and assisting law enforcement agencies discovered a mushroom grow operation inside the home.

The mushrooms were described as the psilocybin type.

The case is still under investigation, but anyone who might be able to provide some information about to case is asked to call detectives at Moses Lake Police: (509) 764-3887