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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

Weapons call locks down Warden schools for 8 minutes

A marijuana pipe was mistaken for a weapon this morning at Warden Middle School - putting the entire K-12 facility under a brief lock down for about eight minutes just after 9 a.m.

Warden Police responded to the call when the school’s secretary contacted them. The male student, who was not identified by school officials, was in the principal's office for wearing a drug related t-shirt when concern was raised that there may have been a weapon in his pocket.

When officers arrived to the school, they found the drug paraphernalia in his pocket and about 18 grams of pot on the student’s person.

The juvenile could have faced misdemeanor charges said police Chief Rick Martin, but he was instead picked up by his parents.

District superintendent Dr. Sandra Sheldon explained this was the second lock down they have encountered during the seven years she has worked there.

Man's body found in Columbia River

Grant County authorities say a man's body was found floating in the Columbia River on Thursday afternoon.

The body's identity and cause of death are still under investigation, but detectives believe there's no evidence of foul play.

Witnesses told investigators they saw a man kayaking earlier that afternoon. The body was found later that day around 2:30 p.m. east of Vernita, about ten miles south of Mattawa.

The Grant County Coroner has custody of the body, but are not releasing or confirm the man's identity until they contact the family. Detectives added they believe they know who the man is.

Autopsy performed on floating body

An autopsy has been performed on the body that was found floating on the Columbia River this past Saturday. It was found floating near the Vantage Bridge. It appears the body had been floating for an extended period of time.

The Kittitas County Sheriff's Marine Units and Grant County Deputies recovered the remains. The body was then transported to the King County Medical Examiner's Office where the autopsy was performed Tuesday.

According to Grant County, further investigation is needed to positively identify the remains.


Reported scam targets Grant County PUD customers

(UPDATED) - Grant County Public Utility District is reporting some of their customers have been targeted over the phone for a scam. Victims say the scammers are threatening to shut off their power unless they make a credit card payment over the phone.

Grant PUD officials say their company does make courtesy calls to customers who are behind on their electricity bills. Their representatives will call from a Grant PUD phone number and will announce themselves as such.

The phone numbers used during the scam do not have 509 area codes. Grant PUD recommends customers hang up and call back if they suspect the call is a scam. The customer service number is (509) 766-2505.

If the customer believes it is a scam, they should also call their local law enforcement agency.