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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.

Community Coverage of North Spokane Deputy Shootout

Community Coverage of North Spokane Deputy Shootout

For those that have been following the news lately, we've been covering the recent deputy shootout heavily.

I'd like to use this time to remind everyone to send us story ideas for things happening in your community. You're always welcome to email me personally at nicoleh@kxly.com since I'm the one managing, producing and writing the majority of the content.

To see what we've been working on www.kxly.com and other community sites, here's a few useful links of the shooting coverage:

Timeline: A Routine Traffic Stop

This is a call feature we put a lot of work into. It documents all the confirmed related events into a timeline so you know what happened and when. It's very visual with a brief description of the incidents. Includes photos, video and audio from dispatch.

Spokane Valley deputies help respond to Tuesday's shooting

While we drove north to respond to breaking news, we saw vehicles from nearly every law enforcement area in the region. Spokane Valley deputies were some of those who responded to the scene. They had to drive 19+ miles to respond via I-90 and other roads to get to the area of north Spokane.

Code-99 screams over scanner traffic from injured deputies

You can listen to the dispatch audio that was broadcast on the public police scanners. The shout that started it all, an injured deputy screaming code-99 into his radio.

Grant County law enforcement release Sasquatch festival statistics

While the music was bustling this year at the annual Sasquatch Festival in Grant County, undercover detectives were busy investigating drug-related incidents. Detectives with the Inter-agency Narcotics Enforcement Team say it was a larger than average year for drug investigations at the music festival.

During the weekend, seven adults were arrested for drug-related incidents. In a list of statistics from the enforcement team, there were 25 felony charges. They say the majority of those charges were possession with intent and delivery of a controlled substance including marijuana, cocaine, mushrooms, LSD, meth, ecstasy and ketamine.

Here’s the full list of stats:

$27,133: Cash Seized

25: Felony Charges

7: Arrests

7: Search Warrants (3 Vehicles & 4 Tents)

2: Vehicles Seized

It's A Family Thing: Wife Of WSP Trooper Helps Nab Suspected Thieves

Hunting down thieves became a family thing on Saturday in Royal City. Think of The Incredibles, but without the super powers. It's just bad to the bone crimefighting and nabbing the bad guys.

Over the weekend, the wife of a Washington State Patrol trooper called in suspicious activity near Royal City. She noticed two people loading aluminum irrigation pipe into a pickup truck near County Road 10-Southeast and State Route 262. She had a bad feeling, so she called her husband who was on duty nearby. He went to check it out and held the two people until a Grant County Sheriff's deputy came and arrested the two.  In the back of the truck was $300 dollars worth of stolen pipe that belonged to Zirkle Fruit.

44 year old Rosanne Martinez and 44 year old Damian Salmeron Arellano, both of Royal City, were arrested for 3rd degree theft, mischief. The deputy found meth on Martinez and Salmeron Arellano is an illegal alien, so U.S. Border Patrol was called.