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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.

Alcohol Factors In Saturday Night Crash Near Reardan

A vehicle accident left four injured seven miles north of Reardan Saturday night. Around 10:45 p.m., the driver, Pearl T. McCoy, 23, with three other passengers, was heading northbound on SR231 when she steered to the right of the road, over-corrected and left the roadway to the left, striking several trees before coming to a rest.

McCoy was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital along with another passenger, Dale M. Park, 34, for injuries. Joseph M. Curd,41, and Arril R. Denison, 46 were transported to Davenport Hospital for injuries.

Washington State Patrol says alcohol was a factor in the accident. The driver has been charged with vehicular assault.

Man Busted For Selling Drugs Near School

Man Busted For Selling Drugs Near School

A Grant County man faces felony charges, accused of selling drugs near a Quincy high school.

21-year old Marcus Alexander Garcia was arrested February 3rd. Undercover detectives had been watching Garcia, after hearing he was selling drugs in or near local businesses. During that investigation, detectives say they bought 2.7 grams of cocaine from Garcia in the parking lot of the Quincy McDonalds. That restuarant is within 1,000 feet of Quincy's alternative high school.

The proximity to the school means Garcia will likely face additional penalties if he's convicted of the other crimes. He's charged with delivery of cocaine in a school zone, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.

Drug House Busted

A Moses lake man has been arrested for running a drug house. Danny Stotts has several drug-related charges, including possession of over 40 grams fo marijuana with the intent to deliver, manufacturing marijuana and delivery of marijuana to undercover detectives.

The Grant County's Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Moses Lake P.D. served a search warrant and made the arrest Wednesday night. Eight people showed up at the house to try to buy marijuana while detectives were still searching the home.

The INET and Moses Lake Police thank alert neighbors for alerting authorities about suspicious activity. The tips lead to a three month long investigation which ended with the search warrant and subsequent arrest.


Stabbing Suspects Wanted

Deputies in Grant County are searching for two men believed to have stabbed another man in the arm.

 29 year old Keith Ford told deputies he was walking on Lybbert Drive Northeast near Airway Drive Northeast in Moses Lake when he was confronted by two Hispanic men riding bikes

Ford said the men asked "Hey Homey. Where you from? Do you bang?" Ford told deputies the men then tried to fight him.  After a short struggle, Ford said the men got on their bikes and rode away.  Deputies believe the incident is gang related.

A short time later, Ford realized he'd been stabbed twice in the arm and went to a local hospital to be treated.

One suspect is in his early 20s, medium build, with short black hair, wearing tan khaki pants and a black hooded sweatshirt. The second suspect was in his early 20s, bald, thin build, wearing black pants and a black hooded sweatshirt.

If you have any information call the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, 509-762-1160, or send information to crimetips@co.grant.wa.us. You can remain anonymous.



Family of missing Moses Lake man offering cash reward

Family of missing Moses Lake man offering cash reward

(Updated 8:43 p.m.) - A cash reward is now being offered by the family of a missing Moses Lake man in hopes someone knows where he is. Dan Toya, 64, was taking his young golden retriever, Molly, to the veterinarian when he possibly stopped near Samson’s Beach along Potholes Reservoir. That’s where his unoccupied pickup truck was found.

According to Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the funds are still being collected so the reward amount is yet to be determined.

Sheriff Tom Jones says there have been no signs of foul play and they’re keeping the case open and assigned to a major crimes detective.

When Toya disappeared, the family says he was in good health and spirits. He’s described as Asian, 5’9” in height and weighs 180 lbs. He has gray hair and brown eyes.

If anyone has information that could help the case, please contact Detective Kim Cook. He can be reached by calling (509) 754-2011 ext. 468 or by emailing information to crimetips@co.grant.wa.us. Tips can remain anonymous.

Man Arrested for Pot Possession On Courthouse Lawn

Man Arrested for Pot Possession On Courthouse Lawn

A Grand Coulee man didn't go far to escape the long arm of the law Tuesday. In fact, he went right up in the law's front lawn.

Around 1:30 Tuesday, citizens told sheriff's deputies they were being approached in front of the courthouse by a man wearing a red coat and a baseball cap. That, in itself, is not illegal. But, the citizens told deputies the man was trying to sell them marijuana. Deputies found Andrew Allen Kramer right where they said he'd be, on the front lawn of the courthouse in Ephrata. Deputies say they detected a strong odor of marijuana and found Kramer was carrying "20.5 grams of portioned and packaged marijuana" in his pockets. He was arrested, cited for possession of marijuana and released. The marijuana, though, was seized for evidence and will stay at the courthouse for now.

In a news release sent by the Grant County Sheriff's Offfice Tuesday, Sheriff Tom Jones said simply, "This one speaks for itself."