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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.

Neighbor Tip Leads to Pot Bust Near School

Neighbors suspecting illegal activity tipped off deputies to a drug house in the Larson housing area north of Moses Lake. Thursday night, deputies raided the home less than 700 feet from North Elementary School.

Deputies from Grant County's Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team hit the home at 1230 Arlington Drive around 9:45 Thursday night. INET seized 147 grams of marijuana, including 16 grams portioned and packaged in sandwich bags.

Detectives arrested Jake Avery Allen, 23, and Sabrina M. Pool, 27. They were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver in a school zone. Allen was booked into the jail; Pool was released so she could care for her children.

“We really appreciate and encourage the public to let us know when they think something is not right in their neighborhood,” said Sheriff Tom Jones. “In this case, INET was able to stop a suspected drug house near a school, and I applaud them for their work.”

Man arrested while trying to break into Smoke Shack

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A man was arrested for trying to break into a business north of Moses Lake Tuesday morning.

Grant County Sheriff's Deputies received a call for a burglar alarm at Smoke Shack, located at 4795 Stratford Road NE. Deputies arrived to find Anthony Walker, 19, allegedly prying open the door to the business with a large screwdriver. Deputies say Walker struggled during the arrest.

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..