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Moses Lake man dies in crash near Warden

A 19-year-old Moses Lake man died this morning from injuries suffered during a one vehicle collision north of Warden.

Tanner Justin Gonsalez was driving a 1991 Ford F-150 southbound on County Road U-Southeast around 7:30 a.m. Preliminary evidence suggests Gonsalez lost control on the icy roadway and crashed in the 6700 block of U-Southeast. Gonsalez was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. He died at the scene.

“As winter approaches and the temperatures drop, I’m asking all motorists to be extra careful for icy road conditions,” said Sheriff Tom Jones. “This is a terrible thing to happen right before the holiday season, and I ask everyone to keep the Gonsalez family in thoughts and prayers.”

The investigation is continuing and it is not yet known if drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash.

Gonsalez’s body is in the care of Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison whose staff will conduct and autopsy. Gonsalez’s family has been notified.

Grant County installing 18 surveillance cameras

The Grant County sheriff's office is buying 18 surveillance cameras to help deputies watch areas where there have been drive-by shootings and other crimes.

Sheriff Tom Jones says video of people or cars associated with crimes could be used to prosecute criminals.

The website iFIBER One News reports surveillance cameras also are being installed at the Grant County Courthouse campus in Ephrata.

Grant County Sheriff's Office approved for 18 new surveillance cameras in Ephrata communities

Grant County Sheriff's Office approved for 18 new surveillance cameras in Ephrata communities

The Grant County Sheriff's Office announced the Board of County Commissioners approved the purchase of 18 surveillance cameras that will be installed in the Larson community, the Beveryly/Schawana area, and the Courthouse Campus in Ephrata. The cost of this project is projected to be about $68,000.

The Sheriff's Office said as of now there is no firm time line on when the cameras will be installed, but technicians are working on the infrastructure to support the cameras.

Sheriff Tom Jones said the camera footage will be used to record the actions of persons or vehicles associated with criminal acts.

“That is our concern and the purpose for installing these cameras. The cameras will be focused on public areas, specifically streets and sidewalks,” he said.

When the cameras are installed, the Sheriff's Office said the footage will be monitored 24/7 by a service that will watch the cameras and report when an unusual occurrence happens. The Sheriff's Office will also have mobile access capability to views streaming footage if desired.

Wanapum Dam repairs to continue through winter

Repairs at Wanapum Dam will continue through the winter as workers anchor the spillway to bedrock.

The Grant County Public Utility District says 11 of 35 anchors were installed as of last week, but it can't say yet when the reservoir will be raised.

The water was lowered nearly 30 feet after a 65-foot crack was discovered in February in the spillway, the result of a construction error when the dam was built in the 1960s.

The Wenatchee World reports the utility had hoped to raise the reservoir by December. The drawdown has reduced power production at the Wanapum Dam and the upriver Rock Island Dam, near Wenatchee in central Washington.

Moses Lake police investigating drive-by shooting

Moses Lake Police have identified the man killed in a drive-by shooting on Friday as 23-year-old Jose Pichardo, according to iFIBER One News.�

Some Moses Lake residents say around 5:00 p.m. Friday they heard the sound of gunshots.�

Police say Pichardo was driving near the intersection of Paxson Drive and Valley Road, when he was shot by someone in a vehicle driving next to him.�

"We just heard gun shots and we heard the car hit the house and after that with in minutes we had cops there," said Adam, neighbor.

Adam did not want to go on camera because the severity of the crime. One person was killed and neighbors are calling it a drive-by shooting.

"It was just unexpected!" Adam said. "It was all of a sudden."

After Pichardo was shot, his car veered off the road, slamming into a nearby home.

"I've been here since March and I've never seen this happen around here," said Adam.

Adam said thankfully there weren't many trick-or-treaters out at the time because this tragedy could have quickly gone from bad, to worse.

"We're a pretty close-knit community around here a lot of families around here," said Adam.

Neighbors shaken by fatal drive-by shooting in Moses Lake

Some Moses Lake residents say around 5:00 p.m. Friday the only sound they were expecting to hear was their doorbells ringing for trick-or-treatersm, instead they heard gunshots.

The shooting happened near the intersection of Paxson Drive and Valley Road.

"We just heard gun shots and we heard the car hit the house and after that with in minutes we had cops there," said Adam, neighbor.

Adam did not want to go on camera because the severity of the crime. One person was killed and neighbors are calling it a drive-by shooting.

"It was just unexpected!" Adam said. "It was all of a sudden."

Eyewitnesses say people in one vehicle shot the driver in another car that was heading westbound on Valley Road. The car then veered off the road, slamming into a nearby home.

"I've been here since March and I've never seen this happen around here," said Adam.

Adam said thankfully there weren't many trick-or-treaters out at the time because this tragedy could have quickly gone from bad, to worse.

"We're a pretty close-knit community around here a lot of families around here," said Adam.

No injuries in Moses Lake drive-by shooting

No injuries in Moses Lake drive-by shooting

Nobody was hurt and a car was seized after a Wednesday evening drive-by shooting in the Larson community in Moses Lake.

Grant County Sheriff's Deputies and Moses Lake Police arrived just before 6 pm to answer a call for shots fired near 8924 Westover Boulevard. Witnesses described a silver Pontiac with three Hispanic males inside. The right front passenger aimed a firearm out the window toward a possible intended victim.

Witnesses further said the car stopped at the east end of Travis Drive, then the armed passenger got out of the car and fired three shots at two fleeing people. One of the fleeing persons returned fire, striking a nearby home. An unassociated vehicle parked on Travis was also struck. At this point nobody has come forward claiming to be injured.

Shortly after the shooting, investigators received word that the silver Pontiac was parked at 1228 Arlington Drive. The Pontiac was seized as evidence used in a felony crime against a person, and will be processed for evidence.