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Grant County child hospitalized with possible enterovirus

Grant County child hospitalized with possible enterovirus

A Grant County child has been hospitalized with a severe respiratory that may be enterovirus D68. A test returned positive for enterovirus/rhinovirus, but was unable to distinguish between the two. Additional testing is being done at the Centers for Disease Control that will determine which it is, with results expected next week.

Grant County Health Officer Dr. Alexander Brezny issued a public health advisory to local healthcare providers and schools. The CDC has said this is a rapidly evolving situation. Previously EV-D68 has been rare in the U.S, but in other states the outbreaks are resulting in many children requiring ER visits and hospitalizations, mostly for breathing problems and severe asthma.

The virus spreads from person to person like a cold and has been causing mild to severe breathing illnesses (runny nose, cough, difficulty breathing) both with and without fever. Children with per-existing asthma may suffer worse infections. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for enteroviruses.

Grant County adopts ordinance regulating e-cigarettes

Grant County adopts ordinance regulating e-cigarettes

The Grant County Board of Health has unanimously adopted an ordinance regulating the sale, marketing, use and availability of electronic vapor devices (ex: e-cigarettes) and e-liquid.

The board studied the issue and received public testimony for several months before voting. Specific concerns were bystander exposure to second hand vapors and access to children. E-cigarettes and similar products are mostly unregulated and pose a concern to public health.

In fact, this year alone the Washington Poison Center has seen a 600 percent increase in the number of calls regarding e-cigarette exposure.

The devices are battery powered and can resemble cigarettes. People who use the devices inhale vaporized liquid nicotine, or other liquids, created by heat and exhale the vapor in a way that looks like smoking. Bystanders are exposed to potentially unhealthy second hand vapors and their use makes it difficult to enforce state and local smoking laws.

Moses Lake Police Officer shoots narcotics delivery suspect

Moses Lake Police say Friday's officer-involved shooting occurred as officers were attempting an arrest of a person suspected of narcotics delivery.

The shooting happened on the 2700 block of West Broadway.

The suspect is identified as 36-year-old Roberto Excamilla Mendoza of Moses Lake.

Police say they recovered 5.7 pounds of methamphetamine and a large amount of cash from Mendoza's residence. During the arrest attempt, Mendoza struck two police vehicles with his 2002 Honda Accord. Mendoza was subsequently shot by Sergeant Brian Jones of the Moses Lake Police Department, one of the officers involved in the arrest. Sgt. Jones is a 16-year veteran with the department

Mendoza is being treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for the injuries he sustained.

The case is under investigation by the Columbia Basin Investigative Team.

Ephrata woman died from sharp wounds to neck, chest

Ephrata woman died from sharp wounds to neck, chest

Lucille Moore was a mother, grandmother and a church member in Ephrata, and now local police there are trying to figure out who killed the 82-year-old woman in her home Monday.

Police say Moore was killed as part of an isolated and targeted act of violence; the Grant County coroner's office confirmed Tuesday she died from "sharp wounds to the neck and chest."

"It's going to be hard on the neighborhood," Josephine Hoff said.

Monday morning, inside her home off Sunset Street in Ephrata, Moore was found dead, rocking the small town neighborhood.

Josephine Hoff, a friend and neighbor of Moore's said she was an excellent businesswoman and very well known in the community.

He owned several homes in Ephrata that she rented and she was a very smart businesswoman. I can't imagine anybody killing her. I just can't,? Hoff said.

Investigators so far have released few details surrounding Moore's death.

"A policeman walked up the alley there and I said, 'Is something wrong?' and he said yes, and I said 'Bad wrong?' and he said as bad as it can get, that's all they'll say," Hoff said.

Human West Nile case linked to Grant County mosquitoes

Human West Nile case linked to Grant County mosquitoes

A warning for anyone spending time outdoors in Grant County – a 30-year-old woman from Pierce County has been confirmed as having West Nile virus after spending time there. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has investigated the case and determined that the woman was likely exposed to infected mosquitoes while in Grant County.

So far this year there have been four other human cases in Washington; two of those cases were exposed in Walla Walla and Benton Counties, the two other cases were exposed while traveling out of the state. The virus causing West Nile disease has been detected in 26 mosquito samples from Grant County so far this year.

West Nile virus is a bird illness that can spread to people and other animals through mosquito bites and the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being bitten.

The Grant County Health District advises residents take the following steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes:

Elderly Ephrata woman victim of a homicide

Police have determined an elderly Ephrata woman was the victim of a homicide.

Lucille Moore, 82, was found deceased in the 1200 block of Sunset Street SE around 10 a.m. Monday. An investigation into the incident determined it was a homicide.

Police say details regarding the crime will not be made public until after the investigation is complete.

Neighbor and friend Josephine Hoff says she was shocked when she heard the news Monday morning.

"There was this tape you know around Lucille's and in her back yard, we couldn't figure out what was the problem," Hoff said. "A policeman walked up the alley and I said, 'Is something wrong?' and he said yes, and I said, bad wrong and he said as bad as it can get, but he didn't tell me what was wrong, but I knew it was bad."

Hoff says Moore was a great business woman and owned several rentals properties in the area.

"Lucille was very fair with her renters," Hoff said. "I don't feel like there was any animosity towards Lucille in that respect."

The Ephrata Police Department and Columbia Basin Investigative Team are continuing to look into the incident.

Suspect wounded in Moses Lake officer-involved shooting

Officials in Grant County confirm there has been an officer-involved shooting in Moses Lake.

A suspect was shot by a Moses Lake police officer at a strip mall near Lep Re Kon Foods on West Broadway in Moses Lake.

According to Grant County officials, police were investigating an incident and determined the suspect was a threat. There's no information as to what the incident was. At least one officer opened fire, wounding the suspect.

The suspect was taken to a local hospital in stable condition and then transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The stores inside the strip mall are closed since the area is being processed as a crime scene.