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Four hour standoff in Wilson Creek ends peacefully with no injuries

Four hour standoff in Wilson Creek ends peacefully with no injuries

On December 25th, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Soap Lake Police Department, and Moses Lake Regional Tactical Response Team (TRT) responded to a standoff in Wilson Creek after a man reportedly barricaded himself and his ex-wife inside their home.

At Thursday at approximately 2:30 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of 4th Street in Wilson Creek where the male suspect, age 79, was holding his ex-wife, age 77, inside the residence. The TRT was activated due to known weapons inside the home, the aggravated demeanor of the suspect, as well as the woman’s reported poor health. The man had also reportedly removed his ex-wife from a medical care facility in Soap Lake against medical advice and without authorization.

After negotiations failed, TRT conducted a forced entry and the suspect surrendered. The incident ended at 6:15 p.m. The suspect was booked into Grant County jail on kidnapping charges and a local warrant for a DUI.

Identities of those involved in yesterday's Soap Lake shooting released

Identities of those involved in yesterday's Soap Lake shooting released

The Grant County Sheriff's Office has released the identities of the victim and suspected shooter involved in yesterday’s Soap Lake incident.


The shooting victim has been identified as Don Bitterman, age 78, who was found suffering from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen at his home in the 18000 block of Division 0.5 Road Northeast just south of Soap Lake. He was flown to Confluence Health/Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. He is currently reported in stable condition.

The shooter has been identified as Josephine Bitterman, (aka: Johnson), age 77, who has been arrested on suspicion of first degree assault.

Emergency responders were called to their home about 2:00 p.m. yesterday. Aside from the couple, no one else was in the home at the time.

Healthcare providers reporting higher than normal number of flu cases in Grant County

Healthcare providers reporting higher than normal number of flu cases in Grant County

The Grant County Health District (GCHD) reported that they have received over 200 positive influenza lab reports in Grant County. Most of the cases are from the past two weeks, and were located in Moses Lake, Quincy, and Mattawa. Additionally, several Moses Lake schools are reporting 10% absenteeism.

 

Since early December, GCHD has been in communication with healthcare providers and schools as the reports are positive flu cases began to increase.

 

With the higher than normal number of flu cases, Grant County Health Officer Dr. Alexander Brzezny wants residents to know that the flu vaccine is still their best protection.

 

“The flu is in our communities year-long but is now increasing at significant numbers which tells us the seasonal epidemic of influenza has started,” states Dr. Brzezny.

 

With holiday travel quickly approaching GCHD urges all residents 6 months and older to get their flu shot as soon as possible. Currently, there is no shortage of flu vaccine and it is widely available through clinics and pharmacies.

 

Judge rules Nathan Brooks trial will take place in Grant County

Judge rules Nathan Brooks trial will take place in Grant County

Nathan Brooks, the 16-year-old Moses Like Boy will face his two counts of attempted murder in Grant County Superior Court. The news comes after Brooks' defense attorney, Brain Gwinn, argued that the news coverage surrounding the allegations tainted the potential jury pool.

Public asked to weigh in on six shoreline programs designed to protect water's edges in Grant County

Public asked to weigh in on six shoreline programs designed to protect water's edges in Grant County

Programs to manage shorelines in six cities and towns within Grant County are open for comment through the Washington Department of Ecology.

 

Coulee City, Electric City, Grand Coulee, Krupp, Soap Lake, and Wilson Creek joined Grant County in 2011 in a regional planning process to update each community’s shoreline program.

 

Grant County’s program received final approval in September 2014. Each of the cities and towns share environmental studies and an inventory of current shoreline conditions with the county. The communities’ then tailored portions of individual shoreline programs to meet local needs.

 

Shoreline programs are designed to help protect the shoreline environment, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses, and allow people access to public land and waters.

 

After approval from Ecology, the shoreline programs will become part of the overall state shoreline program.

 

Meeting regarding the Connell Rail Interchange held in Moses Lake

Meeting regarding the Connell Rail Interchange held in Moses Lake

Approximately 30 people attended an important meeting on December 15th in Moses Lake  to discuss the Connell Rail Interchange, a key rail interchange in Eastern Washington where the Columbia Basin Railroad line intersects with BNSF Railway’s Lakeside Subdivision line which runs between Spokane and Pasco, Washington.    

WDFW feeding deer to protect orchards near Pateros in Okanogan County

WDFW feeding deer to protect orchards near Pateros in Okanogan County

State wildlife officials are temporarily feeding deer to protect orchards in the Pateros area, but say widespread feeding of Okanogan County mule deer is not needed at this time.

 

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) northcentral regional director Jim Brown said most deer are faring well thanks to mild weather and below-average snow cover in the wake of the largest wildfire in state history in July.

 

The Carlton Complex fire scorched tens of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat, including some traditional mule deer winter range. But a mild, rainy fall has produced some of the best forage for deer in recent years, both inside and outside of the burn area, Brown said.

 

“Deer often concentrate during the winter near Pateros’ fruit tree orchards – independent of the effects of fire – and cause damage,” Brown said. “Until more deer fence is repaired, we are using feed to draw deer away from the orchards.”