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Quincy girl wasn't dragged; no charge against teacher

Grant County prosecutors have decided not to charge a teacher accused of having an 11-year-old girl dragged by other students to the front of their classroom in at Monument Elementary School in Quincy.

Chief Deputy Prosecutor Alan White says video of the incident in December shows four children surrounded the girl, but she wasn't dragged. Her mother had said she was slapped and kicked as she was pulled forward.

The website iFIBER One News reports substitute teacher Ken Lacey had ordered the sixth-grader to the front of the class to stop her from talking in back of the room. She refused.

White says Lacey showed poor judgment during the incident but did nothing criminal. He has resigned.

Online voting for new MLBA Board of Directors now open

Online voting for new MLBA Board of Directors now open

Online voting is now open to determine the new Moses Lake Business Association Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors is nominated in January and voted on by Members in February. Board Members are volunteers and must be Active MLBA Members. They serve a one year term till elections in the following year where they can run for reelection.

Go to http://mlbacares.org/vote to vote.

Shoreline program for Moses Lake under review

Shoreline program for Moses Lake under review

A program to manage shorelines in the city of Moses Lake is open for comment through the Washington Department of Ecology.

 

Moses Lake’s proposed shoreline program will guide construction and development on shorelines within the city limits, including the outfall of Crab Creek, Parker Horn, Pelican Horn, Lewis Horn, and various small bays and islands in the northern part of the lake.

 

According to the Washington Department of Ecology, 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.

 

The public will be able to comment through March 4, 2015. After approval from Ecology, the shoreline program will become part of the overall state shoreline program.

 

1 dead in Moses Lake fast food shooting

An early morning fight at the Moses Lake Jack in the Box restaurant ended with one person dead and two people arrested on murder charges on Sunday.

Police say just after 1:30 a.m. two vehicles pulled into the drive through at the fast food restaurant located in the 500 block of E. Wheeler. The vehicle in front, a black 2011 Yukon, backed up, almost striking the second vehicle, a 2010 Fusion. The driver of the Fusion yelled to the driver of the Yukon, Martha Mejia, to be careful. Mejia exited the vehicle and an argument ensued. Mejia attempted to hit the victim, Christian Guerra, who was a passenger in the Fusion. Mejia then yelled to her passenger for assistance as Guerra exited the Fusion. The suspect, Jason Williams, exited the Yukon and got in a fight with Guerra.

According to police, after Williams and Guerra were separated, Guerra re-entered the Fusion, but was again confronted by Williams as he sat as a passenger in the Fusion, where Williams punched him. Guerra was able to get out of the vehicle and the physical confrontation began again.

Moses Lake third-grader removed for threatening school

A third-grader at a Moses Lake elementary school was removed on "emergency expulsion" after he told classmates he would come to school with a machine gun and pistols and shoot them all.

The website iFIBER One News reports the student at North Elementary was immediately confronted last Friday by counselors and administrators.

The principal, Doug Luiten, says after speaking with the boy's mother, they determined the threat was not credible. Police and parents were notified.

The threat is still under investigation and the boy may be suspended or expelled.

Upcoming closure at Grant County Sheriff's Office Jan. 14

Upcoming closure at Grant County Sheriff's Office Jan. 14

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office in Ephrata will be closed to public access on Wednesday January 14, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for our employees to attend a mandatory all-staff meeting and training.

“I want Grant County citizens to know about this closure so their business visits to the Sheriff’s Office are not interrupted,” said Sheriff Tom Jones. “This function is important for our staff to attend, and I thank Grant County citizens for their understanding and support of the Sheriff’s Office.”


Citizens should call 911 in case of emergency. Response to emergency calls will not be affected by the closure.

 

911 outage affecting Wilson Creek area

 911 outage affecting Wilson Creek area

Update: Century Link said all 9-1-1, phone and internet services were fully restored to the 240 customers in the Wilson Creek area at 4:50 p.m. on Tuesday.

 

A fiber cut from an apparent rodent chew in the Wilson Creek area has caused a 9-1-1, phone, and internet outage for approximately 240 costumers.

Residents who need to call 9-1-1 should call 509-762-1160 from a cell phone for help.

CenturyLink said that technicians are on site and working to repair the fiber with an estimated time of restoral by 6:00 p.m. Tuesday evening. 9-1-1 services may be restored by 12:00 p.m.