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USPS inspector helps with drug bust

USPS inspector helps with drug bust

An alert United States Postal Service inspector identified the Grant County Sheriff's Office to a suspicious package that led to a marijuana and cocaine bust in Royal City.

After the USPS called the sheriff's office on Dec. 4 to inspect the package, which included an address that didn't exist, K-9 findings resulted in a federal search warrant to open the package.  Three pounds of marijuana were found inside.  In cooperation with the USPS, Grant County's Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team resealed the package and made it available for delivery to the addressee.  

The suspect, 26-year-old Moises J. Tello Quintana, picked up the package and returned to his residence, where he was arrested.  INET also found about ten grams of cocaine in the home.

Quintana was booked into the Grant County Jail for possession of marijuana and cocaine with intent to deliver.

Cold snap transition forecast in Washington

Cold snap transition forecast in Washington

Forecasters say the cold snap that started December in Washington should give way this week to more-normal cloudy-rainy weather with a chance of light snow in places during the transition.

The National Weather Service says the change begins Monday in Western Washington with warmer, moist air riding over the cold air mass. That could result in snow, but accumulations should be less than an inch. Freezing drizzle is possible Tuesday before turning to light rain. High temperatures should rise into the 40s with lows in the 30s.

Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing in Eastern Washington this week with a chance of snow or light freezing rain.

Some low temperatures early Monday: 24 at Sea-Tac Airport, 17 in Olympia, 7 in Spokane, 3 in Yakima and zero at Pullman.

Whitworth Prof. reflects on Mandela's legacy

Whitworth Prof. reflects on Mandela's legacy

Nelson Mandela's influence was felt around the world, and especially by one local professor. Gordon Jackson is a communications professor at Whitworth and was born in South Africa.

"(Mandela's death) comes as a blow to all people in South Africa as well as many around the world," Jackson said.

Professor Jackson was born into an apartheid era of South Africa. A time when the world around him was black and white and tension was at an all time high.

Then in the early 1990's Nelson Mandela was released from prison and changed the country.





"One who brought a time of reconciliation to South Africa when the country could very easily have descended into a blood bath with racial violence," Jackson said.

Jackson says Mandela was the right man at the right time, and his calm leadership could have been much different.

WSP changes screening process

WSP changes screening process

From the Washington State Patrol:


The Washington State Patrol is changing the way it screens applicants for employment, choosing to look at the “whole person” before making a decision on hiring.

 

Two injured in accidental shooting

Two people were injured on Sunday after an accidental shooting in Moses Lake. A man was cleaning his 9mm when he pulled the trigger shooting himself and his daughter-in-law. Neither of them have life threatening injuries.

Grant PUD customers will see rate increase

Grant PUD customers will see rate increase

From Grant County PUD:


Grant PUD commissioners approved an average rate increase of 2 percent on Monday, Nov. 26 during their regularly scheduled business meeting. The New rates, which vary by customer group, go into effect for all meters read after Jan. 1, 2014.

 

Meet the Athletes: Spencer

Meet the Athletes: Spencer

Week days after school you can find Spencer Kimbro shooting hoops in the gym at the elementary school where his mom teaches in Moses Lake. This fall, he raced cross country at Chief Moses Middle School for the first time. On weekends, the Kimbros head to Spokane so that Spencer can practice with ParaSport Spokane.


Spencer, who has Spina Bifida, is no stranger to being interviewed. He’s the face of Youth Outdoors Unlimited, a Central Washington based nonprofit that teaches kids with disabilities how to hunt and fish. Spencer learned how to hunt and fish in 2010 and loves it.