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Driver killed after colliding with horse

The Washington State Patrol says the driver of a pickup truck was killed in a collision with a horse early Monday on Highway 28 about two miles west of Ephrata.

The patrol says the horse threw its rider and ran into the roadway about 2 a.m. when the horse was struck.

The collision killed 24-year-old Armando N. Capetillo of Moses Lake and totaled his 1992 Ford Ranger pickup.

Person shot in blueberry field near Quincy

Grant County Sheriff's Office is on the scene of a shooting in a blueberry field off of Highway 28 and T Northwest, west of Quincy Friday morning.

The victim was shot multiple times and is alive. He spoke with police and was taken to the hospital.

The suspect fled the scene in a pickup truck, which he ditched near 9 and U.

Police are asking people to stay away from this area, as they believe the suspect may still be in the orchard.

The suspect is a Hispanic male wearing a black shirt and jeans. He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

High speed chase leads to two person arrest

High speed chase leads to two person arrest

Two Quincy men were arrested Wednesday afternoon following a high-speed chase with a stolen vehicle.

Grant County Sheriff's Deputies received a call around 2 pm about a recently stolen vehicle from the George area. The owner said he picked up Gustavo Tapia, 18, and drove to a location near George to pick up three other passengers. The owner then stepped out of his 1995 GMC Jimmy when Tapia jumped in the driver's seat and drove away with the three passengers.

A Washington State Trooper saw the vehicle on Interstate 90 near mile post 170 and when he tried to pull them over the driver acclerated reaching speeds up to 100 miles per hour.

The vehicle eventually slowed, exited the freeway at exit 182 and Troopers, Deputies and Moses Lake Police surrounded the vehicle.

“I really want to thank and highlight the Washington State Patrol and Moses Lake Police,” said Sheriff Tom Jones. “They kept an eye out for the stolen car, pursued it, and were essential in safely taking the occupants into custody.”

Grant County Board of Health recognized for leadership

Grant County Board of Health recognized for leadership

The Grant County Board of Health has been recognized on the national level for outstanding leadership and and commitment in several areas including public health priories. In August, the Board of Health will be presented with the Gold Award from the National Association of Local Boards of Health.

 

GCBOH was selected for the award because of their model for shared funding of public health. In Washington state, counties are required to fund local public health agencies, but cities within the county are not required to contribute.

 

In 2005, cities in Grant County began donating $2 for every resident to fund the Grant County Health District. In the first year this yielded $30,000 for the annual budget. Since then, contributions have continued to grow, and this year almost $89,000 of the $2 million budget was from the cities.

 

Connell Man charged with two counts of first degree murder

The Adams County Sheriff?s Office has arrested Francisco A. Rizo Friday, in connection with the murder of two individuals in an Orchard near Work Bench Road on July 10. Rizo, 31, is a resident of Connell.

The arrest was made, without incident, in Connell with the assistance of the Connell Police Department.

The two victims were identified as 39-year-old Juan Luis Rizo-Torres, of Othello and 29-year-old Ruben Gonzales Navarrete, also of Othello.

There was a verbal and physical confrontation between the victims and another orchard worker. The suspect Rizo found out about the altercation and went to the orchard. Rizo confronted the two victims and shot both with a small caliber handgun. The Adams County Sheriff?s Office has not recovered the handgun.

Rizo fled the scene after the incident. The Chevrolet Suburban that Rizo was driving was also located in Connell and is in the custody of the Adams County Sheriff?s Office.

Rizo was booked into the Adams County Jail and will be charged with two counts of Murder in the First Degree.

An autopsy will be conducted on the two victims July 12 in Moses Lake.

Grant County deputies arrest two, searching for one stabbing suspect

Grant County Sheriff?s deputies have arrested two suspects and are looking for one more Moses Lake teen they believe is responsible for stabbing another youth Tuesday night.

Dahndre Westwood, Travis Stotts and Victor Mejia were allegedly confronted by three people around 11:20 p.m. Tuesday night near Arlington Drive and Lowry Drive in the Larson Housing Area north of Moses Lake.

During the ensuing altercation a 16-year-old boy was stabbed several times. He underwent surgery at Samaritan Hospital and is in stable condition.

Acting on tips from the community, the first suspect, 14-year-old Dahndre Westwood, was arrested without incident Wednesday morning around 11:30 a.m. at a convenience store in the Larson housing area.�

He was taken to Samaritan Hospital for a stab wound to one of his feet possibly connected to Tuesday night's assault. After being treated for his injury he will be booked into the Grant County Youth Detention Facility.

Othello teacher may face molestation charges involving boy, 10

Othello police are recommending molestation charges be brought against an elementary school teacher for alleged unprofessional behavior involving a 10-year-old boy.

Othello Police Chief Alvia Dunnagan said Monday that on May 30, school officials reported to police there was unprofessional behavior involving Lisa Davis, a fifth grade teacher at Scootney Springs Elementary School, and a 10-year-old boy. Police conducted a month-long investigation and recommended to prosecutors Davis be charged with two counts of first-degree child molestation.

Dunnagan confirmed the incidents happened both on and off campus and police believe only one victim was involved.

Davis, according to school superintendent George Juarez, was placed on paid administrative leave immediately after the allegation surfaced on May 30. Davis resigned on June 18 and the school board accepted her resignation on June 24.

Juarez said the Othello School District notified the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Olympia about the case; it will be up to OSPI tyo determine whether or not Davis will be allowed to teach in the future in Washington state.