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Grant County electronic cigarette and vaping ordinance goes into effect January 1, 2015

Grant County electronic cigarette and vaping ordinance goes into effect January 1, 2015

In September, following a public hearing, the Grant County Board of Health (BOH) unanimously adopted Ordinance 2014-2: Rules and Regulations of the Grant County Health District Restricting the Sale, Marketing, Use, and Availability of Electronic Vapor Devices and E-Liquid.

 

The Grant County Board of Health studied the issue and received public testimony for several months before adopting the Ordinance that addresses two public health concerns not currently being addressed by Washington State or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

 

The Ordinance restricts the sale and distribution of electronic vapor devices and e-liquid (with or without nicotine) to people 18 and older. Retailers must display a sign that states sales are prohibited to youth under the age of 18. It also requires products to be stored behind a counter or in a locked cabinet and prohibits sales through vending machines where minors are present. In addition, a minor may not to purchase, possess, or obtain electronic vapor devices or e-liquid.

 

Deputies nab 3 suspects in Larson area burglary, recover thousands of dollars in stolen property

Deputies nab 3 suspects in Larson area burglary, recover thousands of dollars in stolen property

On Tuesday, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office arrested three Moses Lake men suspected in a Larson area residential burglary after a patrolling deputy came upon two of them leaving the scene with stolen property. The first two suspects led the GCSO to a third suspect who was also arrested when found with additional stolen property from the residence.

The incident took place on the evening of December 19th, when a deputy came across the first two male subjects in the area of Arlington and Lowry around 7:30 p.m. The Sheriff's Office said one of the suspects was pushing an outboard boat motor in a wheelbarrow and the other suspect was carrying a large box of household items. The deputy made contact with them and through field interviews, learned that the items were being transported from the scene of a residential burglary in the 1200 block of Arnold Drive.

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.