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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.


Mom says 11-year-old daughter assaulted in Quincy school

A Quincy woman says her 11-year-old daughter was assaulted by classmates at the direction of the substitute teacher.

The woman, Olga Montano, tells iFIBER One News it happened last month at Monument Elementary School in Quincy.

The sixth-grade girl reportedly refused to move to the front of the class, as the teacher was trying to stop her from talking in back of the room.

The mother says the teacher told four other students to move her. They grabbed her, and her mother says she was slapped and kicked as she was pulled forward.

Police are investigating.

School Superintendent John Boyd says the substitute teacher resigned.

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.