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Quincy hospital facing liquidation over debt

Quincy hospital facing liquidation over debt

Quincy Valley Medical Center in Quincy, Washington is facing some serious financial problems and could be forced to close.

Grant County officials are concerned with the $4 million in debt that the hospital owes the county and is demanding that they pay the balance immediately or face tough action from commissioners.

“I will be highly recommending to the county commissioners that we take immediate action going into January 2015 to not pay any registered warrants that come in over the $2.5 million set if no bond levy is put on the 2014 general election ballot, or if it does not pass on the ballot,” said Grant County Treasurer Darryl Pheasant.

Registered warrants entitle the holder to payment on demand from the county treasurer. In 2008 commissioners agreed to raise the Quincy warrants from $1.8 million to $2.5 million, but the hospital has been averaging a balance of $3.95 million instead. At this time Quincy hospital district warrants are one of the largest budget items for the county, comparable to the budget for the sheriff's office.

Escaped inmate caught in Moses Lake

Escaped inmate caught in Moses Lake

The Grant County Sheriff's Office reports that an inmate escaped from the Grant County jail Sunday morning but was then apprehended in Moses Lake a short time later.

At approximately 10 a.m. Sunday, Jaime D. Hampshire, age 29, escaped from the Grant County Jail as another subject was being released. Hampshire was being held on felony theft charges.

At approximately 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Hampshire was located and apprehended at a residence on Road 4 NE in Moses Lake.

Moses Lake couple sentenced for mistreating son, 2

A Moses Lake couple whose malnourished 2-year-old son suffered a heart attack while they followed their belief in alternative medicine were sentenced to six months in jail.

The Grant County Superior Court judge said Tuesday that Robert and Michelle Staats could serve the sentences on home detention, and Robert Staats is eligible for work release.

The website iFIBER One News reports the boy is now 4 years old and suffers from brain damage.

The parents were convicted in May of criminal mistreatment for failing to adequately feed their son. The judge says they boy starved because the parents clung to an inadequate feeding plan.

Stolen gun recovered, returned after 32 years

Stolen gun recovered, returned after 32 years

A gun stolen 32 years ago on the other side of the state has finally been returned to it's owner after popping up on Craigslist.

On July 15, a Stevens County Reserve Deputy found the gun posted for sale in Medical Lake and was interested in buying it. However after he ran the serial number, he found the Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver had been stolen in Tacoma back in 1982.

Detective Dave Knechtel contacted the Tacoma Police Department and confirmed the revolver had been stolen during a burglary in 1982. He also contacted the Craigslist seller who says he purchased the revolver near Tacoma about six months ago and had no idea it was stolen.

Detective Knechtel was able to track down the original owner of the revolver who was extremely surprised it had been found and happy it was not used in a crime. The weapon has since been returned to him.

Moses Lake pharmacy tech accused of stealing narcotic

Moses Lake pharmacy tech accused of stealing narcotic

A Moses Lake Pharmacy Technician has been suspended after allegations he diverted the powerful narcotic Hydromorphone from the pharmacy where he was working.

Hydromorphone is known under the brand names Dilaudid, Exalgo, Dilaudid-hp and Palladone. It is a Schedule II controlled substance and in the same class of drugs as Oxycodone and Morphine.

Between January and May of 2014, state health officials allege Adrian Don Padilla filled empty capsules with the pure powdered drug from a stock bottle at the pharmacy, then diluted the remaining drug with lactose before returning the bottle and selling the capsules.

Padilla's license has also been suspended, leaving him unable to practice as a pharmacy technician or pharmacy assistant until the charges are resolved. He has 20 days to request a hearing to contest the charges.

CenturyLink 911 services impacted near wildfires

CenturyLink 911 services impacted near wildfires

As wildfires continue to burn across the state, 911 services in Omak, Okanogan, Oroville and Mallot are being stressed to the point that some callers are receiving busy signals when they call.

CenturyLink is asking customers to be patient and limit their calls to true emergency situations. Calls are going through, but it may take several attempts – and the few people calling, the greater the chance.

Meanwhile, CenturyLink says all 911 services along with local and long distance phone lines and internet services remain down in Mazama, Pateros, Twisp and Winthrop due to extensive fire damage in the area.

With destroyed fiber cables and equipment CenturyLink says they are unable to provide an estimated time for restoration and say customers should expect them to remain down for an extended period of time.