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Ephrata pedestrian hit by car while jaywalking

A pedestrian was taken to the hospital Tuesday morning after being hit by a car near the intersection of Basin and 13th SW.�

Ephrata police say Basin will be closed into early Tuesday afternoon.�

Police responded to the scene just before 7 a.m. and performed CPR on the pedestrian.�

Police say the person was wearing dark clothing and was not in a crosswalk. There is no word on that person's condition.�

Grant County Sheriff's Office announces upcoming holiday closures

Grant County Sheriff's Office announces upcoming holiday closures

The Grant County Sheriff’s administrative offices Ephrata will be closed Wednesday, December 24th in accordance with the contractual agreement with sheriff’s office support staff.

The sheriff’s office will also observe the Christmas holiday December 25th and 26th and the courthouse will be closed.

The sheriff’s office will resume normal business hours Monday December 29th.

Grant County Health Officer declares gonorrhea outbreak

Grant County Health Officer declares gonorrhea outbreak

Grant County Health Officer, Dr. Alexander Brzezny, has declared a gonorrhea outbreak due to the sharp increase in the number of gonorrhea cases in Grant County. Public Health nurses are working closely with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and health care providers to increase testing, reporting, and treatment for gonorrhea. According to Grant County Health, the more people that are tested and treated will reduce the disease being spread between people.

Gonorrhea is a treatable, sexually transmitted disease (STD) that rarely has symptoms in its early stages, especially in women. Gonorrhea can be found through a simple urine test and is treated with inexpensive antibiotics. Because this STD has so few symptoms, testing is extremely important.

Moses Lake man dies in crash near Warden

A 19-year-old Moses Lake man died this morning from injuries suffered during a one vehicle collision north of Warden.

Tanner Justin Gonsalez was driving a 1991 Ford F-150 southbound on County Road U-Southeast around 7:30 a.m. Preliminary evidence suggests Gonsalez lost control on the icy roadway and crashed in the 6700 block of U-Southeast. Gonsalez was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. He died at the scene.

“As winter approaches and the temperatures drop, I’m asking all motorists to be extra careful for icy road conditions,” said Sheriff Tom Jones. “This is a terrible thing to happen right before the holiday season, and I ask everyone to keep the Gonsalez family in thoughts and prayers.”

The investigation is continuing and it is not yet known if drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash.

Gonsalez’s body is in the care of Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison whose staff will conduct and autopsy. Gonsalez’s family has been notified.

Grant County installing 18 surveillance cameras

The Grant County sheriff's office is buying 18 surveillance cameras to help deputies watch areas where there have been drive-by shootings and other crimes.

Sheriff Tom Jones says video of people or cars associated with crimes could be used to prosecute criminals.

The website iFIBER One News reports surveillance cameras also are being installed at the Grant County Courthouse campus in Ephrata.

Grant County Sheriff's Office approved for 18 new surveillance cameras in Ephrata communities

Grant County Sheriff's Office approved for 18 new surveillance cameras in Ephrata communities

The Grant County Sheriff's Office announced the Board of County Commissioners approved the purchase of 18 surveillance cameras that will be installed in the Larson community, the Beveryly/Schawana area, and the Courthouse Campus in Ephrata. The cost of this project is projected to be about $68,000.

The Sheriff's Office said as of now there is no firm time line on when the cameras will be installed, but technicians are working on the infrastructure to support the cameras.

Sheriff Tom Jones said the camera footage will be used to record the actions of persons or vehicles associated with criminal acts.

“That is our concern and the purpose for installing these cameras. The cameras will be focused on public areas, specifically streets and sidewalks,” he said.

When the cameras are installed, the Sheriff's Office said the footage will be monitored 24/7 by a service that will watch the cameras and report when an unusual occurrence happens. The Sheriff's Office will also have mobile access capability to views streaming footage if desired.

Wanapum Dam repairs to continue through winter

Repairs at Wanapum Dam will continue through the winter as workers anchor the spillway to bedrock.

The Grant County Public Utility District says 11 of 35 anchors were installed as of last week, but it can't say yet when the reservoir will be raised.

The water was lowered nearly 30 feet after a 65-foot crack was discovered in February in the spillway, the result of a construction error when the dam was built in the 1960s.

The Wenatchee World reports the utility had hoped to raise the reservoir by December. The drawdown has reduced power production at the Wanapum Dam and the upriver Rock Island Dam, near Wenatchee in central Washington.