Archives for November 2017

Mattawa Accident Injures Two People

A crash Wednesday on State Route 24 near Mattawa sends two people to the hospital. Police say Martin Bautista-Escalante of Mattawa crossed into oncoming traffic near the Vernita Bridge and hit a pickup truck head-on. Bautista-Escalante and the pickup driver were uninjured but two passenger in Bautista-Escalante’s car suffered unspecified injuries and were taken to a Richland hospital. Bautista-Escalante was cited for driving too fast for conditions and driving with a suspended license.

Grant County Moving Juvenile Detention To Martin Hall

Plans to move Grant County’s juvenile detention to Martin Hall in Medical Lake are moving ahead. The move was approved at Tuesday’s Grant County Commissioners meeting and will take effect on Jan. 1. Layoff notices are expected to be sent next week to the Grant County detention center employees. In October nearly 20 people addressed the commission expressing concerns about the move because of things like changes and restrictions in services and creating a disconnect between juvenile offenders and their community.

ML Accident Blamed On Icy Roads

A driver escaped injury when her car rolled over Wednesday morning in Moses Lake. Police say the driver was southbound on State Route 17 near the Stratford Road overpass when she hit an icy patch causing her to lose control resulting in the vehicle rolling off the side of the highway. According to investigators the woman was wearing her seat belt and wasn’t hurt. She was cited for driving too fast for conditions.

Suspect Sought In ML Shooting

An investigation is underway into a Wednesday morning shooting in Moses Lake. Police say they received a shots fired call in the 1300 block of North Buell Drive and found a home had nine bullet holes in it with all the shell casings found outside the home. Acciording to authorities no one was hurt but the home was occupied at the time of the shooting and those inside weren’t cooperating with investigators. Anyone with information on the shooter is asked to call Moses Lake Police.

MLSB Position 4 Race Going To Recount

It’s official – there will be a mandatory recount in the race for Moses Lake School Board director 4. The election results were certified on Tuesday and
Elliott Goodrich holds a 17 vote lead over Kevin Donovan. Since that margin is less than one half of one percent the machine recount is triggered automatically. It will take place at 9 a.m. on Dec. 12 in the Elections Department office at the Grant County Courthouse. All other election results were uncontested.

‘Sleep On The Street’ Is Tonight

Several Moses Lake community leaders will spend tonight sleeping in a cardboard box to raise awareness about the homeless problem in Grant County and raise money for the city’s warming shelter. Moses Lake police Chief Kevin Fuhr and Moses Lake school board member David Balcom will be among those camping out Nov. 30 at the Penhallurick True Value parking lot located at 711 N. Stratford Road. The participants will be collecting monetary donations, as well as winter outerwear including men’s and women’s coats, boots, gloves, hats and socks.

Stolen Car Suspect Takes Plea Deal

A Moses Lake man who stole a car then tried to to hide from authorities by climbing in to a kid’s treehouse ends up taking a plea deal. According to court papers Antonio Silva pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of possession of a stolen vehicle. Silva was sentenced to 38 months in prison. According to arrest records Silva has a long criminal history including burglary, robbery and drug convictions.

ML Stabbing Suspect Arraigned

Bond was set at $250,000 for a man suspected in a Saturday night stabbing in moses lake. Prosecutors say Aaron Pfaltzgraff-Miller of Coulee Dam got into a fight with the victim in the 11000 block of Road 14 NW stabbing the victim several times in the neck. The victim underwent surgery at Samaratin Hospital in Moses Lake but there’s been no word on his condition. Pfaltzgraff-Miller’s girlfriend was also being sought in the attack but it was determined there was no probable cause to charge her.

Public Hearing To Sell Mattawa Parcel For Fire Station

The next step in moving the Grant County Fire District 8 station in Mattawa is now in the hands of the Port of Mattawa. On Dec. 11 the Port will hold a public hearing to discuss selling a parcel located at Highway 243 and Road 22.5 to the county for the new fire station. Officials say if the deal is approved it would close in early January and construction would begin by late 2018. The public hearing is at the Port’s offices on Road 24 SW beginning at noon.

Flood Damaged Cars Making It To WA

Attorney General Bob Ferguson and state consumer officials are warning potential used car buyers to double check the vehicle to be sure it wasn’t damaged in one of the recent hurricanes. Ferguson’s office says buyers shouldn’t be fooled by a clean exterior as the damage from flooding isn’t readily apparent. Experts say to check places such as under the dash or under the carpeting for signs of moisure or corrosion and run a vehicle ID number check to be sure the record is clean.