Archives for February 2018

MLHS Student Arrested For Gun Possession Near Campus

A Moses Lake High School student was arrested Wednesday afternoon in possession of a pistol off campus but near the high school. Police say a parent of a student observed the gun in the teenager’s possession. The boy was booked into juvenile detention for unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree and according to authorities there was no evidence at the time that the suspect had the gun on school property.

Walmart Raises Mininum Age For Gun Sales

Walmart says it will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21. The retailer says the decision came after a review of its firearm sales policy in light of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Walmart stopped selling assault rifles and other semi-automatic weapons in 2015 and doesn’t sell bump stocks, the accessory attached to a semi-automatic gun that makes it easier to fire rounds faster or large-capacity magazines. Dick’s Sporting Goods also announced that it stopped selling assault-style rifles.

Suspect Arrested On Child Porn Indictment

A Walla Walla woman indicted on federal child pornography charges connected with an incident last October in Moses Lake is now in custody. According to federal prosecutors Katrina Adams is facing charges for producing in connection wtih a case initially investigated by Moses Lake police detectives involving the production of child pornography. Adams is also facing child sexual assault charges being brought by the state. A co-defendant in the case was arrested earlier and is in Grant County jail.

Moses Lake Mail Thief Strikes Again

The second time was not the charm for a Moses Lake woman cashing a check stolen from a mailbox. Back in October Taylor Oakland stole mail and checks but got busted when she tried to cash a check at a Moses Lake bank. Police say Oakland tried again to cash a check two weeks ago where she scribbled her name in the “pay to the order of” line. She was able to escape but was caught after trying to steal mail last Wednesday.

Robbery Charges May Be A Man’s “Third Strike”

A man arrested in a Moses Lake armed robbery last week could be in jail for life. Sean McFarlen is facing felony robbery and kidnapping charges which according to prosecutors if convicted would be his third strike. State law requires that those convicted of three “most serious offenses” are to face a mandatory life in prison sentence. According to court records McFarlen has eight prior felony convictions.

Norman Resigns From ML City Council

There’s a vacancy on the Moses Lake City Council resulting from the sudden resignation of Mike Norman at the end of Tuesday night’s council meeting. Norman submitted a letter saying in part that life is full of unexpected events, which cause people at times to change directions and this is one of those times. Norman’s term was to expire in December of next year. The council now has 90 days to appoint a replacement for Norman.

MLSB Looking At High School Traffic Improvements

The Moses Lake School Board is looking into ways to improve access and reduce traffic impacts at the high school. At its meeting last week the board authorized district staff to address emergency and traffic access to the high school, which includes identifying land near the high school to add entry points. The work will also include safety and security upgrades for the high school, including looking at access to the actual school building. The goal is to have any changes ready by fall.

ML Man Charged In Two Police Pursuits Takes Plea Deal

The man arrested for fleeing a traffic stop in Moses Lake then leading officers on another chase takes a plea deal. Police say Nicholas Romero Rivera was stopped on West Valley Road last on Dec. 10 and when he took off his car struck a passenger who had exited the vehicle. According to authorities a few days later Romero Rivera led police on two separate pursuits in Moses Lake. Romero Rivera pleaded guilty to vehicular assault and could be in jail for just over three years.

Moses Lake Hotel Manager Facing Theft And Drug Charges

A Moses Lake hotel manager is arrested on multiple charges for fradulently ordering pizzas. Police say Brandi Smithers used the card from an Arizona guest to order the pies to be delivered at the West Broadway Ave. hotel for her and her friends and they were notified of the fraudulent charge by the card’s owner. According to investigators a search of a hotel room where the pizza party was taking place resulted in the discovery of methamphetamine and heroin. The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are pending.

Small Explosive Found At Prosser High School

The discovery of a suspected explosive device at Prosser High School on Tuesday resulted in the building being evacuated while authorities searched the building. According to district authorities students were sent to Housel Middle School around 8:00 a.m. and were allowed back in the building about three hours later. Other district schools were placed in lockdown as a precaution. Authorities say the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is examining the device.