Archives for March 2018

Charges Against Teenage Suspect In ML Shooting Are Dropped

Charges against a 17-year-old involved in a January shooting in Moses Lake are dropped because prosecutors say they have issues with the evidence in the case. Gabriel Ruiz Balderas was arrested lt for his role in the shooting near Montlake Park which left an 18-year-old critically injured. Zachary Skone of Warden was also arrested in the incident and a pickup truck used in the getaway was impounded. Skone remains in jail with a trial date set for July.

Spring Agribusiness Job Fair Set For April 13

WorkSource is holding its third annual Spring Agribusiness Job Fair on April 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at WorkSource Central Basin on E. Fifth Ave. in Moses Lake. More than 20 businesses will be there looking to hire for opportunits ranging from food processing to farm equipment suppliers, government agencies and more.
Admission for job seekers is free but those attending should first create a WorkSource account online at and also bring a copy of their resume in paper format.

Othello Police Searching For Shoplifting Suspect

Othello Police are looking for tips to catch a shoplifting suspect. According to the department the incident happened Wednesday night at a store in the 1100 block of E. Main St. Surveillance video shows the suspect is a light skinned man, tall with a thin build. He was wearing a gray sweatshirt, black pants and a black baseball cap. Anyone have information regarding on the man’s identityis encouraged to call Othello Police and callers may remain anonymous.

Inslee Signs Anti-Gay Therapy Conversion Bill

Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill that prohibits licensed therapists from trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation. According to the measure licensed health care providers are forbidden to perform so-called conversion therapy on a patient under the age of 18. Violators would be subject to anything from a fine to complete license revocation. Washington joins 10 other states and the District of Columbia with similar pro-equality laws

Knights Of Veritas Visiting Next Week

The Knights of Veritas are visiting libraries in Grant County next week. According to organizers the program features interactive, educational demonstrations of medieval arms, armor, combat, knighthood and chivalry with the goal of making history exciting and relevant to today’s audiences plus getting kids excited about learning and reading. The Knights will be at the Ephrata Public Library next Thursday at 10:00 a.m. and at the Quincy Public Library the same day at 2:00 p.m.

Warden Teacher Accused Of Child Pornography Possession

A Warden School District substitute teacher is arrested for child pornography and voyeurism. Police say two videos were found on Michael Leavitt’s internet file storage account after a 9-year-old student told investigators Leavitt used his phone to video record under her skirt in the classroom. Leavitt who is from Warden also is accused of having pornographic videos on his phone. The local investigation began last October and now the FBI is now looking into the case for possible federal charges.

Othello Police Looking For Fugitive Motorcyclist

Othello Police are looking for a motorcyclist who ran from officers Tuesday evening after they tried to pull the rider over. According to investigators a pursuit northbound on McManamon Rd. toward Grant County hit speeds of over 100 mph at times. Video footage shows the rider was white wearing a dark colored T-short and the motorcycle was white. Call Othello Police if you know of the rider’s whereabouts.

GCSD Holding Town Hall Meeting In Warden

Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones is hosting a Town Hall Meeting in Warden on April 12 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be at the Warden High School gym on Beck Way. Jones will present information on public safety, including crime statistics, as well as information on crime prevention and administrative staff from the sheriff’s office will be on hand to answer questions. The meeting is part of the sheriff’s annual community outreach program.

Microsoft Makes Donation To High Speed Internet Buildout

Microsoft announced it will provide $200,000 to the Grant County PUD for its high speed fiber optic network buildout in George. The software giant which has a data center in Quincy has been a community project supporter for 12 years now. Currently 70 percent of Grant PUD customers have access to fiber internet. Within the next several weeks, Grant PUD will finalize its schedule to establish service to George and announce plans for fiber expansion to other areas in the county.

Soap Lake Police Chase Ebds When Driver Crashes Through Building

A pursuit in Soap Lake on Tuesday ends with the driver hitting a home and two people under arrest. Police say Jose Jesus Iuzanilla Jr. ran a stop sign at Road 19 and Highway 28 and wouldn’t pull over leading officers on a chase that at times reached speeds of 85 mph. Iuzanilla crashed into the dwelling at Division and Main then he and his passenger identfied as Joshua Collins both fled on foot only to be arrested a short distance away.