Archives for January 2019

Senate Passes Bill To Move Presidential Primary

The State Senate passes a bill moving up the date for Washington’s presidential primary from May to the second Tuesday in March. Critics have said the May primary date meant Washington’s voters had less of an impact on who makes it to the ballot than in other states where the primary is held earlier. The proposal was pitched to lawmakers in 2017 but didn’t get to a floor vote. The Senate bill now goes to the House.

ML Man Arrested In Walmart Shoplifting

A 27-year-old Moses Lake man is in jail for breaking into Walmart and making off with sporting goods and a shotgun. Police say Alberto Ramirez busted a glass garden center door just a few minutes before the store opened Wednesday morning loading the stolen goods into duffle bags then making his getaway on foot. Officers found Ramirez a couple of hours later at the West Third Avenue warming center. The stolen items were not fount.

Othello Man Hurt In Two-Seni Crash

An Othello man is hurt in a two-semi-truck collision that happened early Wednesday morning. Police say Gregario Barrera was on U.S. Highway 395 Northbound near Pasco when his semi was hit by another semi driven by a Vancouver, Washington man. Both drivers were taken to Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco for unspecified injuries. According to investigators the other driver received a citation for negligent driving.

Ritzville Traffic Stop Leads To Pursuit

A 22-year-old driver faces felony charges after leading police on a pursuit Tuesday that reached triple-digit speeds. Police say they tried to stop Darby Kurkowski in Ritzville for speeding but Kurkowski took off failing to stop at stop signs, driving through parking lots, and paying no regard to other traffic or persons. The pursuit ended at Gun Club Road after spike strips disabled Kurkowski’s vehicle. Ritzville police were assisted by the Adams County Sheriff’s Office and the State Patrol.

Bridgeport Man Takes Plea Deal In School Theft Case

A plea deal is reached with a man accused of stealing money while working for the Mansfield School District. Prosecutors say 52-year-old Henry Austin of Bridgeport pleaded guilty to third-degree theft and will be on probation for a year as along as he makes full restitution along with paying court fees. District officials say a 2017 audit determined Austin made around $9,300 in unapproved purchases over an eight-year-period.

Adams County Won’t Enforce I-1639

Two more law enforcement agencies announce they will not enforce the terms of Initiative 1639 which tightened gun restrictions after being passed in November. The Adams and Benton County Sheriff’s offices issued statements Wednesday saying their deputies are instructed not to take any enforcement action until the initiative’s legality is resolved. Last year Republic Police Chief Loren Culp announced his officers will not enforce the initiative and similar actions were taken by sheriffs in Klickitat and Yakima Counties.

Woman Hit By Train In Ephrata

A woman is injured after being hit by a train Monday in Ephrata. Police say it happened on the tracks behind the Tiger Paws gas station on Basin Street Southwest and the woman was knocked into a ditch. According to investigators she was treated at the scene but it’s not known if the woman had to be hospitalzed. A BNSF spokesperson says the railroad is investigating the incident.

Beaver Blocks Entiat Road

Normally beavers are known for blocking off rivers but a beaver in Entiat blocked off traffic Tuesday morning. Police say it happened on U.S. Highway 97A and a motorist pulled over to try and coax the rodent off the roadway but it decided that going under the woman’s car was the safest place to be. Officers then used a snow shovel to get the beaver from under the car and onto the shoulder toward the Columbia River.

Woman Indicted In Fatal Quincy Crash

A woman is indicted in a June 2018 crash near Quincy that resulted in a man’s death. Police say Angela Anaya was on Road P Northwest when she failed to make it around a curve resulting in her car rolling over four times. Anaya’s passenger identified as Jose Lozano of Quincy was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car. Anaya is now charged with vehicular homicide and was booked into jail on Monday.

BBCC Job Fair Is Feb. 28

Big Bend Community College holds its 26th annual Job and Career Fair Thursday, Feb. 28 at the college’s ATEC Building from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Job seekers have the chance to network with businesses and organizations looking to hire. Categories include manufacturing, food processing, retail, service industries, health care, law enforcement, aerospace, education and technology. The event is free to attend and is open to both Big Bend students and the public.