Archives for June 2019

ML Home Caregiver Gets Credentials Suspended

The state department of health suspends the nursing credentials of a Moses Lake in-home caregiver for using a patient’s debit card to purchase personal items. In April the department charged MaKayla Rae Jo Baird in the 2018 incident where she used the card to both buy merchandise and receive cash back. The total amount was around $340. Baird did not file a response to the charge within the 20-day deadline so the three-year-suspension was ordered.

Arrest Made In ML Day Care Toy Theft

The two suspects in a Moses Lake daycare burglary where toys and other items were taken are in custody. Police say Beau Wassink and Kurtis Tungat broke into a shed in the 400 block of South Burress Avenue sometime between last Sunday and Monday morning. Wassink was arrested on Tuesday and Tungate was taken into custody at his residence where officers recovered the stolen toys and other items. A third suspect remains at large.

Chewy Gets His Man Again

Score another capture for Grant County Sheriff’s K9 Chewbacca and his partner Deputy Nick Overland who find a suspect wanted in a May buglary. Police say 19-year-old Joseph Trillo failed to appear in court as scheduled on June 10 after posting bail for the auto parts burglary. A Moses Lake officer spotted Trillo Wednesday on East Ninth Avenue but he took off so K-9 Chewy was called in and Trillo was found hiding in some bushes.

Foster Care Fair On Saturday

Those considering becoming a foster parent are invited to attend an information fair tomorrow at the Red Door Cafe, on West Third Avenue in Moses Lake from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The fair is presented by FosteringWA and organizers say attendees will learn about need for foster parents and the Foster Licensing process. Around 350 children are in foster care administered by the Moses Lake Department of Children, Youth, and Families office. Fair admission is free.

No Salmon Fishing At Priest Rapids Dam

Those looking forward to salmon fishing starting Monday along Priest Rapids Dam will have to change their plans after the state department of fish and wildlife decided to keep the areas closed because the amounts of summer Chinook and Sockeye Salmon are lower than normal. The department first anticipated the shortage two months ago and it’s affecting areas all around the Columbia River. Current regulations can be found at the depaartment’s website and we have a link posted at our site i fiber one dor com.

George Elementary Custodian Honored

A national award is given to a George Elementary School custodian for her response to last Thanksgiving’s UW Marching Band bus crash. Carol Leibelt helped provide a place of shelter at George Elementary after one of the charter buses crashed on I-90, injuring about 50 band members. Earlier this month Leibelt received a Recognizing Inspiring School Employees award from the United Classified School Employees at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Grant County Sued Over High Tax Assessment

Grant County is being sued by the owners of a Quincy computer data center that claims they’ve been overassessed and as a result paid too much in tax. The suilt filed Monday in Douglas Countyt by H5 Data Centers says the Grant County Assessor’s Office values the 63-acre site on M St. NE at just under $117 million but their figured show it is no more than $36 million. The company is seeking a $450,000 refund on its 2018 tax bill of $1.3 million.

ID Made In Vantage Motorcycle Crash

The motorcyclist killed Monday in a crash on I-90 west of vantage is identified as a 49-year-old Spanaway man. Police say Christopher Sargent went off the road to the left near milepost 127 and crashed in the median which resulted in Sargent being ejected from the motorcycle. State Troopers were first on the scene and performed CPR but were not able to revive Sargent. An autopsy is being conducted.

Mitubishi Buying Bombardier RJ Program

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries – the manufacturers of the regional jet being tested in Moses Lake – enters into a deal to buy competitor Bombardier’s regional-jet program for $550 million. The Seattle Times reports the Japanese manufacturer will acquire the maintenance, support, marketing and sales operations for Bombardier’s regional jet program. Experts say the deal will bolster Mitsubishi’s ability to market its new SpaceJet regional aircraft. Mistubishi recently moved its U.S. headquarters to Renton in King County.

BBCC WEC Gets Donation

Big Bend Community College’s Workforce Education Center gets a $400,000 donation from Microsoft. The tech giant returned its nearly half-million-dollar Grant PUD energy efficiency rebate under the condition that most of it goes to BBCC. The rest will go to the Columbia Basin Foundation for two programs and to the PUD’s Share the Warmth program which provides families in need with assistance in paying their electric bills. The Workforce Education Center is expected to open this fall.