Archives for October 2019

Milepost 20 Fire Contained

Grant County Fire District 3 crews have now contained a a blaze that broke out Tuesday off State Route 28 near Trinidad. Officials say the Milepost 20 fire initially was 10 to 15 acres but quickly grew to around 800 acres. It did not threaten any buildings and no injuries were reported evacuations were called for. A helicopter assisted ground crews in getting things under control. The cause continues to be under investigation.

ML City Manager Search Narrowed

Moses Lake officials narrow the city manager candidate field to four. More than 30 people applied for the job which became available after John Williams resigned in June amid sexual harrassment claims filed by current and former women employees. The four candidates will be introduced at a community reception on Monday, Nov. 18 at the Moses Lake Civic Center from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. It’s expected the new city manager will be on the job by the new year.

Woman Hurt In Car Semi Crash

A car-semi collision Wednesday on State Route 17 results in a pregnant woman being hospitalized. Police say the 21-year-old from Ephrata was near Neppel Road when she lost control resulting in the car spinning and going into the oncoming lane where it was hit by the semi. The car came to rest off the roadway. The woman’s injuries were described as non-threatening and the truck driver was not hurt. Investigators say the woman will be cited for causing the crash.

Student Arrested In ML Fight

A fight in a Moses Lake High School locker room ends up with a 14 year old boy taken into custody. Police say it happened Tuesday and an investigation determined the boy first got into a struggle with another student resulting in a third student intervening. When teachers arrived to break things up the boy then started to hit them. Superintendent Josh Meek praised the student and the three teachers for putting themselves in harm’s way.

13-Year-Old Caught With Stolen Car

A 13-year-old is in custody after being caught Wednesday in Moses Lake behind the wheel of a stolen car. Police say the vehicle was taken on Tuesday from a Quincy address and it was spotted on South Clover Drive near Yonezawa Boulevard. The boy had two girls aged 13 and 15 in the car and they were released. He faces motor vehicle theft and no driver license charges and was booked into juvenile detention.

ML Police Pursuit Driver Identified

The driver leading Moses Lake police on a pursuit on Tuesday is identifed as James Milner who was wanted on an outstanding warrant. Investigators say Milner was pulled over on Patton Boulevard but he took off and crashed while trying to turn left at Westover Boulevard. The car sheared off a utility pole causing power lines to fall on a Moses Lake police cruiser trapping them inside until service was turned off. Investigators say Milner told them he took off because he didn’t want to go back to jail.

Christmas Tree Permits Available Friday

Those who want to cut down a Christmas tree from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest can begin doing so on Friday after purchasing a permit and having it with them when the tree is cut. A permit is valid for cutting down one tree no taller than 15 feet or one small life transplant tree. Permits are $5 each with a two permit limit per household. They can be obtained online but a printed out permit is required.

Brush Fire Near Trinidad

Grant County Fire District 3 crews were called out Tuesday to fight a blaze off State Route 28 near Trinidad. Officials say the fire initially was 10 to 15 acres but quickly grew. It did not threaten any buildings and no evacuations were called for. A helicopter assisted ground crews in getting things under control. So far there’s been no official word on the cause.

Valentin Sentenced In Ephrata Shooting

A man taking a plea deal for shooting at two people in Ephrata last year will be in jail for nearly a year and a half. Prosecutors say Juan Valentin entered an Alford plea in the the shooting at a Basin St. gas station. The plea means Valentin does not admit he is guilty but concedes he would be found guilty if his case went to trial. He was sentenced this week. Valentin’s girlfriend earlier took a plea deal for her role in the shooting.

Edmunds Man Sentenced In Stolen Car Plea Deal

A Edmonds man charged with stealing at least two vehicles and leading police on a chase takes a plea deal. Prosecutors say Jaret Hester pleaded guilty to two counts of attempting to elude law enforcement, theft of a motor vehicle and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. According to investigators Hester crashed both stolen cars during the pursuit last month and tried to steal another car but was apprehended. He will be in jail for just over four years.