Archives for March 2020

GCHD Reports Coronavirus Latest

The Grant County Health District reports four additional confirmed coronavirus cases bringing the total to 63. The new cases are from the Quincy area, Ephrata, and Warden. Seven of those individuals are currently hospitalized, About 230 cases are pending test results, with 31 probable cases reported. Probable cases are individuals that have COVID-19 symptoms and are in close contact of a confirmed case.

Inslee Announces Guidance For Stay At Home Order

Governor Jay Inslee announced guidance for state and local enforcement on his recent “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. The state has created an online form for reporting businesses potentially violating orders and is providing guidance to local law enforcement on enforcing bans on gatherings of individuals. The governor said the first step law enforcement will take is to educate businesses and individuals about how their actions increase the risks to public safety.

Rex Gets His Man

Moses Lake K-9 Rex helps capture a burglary suspect by following his scent for over a mile. Police say the suspect identified as Patrick Thomason was being stopped on Wheeler Road but Thomason took off eventually getting stuck on railroad tracks which is where he abandoned his truck and trailer. Rex and handler Officer Brad Zook were brought in and the trail led Rex to Thomason’s home where he was taken into custody.

Two Samaritan Workers Have COVID-19

Samaritan Healthcare reports two employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The two workers are recovering at home and remain in isolation. Officials say they have the prevention and control practices in place and all patient interactions are being monitored by Samaritan’s infections prevention team. Employees at all Samaritan campuses are given wellness checks twice a day and those who do not pass are sent to the Respiratory Virus Evaluation Clinic.

Adams County COVID Results

Adams County Health officials now report 13 confirmed coronavirus cases and they say the latest ones are outside the Othello area. There were five cases reported last Friday. Of those confirmed cases two Othello residents remain hospitalized while a third is past the stage of isolation and is recovering at home. As of Monday 96 tests were given county-wide with 61 negative results.

Othello Drug Investigation Results In Raid

A drug sales investigation in Othello results in the execution of a search warrant and the arrest of a 68-year-old man. Police say they served the warrant on Saturday in the 200 block of E. Cedar St. and seized over 11 pounds of methamphetamine, nearly 850 narcotic pills and 25 grams of heroin. Total street value of the drugs was pegged at $180,000. Two weapons were also confiscated. Jose Sierra-Carriero is facing drug and weapons charges.

Teenager Arrested In Drive By Shooting

A teenage boy is apprehended for using a flare gun in a Moses Lake drive-by shooting. Police say it happened Saturday afternoon when the 17-year-old shot the flare gun near Knolls Vista Elementary. The boy was spotted in a vehicle which was stopped a few hours after the shooting. He faces charges of drive-by shooting and unlawful discharge of a firearm. There were no reports of any injuries.

Nearly 60 COVID-19 Cases In Grant County

The Grant County Health District reports there are now 59 confirmed coronavirus cases with the most recent reports from the Quincy area, the Mattawa area, Royal City, Ephrata, Moses Lake and Warden. Officials say that over a thousand people have been contacted who were identified as close contacts to confirmed cases, people who were tested for COVID-19 and those who tested positive. Residents are advised to stay home and only send one person out for essential items.

Missing Othello Girl Found In Mexico

Agents with the FBI locate a missing Othello girl in Mexico. She was reported missing by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in June 2018 when she was 14. Officials believed the girl may have been in Mexico but she had not been seen since disappearing from Othello. Agents received a tip she was in Mexico and worked with the Legal Attaché Office in Mexico City to find her. She’s since been reunited with her family.

Woman Critically Injured In Crash

An accident Thursday on State Route 28 near Ephrata results in a driver suffering critical injuries. Police say Kharlen Bryant from Moses Lake was heading westbound when she went off the road resulting in her vehicle rolling over and coming to rest in the brush off the highway. Bryant was ejected from the vehicle. She was airlifted to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee and there’s no word on her condition.