Archives for October 2020

Dent Has COVID-19 Relapse

13th District Representative Tom Dent who had been diagnosed with the coronavirus had a setback last week and was admitted to intensive care. Dent says he was successfully treated at Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake with Regeneron’s Antibody COV2. Dent says he cannot say enough about the quality of care and the dedication of the staff at Samaritan.He adds he is on the road to recovery and will continue with ongoing treatments as a precautionary measure.

COVID-19 Update

The Grant County Health District reported 13 new coronavirus cases on Thursday with the total under 3,560. Cases are residents of Ephrata, Mattawa, Moses Lake, Royal City and Quincy, 10 people remain hospitalized and there are 25 COVID-19 related deaths. Adams County officials reported 3 new COVID-19 cases with the total at 944. 1 person remains hospitalized and there are 12 deaths from coronavirus-related complications.

ML Shoplifter In More Trouble

A man who tried to shoplift at the Moses Lake Walmart is in double trouble after police find he was a felon in possession of a firearm. Officers responded to the Premier Blvd. store Wednesday and found Jorge Suarez Galvan possessed several unpaid items. Galvan says it was the officers who planted the stolen items and the gun on him but video evidence proved that claim was false. He was also found to be carrying heroin.

Walmart Pulls Guns & Ammo

Area Walmart stores removed guns and ammunition from the selling floor in anticipation of possible riots on Election Day. A company spokesman says those items are still available for sale but they have been moved to the store’s storage area so the customer needs to tell the associate what they want to purchase and it will be brought out to the customer. It’s not clear how long the items will be kept out of sight.

Traffic Stop Becomes Drug Bust

Moses Lake Police turn an I-90 traffic stop on Wednesday into a drug bust. Officers stopped Humberto E. Sanchez and with the assistance of Grant County’s Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team searched his car and located around 2 pounds of methamphetamine. Sanchez who is a convicted felon and is not a U.S. citizen also possessed two firearms. He was booked into the Grant County Jail.

Small Plane Crash In Ephrata

The pilot of a small experimental aircraft that crashed Wednesday near Ephrata walked away without injury. Police say they received calls from drivers along state Route 17 and state Route 282 who saw the crash and after talking to the pilot identified as Jordan Baker of Moses Lake they learned he was trying to land in a private field. The landing gear detached from the plane as it hit the ground.

State Issues Warning On Election Info Website

A bogus website emerged that claimed it had voter information from citizens of Grant, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Adams counties and other counties across the state. State officials reported votewashington.info to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The site looks like a legitimate state portal and has names and addresses of those whose ballots are reportedly rejected or in question. The only legitimate site for voter information is votewa.gov.

Witnesses Sought For Police Pursuit

The Grant County Sherrif’s Department is asking anyone seeing a police pursuit Wednesday morning in Mae Valley to contact their Office. According to a news release a black colored Honda passenger car was involved and the driver may have hit other cars while evading capture. The exact A suspect description wasn’t made available. The Sheriff’s Office’s phone number is 509-762-1160.

Over Half Of Voters Already Submitted Ballots

Over half of Washington’s voters have already turned in their ballots according to the Secretary of State’s office. To compare at this point four years ago just under 30% or ballots were received. 46% of Adams County have returned their ballots while Grant County is just over 40%.The highest turnout was in 2008 and officials say that record could easily be shattered this year.

COVID-19 Update

The Grant County Health District reported 20 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday with the total just under 3,550. Cases are residents of Ephrata, Mattawa, Moses Lake, Quincy and Soap Lake. 12 people remain hospitalized and there are 25 COVID-19 related deaths Officials say the case trend is moving downward. Adams County officials reported 7 new COVID-19 cases with the total at 941. 1 person remains hospitalized and there are 12 deaths from coronavirus-related complications.