Archives for November 2020

Teen Arrested In Othello Shooting

Charges are brought against a teenager who opened fire in Othello. Police say it happened last Tuesday in a section of East Hemlock with at least 2 rounds fired. The 17-year-old boy is being charged with second-degree assault and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. 2 other teenage boys were in the area and police want to talk to them so if you know where they are call 509-488-3314.

George Mayor Charged In DV Incident

The mayor of the city of George is facing charges in a domestic violence incident that happened last Monday night. According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office an investigation determined Donald Entzel was at the victim’s home and threatened the victim with a gun. The victim’s daughter told deputies she believed Entzel took her mother’s phone because she was unable to reach her after the incident. Entzel was booked last Tuesday.

150 Families Receive Winter Essentials From Othello Clinic

Around 150 families had food on their table for Thanksgiving from donations received by the Columbia Basin Health Association. The nonprofit conducted its Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive with donations from CBHA staff and funding from Coordinated Care, a health insurance network. In addition to food volunteers delivered sweaters, blankets, kids’ shoes, and heaters. The Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive is an annual event.

SL K-9 To Get Vest

Soap Lake police K-9 Billy will soon have a bullet and stab protective vest provided by a donation to Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest is sponsored by Shana Greene of Newcastle and will be embroidered with the sentiment “honoring those who served and sacrificed,” Vested Interest in K9s is a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that’s provided more than 4,000 custom fitted protective vests worth over $7 million.

COVID-19 Update

The Grant County Health District is reporting 4 additional COVID-19 associated deaths bringing the total to 36. 2 of the 4 deaths were residents of McKay Healthcare and Rehab Center in Soap Lake whild one was a resident of Lake Ridge Center in Moses Lake. The district reported nearly 90 new COVID-19 cases on Friday with those being residents of Ephrata, the Grand Coulee area, the Mattawa area, Moses Lake, rural Othello, the Quincy area, Warden, and the Wilson Creek area.

Troopers Rescue Abandoned Kittens

A state trooper got a bit of a surprise last Friday while checking out an abandoned boat on the side of I-90 at milepost 173 west of Moses Lake. Inside the boat which was on its side were four kittens which Trooper Sage Schafer fopund after hearing them crying. Trooper Schafer dug through debris in the boat to get to the animals which were taken to a veterinarian and are said to be doing well.

Injured Golden Eagle Being Treated

Adams County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted with an injured Golden Eagle on Monday which was found on McManomon Rd. A witness noticed the bird was injured in the middle of the roadway. It appeared to have been possibly struck by a vehicle. Deputies protected the area until a Fish and Wildlife Biologist arrived and took custody of the injured bird. The department thanked the concerned individual for contacting them about the injury.

Poll Shows Over 5 In 10 Will Have Normal Thanksgiving

More than 5 in 10 respondents to an i Fiber ONE poll asking if plans will change this Thanksgiving due to COVID-19 say they will not celebrate differently. This comes as health experts and government leaders plead with the public to only have immediate family at this year’s holiday celebrations. Governor Jay Inslee said not to have a Thanksgiving gathering unless you are positive that everyone there has quarantined successfully for fourteen days.

Quincy DV Suspect In Custody

The suspect in a Quincy domestic violence incident holds police at bay for several hours on Tuesday after they try to serve a protection order. Police say they attempted to stop Joel Villela to serve the order but he took off eventually leading officers to a home in the 500 block of L St. SW where he refused to come out. Tear gas canisters were fired after several hours and Villela surrendered.

COVID-19 Update

Over 75 new COVID-19 cases were reported Tuesday by the Grant County Health District. They are residents of Coulee City, Ephrata, Mattawa, Moses Lake, rural Othello, Quincy, Royal City and Warden. The total case count now tops 4700 with 17 people hospitalized. COVID-19 related deaths are at 32 with 7 death certificates pending review. Adams County recorded 9 additional cases on Tuesday with 7 people remaining in the hospital.