Construction Starts Thursday Along SR 28 In Quincy

Construction along State Route 28 In Quincy beginning this Thursday will result in some slowdowns. The work will be taking place at the intersection of 13th Avenue Southwest and is expected to take three weeks to complete. Contractors will be installing irrigation pipe that will be crossing under SR 28. City officials are thanking the public in advance for their patience and understanding.

Payless Closing Two Area Stores

Payless Shoe Stores in Moses Lake and in the Wenatchee area are among the 2100 stores closing nationwide as the company fails to find a buyer. The company went into bankruptcy protection nearly two years ago . According to a news release all stores to remain open until the end of March and the majority until May. Website sales are now discontinued and the site directs customers to visit a retail store.

Sawyer Brown Headlining ML Spring Festival

Country music group Sawyer Brown is the headline performer at this year’s Moses Lake Spring Festival in May. The 39th annual event features entertainment, carnival rides, fair-style food, and the Grand Moonlight Parade. Sawyer Brown is known for their hits “The Race Is On,” “Some Girls Do,” “Step That Step,” and “Thank God For You.” The concert takes place at the McCosh Park Stage and is free to the public.

Charges In Ephrata Arson Case Dismissed

Charges are dismissed against an Ephrata man accused of arson in connection with a 2012 home fire. Prosecutors say they filed charges against James Wyman after an investigation determined he admitted to his mother that he had started the fire at the C Street Southwest home but in an interview Wyman told officers he does not remember starting the fire. The charges were dropped for insufficient evidence.

MPD Warning About Police Impersonator

Mattawa Police are warning about an individual driving a grey/black convertible Mustang with red/blue flashing lights who is pulling over drivers. They ask that if you see this occurring, please call 911 and report it immediately. If this car tries to pull you over, call 911, and do not stop for it. When you see blue/red lights behind you and are unsure it is a police car, call 911 and drive to a well-lit public place.

Settlement Talks Underway In DC Lawsuit

Settlement discussions are underway in a 2014 lawsuit brought against the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in the death of a man whose vehicle was hit by a sheriff’s deputy. According to court records attorneys for Robbie Foster asked for the trial scheduled for March to be cancelled saying they were working with the county on a settlement. Foster died after then-Deputy Richard Poppie crashed his police SUV into Foster’s pickup truck on Highway 172 near Withrow.

GCSO Warns Of IRS Scams

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is warning about scammers and cyberthieves continuing to use the IRS as bait. The most common tax scams are phone calls and emails using the IRS name, logo, fake employee names and badge numbers to try to steal money and identities from taxpayers under threat of an arrest. The agency never calls demanding immediate payments or requires payments to be made by specific ways such as with a prepaid debit card or by giving personal information over the phone.

Good Samaritan Turns Into Robbery Victim

A driver who stopped to help another motorist Wednesday in Mattawa ends up becoming a robbery victim. Police say the good Samaritan stopped on Road S Southwest near Road 25 Southwest at what appeared to be a disabled vehicle when a man used a knife to rob the victim’s wallet which had cash and credit cards. The knife-wielding suspect was described as a heavy-set man, about six-feet tall, wearing a ski mask, black sweatshirt and black pants.

Inslee Weighs In On I-1639

First it was Attorney General Bob Ferguson weighing in on law enforcement agencies opting not to enforce the enhanced gun control laws under I-1639 and Wednesday it was Governor Jay Inslee’s turn. Inslee says it is not acceptable to him, the law or the people of Washington for the 13 county sheriff’s and the Republic Police chief to refuse enforcing the law for no reason except their own personal ideology. Inslee says the state patrol, the attorney generals office and state courts will enforce I-1639.

Wolf Shot In Lake Sprague

A wolf was shot on Monday on a ranch near Lake Sprague. The Capital Press reports a ranch hand shot the animal as it was chasing cattle and told the newspaper there were three wolves but two of them fled after they spotted him. The shooting was not confirmed by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and it’s not known if the wolf was killed. Although wolves are a protected species state law allows ranchers to shoot wolves that are threatening livestock.