Farmers Asked To Check Crops For Pot Grows

The Grant and Franklin County Sheriff’s Offices are asking farmers to double-check their fields for illegal marijuana grows. This comes after 70,000 plants were removed during the last two weeks. Investigators say illegal grows in agricultural crops are at a level not seen before and patrols are being stepped up to find these grows. Farmers who suspect marijuana grows in their fields can reach out to law enforcement to inquire about aerial scans. Deputies will conduct the drone scans on a case-by-case basis.

Sheriff Dana Retiring

Kittitas County Sheriff Gene Dana announced Thursday that he will be retiring at the end of next month. He began his more-than-45-year law enforcement career with the Washington State Patrol in King County and became Kittitas County Sheriff 20 years ago. Dana served as sheriff longer than any previous sheriff in county history. The Kittitas County Commission will appoint an interim sheriff to fill in as sheriff until Dana’s term ends in 2021.

ML Accident

A two-vehicle collision Wednesday at Wheeler Road and Road L Northeast in Moses Lake results in minor injuries. Police Police say an SUV was heading south on Road L and the driver failed to stop at the intersection hitting a pickup truck on Wheeler Road. Capt. Mike Williams says since 2016, there have been more than 15 collisions at this intersection including six this year and almost all of these were caused by one of the drivers failing to stop.

K-9 Fundraiser Oct. 5

Columbia Basin K9s is holding a Superhero Fun Run and Festival Oct. 5 at McCosh Park in Moses Lake. The run begins at 9:00 a.m. and the festival will run until 1:00 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go toward buildin a climate controlled kennel to house K9s from three agencies. Registration is $30 per person or $75 for a family of three, with each additional family member costing $10 to join. Those registering by next Friday are guaranteed a T-shirt.

Walmart Recycling Car Seats

Walmart stores in Moses Lake, Ephrata and Othello are participating in the nation’s largest child car seat recycling event. Between now and September 30 those who bring in their old seats to the service desk will receive a $30 gift card. All seats will be recycled by Terracycle which processes items that are difficult to recycle. All seat parts will be recycled according to the company. The limit is two car seats per household.

Ephrata Man Sentenced For Hitting Officers

It’s nearly five years in jail for a man convicted of assaulting two Ephrata police officers. Police say 56-year-old
Wayne Symmonds of Ephrata hit the officers as they tried to take him into custody for trespassing at a Basin Stree gas station last June and a jury agreed convicting Symmonds of two counts of third-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, second-degree criminal trespassing and resisting arrest. He’s had nearly 20 previous felony convictions dating back over 30 years.

Suspect Arrested In Sexual Assault Of Unconscious Woman

A suspect is identified in a string of sexual assaults including one in Quincy. Police in Wenatchee say the 54-year-old man committed the assaults between March and August and made recordings of them on his phone. His arrest resulted from a report by an individual who found the videos. According to investigators they examined the recordings and determined the man sexually assaulting the woman while she was unable to consent or respond. The man was taken into custody on Friday and is free after posting $250,000 bond.

New Apple Variety Coming To Stores

The newest variety of Washington apple is called Cosmic Crisp and it will be on sale before Christmas. The apple is a combo of the Enterprise apple and Honeycrisp apple and growers say the variety isn’t as vulnerable to diseases or bruising as other varieties. The apple is bred to be good for cooking and eating with a sweet and juicy texture and a slight tartness. Cosmic Crisp will be a Washington-only apple until 2027.

Former Chelan Co. Fire District 7 Chief Tim Lemon Dies

Former Chelan County Fire District 7 Chief Tim Lemon has died from pancreatic cancer. Lemon retired as Chelan County Fire District 7, also known as Chelan Fire & Rescue, chief in July after 10 years of service. His fire service career spanned close to 40 years beginning as a volunteer with Pierce County Fire District 6 before becoming a training and safety officer in King County. He was 57. A memorial service is being planned.

Moses Lake Man Already Charged In Child Pornography Investigation

There’s more trouble for a Moses Lake man jailed for child sexual communications after authorities find him in possession of child pornography. 28-year-old Michael R. Walker is now facing multiple counts after authorities seized several electronic devices during a number of searches on which investigators found about 15,000 unique videos and images. Bond on the new charges is set at $100,000 but Walker remains jailed on the earlier case.