Archives for December 2017

Moses Lake MLK Celebration Set For Jan. 15

People can celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and remember his legacy in Moses Lake on January 15. The annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration starts at 6 p.m.at the Moses Lake Civic Center auditorium, located at 401 S. Balsam St. According to the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee the keynote speaker will be Big Bend Community College President Terry Leas and Rev. Plasido Lindsey will recite King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The committee also asked Moses Lake students to write essays about Dr. King’s life and prizes are being presented for first, second and third place.

Moses Lake Man Takes Plea Deal In Murder Case

A Moses Lake man about to go to trial for the 2013 murder of a Wapato teacher takes a plea deal in the case. The Herald Republic reports Marty Grismer entered an Alford plea in the death of Desiree Sunford at her Terrace Heights home. An Alford plea is where the defendant maintains his innocence but admits there is enough evidence for him to be convicted. Grismer’s sentencing is set for Jan. 8.

Higher Minimum Wage And Paid Sick Leave Starts Jan. 1

Workers making minimum wage will be getting a pay raise on Monday. Washington State’s minimum goes up 50 cents an hour in 2018 to $11.50. It’s also the start of Washington’s new paid sick leave program where most employees earn an hour of paid leave for every 40 hours worked. The program provides for employees to carry over up to 40 hours of sick leave from one year to the next.

Traffic Not Expected To Be Heavier Over The New Years Weekend

With the final holiday of 2017 approaching officials with the state department of transportation say the traffic shouldn’t be as heavy as it was last weekend but drivers still need to plan for inclement weather. DOT spokesperson Summer Derrey tells the Herald Republic New Years is not a traffic-generating holiday so the department doesn’t anticipate the number of people on the road to be higher than it would on a normal winter weekend. Derrey urges drivers to slow down for wintry and icy conditions.

New Phone Scam Using ID Theft Company As Bait

Authorities are reporting that another scam is making the rounds and this time the callers are claiming to be with a national identity theft company. The callers tell potential victims they are with LifeLock and demand money for payment of collections cases even providing what appear to be actual case numbers. A LifeLock spokesperson says the only calls they make are to existing members about their membership. If you get a call demanding money hang up.

GCFD 13 Battalion Chief Critically Injured At His Job

Grant County Fire District 13’s Battalion Chief and Training Officer suffered major injuries Wednesday while working at a job away from the firehouse. According to a Facebook post from the fire department Dan Dishon was in an industrial accident at Moses Lake Industries and is currently in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. In addition to his responsibilities at Fire District 13 Dishon is is also a paid Captain for GCFD 5 in Moses Lake. While the post didn’t give any specifics as to what happened to Dishon the department expects his recovery to be lengthy.

ML Man Takes Plea Deal On Firearms Possession And Assault Charges

A Moses Lake man accused of waving a stolen gun and putting it to his head while walking along West Broadway Avenue takes a plea deal which will have him in jail for a year. Prosecutors say Brent McKinney who is a convicted felon, was originally charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm and assault in the third degree for kicking an officer. He pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession and assault charges.

Unemployment Up In Grant County

Unemployment rose in Grant County last month according to numbers released Wedensday by the state Employment Security Department. November’s unemployment rate is 5.4 percent compared to 4.3 percent in October. Year over year county umemployment dropped 1.9 percent. ESD says just under 2,370 people in the county are looking for work which is about 350 more than who were unemployed in October. The statewide unemployment rate is 4.5 percent and that was unchanged from October.

Othello High School’s Unified Soccer Team Headed To Special Olympics

Othello High School’s Unified Soccer Team is headed to the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle next July. The Division 1 State Champions have been selected to represent Washington State in the 2018 Olympics, with ten qualifying students ranging in age from 15-21 years. Unified Sports is a combination of students with and without disabilities playing on the same team for competition. Othello started the Unified Sports program in 2013.

Pedestrian Hit By Car In ML Suffers Broken Leg

A pedestrian struck by a car Tuesday in Moses Lake ends up hospitalized for a broken leg. Police say it happened at N. Stratford Rd and Kinder Rd NE around 8pm. Medics took the pedestrian to Samaratin Hospital but there’s been no update on his condition. According to authorities the driver who hit the pedestrian did stop and is said to be insured.