Archives for January 2018

Fuhr Receives Citizen Of The Year Award

A Moses Lake association names Police Chief Kevin Fuhr as Citizen of the Year. According to a post on the department’s Facebook page Fuhr was picked as the 2017 Citizen of the Year by the Moses Lake Othello Board of Realtors. 2018 Board president Barry Lawson said that Chief Fuhr was chosen because of the way he has engaged the community,and encouraged the department to build bonds with community members. Chief Fuhr joined the department in July of 2016.

Nearly 110 Flu Deaths In Washington State

Washington State health officials say there’s been nearly 110 flu deaths with just over a month to go in the season. That’s about the same as this time last year. Officials say this year the difference is that the flu peaked everywhere at once where in years past the impact phased in gradually. Last December the Grant County Health District reported 40 flu cases.

Rattlesnake Ridge Slide Predictions Ended

Officials are saying they will stop releasing projections for when the Rattlesnake Ridge hillside is likely to fail. According to published reports the most recent projection was that it would slip sometime between mid-March and early April. At a news conference emergency management personnel say the landslide near I-82 and the Yakima River is no longer accelerating and that’s why the forecasting has been stopped. The hazard area is off-limits and officials say trespassers can impact the ability to monitor the slide precisely.

SR 17 Accident Blamed On Failure To Yield

An accident Tuesday in Grant County is blamed on a driver failing to yield the right of way. Police say Marissa Garibay of Moses Lake was turning northbound on State Route 17 off I-90 when she pulled in front of a car heading southbound resulting in her car being hit. Garibay suffered minor injuries but according to officers she refused treatment. The driver and passenger in the vehicle that hit Garibay were not hurt.

Bond Set At $100,000 In Kidnapping And Assault Case

Bond was set at $100,000 on Monday for a man arrested in connection with a domestic violence incident in Moses Lake. Police say over a six year period last Wednesday Alex Alvizurez had “significantly assaulted” a woman multiple times along with making threats to kill her before fleeing. Alvizurez was found Friday near where he works and was reported to have a large knife in his possession. His next court appearance is pending.

Richland Teen Arrested For Making School Shooting Threat

Richland police arrested a 13-year-old boy for making threats to open fire at Enterprise Middle School. According to authorities they learned about the threat last Friday when a student informed them of the teen’s activities. Officers along with school district officials immediately started an investigation resulting in the 13-year-old’s arrest. He was arrested Sunday and booked into juvenile detention. School officials say there were extra patrols at Enterprise on Monday as a precaution.

Moses Lake Man Accused Of Assaulting Officers

A man is arraigned on charges from an incident last week where Moses Lake police say he assaulted two officers. According to arrest records Cipriano Valdez was seen behaving erratically while walking in the 1100 block of North Stratford Road on Jan. 18 and was nearly hit by a driver. When officers tried to arrest him Valdez became combative and that’s when he kicked the two officers. According to investigators a taser had to be used to get Valdez into custody. He;s charged with assaulting an officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Rash Of Graffiti In Ephrata

Ephrata police report an outbreak of graffiti over the weekend at nearly a dozen homes and garages. According to authorities affected properties were on Pioneer Avenue Southeast, Cottage Street Southeast, Sunset Street Southeast and Yakima Street Southeast. Investigators say the graffiti contained gang graphics and so far no arrests have been made. Anyone with information is on the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Ephrata Police Department at 509-754-2491.

Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit At Wanapum Heritage Center

The Wanapum Heritage Center in Mattawa is hosting a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian featuring the history of Native American veterans. The exhibit entitled “Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces” reveals the history of Native American veterans through art, photography and essay. The exhibit documents 250 years of Native American contribution to the U.S. military. It runs through May 8 and admission is free.

Man Accused Of Torturing & Assaulting Moses Lake Woman

An arrest is made in connection with a domestic violence incident in Moses Lake. Police say Alex Alvizurez had “significantly assaulted” a woman last Wednesday and threatened to kill her before fleeing after a six hour period resulting in officers relocating her as a way to protect her from Alvizurez. He was found Friday near where he works and as Alvizurez ran from officers he slipped and fell in a pile of dog poo. Alvizurez was booked into Grant County Jail for assault, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment and harassment.