Archives for May 2018

No Butts Out The Window

The State Patrol is warning smokers not to throw lit cigarettes out the window of vehicles. With dry conditions already moving into the area a discarded cigarette can easily start a wildfire and Eastern Washington already has had a few wildfires this season. Anyone caught tossing a lit cigarette could face a $1,025 fine. Troopers recommending discarding lit material in an ashtray or other similar device.

Drunk Driving Blamed For Ephrata Crash

A three-car crash Thursday in Ephrata results in two people being hospitalized. Police say Benjamin Haase of Soap Lake was driving under the influence on State Route 17 northbound near the Rocky Ford Creek construction area when he rear-ended a car which then struck a minivan that was in front of it. The car’s driver and a passenger in Haase’s vehicle were taken to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake. Haase and the minivan’s driver were not hurt.

ML Rollover Crash Blamed On Sleepy Driver

A crash in Moses Lake on Thursday is being blamed on the driver dozing off while at the wheel. Police say 19-year-old Juan Baeza Escobedo was on State Route 17 between East Wheeler Road and East Broadway Avenue when his car left the road and rolled over eventually coming to rest on the roof blocking the road. Baeza Escobedo was not injured but was cited for negligent driving.

Mattawa Police Say Video Is Fake News

Mattawa Police want the public to know that a video making the rounds showing an immigration raid is a fake. According to the department the white bus shown in the video is used to take H2A contract-workers around the area and is not an immigration vehicle. The video was first seen on Tuesday along with a post claiming federal agents were checking immigration documents at Harvest Foods.

RSO Now Faces Felony Charge After Pursuit

The search for a registered sex offender in Moses Lake who didn’t update his address ends up turning into a police pursuit. According to authorities Gerald Johnston was spotted near Road 4 Northeast and Road L Northeast and when Johnston spotted cops he took off on the chase that went several miles along the back roads. Johnston was eventually caught near East Terrace Avenue and South Grand Drive. He now faces a felony eluding charge.

Semi Crash Blocked SR 17 In Othello

State Route 17 near Booker Road in Othello was blocked for several hours Thursday following a collision between two semi trucks. Police say one of the semis was carrying around 25,000 gallons of fuel and some of it spilled necessitating a response from the hazmat squad. There were minor injuries reported. So far there’s been no word on what led up to the crash or if any charges are being filed.

Two Seriously Injured In Liverty Crash

An accident near Liberty on Sunday leaves two people seriously injured. Police say Mark Ramynke,Jessica Ramynke and Mark’s daughter Chesney Ramynke, all from Moxee, were in a SUV that rolled down a steep hill with the vehicle ending up on its side and all three being ejected. Mark and Jessica Ramynke were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle while Chesney was transported to Kittitas Valley Hospital for minor injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

Charges Filed In Royal City Murder

Two men charged in the 2016 death of a Quincy woman are now charged in a Royal City murder that happened just two weeks prior. Police say Fernando Marcos Gutierrez and Gustavo Tapia Rodriguez are now facing first-degree murder charges in the fatal shooting of Arturo Sosa. Marcos Gutierrez is charged as a material witness in Jill Sundberg’s death near George while Tapia Rodriguez is charged with first degree murder with multiple aggravated circumstances.

Accident Results In Grand Coulee Woman Charged With DUI

A 19-year old Grand Coulee woman faces drunk driving charges as the result of a one-car crash Tuesday. Police say Justine Jake was on State Route 174 near Wilbur when her car went off the road to the right. Jake overcorrected twice resulting in the vehicle rolling over and ending up off the highway. Jake was not wearing a seatbelt. She was taken to a Spokane hospital for unspecified injuries.

DOL Terminates Contracts For Fed Information Sharing

The state department of licensing announced it has terminated contracts with federal agencies under which the department shared immigration status information. The sharing was discovered earlier this year which resulted in the removal of Social Security numbers from their law-enforcement data sharing system and the removal of information related to legal status or birth place. License plate information sharing contracts with Immigration and Customs Service along with Customs and Border Protection were also terminated.