Archives for August 2018

WSDOT Wraps Up Road Work For Holiday Weekend

The State Department of Transportation announced that all road work on Washington roads is suspended until Tuesday morning. That includes wrapping up the Interstate 90 work over Snoqualmie Pass before the holiday so that the divided, westbound highway lanes will no longer be in place. The agency still recommends that motorists allow extra travel time or considering traveling at non-peak times, typically early in the day or later in the evening.

Motorcyclist Critically Injured In SL Crash

A motorcyclist suffered severe injuries in a crash Thursday near Soap Lake. Police say Jeffrey Lossing of Soap Lake was on State Route 17 heading southbound when he failed to make it around a curve to the left. Lossing’s motorcycle then went off the road to the right. He was airlifted to Confluence Hospital in Wenatchee and at last word was in critical condition. Investigators say Lossing may be charged with wheels off roadway.

Two Arrested In Othello Drug Raid

A police raid at an Othello home Wednesday results in the confiscation of drugs and cash plus the arrests of two men. Police say they served the search warrant at the Moon Street home and seized heroin, methamphetamine and a stolen weapon. Alberto Soriano Bravo and Adulfa Romero-Lopez were taken into custody for drug possession with intent to distribute and being an alien in possession of a stolen firearm.

Grant County Considering Sales Tax Increase For Criminal Justice

Grant County voters may be asked to approve a sales tax increase to fund criminal justice. Officials say if voters are asked to OK a point three percent hike it would result in around $6 million in annual revenue which would be split 60/40 between the county and cities within the county. The plan is in the preliminary stages. Adams County voters will be asked this November to approve a sales and use tax increase for enhancing that county’s criminal justice system.

Fire Destroys CD Transfer Station

A fire early Thursday destroyed the Consolidated Disposal transfer station in Moses Lake. The blaze sent up a plume of smoke that could be seen for miles. There’s been no word on what caused the fire but authorities say it started inside the building. Company management says it may take up to a year to get the station rebuilt and it will affect service schedules. No injuries were reported.

Tips Needed In Lind Burglaries

The Adams County Sheriff’s office is looking for tips as it investigates a series of burglaries that occured in Lind earlier this week. On Thursday the department reported it had located a vehicle seen on surveillance video at one of the crime scenes and found a number of stolen intems inside. Anyone with information on the burglaries is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 509-659-1122.

Carjacking Suspect Hospitalized

A Moses Lake carjacking suspect is hospitalized after crashing the stolen vehicle into two other cars then fleeing on foot. Police say the car was stolen in the 500 block of North Clark Road and the suspect then hit a car in the Knolls Vista neighborhood continuing onto North Stratford Road. The suspect then rear-ended a car at South Alder Street and West Broadway Avenue and fled on foot but was caught a short time later. Multiple charges are pending.

More Charges In SL OIS

The man who fired on police in a Soap Lake incident earlier this month now faces additional charges. Prosecutors say Alejandro Rodriguez is charged with two additional counts of first-degree assault with multiple aggravators on top of two earlier counts. If convicted Rodriguez could be in jail for life. Police say they were called to Adrian Avenue in Lakeview on reports a man wanted in Adams County was at that address but he wasn’t located there. Rodriguez then emerged from a nearlby shed and that’s when he was shot.

Ax-Wielding Suspect Takes Plea Deal

A man charged in an ax attack in Lakeview takes a plea deal. Prosecutors say Vince Torres pleaded guilty to unlawful display of a weapon in connection with the incident at an Ephrata Avenue Northwest address where Torres threatened to assault a man with the tool. Torres was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 140 suspended for two years as long as Torres does not commit further criminal offenses.

Suspect Sought In ML Shooting

The search is on for the gunman involved in a Moses Lake attempted robbery Tuesday night. According to authorities the victim described as a 23-year-old man from Ritzville was in a car parked near Arlington Drive and Lowry Street when a group of people approached the vehicle attempting to rob the victim and his companion. As the victim tried to drive off someone open fire with a bullet wounding the victim’s abdomen. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call he Grant County Sheriff’s Office.