Archives for October 2018

Studded Tires Legal Again On Thursday

On Thursday studded tires will be legal on Washington roads. State laws permit their use from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31. The metal studs embedded within the tread are designed to dig into ice, which provides added traction but according to the DOT also result in significant road damage which is estimated to be between $20 million and $29 million annually. The agency suggest drivers should talk to tire dealers about stud-free traction tires that are legal for year-round use. Chains are still required when called for by authorities even with studded tires.

Quincy Teenager Sentenced In 2017 Murder

A Quincy teenager is sentenced in his plea deal to a 2017 murder. Prosecutors say 19-year-old Noel Cardenas pleaded guilty in the death of 17-year-old Jahleel Munnings on J Street Southwest in Quincy. Luis Nava Trujillo was also shot in the shoulder. Cardenas was 17 at the time and charged as an adult. He was sentenced to more than 35 years in prison and is eligible for review and release after 20 years.

Second Complaint In PUD Candidate Funding

Washington State’s Public Disclosure commission says it is looking into a second complaint over $55,000 in donations made to a pair of Grant County PUD commissioners. An earlier complaint said the donations were made from a group not registered as a political action committee. The complaint says that Ag Power Users of Grant County is the biggest single donor to Judy Wilson and Nelson Cox. That group could be fined by the PDC and the commission could forward the matter to Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office.

Competency Hearing Ordered For ML Suspect

A competency hearing is ordered for a Moses Lake woman who hit her roommate with a hammer. Police say it happened Oct. 6 at a home in the 800 block of East Cherry Avenue and the victim told officers Brandan Pryor shoved her to the floor then Pryor grabbed the hammer and hit her.The victim was taken to Samaratin Hospital with multiple injuries to her head and arms. Pryor remains jailed on $50,000 bond.

Orondo Drug Dealer Suspect Takes Plea Deal

One of two suspects in a Douglas County drug case takes a plea deal. Prosecutors say 29-year-old Marco Antonio Palacios Mora pleaded guilty Monday to possession of methamphetamine and illegally possessing a firearm firearm in connection with his August arrest at an Orondo farmworker cabin from which drugs were being sold. Palacios Mora was sentenced to a year in jail. His co-defendant Sara Elizabeth Mitchell is to be in court for her trial on Nov. 27.

New Opioid Rules Kick In Jan. 1

Beginning in January the state will be tightening rules for doctors prescribing opioids for pain. The new policies were unveiled Monday and call for not only shorter prescriptions for acute pain conditions but also greater discussions between doctors and patients about the need for opiates before they are first prescribed. The rule changes may affect patients who are prescribed opioids for any reason other than cancer.

Othello Man Takes Plea Deal In Child Rape

A 40-year-old Othello man accused in a child rape takes a plea deal. Police say a year-long investigation resulted in the arrest of Jose Berroteran last month. The investigation included search warrants and DNA comparisons between Berroteran, the then-15-year-old mother and the child. On Monday Berroteran pleaded guilty in Adams County Superior Court to third degree child rape. Sentencing is to take place next month.

Companies Authorities To Sell Insurance

The state insurance commissioner’s office announced that 11 companies are approved to sell individual health insurance plans for 2019. Companies covering Grant County include
Coordinated Care Corporation. Premera Blue Cross, Asuris Northwest Health and Health Alliance Northwest Health Plan. Commissioner Mike Kriedler’s office reports about four percent of the state’s population purchases their own health care coverage. Plans can be purchased through the state healthcare exchange beginning on Thursday through Dec. 15 for coverage to begin in January.

New Ballot Envelopes Going Out In Grant County

New general election ballot return envelopes have been mailed to Grant County voters who received envelopes that did not have postage attached. Elections officials say if you haven’t voted yet to use the new envelope with the postage attached. If a ballot was mailed without a stamp it will still be delivered. The missing stamp isn’t an issue for those submitting ballots via drop box. This year’s primary and general elections are the first in which voters in every county could vote by mail without needing a stamp on the ballot-return envelope.

Whooping Cough Confirmed In Grant County

Two confirmed cases of whooping cough are reported by the Grant County Health District with one case in Moses Lake and the other in Grand Coulee. Officials say the Moses Lake case is in a family of five with symptoms of whooping cough and three of the five are categorized as “probable”. All are Park Orchard Elementary School Students. The Grand Coulee case is a student at Lake Roosevelt Elementary School. Health officials say the potential exists for more cases.