Archives for November 2018

State Lawmakers Propose Plastic Bag Ban

Two state lawmakers are planning to sponsor a bill banning plastic grocery bags throughout Washington. The measure put forth by Sen. Kevin Ranker of Orcas Island, and Rep. Strom Peterson of Edmonds imposes a 10-cent fee on paper and compostable bags. Currently a handful of counties and cities ban the bags but supporters say passing this bill would make the restriction uniform across Washington. The bill is supported by the Northwest Grocery Association.

ML Man Arrested In Chelan County Crimes

Charges are pending against a 28-year-old Moses Lake man arrested after being found in Wenatchee in possession of a stolen pickup truck. Police say the man broke into several Wenatchee Valley homes and made fraudulent credit charges. The truck was reported stolen out of Douglas County and investigators say it was used in commission of those crimes. Methampetamine and drug paraphenalia were also found inside.

Grant County PUD Details Fiber Rollout

We’re learning where Grant County PUD plans to build out its fiber optic network next year. The details were released in the utility’s 2019 budget which was passed this week. It includes $12.6 million in new funding which makes the total fiber optic budget nearly $18.5 million. There’s a complete list of the project areas posted at i-fiber one.com A build-out time line is to be released by April 2019.

Three Injured In Richland Collision

Two people from Mattawa were among those injured Wednesday afternoon in a collision on state Route 240 west of Richland. Police say 47-year-old Ramon Sanchez made a left turn onto State Route 24 and hit a semi-truck in the intersection. Sanchez and his 14-year-old passenger were taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland for their injuries. The semi-truck’s driver was also hurt. According to investigators Sanchez failed to yield and charges are pending.

Torres Jailed On $1M Bail

The Royal City man accused of murdering his father is being held on $1 million bail. Jonathan Torres is now charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm in the first degree, attempted unlawful possession of a firearm in the first degree, resisting arrest and attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer. Police say Torres shot his father who was a passenger in an SUV as his mother was driving. Torres also resisted arrest and grabbed an officer’s rifle during the scuffle.

Deer Rescued From Moses Lake

Moses Lake firemen turned into animal rescuers on Thursday when they helped free a young deer from Moses Lake. According to authorities the animal was stuck in the mud near the Alder fill and firemen used an inflatable boat to get the deer to safety. She was covered up with blankets and hot packs and left in Neppel Park. A couple of hours later the deer was gone.

Passenger Injured In ML Collision Dies

One of the three people injured in a collision on State Route 17 in Moses Lake has died. Police say 93-year-old Richard Smith was heading northbound when he made a left turn running a red light and hit a car going southbound. 92-year-old Bernice Smith died Tuesday night at Sacred Heart hospital. The driver and passenger in the car Smith hit were taken to Samaritan Hospital. According to the State Patrol Smith is not being ticketed for running the red light.

NCH Closed For The Season

The North Cascades Highway is now closed for the winter.
The Washington State Department of Transportation announced the closure between mileposts 134 and milepost 171 near Mazama will remain in effect until spring of 2019 or at least until the snow melts enough to allow maintenance crews access to plow the road. Gate closures will expand on both ends of the highway to mileposts 130 and 178 once snow is too deep for equipment to remove.

Torres Not Charged In ML Shooting

Jesus Torres, one of two suspects in Saturday’s shooting near Moses Lake that left two men injured was released from jail Tuesday after a judge did not find probable cause for the charges. The 22-year-old was arrested Monday on two counts of assault in the first degree and one count of drive-by shooting but a Grant County judge found there was not enought evidence proving Jesus Torres fired the shots. Torres was released from custody without bail.

Five Injured In George Collision

Five people are hospitalized from a two-vehicle collision Tuesday evening about a mile north of George. Police say 48-year-old Sue Field of George was intoxicated when she ran a stop sigh at Beverly Burke Road and State Route 281 resulting in her SUV being hit by a pickup truck heading southbound. Both vehicles came to rest blocking the intersection. Field was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane and a passenger in Field’s vehicle along with the driver and two passengers in the pickup were taken to Quincy Valley Medical Center.