Archives for December 2018

Bomb Scare In ML

Road N Northeast in Moses Lake was shut down Thursday afternoon following a traffic stop where officers discovered a suspicious device in a vehicle. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says it happened outside the perimeter fence of REC Silicon and employees were notified. Most had left the plant at 3:30 p.m. following their shift. The Richland Police Department bomb squad was called in but so far there’s been no word on if the device was any type of explosive. The investigation is continuing.

DFSP Participating In First Day Hikes

Dry Falls State Park is one of 40 locations statewide holding first-day hiking events on New Year’s Day. State parks officials say the free hikes will have something for every fitness level and interest. The Dry Falls event begins at 10:30 a.m. at the visitor center with an overview of the Ice Age Flood National Geologic Trail, followed by a 2.5-mile hike. Next Tuesday is also the first free day at all State Parks meaning a Discover Pass is not needed for admission.

Ephrata Armed Robbery Suspect Takes Plea Deal

A man charged in an August armed robbery in Ephrata takes a plea deal. Prosecutors say Alfredo Silva pleaded guilty to robbery in the first degree, two counts of assault in the second degree with a deadly weapon and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in the first degree in connection with the incident where he confronted three people at a Basin Street apartment demanding money and using a gun to make good on his threat. Silva could go to jail for 12-1/2 years

Three Arrested In ML Vehicle Prowls

Three people are arrested in connection with several Moses Lake vehicle prowls. Police say they pulled over a reported stolen truck on Wednesday off South Clover Drive and arrested the two occupants identified as Troy Hughes and Kyle Ziegelman. Hughes was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and Ziegelman for theft in the second degree An investigation led them to a Moses Lake motel where the third person identified as Tommie Gonzalez was arrested on multiple charges for possessing a stolen firearm.

QV Lights On Through NYE

If you haven’t taken the drive along I-90 to see the Quincy Valley Christmas lights you have until Monday to see the unique eight-mile-long display. Since the 1980s farmers have placed light displays along the highway between mileposts 152 to 160 carrying on a tradition started by Scott Lybbert. Every year the displays stay on through New Year’s Eve.

Ups And Downs In Worker Paychecks

The new year brings changes to Washington worker’s paychecks. Those making minimum wage will see a pay raise of 50 cents an hour to $12. All Washington workers will now see a new payroll deduction as the first phase of the state’s family and medical leave program kicks in. Payroll deductions are 0.4 percent of wages which means a total of around $125 for a worker making $50,000 annually. The leave can be taken beginning in 2020.

Car-Cow Collision In Ephrata

A car-cow collision on State Route 28 near Ephrata results in the driver being hospitalized. Police say it happened early Monday morning as the driver was heading eastbound near milepost 39. The unidentified motorist had a broken neck, a concussion and facial lacerations. There’s been no word on their condition. Authorities remind drivers to be mindful of wildlife and livestock that can wander onto roadways.

Two E. Wenatchee Fires

Christmas was not a time off for East Wenatchee firefighters who had a pair of blazes to contend with. The fires was Christmas night in 700 block of Degage Street where according to authorities a chimney fire spread to the entire dwelling. Early Wednesday crews were called to a South Kentucky Avenue home where flames were seen from the back of the building. Investigators say that home had no working smoke detectors. There were no injuries reported in either fire.

Polar Bear Plunge On New Year’s Day

A number of people will take words “go jump in a lake” literally on New Years Day to raise money for Grant County Animal Outreach. Officials say the annual Polar Bear Plunge on Moses Lake takes place Tuesday at Cascade Park beginning at noon. Hot chocolate, coffee and cookies will be served afterwards. A gift basket is being raffled off to those who donate cash, pet food or other shelter items. Last year’s event brought out around 200 people.

ML Christmas Day Fire

A Moses Lake family had to find a new place to stay on Christmas after fire made their home uninhablitable. Authorities say they were called to the West Texas Street home Tuesday morning and the fire which started in the kitchen resulted in heavy smoke damage. Everyone got out safely and no injuries were reported. The Ameican Red Cross was contacted to help the family find temporary housing.