Coroner's Office declines formal inquest following toxicology reports

The Grant County Coroner's Office says a former Coroner's Inquest will not be necessary after receiving toxicology reports from the October 24th officer-involved shooting in Royal City.Pedro Salgado Ceja, 45, was shot and killed by Ofc. R. Rodgriguez after resisting arrest. Ceja was chasing the officer with a shovel and did not comply to drop it. The Coroner's Office also determined the cause of death was gunshot wounds of torso by homicide. 

Odessa Teacher Earns Prestigious Award

Odessa High School science teacher Jeffery Wehr was one of only three recipients in the nation to receive the Siemens Founders Award.  This award is given in recognition of an individual or school for encouraging students to participate in math, science or technology research programs and efforts to provide the necessary support consistent with Siemens Foundation mission of enhancing math and science in American high schools. The Siemens STEM Academy provides an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C., presenting the award during a black-tie ceremony at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium.  Jeff and his wife Julie Wehr attended the ceremony at which he received this national honor from Albert Hoser, founder and chairman emeritus of the Siemens Foundation, Governor Caperton, president of the College Board, and Reed Timmer, chief meteorologist and star of the Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers. Along with this honor, the Siemens Foundation provides an opportunity to participate in a summer research immersion program at Oak Ridge National Laboratories in Tennessee this summer (STARs program). The STARs program is a two-week professional development course designed to empower teachers to bring the excitement of authentic research into the classroom and inspire students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Upcoming Dates for Santa's Visit to Moses Lake

Santa is taking a little time out of his busy schedule to visit Moses Lake for a few days this holiday season. He's added three photo opportunities to his daily planner at the Moses Lake Museum & Art Center, located at their new location: 401 S. Balsam St. in Laketown Landing.Details: The photo opportunity cost is $5. Proceeds benefit the Moses Lake Business Association.

Grant County Traffic Fatalities [2001-2009]

Have you ever wondered what regional Grant County roads result in the most traffic fatalities? Maybe you've wanted to find more specific information about the traffic fatalities like what mode of transportation they were using and if that's a frequent occurrence on that stretch of road.Using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation, ITO World Ltd. has compiled a data map of fatalities into a visual tale of deaths on the road.The data only covers information from 2001 to 2009. Many recent fatalities you recall on the news will not be visible.

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake Rumbles Okanogan County

A 4.6 magnitude earthquake rocked through Okanogan County early Friday morning. Residents began to feel the movement at 5:09 a.m. The epicenter was located just north of Okanogan, five miles from Riverside and was felt as far as Moses Lake.A Twisp resident, Erin White, and her three children were woken up by the movement around 5:10 a.m. She says their windows were shaking, beds were bouncing and the animals were apparently going crazy.According to USGS, the earthquake had a depth of 7.4 miles.

St. Rose School Auction Shatters Record

St. Rose of Lima Catholic School in Ephrata shattered its record for money raised at the 28th Annual Benefit Auction Saturday night.I was honored to serve as the Master of Ceremonies. And having attended St. Rose from kindergarten through sixth grade, I was humbled by the amount of money raised for my old school.St. Rose grossed $164,900 from the auction, which is roughly $70,000 more than it had ever grossed before.

Late Apple Harvest Still Needs Workers

(Updated 11:45 a.m.) - It's getting late in the season for apples, but many orchards still have open orders with WorkSource for apple pickers.Craig Carroll, North Central WorkSource, says not all growers list their openings through WorkSource, so the actual need if higher than the numbers they list.

Officer-Involved Shooting Victim Identified

A Royal City Police officer is on paid administrative leave pending investigation of Monday's officer-involved shooting.Ofc. R. Rodriguez answered a possible domestic violence assault call at 200 Hemlock Ave. at 5:10 p.m. that led to probable cause to arrest Pedro Salgado Ceja, 45.Ceja resisted and wielded a shovel, chasing Rodriguez on foot. He ordered Ceja to drop the shovel, but witnesses say he did not comply. Rodriguez fired six rounds from his sidearm into Ceja's torso.

Carrying two kidnapped boys, man runs from deputies

MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Two young boys are safe after being kidnapped early Friday morning from their Moses Lake area home. The day before the kidnapping deputies were called out to the Larson Housing Area at Arlington Drive and Lowry Street for a man screaming and yelling in the street. Law enforcement found 30-year-old, Shane J. Soares, acting out because he said "the Lord told him to." He also said his home was "infested with demons." Despite his claims deputies didn't have enough cause to detain Soares for a mental health evaluation or charge him with a crime so he was released."

Grant County Farmers Locked In Food Fight With USDA

In Grant County it's easy to see why the potato is king, but even kings have to fight battles. After getting tariffs lifted to three countries, potato growers are now fighting a different kind of battle with the USDA.

Shooter In Home Invasion Faces Unrelated Charges

The Moses Lake man, who shot and killed the intruder he says broke into his home, faces a list of charges tonight.Timothy Mandelas shot and killed 30-year-old Joshua Montano Sunday night. He called police after he shot the alleged burglar.Mandelas now faces two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. The Grant County Sheriff's Office has confiscated a .22-caliber handgun and .45 caliber pistol. Mandelas is also charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. The Sheriff's office uncovered more than two pounds of marijuana. Mandelas has a marijuana card but is only allowed legally to possess 1.5 pounds.

Dell's data center expects to be open later this year

Quincy will soon be home to a completed data center, home to Dell, a Texas-based company that develops and sells computer products and services.Construction started last spring for a 40,000 square foot space. They were granted an air quality permit in August to install 28 diesel generators on the 80-acre property. Monday morning that Dell expects the project to be completed by the end of the year.

Suspected Burglar Shot and Killed Near Moses Lake

One man is dead after being shot Sunday night in an apparent burglary attempt in the Cascade Valley area near Moses Lake.The Grant County Sheriff's office believes a man entered the home at 4301 Ottmar Road NE, space #5, and was allegedly shot by the occupant of that home. The complete circumstances and other details are still being reconstructed by investigators. The homeowner, who's name has not been revealed, is cooperating with the investigation.Grant County Sheriff's Deputies and Moses Lake Police Officers responded to the 9-1-1 call of a robbery in progress around 9:00 p.m. Grant County Fire District 5 firefighters and AMR paramedics treated the alleged burglar at the scene, before transporting him to Samaritan Hospital. He was later transferred to a Spokane hospital, where he died from his injuries Monday morning.

Moses Lake man dies from smoke inhalation after last week's house fire

A Moses Lake man injured in a house fire last week has died according to Grant County Sheriff's Office.Raymond Rallo, 55, died from smoke inhalation at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane two days after he was rescued from a burning home along Airway Drive at Harvest Manor Mobile Home Park.Rallo was found unconscious inside when firefighters from District #5 entered the home.

"There's a light --over at the Frankenstein place."

It's not exactly your neck of the woods, in fact it's 101 miles away, but how could you resist a little Rocky Horror?The Princess Theatre in Prosser (located at 1226 Meade Ave.) invites you to come up to lab to see what's on the slab. They're hosting an evening viewing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on October 29th."If you've never seen this movie with Rocky Horror Picture Show fanatics here's what you need to know," said Mari Page, special events coordinator for the Princess Theatre. "Rocky Horror Picture Show is NOT a horror film; it is a rock-musical send-up of old science-fiction and horror films. People yell back lines at the screen, dress up in costume, act out the film and throw props during the movie."

Man Hospitalized After Early Morning House Fire

A Moses Lake has been hospitalized in Spokane following an early morning house fire at the Harvest Manor Mobile Home Park near Moses Lake. At 5:20 Wednesday morning an individual noticed smoke coming from one of the mobile homes at the park and called 911.When fire crews arrived they found flames visible from the mobile home. Upon entering the residence they found an unconscious male inside.

Deputies Arrest Wanted Felon With Guns, Drugs, Pipe Bomb

Deputies serving two arrest warrants on a wanted felon in the Moses Lake area not only arrested their fugitive but also found guns, a pipe bomb and drugs.  Around 3:00 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 1, Grant County Sheriff's Deputies went to 4352 Lincoln Drive NE near Moses Lake searching for wanted felon Margarito Leyva, age 22. Deputies heard several voices in a shed on the property, smelled marijuana smoke and heard a handgun slide-action being racked several times. Deputies on-scene called for more assistance.While awaiting the arrival of more help, one of the occupants of the shed came out and was detained. Deputies ordered the other occupants of the shed to come out, and they were detained as well. After a search warrant was granted, deputies entered the shed and found two firearms, one of which was listed as stolen. Deputies also found a pipe bomb and a small amount of marijuana. All of the contraband was secured as evidence. Margarito Leyva booked into the Grant County Jail on two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm. The investigation continues and additional charges may be filed. Deputies are still considering charges against the other persons found at the shed. Those persons have not yet been charged with any crimes. "Deputies did a great job making this arrest and got two guns and a pipe bomb out of the hands of a known felon," said Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones. "Our citizens don't want criminals with guns walking the streets, and our deputies will do their best to make sure that doesn't happen."

Quincy to gain yet another data center facility

Quincy will soon be home to a new data center facility that could feature up to 100 jobs for the agriculture town.California-based Vantage Data Centers will be moving in to the 63 acres near the town. They're building a new facility that they plan to ground break next month with an estimated completion date of August next year.

Authorities Say Dredging Barge Sinking Not Accidental

Authorities in Grant County investigating the September 17 sinking of a dredging barge on Moses Lake have ruled out any accidental cause for the sinking.The dredge is owned by the Moses Lake Irrigation and Rehabilitation District.Deputies with the Grant County Sheriff's Office are now seeking information that will lead to the individuals responsible for the sinking. They are looking for people who saw any unusual activitiy or vehicles along Parker Horn's shoreline or any watercraft on the water near the dredge between midnight and 7 a.m. on Saturday September. 17.

Persons of Interest Identified in Quincy Homicide

The Quincy Police Department has identified three persons of interest in Friday's shooting death of 40-year-old Ramiro Munoz, Jr.Eddie Alvarez Hernandez, Gerardo Miguel Valenzuela Navarro and Erwin Vazquez are all believed to have some involvement in the case.21-year-old Alvarez Hernandez is currently in custody on a Department of Corrections detention hold.   Valenzuela Navarro, 18, and Vazquez, 20, are both still at large.

Assault leads to a felony warrant suspect's arrest

A suspect is back in jail after he was arrested at an acquaintance's residence on Saturday.Bill M. Moore, 41 of Yakima, was a supervised offender with Department of Corrections with an outstanding warrant for felony escape and a misdemeanor warrant from Douglas County. He also had a history of unlawful firearm possession.Earlier, Douglas County deputies received a report of a female being assaulted near East Wenatchee. She claimed the suspect dragged her by the hair across a living room floor. She escaped and was able to contact 9-1-1.

Officials Say Sunken Barge May Not Be Accident

The dredging barge that sank last weekend in Moses Lake might not have been an accident.  Moses Lake Irrigation and Rehabilitation District's Board President Ron Covey told the Columbia Basin Herald that a driver did not find any holes in the dredge, but two hatches were open.The irrigation district released a statement that said foul play was not being ruled out.  Officials still don't know how the barge sank but are learning more as they continue their investigation.