Northwest

Boy, 9, sentenced in Wash. school shooting

A 9-year-old Washington boy who brought a gun that discharged and critically wounded a fellow third-grader at school has been sentenced to 12 months of probation and ordered to write a letter of apology to his victim.

Panel suggests agency changes after child's death

A panel of independent experts investigating the circumstances surrounding the 2009 torture and killing of an 8-year-old Boise boy by his mother's boyfriend is recommending the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare emphasize child safety and improve communication.

Moses Lake Man Helps Trapped Snowy Owl Escape

A Moses Lake man helped free what's believed to be a Snowl Owl in a rural area southeast of Moses Lake, near the eastern shore of the Potholes Reservoir Thursday.Brian Fenske, a crop consultant for Crop Production Services was attending to a fertilizer tank, when he spotted the owl trapped in a small space between the fertilizer tank and the containment tank.  Fenske suspects "maybe he jumped down in there," adding, "had I not heard his desperate wings flapping, the bird would have surely died."Fenske, who says he saw three or four other owls in the same area Thursday, at first put on gloves and was going to free the owl with his hands.  But he thought better of it and managed to lift the owl out with a shovel, after taking the attached picture with his iPhone.

Wind Gusts Peak 60 MPH Near Odessa

The National Weather Service has released a list of the major wind gusts throughout the Idaho area during yesterday's wind storm that blew through the Inland Northwest.How was the wind in your area? Check the list and see if it's what you expected. Numbers are arranged by elevation and followed by wind gust speed. You can send wind damage photos to news4@kxly.com.

Frontier Middle School Students Visit State Capitol

Some students from Frontier Middle School had a chance to visit the state capitol this week. Not only did they meet with state representatives from their district, but they also met Gov. Christine Gregoire. They're pictured above with Secretary of State Sam Reed who was on their list of people to meet.State Rep. Judy Warnick had this to say about the students: "It was fun to meet these students who will be our next generation of representatives and governors. I was class vice president when I was in high school, and it was my first introduction into politics and government," she said in a news release from the House of Representatives. "The students impressed me with very insightful questions, and showed a genuine interest in how their government operates."

Woman's Body Found In Grand Coulee

The body of an adult female was found dead in a vacant lot in Grand Coulee this afternoon. Grant County Sheriff's Office says a citizen found the body just after 4 p.m. and the body had been outside for awhile, partially covered in snow near 416 Weil Street.The female's identity is still unknown, but the Grant County Coroner can confirm that there are no signs of foul play. The cause of death will be determined through an autopsy.Next of kin has yet to be notified.

Man Busted For Selling Drugs Near School

A Grant County man faces felony charges, accused of selling drugs near a Quincy high school.21-year old Marcus Alexander Garcia was arrested February 3rd. Undercover detectives had been watching Garcia, after hearing he was selling drugs in or near local businesses. During that investigation, detectives say they bought 2.7 grams of cocaine from Garcia in the parking lot of the Quincy McDonalds. That restuarant is within 1,000 feet of Quincy's alternative high school.The proximity to the school means Garcia will likely face additional penalties if he's convicted of the other crimes. He's charged with delivery of cocaine in a school zone, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.

Drug House Busted

A Moses lake man has been arrested for running a drug house. Danny Stotts has several drug-related charges, including possession of over 40 grams fo marijuana with the intent to deliver, manufacturing marijuana and delivery of marijuana to undercover detectives.The Grant County's Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Moses Lake P.D. served a search warrant and made the arrest Wednesday night. Eight people showed up at the house to try to buy marijuana while detectives were still searching the home.The INET and Moses Lake Police thank alert neighbors for alerting authorities about suspicious activity. The tips lead to a three month long investigation which ended with the search warrant and subsequent arrest.

Stabbing Suspects Wanted

Deputies in Grant County are searching for two men believed to have stabbed another man in the arm.  29 year old Keith Ford told deputies he was walking on Lybbert Drive Northeast near Airway Drive Northeast in Moses Lake when he was confronted by two Hispanic men riding bikes Ford said the men asked "Hey Homey. Where you from? Do you bang?" Ford told deputies the men then tried to fight him.  After a short struggle, Ford said the men got on their bikes and rode away.  Deputies believe the incident is gang related.

Photo Gallery: A Winter Stroll Through Hartline

Hartline, Washington saw its own share of snowfall on Wednesday. Local farmer, Jerry Dormaier, drove through town around 3 p.m. and took some photographs he shared with KXLY. His vehicle thermometer saw a low temperature of 14 degrees. Some of the views show off the historical nature of Hartline including the Hartline School built in 1922. According to , it's one of the oldest and best preserved "rural brick school houses" in Eastern Washington. 

No charges in wheelchair-SUV collision

Police in Lewiston say no charges will be filed in a fatal traffic crash last month where a man in a wheelchair collided with a sport utility vehicle at a city intersection.