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Man who evaded police for 25 years guilty of manslaughter

EPHRATA, Wash. (AP) - A man who evaded authorities for 25 years has been found guilty by a Grant County jury of manslaughter in connection with the 1991 death of Barbara J. Kipp. The Columbia Basin Herald reported Thursday that 66-year-old Arnolfo Bravo had also faced second-degree murder, but the j

KHQ RIGHT NOW - 2018-03-23 09:17:00

Ephrata man charged for alleged bomb threat

EPHRATA A Ephrata man who is accused of phoning in a bomb threat at an Ephrata motel claims he heard from an unknown man that there might be a bomb at the motel and he was only warning the business about what he heard. Grant County prosecutors charged Ryan Wohlfeil, 38, of Ephrata, in Grant County S

COLUMBIA BASIN HERALD - 2018-03-23 12:00:00

Jury convicts man in death of Moses Lake woman

A man who evaded authorities for 25 years has been found guilty of manslaughter by a Grant County jury in the 1991 death of Barbara Kipp of Moses Lake. The Columbia Basin Herald reported the jury found 66-year-old Arnolfo Bravo not guilty of second-degree murder. Kipp was found dead after court docu

KPQ.COM - 2018-03-23 10:27:25

Convicted felon who fled police facing gun charges

MOSES LAKE A convicted felon who threw a modified rifle into a backyard as he was running from police in Moses Lake is facing gun-related charges in Grant County Superior Court. Grant County prosecutors charged Francisco Villa, 22, of Moses Lake, in Grant County Superior Court with first-degree unla

COLUMBIA BASIN HERALD - 2018-03-23 12:00:00

Rock Island man jailed on Child Assault charges

An alleged child abuser is in jail. Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal says deputies arrested 37 year old John W. Strickland of Rock Island on Wednesday. Last Friday, the mother of 6 and 8 year old boys reported they have been staying at a separate home with their father. She was called to come p

KPQ.COM - 2018-03-23 10:20:11

Why would we not build a second high school?

Dr. Randy Bruce So why would you not build a new high school if 60 percent of your voters said let us work together and make our community a better place to live, grow, and enjoy our families and friends? We know we have problems with our current high school but how deep are these problems? We now h


Wanted gang member booked into jail after pointing gun at Othello man

A man who the Adams County Sheriff's Department says pointed a gun at a person is in jail on assault charges. On Thursday, authorities told iFIBER One News that Felipe M. Garza approached a man at a home at Taylor and June Road in Othello. Deputies say as he approached, Garza asked him, "do you reme

KHQ RIGHT NOW - 2018-03-24 08:14:00

Deputies find meth inside impound vehicle

The Chelan County Sheriff's Office says over 18 pounds of methamphetamine discovered in a vehicle impounded and searched this week in the Wenatchee area. Chief Rick Johnson said the drugs had a street value of $300,000. The case is under investigation but no other details have been released so far.

KPQ.COM - 2018-03-23 16:01:21

Othello dentist on leave following accusations of misconduct

OTHELLO An Othello dentist is currently on administrative leave from the Columbia Basin Health Association clinic in Othello following allegations of inappropriate behavior on the job. Dr. Alvin Thien, the CBHAs chief dental officer, was suspended from his practice. There has been an allegation, and


Ephrata council approves AirBnB rules

Charles H. Featherstone/Columbia Basin Herald Ephrata City Council member Justin Kooy and Mayor Pro Tempore William Coe at Wednesdays city council meeting. EPHRATA AirBnB is coming to Ephrata. Legally, this time. On Wednesday, the Ephrata City Council unanimously approved a series of amendments to i

COLUMBIA BASIN HERALD - 2018-03-23 12:00:00

VA town hall coming to Ephrata Thursday

EPHRATA If you are a veteran, service provider or family member of a veteran then you might want to clear your schedule Thursday morning and attend the Governors Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee Town Hall meeting in Ephrata. The meeting, organized by the Washington State Department of Veterans Af


Ephrata man sentenced for assaulting girlfriend

EPHRATA A Ephrata man was sentenced to a month in jail for assaulting his pregnant girlfriend. Aaron Koski, 19, of Ephrata, pleaded guilty in Grant County Superior Court to third-degree assault. The count carried with it an allegation of domestic violence. Koski was sentenced to a month of confineme


Moses Lake woman uses social media, art to keep little girl's memory alive

MOSES LAKE, Wash.-- A Moses Lake woman is reaching thousands across the United States and honoring the memory of a 2-year-old girl. Along with her rock art, a name is being seen, spoken and photographed. With each package of rocks sent to anyone who has requested them, "hashtag BrynlieBug" is handw


Felon gets 3 years for high-speed chase

Romero-Rivera MOSES LAKE A convicted felon who led police on a high-speed chase that ended in significant injuries for his passenger and himself will be spending three years behind prison bars. Nicholas Romero-Rivera, 29, of Moses Lake, pleaded guilty in Grant County Superior Court to vehicular assa


Kindness goes a long way with high school students

March 22, 2018 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald While I can tell you the reasons why I am disappointed with the Moses Lake School District, there is something of greater focus at this time: childrens needs. Our current school levy is $4.52. In co... March 22, 2018 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Hera


Quincy awards city hall, fire station contracts

QUINCY The Quincy City Council on Tuesday awarded a pair of construction contracts worth a total of $7.3 million to finish the work on the civic center complex and build a new fire station. The council unanimously approved a $3.4 million bid from Richland-based DGR*Grant Construction to rebuild the


MLCA feed sets fundraising record

Courtesy photo The crab and prime rib feed to benefit the Moses Lake Christian Academy athletic programs and facilities set a fundraising record. MOSES LAKE The 10th annual Crab and Prime Rib Feed benefiting the athletic programs and facilities at Moses Lake Christian Academy over the weekend broke


Mobile Food Bank coming to Soap Lake

SOAP LAKE The Second Harvest Mobile Food Bank will be making a stop in Soap Lake from 12-2 p.m. on Thursday to distribute food to families in need. The mobile food bank will be stopping at Soap Lake First Baptist Church, 322 Division St. S. The event is sponsored by the Soap Lake First Baptist Churc


Back to work for deputy who accidentally shot wife

File photo Deputy Jose Rivera stands in Grant County Superior Court during a previous court hearing. EPHRATA Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones announced on Monday that a deputy who accidentally shot his wife in Moses Lake over the summer has been cleared to return to work. Deputy Jose Riverapreviously


Sheriff retains deputy who shot wife

EPHRATA, Wash. - Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones announced Monday morning that he will keep Deputy Jose Rivera on staff. In August 2017, Rivera shot his wife while handling a firearm inside their home. Sydney Rivera confirmed with officers at the hospital that the shooting was accidental. The Rivera'