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Grant County Sheriff's Office warns of cashier check, money order scam

GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - The Grant County Sheriff's Office is warning about cashier checks or money orders that are sent through the mail. The Sheriff's Office says it can happen when someone sells something and a buyer sends a cashier check or money order in the mail as payment. The amount might be fo


Four Arrested in Soap Lake After Drug Investigation

Numerous complaints over many months led to a drug bust in Soap Lake that resulted in four arrests and could condemn the house involved. The Moses Lake Regional Tactical Response Team served a search warrant early Thursday morning on Thomas Drive NE after a months-long investigation into suspected d


Washington state considers staying on Pacific Daylight Time forever

When you switch your clock forward by one hour at the beginning of daylight saving time in two weeks, know this: it could be among the last times. Washington state lawmakers are considering several proposals to adopt year-round Pacific Daylight Time, ending the twice-a-year switch between it and Pac


Ephrata native to make third appearance on reality TV show 'Survivor'

FIJI - Ephrata native Kelley Wentworth has become something of a recurring star in the constellations of reality television. The 31-year-old marketing manager, who now lives in Seattle, will make her third appearance on the long-running CBS program “Survivor," when its 38th season entitled “Edge of


Woman dies in early Thursday morning house fire near Soap Lake

SOAP LAKE - A woman was killed in an early Thursday morning house fire near Soap Lake. Emergency responders were called about 12:20 a.m. to 4777 Road 19 Northeast for the reported structure fire. One of the occupants, Samuel E. Engelhardt, was reportedly outside chopping wood when he noticed the dou


Man charged with breaking into INET impound lot to retrieve seized SUV

EPHRATA - Two men were arrested after one allegedly broke into the Grant County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team impound lot in an attempted to retrieve a seized SUV. Ephrata police and Grant County deputies responded to the impound lot just before midnight Tuesday after the burglary alarm was


Ephrata girl competed in Westminster Junior Dog Show

EPHRATA- Ephrata local, Emily Mathis, has been breeding and showing dogs since she was nine-years old. This past weekend her and her miniature pinscher, Rocky, made the trip all the way out to New York City to compete in the highly prestigious Westminster Junior Dog Show.


Final defendant in 2016 murder of Quincy woman found guilty Thursday

EPHRATA - A jury has found Gustavo Tapia Rodriguez guilty of murdering 31-year-old Quincy resident Jill Sundberg. Following a trial dating back to Jan. 28, a jury returned from deliberations Thursday with a guilty verdict against Tapia Rodriguez for first-degree murder with multiple aggravators incl


Girl who fell through ice in Rock Island pond shows dramatic improvement

The 6-year-old girl who fell through the ice into a Rock Island pond Thursday is making great strides toward recovery, said Shawn Ballard of Ballard Ambulance. Ballard said he received a report Friday morning that the girl, who has not yet been identified, has been making “dramatic improvements.”


Quincy Joins Washington’s Business Licensing Service

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Feb. 21, 2019 – Today, the Department of Revenue announces the city of Quincy as its newest business licensing service (BLS) partner. The Grant County city that hosts the world’s largest data center is now networked to the state’s combined licensing service.


Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park

As you enter Sun Lakes-Dry Falls, you may feel like you’re on another planet. The park is surrounded by one of Washington’s most striking and historically significant landscapes.


Driver hospitalized after rollover crash on I-90 near Moses Lake

MOSES LAKE - A driver was hospitalized with minor injuries in a Friday morning rollover crash on Interstate 90 near Moses Lake. Kelsey Wilson, a 33-year-old Spokane woman, was driving a Jeep Wrangler west on Interstate 90 when she drove off the road to the right at about 8 a.m. near milepost 184, ac


Felon sentenced to 22 months for stolen pistol, scuffle with Moses Lake police

MOSES LAKE - A convicted felon was sentenced to nearly two years in prison after being caught with a stolen pistol during a scuffle with Moses Lake police. Alfredo Ochoa Castaneda, 25, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault of the law enforcement officer and unlawful possession of a firearm. Charges


6-year-old in critical condition after falling into Douglas Co. lake

ROCK ISLAND, Wash — A 6-year-old girl is in critical condition after she fell into Putter’s Lake in Douglas County Thursday morning. Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris said emergency crews were sent to the 400 block of Parkway Drive in Rock Island, Washington around 11:15 a.m. for a report of a chi


Guilty Verdict in 3rd Sundberg Murder Trial

A Grant County jury returned a guilty verdict Thursday in the murder of Jill Sundberg, 31 of Quincy. Our news partner iFiber One reports Gustavo Tapia Rodriguez faces a life sentence for killing Sundberg in December of 2016. Tapia Rodriguez was convicted of first-degree murder with multiple aggravat


UPDATE–Six Year Old Girl Critical After Falling Through Ice

A six year old girl fell through ice this morning in Rock Island. Douglas County Fire District 2 crews, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Ballard Ambulance responded to the scene in the 400 block of Parkway Drive at Putters Lake at 11:15am.