Year in Review: 2017 marks big year for law enforcement agencies

Print Article

MOSES LAKE — Police activities countywide in 2017 could easily be described by three words: drugs, guns and arrests. The headlines were many, the amount of drugs and guns seized was large and arrest numbers were vast.

From Grant County agencies being involved in a multi-state federal drug investigation in December, to Grant County’s Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) seizing 50 pounds of processed marijuana, 99 pot plants and guns in November, activity was significant. It didn’t stop there. A raid at a Soap Lake residence in October resulted in the arrests of four suspects and the seizure of drugs and guns and a Oct. 5 traffic stop in Moses Lake led to a $1.2 million drug seizure.

Despite the victories of local law enforcement agencies, one tragedy united local deputies and cops more perhaps more than any victory. Deputy Jose Rivera claims he accidentally shot his wife, Sydney, at their Moses Lake home on Aug. 9. Sydney has undergone several surgeries and a report on the incident was completed by the Central Basin Investigative Team, which has since been submitted to the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

2017 was also a big year for quick and comprehensive police work to get potentially dangerous individuals off of the streets. One such arrest came in late-July, when with the help of the Royal City Police Department, the Moses Lake Police Department was able to track down two brothers who were wanted in connection with a shooting in Moses Lake.

Jesus Torres and Jonathan Torres were taken into custody in Royal City following an altercation inside of a Moses Lake marijuana retailer that culminated in the Torres brothers allegedly following a vehicle and firing shots at the car. The female driver of the victim’s vehicle received a non-life threatening bullet wound to the back of her heard. Quick police work resulted in the capture of the two suspects, who are now lodged in jail and going through the court system.

Richard Byrd can be reached via email at city@columbiabasinherald.com.

Print Article

Read More Local News

Spokane man found guilty of murdering Moses Lake teen

June 18, 2018 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald SPOKANE — A Spokane man has been found guilty of murdering Moses Lake teenager Ceasar Medina in a robbery attempt at a Spokane business in 2015. Jeremiah Smith was convicted of first-degree murder, ...

Comments

Read More

MLSD approves $1.4 million in land purchases

June 18, 2018 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald MOSES LAKE — The Moses Lake School Board unanimously approved the purchase of about 6 acres immediately east of Moses Lake High School for $1.4 million on Thursday. The three parcels will be used to...

Comments

Read More

Warden School District patrons to be surveyed

June 17, 2018 at 8:44 pm | Columbia Basin Herald WARDEN — The Warden School Board is looking for a new board member. The resignation of board member Seamus McPartland was announced at the regular meeting Thursday. McPartland “would like to seek a ...

Comments

Read More

Big Bend graduates 538

June 17, 2018 at 8:42 pm | Columbia Basin Herald MOSES LAKE — Each of the 538 graduates in the Big Bend Community College class of 2018 made it to commencement from a slightly different direction. There were single moms like Stephanie Philin, Mose...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(509) 765-4561
PO Box 910
Moses Lake, WA 98837

©2018 Columbia Basin Herald Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X