Sheriff presents solutions to gang problem

Print Article

Sheriff Tom Jones addressed a crowd of more than 400 concerned citizens at the Larson Housing area town hall meeting Wednesday evening.

MOSES LAKE — Hundreds of concerned residents were on hand Wednesday night as the sheriff's office and county officials addressed recent gang violence and plans to combat the growing problem.

Sheriff Tom Jones organized the town hall meeting at the Larson Housing area in the wake of recent gang-related shootings, including the murder of 16-year-old Brandon Mende Feb. 16. While the meeting specifically dealt with the Larson Housing area, Jones said the department's plan to stop gang violence applies countywide. More than 400 people were in attendance.

"I want all Grant County communities to know we are going to be working with them to help stop gang violence," he said. "These efforts will require the input and participation from the public."

The sheriff's office has implemented a seven-person Proactive Gang Unit using existing deputies reassigned from other duties, Jones said. The unit will be used countywide for gang-related incidents and will address crime problems in specific areas experiencing a high rate of gang activity, narcotics activity and violent crimes.

"I want everyone to come away from this meeting focused on what we can all do to team up and help stop gang violence in all Grant County communities," Jones said.

The sheriff's office is planning to hold a series of town hall meetings to continue to discuss long term goals, including starting a block watch program in the Larson Housing area.

For the full story, read Friday’s Columbia Basin Herald. A video can be found here.

Print Article

Read More News

Germany reaches out to Turkish-rooted citizens over crisis

AP

July 22, 2017 at 6:27 am | BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister has tried to reach out to the country's Turkish-rooted citizens, saying the crisis between both countries isn't directed against them. Sigmar Gabriel wrot...

Comments

Read More

AP Top International News at 9:27 a.m. EDT

AP

July 22, 2017 at 6:30 am | Mexico murders up with deadliest month in at least 20 years...

Comments

Read More

More Israeli troops sent to West Bank, placed on high alert

AP

July 22, 2017 at 6:23 am | RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israel's military sent more troops to the West Bank and placed forces on high alert Saturday, a day after a Palestinian stabbed to death three members of an Israeli family ...

Comments

Read More

The Latest: Iraqis arrest 26 foreigners in Mosul; 16 women

AP

July 22, 2017 at 6:03 am | BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on foreigners found in Iraq (all times local): 3 p.m. Three Iraqi intelligence and investigative officials have told The Associated Press that 26 foreigners have been...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

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

©2017 Columbia Basin Herald Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X