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8/20/2013 3:57:00 PM
Cops & Courts, Aug. 15

Othello Police Department
Wednesday, Aug. 7
10:46 a.m., Police responded to a theft reported at South Hillcrest Road.
8:59 p.m., Police responded to a theft reported on East Windsor Street.
10:21 p.m., Police responded to a case of fraud at South 10th Avenue.
Tuesday, Aug.6
5:38 p.m., a theft was reported at Hillcrest Road.
Monday, Aug. 5
4:32 p.m., Police responded to a traffic accident at Rangeview Road.
7:08 p.m., Police responded to a vehicle theft at Cedar Street.
10:25 p.m., Police responded to a weapon offense on South First Avenue.
Adam's County Sheriffs Office
Sunday, Aug. 4
1:08 a.m., Deputies responded to a report of underage drinking at Bench Road.
7:01 a.m., Deputies responded to a report of a neighbor's bull breaking into a cow pasture at South Canyon Road.
1:45 p.m., Deputies responded to a motorcycle accident at Highway 17 and Cunningham Road.
Monday, Aug. 5
1:10 a.m., Deputies responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle and occupants at West April Road.
7:56 p.m., Deputies responded to a report of a small child being bitten by a dog at West Kenfield and Diana Court. The child was taken to Othello Community Hospital for treatment.
9:43 p.m., Deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle at West Cunningham Road.
Tuesday, Aug. 6
12:08 a.m., Deputies responded to a theft at West Schrag Road in Warden.
1:55 a.m., Deputies responded to a report of shots fired on West Moon Road.
5:33 p.m., Deputies responded to a theft reported at South Taylor Road.
Wednesday, Aug. 7
8:15 a.m., Deputies responded to a theft reported at South Booker Road.
9:01 a.m., Deputies responded to a report of a stolen trailer at West Port Road.
10:03 a.m., Deputies responded to a male subject shooting a haw at South Schaake Road and West Hatton Road.
10:41 p.m., Deputies responded to a fight in front of a home on West Bench Road.
4:14 p.m., Deputies responded to a report of a small trailer and vending machine abandoned at a lot on South Lucy Road.
Thursday, Aug. 8
10:43 p.m., Deputies responded to reports of an argument at South Taylor Road.
Friday, Aug. 9
1:22 a.m., Deputies responded to a suspicious vehicle and its occupant at South Thacker Road.
Saturday, Aug. 10
6:47 a.m., Deputies responded to a report of cattle on the roadway at South Irby Road. The owners had rounded them up.
9:01 p.m., Deputies responded to a report of a tree down on South Schaake Road. Officers helped clear the debris.
Adams County District Court
Tuesday, Aug. 6
Armando Fores-Rosa, 19, Yakima, suspended license, mandatory court appearance.
Samantha Jarret, 20, Warden, theft third degree, 16 hours community service.
Monday, Aug. 5
Ryan Runnels, 28, Moses Lake, failure to signal, $124.
Cesar Silva, 23, Othello, speed more than posted limit, $154.
Friday, Aug. 2
Cristina Flores, 34, Othello, speeding, $144.
Adams County Superior Court
Monday, July 29
Ernest Lilburn Morgan Jr., protection order violation (felony), assault fourth degree, harassment, six months on each count with credit for time served, $1,373.
Emmanuel Ayala, residential burglary, possession of stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property third degree, 36.75 months in the custody of the Department of Corrections on count one, 25 months on count two and 364 days on count three, $1,240.
Jose Luis Cerna-Rodriguez, possession of stolen vehicle, controlled substance possession with no prescription, three months in the county jail on each count, $2,900.
City of Othello Fire Department
Saturday, Aug. 10
8:55 p.m., haystack fire at South Schaake and West Hatton roads.
9:14 p.m., power pole down at 2284 W. Hampton Road.
9:31 p.m., pole fire at 975 S. McKinney Road.
Friday, Aug. 9
10:18 p.m., power pole sparking at 2251 W. Highway 26, trailer No. 26.
Motorcycle crash results in fatality
A Warden woman died following a motorcycle crash west of George Friday afternoon.
Patricia Reiber-Murphy, 50, was driving a 2001 Yamaha on Silica Road Southwest. Two other motorcyclists ahead of her started to turn left onto Vantage Road when she apparently did not notice them turning, lost control of her motorcycle and skidded about 60 feet. She was thrown from the motorcycle and was flown to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, where she died.
"I'm very sorry to learn this and I extend my deepest sympathies to Mrs. Reiber-Murphy's family and friends," Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones said. "There have been too many motorcycle collisions in Grant County over the past few months and I ask motorists and riders to please be careful so we don't have any more tragedies."
Rieber-Murphy was wearing a helmet. The investigation by the sheriff's Motor Traffic Unit continues.
Coroner identifies victim found in Columbia River
Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison has identified the remains of a man found in August 2012 floating in the Columbia River near the Vantage.
Working with the Seattle Police Department, investigators used dental records to confirm the remains are that of Toshio Ota, a 75-year-old man from Seattle. Morrison ruled the cause and manner of death as homicide due to blunt force head trauma.
Back on Aug. 25, 2012, deputies recovered the remains from the Columbia River about three-quarters of a mile south of the Vantage-Interstate 90 bridge. The body appeared to have been in the water for a long time and the investigation required a multi-agency approach to identify the remains.
The investigation continues. Anyone with information to share with investigators should contact Detective Kyle Cox at the Grant County Sheriffs Office, (509) 754-2011, extension 468, or send anonymous information to
New mobile app provides offender custody info to crime victims
Washington crime victims can now receive alerts and check on the real-time status of offenders through a new free mobile app.
VINEMobile enables victims of crime and the public to use smartphones or tablets to anonymously monitor the location and custody status of offenders in Washington correctional facilities and participating county and city jails. Users can also register for around-the-clock phone, email or TTY device notifications when an offender's custody status changes. Those changes include an offender's transfer, release or death.
VINEMobile is a mobile app version of WASAVIN (Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification), an automated victim notification service which can be accessed at or (877) 846-3492.
"This app is important because if a crime victim is worried and wants to know if a criminal is released from jail, transferred to another jail or dies in custody, this app will alert the victim to that fact," Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones said.
It can be used at any time.
"This new mobile app is hands-on and immediate," Mitch Barker, executive director of Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, said. "Victims, advocates, law enforcement and the public can use the app to quickly and easily register for instant offender movement notifications. It's another piece of a community's safety plan."
WASAVIN has provided information and notifications about offenders in custody since 2007.
The app, developed by Appriss Inc., is available for both Android and Apple devices. For Android devices, users can search in Google Play using the search term "VINEMobile." For Apple devices, users can search in the Apple App Store using the search term "VINEMobile" under "iPhone Apps" (the VINEMobile app currently appears in the Apple App Store only as an iPhone app but will run on an iPad).
Law enforcement knows you're driving under the influence
DUI is the leading cause of death on Washington roadways, accountable for almost half of the 439 fatalities on our roads during 2012. That's why between Aug. 16 and Sept. 2, extra officers will be looking for drivers under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or other drugs during the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
Even though Washington legalized marijuana for adults 21 and older, it is still illegal and dangerous to drive under the influence of marijuana. Studies have found that marijuana-positive drivers are twice as likely to crash as other drivers. Marijuana use can slow reaction time, decrease the ability of a driver to maintain lane position and diminish the ability to pay attention to the tasks of driving. It also interferes with a driver's ability to perform divided-attention tasks, such as steering and maintaining vehicle speed at the same time.
Officers can tell when a driver is experiencing other effects of marijuana influence, such as relaxed inhibitions, altered perception of time and distance, disorientation, incomplete thought processes and increased pulse.
WSP Trooper Ryan Raymond has undergone additional training as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), which enables him to identify alcohol and drug impaired drivers. He is also a DRE instructor. Ryan said preventing impaired driving is not only his professional duty, but it is very personal to him, as well.
"I lost one of my best friends to an impaired driver when I was a teenager, which made a lasting impact on my life," he said.
The goal of these extra patrols is to keep you and your family safe during this vacation travel time. If you see a DUI, please call 911. Remember, the safest thing is not to drive at all after drinking or using marijuana or other drugs.
Last year in Grant and Adams counties during the same time period, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 61 people for DUI. For all of 2012, in Grant and Adams counties 867 people were charged with DUI.
The Ephrata, Moses Lake, Quincy and Royal City police departments, the Grant County Sheriff's Office and the Washington State Patrol will participate in this Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
The Central Basin Traffic Safety Task Force organizes and supports this enforcement effort.
These and all extra patrols are part of Target Zero - striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit Additional information on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission can be found on the website,


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