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June 11, 2014- News Briefs

Omak boy pleads guilty to child rape

OKANOGAN – An Omak teen has pleaded guilty in Okanogan County Juvenile Court to second-degree rape of a child.

Jay James Axtell, 17, committed the crime March 1 and was sentenced to 156 weeks in a state institution and given credit for 42 days served, court records show. He allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl, identified in court documents as “JC.”

The girl was the daughter of a friend of his mother, court records show. The girl had received permission from her mother to “hang out” with the family at their home.

She told an Omak police officer Axtell’s mother had taken a nap and during that time, Axtell forced himself on her, court records show. Later, the girl allegedly told friends and they told a school counselor.



City to seek grant for sewer plant

OKANOGAN — The city is seeking a federal Community Development Block Grant application for improvements to the wastewater treatment plant.

The City Council, during its meeting last Tuesday, authorized Mayor Jon Culp to submit a grant seeking about $200,000.

In other business, the council:

• Learned Doug DeTro is the new maintenance employee.

• Learned the annual drinking water quality report is done. It was posted to the city’s website.

• Approved the 2014-15 agreement with the North Central Washington Narcotics Task Force for participation in drug enforcement efforts.

• Heard a presentation from Okanogan County Emergency Services Manager Scott Miller.



Fair committee may be appointed

OKANOGAN – The new Okanogan County Fair Advisory Committee could soon have eight members.

On Tuesday, after The Chronicle’s deadline, county commissioners planned to approve sending letters to candidates Mike Egerton, Bill White, Kris Sims, Lonnie Dixon, Emily Buzzard, Kathleen Maltais, Jill Scott and Naomie Boesel.

Commissioners interviewed the candidates over the past two weeks. They can appoint up to 11 members – all unpaid positions – to the committee. The committee’s sole purpose will be to organize the Okanogan County Fair.

White, Sims and Dixon are former members of the Parks and Recreation Board, which is being reorganized to take care of issues countywide from trails maintenance to seeking out grant opportunities for recreation projects.



Okanogan to spray for mosquitoes

OKANOGAN — The city will spray for mosquitoes in the early hours next Monday, weather permitting.

Officials ask residents to turn off outside water the day before and refrain from watering for 24 hours after the spray is applied. Alta Vista Irrigation District water will be turned off Sunday. Animal dishes and pets should be kept inside until the spray has dried. The city has contracted with Conconully for use of its ground-spraying equipment.

Residents who want to be added to the no-spray can call City Hall.



Brewster may purchase police car

BREWSTER – The City Council may approve a resolution tonight to purchase a new patrol vehicle with U.S. Department of Agriculture grant funding.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 105 Third St.

Other agenda items include routine staff reports and two requests for utility bill adjustments from residents who have recently experienced leaks in their homes.

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