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Dennis Brown threw his ink pen down and appeared to be close to stepping down from his post as mayor, but ultimately

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OKANOGAN – Five people were arrested last week on suspicion of being involved in a drug trafficking organization and on outstanding warrants.

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The Ferry County Sheriff’s Office is struggling with deputy retention and is considering a proposed voter-approved public safety property tax levy that would be in in place for six years, and/or a voter-approved public safety sales tax increase of 0.3 percent.

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Tisha Jones, Manager of Peace Officer Certification of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, clarified yesterday, Jan. 10, that former Tonasket Police Officer John Cruz's reserve training certificate lapsed June 20, 2018. Cruz was sworn in to work as a police officer under former Police Chief Darin Odegaard on July 9, 2018.

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Civil Service Commissioners voted not to hear an appeal by former Tonasket Police Chief Darin Odegaard over his second termination in December when they met Jan. 3.

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City council members voted to temporarily disband the Tonasket Police Department and contract with the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office at a special meeting Wednesday, Jan. 2. Officer Jose Perez, who began with the Tonasket Police Department in October 2018, was laid off Sunday, Jan. 6, according to Mayor Dennis Brown.

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John Cruz was reinstated to the Tonasket Police force as a reserve officer shortly before 1 p.m. today, Dec. 20.

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Tonasket Mayor Dennis Brown said prior to a meeting Monday he was handed paperwork prepared by city attorney Mick Howe regarding the terminations of Darin Odegaard and John Cruz. “I just was handed a paper,” Brown said. “I signed it and I wish I hadn’t."

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Tonasket Police officer John Cruz apparently was terminated Monday, Dec. 17, following a Civil Service Commission meeting.

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Local resident Rick Barthol lost his home and five animals when a fire Saturday morning took down his home while he and fiancé, Laura Sorenson, were out to breakfast.

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Jose Perez was sworn in and began to serve as Tonasket’s newest police officer Oct. 3. Perez comes to Tonasket from Spokane, where he received his basic academy and field training.

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A man was taken to the ground and handcuffed in the parking lot at Roosters Espresso and Ice Cream Saturday, Sept. 22, when he appeared to be about to pull a gun on Tonasket Police officer John Cruz.

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A Western Glove utility trailer caught fire as the driver was heading north on Highway 97 around 10:06 a.m. today, July 26.

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A list of damage and losses relating to flooding will be compiled, but with a second, higher crest of the Okanogan River predicted for Saturday, the list hasn’t yet been started.

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Okanogan Valley residents breathed a collective sigh of relief as Okanogan River water began receding Sunday, but they also began girding themselves for an even higher crest at the end of this week.

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Water levels in Osoyoos Lake are rising as the over-abundance of late- season snows begin to run off in Canada, causing flood warnings along the Okanogan and Similkameen rivers in the United States.

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At a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda this afternoon, 49 Washington State Patrol troopers were sworn in by the Associate Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court Mary E. Fairhurst.

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A book signing is planned for “Firestorm 2014: The Story of the Carlton Complex Wildfire” from 3:30-5:30 p.m. today, at The Chronicle office, 618 Okoma Drive.

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A mid-month trial is set for a father and son charged with first-degree murder in the Labor Day 2013 shooting death of a western Washington grouse hunter.

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Court records show Willard Phillip Maldonado, 41, of Union Gap, and Austin Henry Phillips, 39, of Granger, had killed eagles, and that Maldonado was selling their parts through social media

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Okanogan County residents Jake Walter, Georgina Walter, Logan Walter and George Friedlander were killed at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday in a head-on crash west of Davenport.

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Five children turned over to Child Protective Services as law enforcement officials raid two homes in conclusion of two-month investigation into Omak-area heroin ring.

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The Washington State Patrol is seeking witnesses to last week’s fatality collision involving a school bus and two other vehicles on U.S. Highway 97 north of town.

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