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OROVILLE — City council approved to establish a four-way stop at Fir Street and 16th Avenue during a regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 19.

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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.