City council had a special meeting Wednesday, Feb. 6, with the intent to approve the creation of a new position for an internal compliance administrator.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
By late Sunday or early Monday, the Okanogan River near Tonasket could crest at 20.63 feet, 1.87 feet shy of the record-holding 1972 flood that wreaked about $20 million of damage across the valley.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
McCrea, was sentenced Wednesday, a week after being found guilty to register as a sex offender — it was his third felony conviction for the crime.
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.
U.S. Highway 97 is expected to remain closed well into the afternoon in the wake of a three-vehicle crash in which one person was killed.
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