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Othello Police arrest alleged fentanyl dealer

OTHELLO - Othello Police say they’ve put a stop to a drug trafficking operation that peddled fentanyl pills. On Friday, June 24, Othello Police concluded a months long investigation into the sale of fentanyl at a local residence. The Othello Police Department was able to serve a search warrant...
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Man Dead After Driving Into Ditch Near Othello

The ID of a man who died Monday after crashing into a ditch near Othello has been released. Adams County Deputies respond to large drainage ditch northeast of town. Authorities were called to the 1900 block of Foley Road, not far from the intersection with State Route 17, for a report of a vehicle that had gone into a large draining ditch. The location given is a little over a mile northeast of Othello.
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Driver dies after going into canal near Othello

OTHELLO — A 55-year-old man died after his vehicle was driven into a drainage canal Monday afternoon near Othello. Adams County deputies responded to the 1900 block of Foley Road after a vehicle went into the canal. Local farmers found the driver deceased, according to the sheriff’s office.

Early Monday morning shooting in Adams County leaves one injured

WASHTUCNA — A man is in jail after allegedly shooting a man at least two times in Washtucna early Monday morning. Deputies responded just before 4 a.m. to the town of Washtucna after reports of someone being threatened by a man armed with a pistol. A short time later,...

LOST CAT: Looking for Willow – June 22, 2022 9:26 am

Our cat Willow has gone missing. She is an indoor-only cat, but we think she got out Monday morning 6/20. She is small, about 6 pounds, gray. with yellow eyes, and looks slightly cross-eyed. She would be hard to catch because she is very timid, skittish, and runs from everything, including us half the time. We are hoping for a sighting so we can know where to search.

Othello contractor fined for denying migrant workers' pay at Gorge Amphitheatre

SEATTLE — An Othello-based labor contractor reportedly denied farm workers more than $83,000 collectively in overtime pay for cleaning the Gorge Amphitheatre, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. An investigation by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division determined some of the 165 farm workers at Espinoza...

Suspects Threatens, Shoots Victim Camping in Washtucna Park

An early Monday morning incident in Washtucna remains under investigation. (see reference to weapons picture at bottom of story) Adams County Deputies capture shooting suspect after park incident. Around 3:50 AM, Deputies reported they got called to a residence in town and found a male victim who had been shot...

Man injured in Washtucna park shooting

WASHTUCNA — A Washtucna man was booked into the Adams County Jail on suspicion of first-degree attempted murder after he allegedly shot a man in the Washtucna park early Monday morning. According to an announcement on social media from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Steve Stone, 35, was booked...

Man found dead in car in Othello-area drainage canal

OTHELLO — An autopsy is pending in the case of a man found dead in his car in an irrigation drainage canal about four miles north of Othello. Steven Ray Priddy, 55, was dead at the scene; the car was in the canal in the 1900 block of West Foley Road, according to a social media announcement from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.

Field day returns to WSU wheat farm

LIND — Washington State University wheat researcher Mike Pumphrey said that after last year’s drought and heat wave, he simply did not expect it to rain as much as it has this year. “How much rain did you guys know we were going to get from about the...

Contractor Fined for Denying Overtime to Workers at Gorge

An Othello labor contractor has been accused of denying farm workers overtime wages for cleaning up after events at the Gorge Amphitheater. An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) found Espinoza Contractors, LLC worked some of its crews up to 90 hours per week with no overtime pay.

Fiber installation prompts Warden-area traffic restrictions

WARDEN — Drivers can expect delays along the first two miles of State Route 170 near Warden this week as crews install fiber optic cable. A press release from the Washington Department of Transportation said contractors working for the Grant County PUD will be installing cable along the road from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Thursday. Drivers can expect closures of the road shoulder and intermittent flagger-controlled traffic with some delays, the press release said.

Warden SD to offer free meals

WARDEN — The Warden School District announced on Tuesday that it will serve free meals to all children 18 and younger from the end of June through early August. In an announcement, the WSD said two meals each day will be served in the district’s cafeteria at 101 W. Beck Way in Warden on weekdays beginning Tuesday, June 28 through Thursday, Aug. 4, with breakfast served at 7:50-8:20 a.m. and lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Funding for the summertime meal program is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the National School Lunch Program.