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  • Lincoln County Jail inmate transferred to Spokane on murder charge

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Apr 16, 2024

    DAVENPORT--A Keller woman who was booked into Lincoln County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence was transferred to Spokane County Jail today on a warrant for first-degree premeditated murder. Alyssa Kay Bray, 27, of Keller, is now booked into the jail in Spokane County on a $1,001,000 bond, which includes $1 million for first-degree murder set by Spokane County District Court, $500 for second-degree criminal trespassing by Spokane Municipal Court and $500 for third-degree theft by the Airway Heights Court,...

  • Woman arraigned in vehicular homicide case

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    DAVENPORT — A California woman accused of causing the fatal Interstate 90 crash that killed 22-year-old Angel A. Cuevas of George on Dec. 7, 2023 was arraigned in Lincoln County Superior Court and entered a not-guilty plea on charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault Tuesday, April 2. Litzy Arvizo, 22, of Merced, California, faces the charges after a Washington State Patrol investigation accused her of speeding eastbound on Interstate 90 while under the influence of alcohol and losing control of a gold 2002 S...

  • Desert 100 influences Odessa economy

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    ODESSA - The Annual Stumpjumpers Desert 100 race held about seven miles west of town in Irby brings a surge of visitors to the area, and this year was no different. Many local businesses and organizations noticed a surge of customers and business during Desert 100 weekend April 3-7. The Cenex gas station, operated by Grange Supply Company Odessa, sold three times as much gas as a standard weekend. That's according to Grange Supply general manager Greg Luiten, who said this...

  • Candidates begin to register with PDC

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    DAVENPORT — The 2024 Primary Election may be four months away, but the window is open now for candidates interested in running for open county offices to take the required step of registering their campaigns with the Public Disclosure Commission. The Commission tracks candidate spending and donations received for political campaigns. Candidates are not required to list each donation if they raise and spend less than $5,000 on the campaign trail. Four county and judicial offices are open for election in 2024: • Superior Cou...

  • Planning Commission tables code update

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    DAVENPORT - The Lincoln County Planning Commission placed a 3-month moratorium on updating the county zoning code to include provisions for wind and solar development at the Commission's regular meeting Monday, April 8. Commission members expressed a desire to further study health-related concerns and reasonable turbine setbacks from residences before recommending code updates to the Lincoln County Commissioners for approval. A draft code update has been written, based...

  • Cops & Courts

    Updated Apr 11, 2024

    INCIDENT LOG Editor’s note: Most items in this section reflect the starting point for response by local police and emergency agencies. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office does not release names of individuals who report possible criminal or suspicious activities to dispatchers or alleged victims for this column. March 31 Traffic stops: 21 A caller said his friend was stranded on the side of Seventh Street in Davenport. A Lincoln County Jail inmate was transported to Spokane. A Davenport woman she found three horses on her...

  • Mills-Jay trial continued to July

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    DAVENPORT — The trial of a man facing alternative charges of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter regarding the death of an infant boy was continued to Monday, July 22. Jordan Russell Mills-Jay, 30, of Spokane and Reardan, is accused of causing the death of 5-month-old “Zander” in a Euclid Road home after medical officials allegedly found evidence of child abuse that caused the infant’s death. The baby died from his injuries at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane 16 days after being airlifted to the hospita...

  • School Board carries 10 motions

    The Record-Times|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    ODESSA — The local School Board carried three motions in a regular meeting that concluded in less than an hour Wednesday, March 27. The meeting was preceded by a workshop that included discussions regarding literacy and the need for a Title I coordinator. The school board approved the following hires during the regular meeting: Kelsey Scrupps and Alex Stanford as junior high track co-coaches and Jeff Wehr as chess club advisor. Also approved were next school year’s contracts for the school psychologist and speech therapy. The...

  • Spikes used in vehicle pursuit

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    DAVENPORT—Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies were forced to deploy spikes to stop a vehicle attempting to elude police during an attempted traffic stop Tuesday, April 9. Eventually, Alyssa Kay Bray, 27, of Keller, was stopped about three miles west of the city and arrested on charges of attempting to elude and driving under the influence around 11:07 p.m. Tuesday, jail records show. Sheriff Gabe Gants said a citizen called the office about a car driving all over the road three miles north of the city on State Hig...

  • Triple Oak presents intentions to Commissioners

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Apr 3, 2024

    DAVENPORT - Triple Oak Power, a Portland-based company that is one of multiple companies attempting to construct wind turbines in Lincoln County, made a public appearance by presenting to the Lincoln County Commissioners at a regular meeting Monday, April 1. CEO Jesse Gronner said the 200-to-300-megawatt project, titled Great Bend Wind, remains in early stages. About 17,000 acres have been leased north to northeast of Davenport, which Gronner later said is around 75% of what...

  • Anticipate Desert 100 traffic

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Apr 3, 2024

    IRBY — Those traveling east and west on State Highway 28 this weekend should anticipate much more traffic than usual. The Desert 100 motocross race is expected to bring thousands to southwest Lincoln County, with RVs, motorcycles and vehicles lining up. Lincoln County undersheriff Jesse Allen said no road closures are planned to accommodate the festivities, but a detour route that starts at Batum Road and the highway which loops to the highway and Kagele Road is in place. “A Christian Motorcycle Club helps with traffic con...

  • Airing out Lincoln County's grievances

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Apr 3, 2024

    DAVENPORT - Company representatives, landowners, pro-turbine speakers and anti-turbine speakers all made public comments at the Lincoln County Planning Commission's regular meeting at the Fairgrounds Thursday, March 28. The comments were intended to be made in response to the county updating its zoning code to include chapters related to wind and solar development. The Commission, which consists of Sue Lani Madsen, James Johnson, Margie Hall and Keith Nelson, is currently...

  • County awards legal notice bid

    The Record-Times|Updated Apr 3, 2024

    DAVENPORT — The Record-Times will be Lincoln County’s official newspaper of record and will print the County’s legal advertisements. The County Commissioners referred a bid from Free Press Publishing to the Lincoln County Auditor’s Office at the Commissioners’ regular meeting Monday, April 1. The Cheney-based publishing company, which owns newspapers and publications in Lincoln, Adams, Spokane, Whitman and Franklin Counties, was the only business to bid on county legals this year. Two Rodeo Arena bids forwarded In a separat...

  • Cops & Courts

    Updated Apr 3, 2024

    INCIDENT LOG Editor’s note: Most items in this section reflect the starting point for response by local police and emergency agencies. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office does not release names of individuals who report possible criminal or suspicious activities to dispatchers or alleged victims for this column. March 24 Traffic stops: 6 A suspicious vehicle was reported on the 100 block of First Street in Sprague. Illegal dumping was reported on the 49700 block of Williams Lake Road outside Sprague. A caller reported a bla...

  • City Council discusses police, garbage rates

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Apr 3, 2024

    DAVENPORT — City Council discussed pending negotiations with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services in the City and a proposed 19% rate increase from Sunshine Disposal, which provides the City waste disposal services on a sub-contracted basis, at Council’s regular meeting Wednesday, March 27. The police/fire committee met prior to the regular meeting for the third time with the City’s current contract with the Sheriff’s Office set to expire after the calendar year. The Sheriff’s Office has propose...

  • Blowing off steam

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    HARRINGTON - Approximately 165 people packed the Opera House here Tuesday, March 26 for a community meeting concerning wind turbine projects that featured three speakers with axes to grind against the state and federal governments, wind and solar energy pushes and windmills. The meeting, sponsored by the Lincoln County Cattlemen's Association and moderated by Edwall-based columnist and County Planning Commission Chair Sue Lani Madsen, was intended by Madsen to be an...

  • Police chase ends near Harrington

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    HARRINGTON — An Othello man was arrested on a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase from Interstate 90 into a field south of the city Tuesday, March 26. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Dexter Wallace, 37, Othello was arrested and booked into the county jail on the aforementioned charge at 9:04 a.m. Tuesday, March 26. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office requested help with pursuing a vehicle that was stolen and was hea...

  • Odessa man hurt in house fire

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    ODESSA — A local man was badly burned in a backyard fire and flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle this week. Mark Allen reportedly suffered lung damage and body burns after a fire ignited in his 303 South Alder Street yard Sunday, March 24. Harborview Medical Center officials confirmed Allen remained in the hospital’s intensive care unit at press time. Lincoln County Fire District No. 3 rural chief Roger Sebesta said a call of a backyard fire came shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday. The official cause of the fire rem...

  • Odessa studies law enforcement levy

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record-Times|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    ODESSA — Mayor Bill Crossley reported at Town Council’s meeting Tuesday, March 26 that the camera to be used to have a look at the bottom of municipal well #3 has arrived, and bids will now be solicited for performing the inspection to determine the cause of low-flow figures. Crossley also reported that a proposal to enact a law enforcement levy is still under study. He explained that the police department is having difficulty hiring a second officer for the department due to the low salary it can offer given its current bud...

  • Cops & Courts

    Updated Mar 28, 2024

    INCIDENT LOG Editor’s note: Most items in this section reflect the starting point for response by local police and emergency agencies. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office does not release names of individuals who report possible criminal or suspicious activities to dispatchers or alleged victims for this column. March 17 Traffic stops: 55 A vehicle with a blown tire was reported. A disabled vehicle blocking traffic was reported on Highway 25 at milepost 12. A caller said he saw four men jump out of a boat and into a pic...

  • Community turbine meeting upcoming

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Mar 22, 2024

    HARRINGTON — Those closely following proposed wind turbine project developments will have a chance to learn more about various community viewpoints and issues soon. The Lincoln County Cattlemen’s Association is sponsoring a community meeting at the Harrington Opera House to help educate the public at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. Moderator Sue Lani Madsen said the meeting’s purpose is to establish a “baseline of information” and attempt to answer questions citizens have. “We want to establish a culture of being able to discuss...

  • County drafts zoning code update

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Mar 22, 2024

    DAVENPORT — The Lincoln County Planning Dept. is in the process of updating Title 17 of the county code to include provisions for alternative energy facility siting, like wind and solar projects. Such language is not presently included in the code. The update comes during controversial wind turbine projects being developed utilizing mostly private, leased land in the Davenport, Reardan and Harrington areas by multiple alternative energy companies. A new chapter, 17.14, would address commercial wind energy facility s...

  • Sunshine proposes 19% rate hike

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Mar 22, 2024

    DAVENPORT — Sunshine Disposal, the company the city contracts with for garbage disposal services, is proposing a 19% increase for services provided to the city. In a meeting with City Council Wednesday, March 13, regional manager Steve Wulf said inflation and the company being forced to raise wages five times are main contributing factors in the proposed increase. Additionally, he said, the state’s carbon tax has caused the company to spend considerably more on fuel. City administrator Steve Goemmel said the 19% increase wou...

  • Cops & Courts

    Updated Mar 22, 2024

    INCIDENT LOG Editor’s note: Most items in this section reflect the starting point for response by local police and emergency agencies. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office does not release names of individuals who report possible criminal or suspicious activities to dispatchers or alleged victims for this column. March 10 Traffic stops: 31 A Reardan woman said she thought there was a large bobcat outside her house on the 100 block of Maple Street. A car crash was reported at 12th and Morgan Streets in Davenport. A disturbance...

  • Law enforcement contract expires this year

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Mar 22, 2024

    DAVENPORT — The 4-year contract between the City and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services expires at the end of 2024. As a result, negotiations are expected to commence this year for a potential new contract. And with that comes a once-every-four-years debate about whether the city should continue contracting with the Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services or begin its own police department, which the city hasn’t had in over 20 years. City co...

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