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Social media can do a lot of good, but also poses risks

Social media can do a lot of good, but also poses risks

March 21, 2019 at 8:17 am

MOSES LAKE — As Darren Laur prepared to visit Moses Lake, he spent several weeks “creeping” the Moses Lake School District’s social media sites, watching kids and adults online to see just how they b...

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It’ll all come out in the wash: police respond to laundry related incidents

March 20, 2019 at 5:31 pm | Columbia Basin Herald MOSES LAKE — Moses Lake police responded to two laundry-related incidents Tuesday, including one incident where a juvenile ingested two laundry detergent pods and another where a suspect with outstan...

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Undocumented man facing federal charges after Mattawa drug bust

March 20, 2019 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald MATTAWA — An undocumented Mattawa resident was indicted on federal charges Tuesday in connection with a drug bust last Wednesday that recovered around five pounds of meth, culminating a six month inv...

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ML man sentenced to 11 months for rape of juvenile family member

March 19, 2019 at 7:10 pm | Columbia Basin Herald EPHRATA — A Moses Lake man who pleaded guilty to rape of a juvenile family member has received a 53.5 month sentence, reduced to 11 months as part of a Special Sex Offender Sentence Alternative barri...

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Idaho man sentenced for immoral communication with teen

March 19, 2019 at 6:46 pm | Columbia Basin Herald EPHRATA — An Idaho man who pleaded guilty to viewing child pornography and communicating with a Moses Lake minor for immoral purposes was sentenced to just under two years in prison with the fu...

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Alleged counterfeiter arraigned in federal court

March 19, 2019 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald SPOKANE — A Puyallup man arrested a year ago in Moses Lake on suspicion of buying merchandise from six local businesses with counterfeit bills was arraigned Friday on federal charges in U.S. District...

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Leavitt pleads guilty, faces 10 years in federal prison

March 15, 2019 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald SPOKANE — Former Warden City Council member and substitute teacher Michael Leavitt pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday morning to one count of receipt of child pornography. According to the ter...

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Police track alleged burglar’s footprints in snow to a dozen houses, cars

March 15, 2019 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald MOSES LAKE — A Moses Lake man was arrested Wednesday morning after a brief foot chase, and after officers traced his footprints in the snow they discovered he had traveled through nine backyards and ...

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