Juventino Simon Sandoval Lopez, 40, Omak, pleaded guilty June 29 to unlawful imprisonment (lesser included of second-degree kidnapping) and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. The court dismissed charges of harassment (threats to kill), reckless endangerment and second-degree assault. Sandoval Lopez was sentenced to 21 months in prison and fined $1,110.50 for the Sept. 5, 2014 crimes.
TONASKET – Tonasket’s Water Ranch and Splash Park opened at high noon Friday, July 1. The park, located in Chief Tonasket Park, is free to the public and open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
OKANOGAN – It was standing room only in the Okanogan County Commissioners’ board room last Thursday as proponents and opponents met to give testimony on whether an Oroville area animal shelter should be granted a Conditional Use Permit (CUP).
TONASKET – Tonasket School District hired Kristi Krieg of Oak Harbor to take over Jay Tyus’s position as middle school principal.
NORTH COUNTY – Independence Day will be celebrated with a rodeo and fireworks again this year in the North County with the 74th Annual Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo, as well as the community fireworks display in Oroville.
Chantelle Rose Mendivil, 20, Tonasket, pleaded guilty June 21 to first-degree possession of stolen property, two counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, residential burglary (lesser included of first-degree burglary), residential burglary, second-degree burglary, first-degree theft, second-degree theft and theft of a motor vehicle. The crimes occurred Dec. 2, 2014. In a second case….
OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Commissioners Jim DeTro, Sheila Kennedy and Ray Campbell awarded the bid for ambulance services in Tonasket to Lifeline last Friday (June 17).
Gloria Marie Mathyer, 53, Twisp, was found guilty (jury trial) June 10 for vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. Mathyer pleaded guilty June 7 to third-degree DWLS. She was sentenced to 173 months (14.4 years) in prison and fined $600 for the June 7, 2014 crimes.
OLYMPIA – Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has appointed a Special Assistant to bring legal action on behalf of the Okanogan Superior Court against Okanogan County and its individual commissioners, Sheilah Kennedy, Jim DeTro and Ray Campbell.
NORTH COUNTY – North Valley Hospital held two community forums in Oroville and two in Tonasket last week to answer any questions the public might have about the geo-thermal project the hospital district is in the process of implementing for their heating and cooling needs. Three of the forums had zero attendance and two people attended the fourth one, held Wednesday, June 8 at the Tonasket Senior Center.