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Posted on Apr 2, 2015

News Briefs: April 2

3 men shot in gang-related incident
EPHRATA – Three men were taken to local hospitals Tuesday evening following a suspected gang-related shooting at an Ephrata gas station.

The men were all treated for nonlife-threatening gunshot wounds, the Ephrata Police Department reported in a press release. One of the victims was airlifted via MedStar helicopter to Confluence Health in Wenatchee.

The incident happened at about 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Tiger Paws gas station, 1750 Basin St. S.W. The three men were shot outside the gas station, and the suspect then fled in a dark-colored Mazda vehicle.

More than one person was in the suspect’s vehicle, according to police.

Police on Wednesday morning did not identify the victims or the suspected shooter. The victims on Wednesday were not cooperating with police in identifying the shooter.

Anyone with information about the shooting can contact the police department at 754-2491 or

Watch for your tax statements
The Grant County Treasurer’s Office has mailed out tax statements combining real, personal and manufactured homes. The first half or full payment of taxes are due by April 30.

People can get current and prior year tax information at Click on “Parcel Information” at the bottom middle of the page.

People also can pay their taxes online by credit card or other debit options, or they can set up automatic payments. If you have not received all your tax statements by the end of this week, call the treasurer’s office at 754-2011, extension 4299.

Hospitals talk partnership

Confluence Health in Wenatchee is discussing a possible affiliation with Samaritan Healthcare in Moses Lake, healthcare officials announced last week.

Samaritan Healthcare includes the 50-bed Samaritan Hospital, and adult and pediatric clinics with 20 physicians in Moses Lake. It is a public hospital with clinics, and is operated by an elected board.

Confluence Health is an affiliation between the 206-bed Central Washington Hospital and Wenatchee Valley Medical Center, with clinics in Moses Lake, Royal City, Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Cashmere, Waterville, Brewster, Omak, Tonasket and Oroville. It is a private healthcare organization with over 350 physicians and mid-level practitioners.

Talks between the two have just started, said Samaritan spokeswoman Connie Opheikens. She said the scope of any affiliation, or timeline for when an affiliation may occur, have not been determined.

“There’s been no plans at all. I think the two boards decided, ‘Let’s see how we can work together,’” she said.

Opheikens said the affiliation proposal is not because of any financial concerns, as both entities are financially stable.

“It’s really a growth strategy,” Opheikens said. “When it comes to the new Affordable Care Act, it’s all about collaborating, and being able to combine and work with other entities,” she said. “There is a lot of duplication of services. We have an MRI machine and Confluence Health has an MRI machine.”

Quincy woman headed to jail for crashing car, kicking officer

A Quincy woman was sentenced to 20 days in jail after crashing her car into a power pole and kicking a police officer in the groin.

Hearther M. Russell, 39, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault and reckless driving. She was initially charged with a count of third-degree assault and DUI, but the charges were amended under the plea agreement.

Russell’s sentence follows a November 2014 incident. She was driving north on Road Q Northwest and collided with the power pole. After fleeing on foot and being apprehended by police, Russell was taken to Quincy Valley Medical Center, where she declined voluntary field sobriety tests, according to police reports. While being arrested, she reportedly kicked a deputy in the upper inner thigh. Russell has three previous DUI arrests.

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