News Briefs: Dec. 11
Local man gets 10 years for 16 crimes
Juan L. Blancas, 30, of Quincy will serve 10 years and six months in prison for a series of 16 crimes he committed back in July.
Last week in Grant County Superior Court, the serial offender pleaded guilty to a variety of crimes that included second-degree burglary, theft of a firearm, fourth-degree assault and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.
This summer, Blancas broke into two homes on I and J streets southeast within minutes of one another, according to police reports. He was caught on video surveillance at one of the homes.
Gonorrhea outbreak in Grant County
The county health officer has declared a gonorrhea outbreak in Grant County becasue of a sharp increase in the number of gonorrhea cases.
The 2013 Grant County gonorrhea rate was 35.9 per 100,000 people, compared to the statewide rate of 63.8. This year, the county rate has reached 77.5.
Healthcare providers are asked to increase screening of sexually active patients for gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted diseases.
The epicenter of the outbreak is Moses Lake; the populations showing the highest rates are females 20-29 years old.