OMAK — Authorities arrested an Omak man early today in the assault of Gustavo Diego Garcia, 33, who was struck on the head and then stabbed in east Omak Sunday night. Michael J. Stensgar Jr., 27, is in custody this morning at the Okanogan County Corrections Center. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and first-degree assault, said Omak Police Detective Rusty Tallant.
OMAK — An Omak man is in the hospital this morning after he was struck on the head and then stabbed twice in east Omak Sunday night. The victim was able to escape the assault and flee to a nearby residence, said Omak Police Sgt. Don Eddy. He was then taken to Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak, where he was still being treated this morning, Eddy said.
RIVERSIDE — Authorities say a Riverside man arrested in the stabbing and shooting death of 55-year-old Bruce R. Molony on Saturday is claiming self-defense. But Okanogan County Sheriff’s detectives found no wounds on the front of Molony’s body, said Sheriff Frank Rogers. They booked Don A. Moore, 65, into the Okanogan County Corrections Center on suspicion of first-degree murder.
RIVERSIDE — A 55-year-old Riverside man who was shot and stabbed several times on Saturday afternoon died, and a man who called authorities from the scene is in the Okanogan County Corrections Center today. Bruce R. Molony died at the scene of the altercation at 12 Foggy River Loop Road, just north of Riverside, at about 4:15 p.m. Saturday, said Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers.
OKANOGAN — A pair of black Isotoner slippers landed an Okanogan woman in jail after workers there noticed a saw blade in the sole of one. The package with slippers was bound for inmate Neal S. Mix, a 27-year-old Okanogan man who is awaiting trail in the Okanogan County Corrections Center, accused of shooting at a deputy last November and charged with first-degree assault.
MAZAMA — The state Department of Transportation plans to reopen the North Cascades Highway at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. The opening is dependent on weather and equipment. Some snow was expected Friday and Saturday, so unexpected amounts or problems with equipment could change the plan.
OMAK — The Colville Indian Plywood and Veneer plant in Omak will restart operations this summer after shutting down more than four years ago when the recession hit the construction industry. In Omak, the news means one thing — jobs.
OLYMPIA — Bud Hover, a former two-term Okanogan County commissioner, was appointed Tuesday as the new director of the state Department of Agriculture. Hover, 58, runs a 2,300-acre hay and cattle ranch near Winthrop. He was county commissioner for eight years and served until January, after losing his bid for re-election to Ray Campbell by 10 votes.
OKANOGAN — State Department of Fish and Wildlife officers on Friday seized 9 trophy deer heads after searching four homes in Okanogan County. A 10th head was recovered last month, authorities said. The evidence will be key to solving the case of the headless bucks, reported by residents from Malott to Okanogan who’ve been finding carcasses of whitetail and mule deer with the heads cut off and the bodies left to rot, said Wildlife Sgt. Jim Brown.
TONASKET — Several groups involved with salmon recovery will attend the free showing of the film, “Salmon: Running the Gauntlet,” at 6 p.m. on Friday at the Community Cultural Center, 411 S. Western Ave., Tonasket.
OMAK — Authorities say an 88-year-old Omak man whose daughter found him dead on Feb. 9 was beaten and stabbed to death. Leonard K. Miller suffered a severe beating and multiple stab wounds, said Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers.
NCW — Two requests to issue school bonds are still failing after more ballots were counted Friday. The measures by the Entiat and Okanogan school district to issue bonds to renovate buildings needed 60 percent approval to pass. The Entiat School District’s request for a $7.952 million bond is failing with 57.8 percent of voters in favor. The Okanogan School District’s request for a $1.15 million bond to repair its buildings is failing with 58.3 percent in favor.
WENATCHEE — While dozens of wildfires were burning out of control in North Central Washington late last summer, at least two people decided it would be a good time to do some target shooting in the dry, grassy hills above Alta Lake. They set up an exploding target — a type of device blamed for starting at least two dozen fires across the west last summer — and fired at it, causing a loud boom, and a huge smoke-like cloud. The outing also resulted in the Goat Fire, which would ...
WENATCHEE — Several school and ambulance levies in Chelan and Okanogan counties are all passing after ballots were counted in Tuesday’s special election. But two bond issues sought by the Entiat and the Okanogan school district are currently falling short of the required 60 percent needed to pass.
WINTHROP — First dogs, then kids, now bicycles. The organization that operates a vast web of cross county ski trails in the Methow Valley has once again expanded use on some of its groomed trails. This time, to bicycles.
OMAK — Omak School Superintendent Dr. Art Himmler will be remembered for bringing online learning and technology improvements to the district. “It’s been a real boon to our whole community,” said school board chairman Wendell George. “We’ve kind of moved into the 21st century.”