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By FC Pat Mason
July 19, 2017
Jeffrey S. Wells
March 30, 1962 - July 7, 2017

Jeffrey S. Wells, age 55, of Grandview, WA passed away on Friday July 7, 2017 in Spokane WA.
Jeffrey was born March 30, 1962 in Wooster OH the son of Jacquelyn (Russell) Burmood and David Wells. Jeffrey is survived by his wife Lisa Yost of Sacramento, CA, father David Wells and sister Julie Wells. He is proceeded in death by his mother Jacquelyn (Russell) Burmood. No formal funeral service will be held. Spokane Cremation & Funeral Services in care of arrangements.
AG Prosecutors Seek to Prevent Community Release of Yakima County Sex Offenders
Yakima-Prosecutors from the Attorney General's Sexually Violent Predator Unit are in Yakima County this week, fighting to prevent a dangerous sex offender from being conditionally released into the community.
John Robinson, 64, has been convicted of multiple violent crimes against women, dating back to 1977. In March 2006, the court found Robinson to be a Sexually Violent Predator and civilly committed him to the state's Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island. In the interest of public safety, the AGO's Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Unit is seeking to prevent his conditional release to the community.
Fire Danger and Industrial Fire Precaution Level Increases Statewide
Olympia - The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in fire danger rating and Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (IFPL) on DNR-protected lands around the state.
Eastern Washington
Effective 12:01 a.m., Friday, July 14, 2017, changes in the fire danger rating will increase in the following counties: Pend Oreille and Ferry counties and Stevens County outside Fire Districts 1 & 2 will increase from moderate to high. Lincoln, Spokane and Okanogan counties and Stevens County inside Fire Districts 1 & 2 will remain high. Effective 12:01 a.m., Sunday, July 16, 2017, the Industrial Fire Precaution Levels will change in the following zones (see below for definitions): IFPL will increase to a Level 2 in Zones 678W, 678E, 686 and 687.
Panattoni Chosen as Patrol Partner
Yakima County - On June 22, 2017, three new Yakima County Sheriff's Office deputies graduated from the BLEA (Basic Law Enforcement Academy) class held in Spokane, WA. 
Caleb Johnson, Jesus Silva, and Joel Panattoni all were very successful in completing the 720-hour course, but Deputy Panattoni was recognized specifically by his academy classmates.