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Two men die in apparent murder-suicide Shooting occurred Monday in Malott By Jennifer Marshall The Chronicle
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Okanogan County sheriff’s deputies Dave Yarnell, left, and Josh Petker keep the scene secured.
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MALOTT – An argument between a landlord and tenant Monday afternoon at 1481 Old Highway 97 ended in what authorities are calling a murder-suicide. William T. Bordua, 65, of Okanogan, and Tony J. Halford, 47, of Malott, were pronounced dead at the scene at about 12:30 p.m., Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said, calling the shooting a “murder-suicide.” Bordua’s friends called the shooting a tragic event. “It’s just a sad, sad thing,” Okanogan County Clerk
Whenever a community member dies it is difficult, especially when it is unexpected. Okanogan Superintendent Richard Johnson
” Charleen Groomes said of the shooting. “I was saddened to learn about Bill Bordua’s death,” Okanogan School District Superintendent Richard Johnson said of the frequent school volunteer. “Whenever a community member dies it is
Investigation has been ongoing for two years By Dee Camp The Chronicle
Brewster Brewster has moved the start time for its annual parade to 11 a.m. Line-up will be at 10 a.m. on Main Avenue between the Brewster Annex and the Apple Valley Dental Clinic, 101 N. Sixth St. Parade judging will be at 10:45 a.m. The parade will start at the intersection of Main Avenue and Seventh Street and lead down to Columbia Cove Park on Seventh Street, where vendors will be waiting with food, toys, jewelry, music CDs and more. Free swimming will be at the community pool from 1-4
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Conconully hosts Independence Day activities Saturday CONCONULLY — Conconully will host its Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 6 with events going on throughout the day. Highlights include the car show from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Berney Gang Old West shoot-out at 1:30 p.m., and duck races at 5 p.m. “There’s just so much going on,” organizer Jenny Holcomb said. “You’ve got the car show, the parade and tons of kids games. There’s something for everybody.” Holcomb said if people haven’t seen the Berney Gang performance, that’s something they should definitely put on their schedule. “It’s a riot,” she said. “They do a great job. It’s a huge production.” Other activities during the celebration include children’s games in the park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a silent auction from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the parade at 2 p.m. and a firefighter competition at 2:45 p.m. Winners of the silent auction must be present to collect their prizes. Awards for citizen of the year and grand marshal will be presented at noon, while car show awards will be presented at 12:30 p.m. at the community hall, There will also be vendors, as well as free popcorn and watermelon throughout the day.
difficult, especially when it is unexpected. Bill had a passion for sports. “Mr. Bordua was conscientious about his jobs and looked for ways to make them more efficient.” Bordua and his wife, Anita, went to the home that
afternoon to evict Halford, Rogers said. “Apparently while the Borduas were in the bedroom in the house with Halford, an argument ensued and Halford became aggressive toward Anita Bordua,” Rogers said Monday. William Bordua stepped in front of his wife while Halford reached under his pillow for a semi-automatic .40-caliber pistol, the sheriff reported. Halford shot Bordua once in the chest, then told Anita Bordua “the next bullet was for her,” Rogers said. Instead, Halford walked outside and shot himself on the front porch. Anita Bordua wasn’t injured, Rogers said. This was not Halford’s first dispute with a landlord,
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Chief Criminal Deputy Dave Rodriguez, left, escorts Marcelino Corrales into custody Thursday evening in Okanogan.
OKANOGAN – Another person has been arrested in a drug-dealing case that so far has resulted in four local arrests, and seizure of several pounds of drugs and more than $74,000 in cash. Three Montejanomen – Omak Rangel resident Marcelino Corrales, 47, Okanogan resident Alberto MontejanoRangel, 32, and Bridgeport resident Scroggins Rodrigo Taizan-Rodriguez, 26 — were arrested June 27 on suspicion of possessing and dealing drugs at La Espiga De Oro Market, 201 S. First Ave. Okanogan resident Annie L. Scroggins, 41, was arrested Friday and booked into jail on suspicion of second-degree trafficking in stolen property and seven counts of delivery of a controlled substance, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said. Investigators with the North Central Washington Narcotics Task Force worked
on the case for two years, he said. Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Chris Culp found probable cause Friday, June 28, to hold the three men. He gave Prosecuting Attorney Karl Sloan until 5 p.m. July 2 to file charges. The public defender’s office was appointed to represent all three. Attorney Emma Paulsen represented them during their initial appearances. Bail was Taizanset at $250,000 Rodriguez for Corrales, $50,000 for MontejanoRangel and $400,000 for TaizanRodriguez. Sloan argued for the highest bail for Perez TaizanRodriguez because of the quantities of alleged drugs seized from him and because “he appears to be the supplier.” Sloan said cocaine, methamphetamine, and what is believed to be heroin were seized from TaizanRodriguez. Taizan-Rodriguez heard anticipated charges of three counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of possession of a
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‘Wingstock’ rolls into Omak this week Motorcycle event features public and private activities By Garrett Rudolph The Chronicle OMAK — “Wingstock,” a rally for motorcycle enthusiasts from around the state, will be in Omak on July 4-7 for the 26th annual gathering of the Gold Wing Touring Association of Washington. The group will host a variety of events, some of which will be open to the public, while others will be for association members
“ For our state rally, we even have people we know of coming from Oregon and California. Director Cameron Gillit
” only. The group has rented Omak High School for the majority of the members-only events.
“We’re great motorcycle enthusiasts,” director Cameron Gillit said. “For our state rally, we even have people we know of
coming from Oregon and California.” She estimated between 150 and 200 motorcyclists would
attend the event. Although the name may be misleading, the Gold Wing Touring Association is open to all types of motorcycle enthusiasts. Twenty-six years ago, the group primarily featured Honda Gold Wings, but now has “everything from HarleyDavidsons to Kawasakis to Yamahas,” Gillit said. This will be the first time since 2000 the Gold Wing Touring Association has had its state rally in Omak. The rallies change from city to city every two years, so the 2014 gathering will also be in Omak, before
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