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Report: shots fired near surveyors


A Lincoln County man was arrested Saturday, March 19, after allegedly firing a gun in the vicinity of two federal employees doing survey work near his home.

Arrested was Jason J. Schimek, 39, who resides on Rainbow Lane. He has a Grand Coulee address.

Lincoln County Sheriff Wade Magers said Schimek posted bail and was released shortly after being processed.

Magers said a report is being sent to the county prosecutor for possible charges.

Schimek allegedly shot in the direction of two federal employees who were doing survey work on behalf of archaeology interests, Magers said.

While the two were placing stakes near Schimek’s property line, he allegedly fired a gun in their direction. An argument followed and a neighbor called in the report.

Because the nearest deputy was so far away, Lincoln County asked Grand Coulee Police to respond. Officers Dan Holland and Sgt. Gary Moore arrived at the scene and were there until Lincoln County officers arrived.

Magers said that a federal agency has also indicated an interest in the case and is also investigating the incident.

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