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Pair arrested after street light shot


Two men with guns were arrested and taken to Grant County jail after shooting a street light out from their car near the top of the Grand Coulee Dam.

The incident was reported to police by Plant Protection dispatcher Monroe Merriman, who heard the firing while outside his office.

Police stopped the pair near Greene Field, and they admitted firing and hitting the street light, police reported.

The two, Kristopher T. Simms, 24, from Port Townsend, Washington, and Paul J. Van Dyke, 23, from Chimacan, Washington, said they were on their way to Republic to go hunting.

The two are being charged with drive-by shooting, and malicious mischief.

When stopped, the pair told police that they had weapons inside the vehicle.

The two had several weapons in the vehicle when they were stopped. The weapons were taken by police officer Thomas Johnson for safekeeping.

Officer Johnson stated that the direction from which the two were firing was directly in line with the Grand Coulee Dam Security office.

The report stated that there might be as much as $1,000 damage to the light fixture.

The light was shot out by a .22 caliber pistol. When Officer Johnson secured the pistol it was fully loaded.

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