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Standoff causes late start at Othello schools

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OTHELLO, Wash. -  A standoff between a man and law enforcement is what caused a two-hour late start for Othello schools Monday morning.

An Adams County Sheriff's Deputy says around 3 a.m. he tried to stop a white truck for equipment violations in the Edson tracks area of Othello, in Adams County. The truck did not stop and tried to get away from the deputy by speeding, running stop signs, and "demonstrating complete disregard for the safety of the public." 

The pursuit continued into the city limits of Othello. Deputies say the the man then got out of the truck and ran into a home at 345 E. Juniper St. 

Deputies say Othello Police helped them surround the home. Officers searched the white truck and found A stolen  9 mm  semi-automatic  handgun inside. 

Investigators say they've learned that the white truck was stolen from somewhere within Adams County, but the owner didn't report it until later Monday morning.  

Deputies say they told Othello School District Superintendent, Jorge Juarez, of the standoff because it was close to the high school, and close to the start of the school day. The Othello School Dist. opted for a two hour late start to school Monday morning. 

Deputies say they've identified Ventura Ozuna III of Othello as the driver of the white truck. Deputies say they ultimately obtained a search warrant for the house, and the Columbia Basin Tactical Response Team was called in to help arrest Ozuna. 

After some time, officers say Ozuna walked out of the house peacefully. He is in jail as part of an investigation into firearms charges, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a stolen vehicle, felony eluding, and possible drug charges.  
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