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 By Bill Stevenson    News 

Pasco car prowlers sought after using stolen credit cards

PASCO – A car in west Pasco was unlocked and two males stole a purse with credit cards, using them at two stores early Thursday morning. The car and cards owner reported the... — Updated 10/23/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Didier pushes for in-person meetings

PASCO - Despite moving to Phase 2 of reopening, the Franklin County Commission continues to meet digitally. Prior to the start of the Tuesday, Oct. 20, meeting Commissioner Clint... — Updated 10/22/2020

 

Freeze warning issued for Franklin County and surrounding area

PASCO - The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday morning. Temperatures are expected to drop to the low 20s overnight, the weather... — Updated 10/21/2020

 

Appeals court rules gun owners have standing

SEATTLE – A state appeals court has ruled that Seattle gun owners have legal standing to sue the city over an ordinance mandating firearms and ammunition be locked up. The Monday, Oct. 19, ruling means a lawsuit filed by the... — Updated 10/20/2020

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News

Nuclear plant sirens sound on Thursday

PASCO – The emergency sirens on Thursday are the annual tests. The alarms are to sound between 10 a.m. and noon, followed by test text messages on the CodeRed emergency... — Updated 10/14/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Franklin County moving to Phase 2 of reopening

PASCO — Franklin County is moving to Phase 2 reopening status following an announcement today, Oct. 13, by Gov. Jay Inslee. The governor announced that he will also boost Benton, Yakima, Chelan and Douglas counties to the same... — Updated 10/13/2020

 

Gusty winds expected late Tuesday

PASCO — A cold front moving through the region beginning Monday night is expected to bring more rain and windy conditions to the area Tuesday. Rain is expected in the morning, with winds picking up through the afternoon and into... — Updated 10/13/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Bauman raises more than $16,000 in one month

PASCO – In only about a month’s time, write-in candidate Steve Bauman has collected $16,000 in campaign funds in his bid for a Franklin County Commission seat. Bauman, a Republican, is facing off against disavowed Republican... — Updated 10/12/2020

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News

Pasco K-9 finds man suspected of robbing woman

PASCO – A dog bite revealed a hidden suspect under a house on North Owen Avenue in Pasco on Wednesday afternoon. Antonio Lopez Alfaro, 34, of Pasco, was arrested for kidnapping,... — Updated 10/8/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Culp keeps Gov. Inslee on defense in debate

OLYMPIA — Republic Police Chief Loren Culp came out swinging and kept incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee on the defensive during their only planned gubernatorial debate Wednesday night,... — Updated 10/8/2020

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News 

Four hurt when three semi-trucks, a pickup, and a car collide on SR 395

CONNELL - Four people were hurt when three semi-trucks, a pickup, and a car collided on State Route 395 near the Adams County line Wednesday. Stephan W. Meuchel, 44, of Longview,... — Updated 10/23/2020

 

Idaho man facing charges in Cable Bridge crash

KENNEWICK— An Idaho man is facing charges in a crash that sent two others to an area hospital late Wednesday, Oct. 21. Thomas W. Pendergrass, 37, of Mountain Home, Idaho, is facing charges of driving while under the influence... — Updated 10/22/2020

 

Man taken to hospital after vehicle incident

PASCO — A local man was taken to a regional hospital this morning, Oct. 21, after his vehicle crossed the median and stopped in the opposite traffic lanes. Kelly W. Roberts, 60, was taken to the hospital after the 9:33 a.m.... — Updated 10/21/2020

 

Doublewide burns in Basin City

BASIN CITY - Local fire crews were unable to save a doublewide trailer that burned Sunday night, Oct. 18. The Second Street home was reported ablaze shortly after 7 p.m., officials... — Updated 10/20/2020

 

Motorcyclist injured in crash

DAYTON — A West Richland man was hospitalized here early this morning, Oct. 19, after crashing his motorcycle while allegedly attempting to elude law enforcement. The condition of Paul E. Hines, 51, was not immediately... — Updated 10/19/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

State to kill bighorn sheep

VANTAGE — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife expect to kill at least 15 bighorn sheep in the Quilomene herd in eastern Kittitas County due to a virus. They also expect to test at least another 10-15 animals in the 220-250... — Updated 10/12/2020

 

Cowboys for Culp hits the trail

MOSES LAKE — A group of cowboys and cowgirls supporting gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp hit the road over the weekend, riding along Interstate 90. Thirteenth Legislative... — Updated 10/8/2020

 
 By Bill Stevenson    News

Pasco car prowlers nearly steal .44 pistol and ammo

PASCO – A stolen gun was dropped by a pair of car prowlers in Pasco when interrupted by a victim. A Charter Arms Bulldog Pug .44 revolver and box of Hornady Critical Defense ammo... — Updated 10/8/2020

 

Woman facing charges in crash that blocked Vernita Bridge

VERNITA — A Yakima woman was airlifted to a Tri-Cities regional hospital following a head-on crash that blocked Vernita Bridge on Monday, Oct. 5. Amber M. Greene, 35, was flown to the hospital after 8:30 a.m. crash, the... — Updated 10/6/2020

 

Election equipment to be validated

PASCO — Franklin County Auditor Matt Beaton will be conducting a logic and accuracy test on election equipment at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7. The test will be at the Franklin County Election Center, 116 N. Third Ave. The purpose... — Updated 10/6/2020

 

Minimum wage going up, again

OLYMPIA — Despite the economic downtown due to coronavirus quarantine orders, the state's minimum wage is set to increase again Jan. 1. The state Department of Labor and Industries announced last week that the minimum wage will... — Updated 10/5/2020

 
 By Jamie Henneman    News

Budget shortfalls, school closures, wildfires

MOSES LAKE – How can Washington state address a $4 billion budget shortfall if the governor will not call a special legislative session to discuss the problem? This was one of many issues discussed during a media call Monday,... — Updated 10/2/2020

 
 By John McCallum    News

Eastern reporting COVID-19 cases

CHENEY - Eastern Washington University officials are reporting an uptick in cases of COVID-19 since instruction resumed in an online format Sept. 26. According to the university's... — Updated 10/2/2020

 

Kennewick man injured in Eltopia crash

ELTOPIA – A Kennewick man was hospitalized Wednesday following a crash at the intersection of Eltopia West Road and U.S. Highway 395. LaJarvis R. McWhorter, 24, was taken to a hospital after the 8:48 a.m. crash, the Washington... — Updated 10/2/2020

 

Guardrail work planned for I-182 bridge area

PASCO – Motorists can expect a traffic slowdown as state Department of Transportation crews work on guardrails along Interstate 182 on Monday. The work will run from about 8:30 a.m. until noon near the Columbia River bridge... — Updated 9/25/2020

 

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