Author: Kevin Uretsky

Blasdel to Officially Ask for Inquest Funds

Franklin County coroner Dan Blasdel will make an official budget request from the Franklin County commissioners for the inquest he wants to hold concerning the Antonio Zambrano-Montes shooting on Wednesday morning. Blasdel will ask for just over $21,100 if the…

Michelle Whitney officially new Pasco superintendent

The Pasco school board has officially confirmed Michelle Whitney as the successor to outgoing superintendent Saundra Hill. The vote Tuesday night was unanimous. Whitney was originally selected Hill's replacement by the school board last April, and has spent this year…

Water Follies Honored

For the second consecutive year, the Tri-City Water Follies and the Columbia Cup have been selected as the H1 unlimited hydroplane race site of the year. At the H1 awards banquet in Seattle over the weekend, the Tri-Cities race was…

Washington revenue forecast down

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- As lawmakers prepare to unveil a supplemental budget proposal, they have learned that they have a little less money to work with in the current budget cycle. Officials have lowered the state's revenue projections for both…

Body Found in Mabton Field

The Yakima County Sheriff's Department is investigating the discovery of a body this morning in Mabton. The body was found just before 9:30 this morning in a field on the 1000 block of Vance Road by someone working in the…

Saundra Hill pays $100 fine

Pasco School District superintendent Saundra Hill has paid a $100 fine to the Public Disclosures Commission for using school district surveys to promote a bond issue. After a complaint was filed, the commission found that Hill's office, on behalf of…

Gas Prices Dip Further

Gas prices are down once again as we begin the work week. According to AAA, the Washington state average is now at $2.04 for a gallon of unleaded regular, down five cents in the last week. The average in the…

Richland convenience store robbed

Richland police are looking for two suspects in an armed robbery at a local convenience store. Thursday night just before 11:00 PM the Kwik Stop at 2110 Swift Blvd, was robbed at gunpoint. The attached photos show one of the…

Stu Barnes #50 on WHL All-Time List

Former Tri-City Americans forward and current team co-owner Stu Barnes has been voted by fans to the WHL's all-time list of best players in league history. Barnes is ranked 50th on the list, the first portion of which was revealed…

Coroner's inquest canceled for Zambrano-Montes shooting

Franklin County coroner Dan Blasdel has postponed the scheduled coroner's inquest on the Antonio Zambrano-Montes shooting which was scheduled to begin at the TRAC facility on Feb. 23. Blasdel received a letter from the Franklin County commissioners stating that there…

KPD investigating body found in Zintel Canyon

The Kennewick Police Department is investigating the death of a woman found in Zintel Canyon. Below is the official release from the KPD: Kennewick Police Detectives are investigating a death investigation in Zintel Canyon near Canyon Lakes Golf Course. Last…

Goins sentencing delayed

Sentencing has been postponed until February 23rd for the former head of the Downtown Pasco Development Authority. Michael Goins had previously pleaded guilty to first degree theft. Court documents show that Goins admitted taking $90,000 from the Development Authority for…

Prosecutor won't try murder case

An interesting turn in a Franklin County murder case Tuesday morning. Franklin County prosecutor Shawn Sant will not prosecute suspect Nathan Quintero at trial. Sant's office recently discovered that he was the court appointed attorney for Quintero in a drive…

Kadlec nurses approve new contract

The Kadlec nurses have ratified their new contract with the hospital, after seven months of negotiations. Both sides released statements Monday night. Kadlec: "We are pleased our nurses have approved a new 3 year contract agreement. Members of both teams…

Aguirre Spokane Murder trial moved to April

A former Pasco police officer, suspected of a Spokane a cold case murder, wants more time to prepare for his trial. Richard Aguirre is suspected of killing Ruby Doss back in 1986. Detectives think Aguirre met his alleged victim while…

West Richland updating comprehensive plan

West Richland is in the process of updating its comprehensive plan for the future, and is asking for the public's input. The comprehensive plan is developed by the city council and is used a guide for development of the city…

Judge strikes down voter approved I-1366

SEATTLE (AP)- A judge says Tim Eyman's latest anti-tax measure is unconstitutional and void in its entirety. King County Superior Court Judge William Downing issued his ruling on Initiative 1366 on Thursday. The measure, approved by voters in November, would…

Coroner to get part-time help

The Franklin County commissioners have approved a request from coroner Dan Blasdel to use $8500 for a part time coroner this year. The part time coroner will help Blasdel with work that needs to be done while Blasdel conducts the…

Pasco responds to female officer's lawsuit

The city of Pasco has responded to the lawsuit filed by Pasco police officer Dawn Persinger, which claims that the department engaged in a pattern of retaliation against her for speaking out about corruption, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in the…

Move to prevent lobbying too soon?

For the second straight legislative session, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has proposed a bill which would prevent state officials and employees from taking jobs as lobbyists for a year after leaving their state positions. The idea is to…

Inmate that escaped from Yakima County Jail arrested

UPDATE: Peneul was arrested by member of the non-violent task force in Selah Wednesday morning. He was arrested without incident A Yakima County Jail inmate escaped Monday morning while on work detail and has yet to be located. Terry Peneul,…

Trapicana nightclub trial moves to February 22

The joint first degree murder trials of cousins Santos Flores Alcaide and Enrqiue Alciade have been moved to Feb. 22. They were originally scheduled for Jan. 25. A motion made Thursday by Santos' defense team to have the trials conducted…