Crime

Search for suspect after Washington officer shot

SHELTON, Wash. (AP) — Authorities are searching Shelton, Washington, for a potentially armed suspect after an officer was shot. KOMO reports the Mason County Sheriff’s Office said it has set up perimeters Wednesday to find the suspect while asking residents…

Yakima driver pleads guilty to killing 17-year-old field worker

A man who ran over and killed a 17-year-old girl working in a field on the Yakama reservation pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in U.S. District Court. Joshua Sampson’s guilty plea comes after more than two years and five trial postponements. Sampson’s initial plea was innocent, but he changed that during a status hearing last week. Sampson is accused of driving onto a field and running over and killing Petrona Mendez Ruiz in 2019. The SUV Sampson was driving had to be lifted off her body. Ruiz came here from Guatemala with her father to work. 

Feds announce biggest meth bust in Oregon's history

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Oregon says authorities have made the largest methamphetamine bust in the state’s history, seizing drugs with a street value of more than $1 million. Federal and local police say they arrested the leader of a drug trafficking cell, 47-year-old Martin Manzo-Negrete, on Sept. 15 in Eugene. Manzo-Negrete was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The joint operation announced Monday was led by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and yielded 384 pounds of meth, stolen guns and more than $76,000 in cash. Four other people were also arrested on federal drug charges. Manzo-Negrete has been detained pending future court proceedings. Efforts to reach an attorney for him weren’t immediately successful.

Rape trial of ex-judge to move ahead after judge reassigned

The delayed trial of a former judge in southeastern Washington charged with sexual misconduct will move forward with the initial judge assigned to the case. The Lewiston Tribune reports according to an order signed last week and filed in Asotin County Superior Court, Spokane County Judge Michael Price has been reassigned to the Scott D. Gallina case. Gallina was arrested at the courthouse in 2019. He has pleaded innocent to rape, fourth-degree sexual assault and indecent liberties for his alleged misconduct involving employees while he was Superior Court judge in Asotin, Garfield and Columbia counties. He remains free on bond. 

Pasco Police looking for a stolen electric scooter

PASCO, Wash. -- Pasco Police are looking for a stolen motorized Razor scooter, according to their recent Facebook post.  The post mentioned, Officer Jeremy Jones is looking to track down the Razor featured in these pictures. Police said the owner…

Yakima Police think shooting at Safeway was gang-related

YAKIMA, Wash. — Local authorities are investigating a potential gang-related shooting that took place outside of a Safeway grocery store on the 2200-block of W Nob Hill Blvd on Saturday night. According to a memo from the Yakima Police Department,…