Richland Bomb Squad recovers device from Duportail Bridge

RICHLAND, Wash. — A suspicious device was reported on the Duportail Bridge early on Thursday morning, prompting a widescale response from Richland police officers and the department's bomb squad. According to the Richland Police Department, officers responded to reports…

Murders up, police staffing way down in Washington state

The number of murders, robberies, serious assaults and other violent crimes rose significantly in Washington last year while the number of officers available to respond to them continued to plummet. That's according to an annual report released Wednesday by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. It found violent crime overall increased 12.3%, and that the number of murders — 325 — was the most since the the association started tracking the data in 1980. Meanwhile the organization's executive director, Steve Strachan, says there were 495 fewer police employed in the state, which already had the nation’s fewest officers per capita.

Oregon man to serve minimum 50 years for killing grandparents

A judge has sentenced a 27-year-old man to at least 50 years in prison for the murder of his grandparents in Eugene. The Register-Guard reports Nicholas Borden-Cortez was sentenced last week for two counts of first-degree murder. Borden-Cortez pleaded guilty in June to the May 2021 murder of 85-year-old Nancy Loucks-Morris and 87-year-old Gerald Morris. As part of his guilty plea, prosecutors dropped two charges of second-degree abuse of a corpse and a charge of attempting to elude a police officer, as well as a separate but related case with two charges of unlawful firearm use.