Yakima

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. 

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,…