Walla Walla-area warrant sweep nets two arrests



UB File Photo: Walla Walla police officers, along with a Columbia County sheriff's deputy and Garfield County sheriff's deputy, look over domestic violence warrant paperwork for Adan Hernandez, right, after placing him under arrest Thursday morning during the annual interagency domestic violence warrant roundup.


During the annual domestic violence roundup, a Walla Walla police officer and Department of Corrections officer question a finger-pointing woman at the back door of a home where a wanted felon is thought to be living.

More than a dozen law enforcement officers and support staff members worked through the morning Thursday to serve 40 family violence warrants issued through Walla Walla County Superior Court and District Court. The extensive sweep ended with two arrests.

The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office was supported by staff from Walla Walla and College Place police departments, the Department of Corrections, and Columbia County and Garfield County sheriff's offices. Warrants included violations of assault, unlawful imprisonment and violation of protection orders.

Two people were arrested as a result of the daylong effort, with violations that included assault and malicious mischief in one case and for violating protection orders in the other.

The operation was conducted as part of the seventh annual National Family Violence Apprehension Detail. Throughout the state, 29 law enforcement agencies joined forces in conducting the sweeps, and 26 other states also participated. This year marks the third time the effort has been conducted locally, according to a news release from the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office.

Domestic violence emergency calls continue to be of high volume regionally. In 2008 in Walla Walla County, law enforcement officers answered 1,367 calls related to domestic violence and including reports of assaults and protection order violations. The calls resulted in more than 400 arrests.


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