Press releases


Two men attacked by suspected gang members

Police were dispatched Friday evening at 11:54 to the 600 block of Chase Avenue after numerous 911 calls of shots being fired and reports of a fight. One victim is being treated for injuries sustained during the incident at a local hospital.

POLICE: Kidnapping suspect taken into custody

Two Walla Walla women were held hostage early this morning by a shotgun wielding suspect who has been identified as Kyle R. Jamerson, 27, 1020 Alvarado Terrace, Apt. C. Jamerson’s whereabouts are unknown at this time and he is believed to be armed with a hand gun. Anyone who knows where he may be is urged to call 911 and not to approach him.

POLICE: College Place resident arrested for distributing child pornography

A joint investigation with the College Place Police Department and the Computer Forensics Detective of the Walla Walla Police Department led to the arrest this morning of David N. Polk, 57, 427 SE 8th,

POLICE: Pioneer Middle School student arrested for marijuana possession

A Pioneer Middle School student was arrested after a school official walked by his locker and smelled the odor of Marijuana coming from the locker.

POLICE: Recent spate of heroin overdose calls raises concerns

The Walla Walla Police Department and Walla Walla Sheriff’s office have responded to numerous heroin overdose calls in the last 6-8 weeks. This raises the concern that heroin users may be getting a form of the drug that has a higher purity level than users in this area are accustomed to.

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POLICE: Suspected pipe bomb was likely hoax

A suspicious item, which resembled a pipe bomb, was found to be just a piece of pipe, connected to what appeared to be the parts from a household smoke detector.

Oregon robbery suspect arrested at Walla Walla tattoo shop

A suspect wanted for a robbery out of McMinnville, OR, was arrested Tuesday afternoon at around 4:30. WWPD had been notified by the McMinnville Police Department that Michael Ray Beals II, 25, was in Walla Walla and possibly working as a tattoo artist at a local shop. Beals was taken into custody without incident while at work.

Arrest made in Friday night stabbing

Patrol Officers arrested Ryan Lewis Farr, 30, for the Friday night stabbing of a Walla Walla woman. Officers had been focusing their search for Farr in the area of the 600 block of West Moore Street. During a search of the area, Farr was found hiding in a garage. He was taken into custody without incident Saturday night at around 9:15.

Umatillla County health officials urge residents to take precautions due to wildfire smoke

Umatilla County - The Washington State Okanogan and Wenatchee Complex fires and a weather inversion are creating hazardous and smoky conditions for Umatilla County. The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for northeast Oregon for the next several days.

Two officers assaulted responding to disturbance

FROM A WWPD PRESS RELEASE: Two Walla Walla Police Officers were assaulted last night after responding to a disturbance call in the 500 block of West Alder. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that probable cause existed for the arrest of Dewey G. Cleveland, 35, Walla Walla, for 3 counts of 4th Degree Assault (Domestic Violence).

Police investigating two daytime burglaries

Walla Walla Police are investigating two residential burglaries that have taken place the last two mornings in a row.

POLICE: Search warrant recovers stolen property valued at over $15,000

The Walla Walla Police Department served a search warrant at 412 South 8th Avenue, recovering 115 items of stolen property and a marijuana grow operation that was being set up in the basement. Many of the recovered items were stolen during vehicle prowls over the last 4 months in the areas around Walla Walla and the Tri-Cities. Other recovered items were purchased with stolen credit and debit cards taken during those vehicle prowls.

Walla Walla University names 24th president

FROM A WALLA WALLA UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASE: John McVay has accepted the invitation from the Walla Walla University Board of Trustees to serve once again as president of the university. McVay, who had resigned from his post as WWU president last winter to return to teaching and research, will begin his successive term on January 1, 2013.

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