December 12, 2009
Not your typical Wal-Mart shopping scene. With his Glock handgun holstered Walla Walla Police Department officer Chris Buttice carts 5-year-old Santa-hatted Hailee Connelly through aisles of prospective presents during the annual Shop With A Cop program during pre-dawn hours Saturday morning. Buttice and Connelly were headed to the back of the store where Buttice's shopping partner Walla Walla Police Department officer Kevin Huxoll had already begun shopping recon work.
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This year, 42 families were enrolled in the Shop With A Cop program and close to 200 family members received gifts.
COLLEGE PLACE -- The 10th anniversary of the local Shop With A Cop program took place early Saturday morning at Wal-Mart, but not early enough for 10-year-old Jennifer Higgins.She woke up at 2, 3 and 4. And we said, 'Why are you sitting up (in bed), it i