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Luke Hegdal

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Extreme gun control

When Andy Porter and I received an invitation to attend a defensive handgun training class at Paratus Northwest, we nearly broke our journalistic training and jumped at the chance. Instead, we merely politely accepted.

Two injured in crash at Walmart intersection

COLLEGE PLACE — Ambulance crews responded to two related collisions Wednesday at the State Route 125 intersection by Walmart, where a woman was killed less than two weeks earlier in a crash.

Two arrested after burglary ends up in fight

WALLA WALLA — Police arrested a man and boy Tuesday night after they reportedly broke into a home on Ninth Avenue so the boy could “get with” a girl.

Updated: Snake River barge and fishing boat collide

A 64-year-old Kennewick man and two teens survived being run over by a barge on the Snake River at about 5 a.m. Sunday after a night of fishing.

Walla Walla police contest KIRO crime ranking story

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla police officials are firing back this week after a list on Seattle broadcaster KIRO’s website named Walla Walla as one of the top 20 most dangerous cities in Washington.

Man arrested after fracas in Walla Walla food store

WALLA WALLA — A 19-year-old man was arrested following a fight with Grocery Outlet store owners Tuesday when he tried to shoplift candy and a drink, police said.

Updated: Woman dies, man arrested in collision

COLLEGE PLACE — A Walla Walla woman died Sunday and a Milton-Freewater man suspected of driving drunk is in custody after a collision near Walmart on Sunday.

Rights lawsuit against Walla Walla County settled

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County’s insurance pool will pay $50,000 to a man in a settlement of his lawsuit against Walla Walla County for claims that he was unlawfully transported across state lines, arrested and tasered repeatedly by a sheriff’s deputy.

Oops! Suspected car thief swipes sheriff's personal vehicle

A 23-year-old suspect made a poor choice of vehicles to drive off in Wednesday — Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turner’s personal Jeep.

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Crews contain large wildfire in northern county

WALLA WALLA — A large grass fire that burned more than 31 square miles in sparsel populated northern Walla Walla County has been contained, but regional fire crews are continuing to patrol this morning.

Nearly 3,000 illegal pot plants seized along Touchet River

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with Washington State Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration, seized 2,860 marijuana plants on the upper Touchet River earlier this week.

Brothers arrested in wake of fairgrounds vandalism

WALLA WALLA — A 22-year-old man and his 15-year-old brother were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of breaking into and vandalizing the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds on Sunday, officials said.

Local vandals cut wide swath Sunday night

WALLA WALLA — Vandals went on a tear Sunday night with graffiti, tearing up lawns, stealing and causing other damage, law officials said this morning.

Sheriff, deputy to duel it out in November

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turner garnered more than 45 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s Primary, setting up a Nov. 4 general election runoff with Deputy Sgt. Tom Cooper.

Drive-by shooting injures man at Milton-Freewater gathering

MILTON-FREEWATER ­— Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that injured a 20-year-old man who was attending a family gathering.

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Fishing invasive carp with bow and arrow

I could hardly see the muddy-orange fish in the corner of my eye as I began to retrieve my line as quickly as I could, hoping the fish would stay put.

Alcohol, drugs ruled out in triple fatality

WALLA WALLA — Three Walla Walla High School students who died in a rollover crash on May 25 were not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to toxicology results the Walla Walla County Coroner’s Office released Wednesday.

Insider seeks to right Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office

WALLA WALLA — Sgt. Barry Blackman campaigned for Sheriff John Turner during the 2010 election. At that time longtime Sheriff Mike Humphreys had announced he would retire at the end of 2010, and Blackman said he had briefly considered running for sheriff himself.

Blackman wants to lead Sheriff’s Office by example

WALLA WALLA — At 53, Sgt. Barry Blackman isn’t noticeably older than his opponents running for Walla Walla County Sheriff. But he says he has more experience — at least where it counts.

Sheriff's race filled with acrimony, mudslinging

The 2014 Walla Walla County Sheriff’s race so far has been marked with allegations of mudslinging and character attacks between incumbent John Turner and two challengers — both longtime deputies.

Sheriff challengers walk out of forum

The two candidates opposed letting Sheriff John Turner’s campaign staff video record the debate.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turner was the only candidate to participate in a forum Tuesday at the Burbank Library after his opponents, deputy Sgts. Tom Cooper and Barry Blackman, left in protest.

Lawsuit against Walla Walla County, officers claims false arrest

WALLA WALLA — A Milton-Freewater man has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Walla Walla County and several local law enforcement officers, claiming he was repeatedly tasered by a sheriff’s deputy, arrested without cause and unlawfully transported across state lines.

Offiicials: Man escapes custody by stealing mom's car

WALLA WALLA — A 29-year-old inmate of the Walla Walla County Jail escaped custody Friday while allegedly stealing his mother’s car.

Police investigate Friday shooting in Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER — A 27-year-old Milton-Freewater man shot Friday remains in a western Washington hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries, Milton-Freewater police said in a news release Monday.

Tip to tipsy boaters: Deputies’ eyes on you

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office says it will target intoxicated boaters this weekend as part of a national effort to reduce alcohol-related boating accidents dubbed Operation Dry Water.

ODFW: Umatilla Pack only wolves killing area livestock

WALLA WALLA — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said this morning that the Umatilla Pack is the only wolf pack in Umatilla County responsible for recent livestock deaths.

State confirms wolf attacks on livestock in Weston area

WALLA WALLA — Wolves killed at least seven sheep and attacked a cow in separate Umatilla County attacks last week near Weston, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Injured pedestrian cited after crossing street in front of car

WALLA WALLA — A 73-year-old pedestrian was cited after a motorist struck her Monday morning while she was attempting to cross a street in the middle of the block, Walla Walla police said.

Couple arrested after College Place armed robbery

WALLA WALLA — Two people suspected of robbing a woman in College Place were arrested Wednesday in Pendleton and one appeared this morning in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Woman injured when hit by car on Whitman Street

WALLA WALLA — A woman walking on Whitman Street was seriously injured Tuesday when a motorist struck her from behind, Walla Walla police said.

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Home explosion caused by hash oil cooking, police say

WALLA WALLA — Two men were seriously injured in a home in which an explosion Monday afternoon caused by cooking hashish to extract its oil, police said.

Two taken to hospital after head-on crash near Burbank

WALLA WALLA — Two women were transported to Kadlec Medical Center in Richland following a head-on collision Wednesday near Burbank.

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Shooting investigated at First Avenue, Walnut Street

WALLA WALLA — Gunfire near the intersection of First Avenue and Walnut Street on Tuesday evening marked the fourth report of gunshots in Walla Walla neighborhoods in 10 days.

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Updated: Four arrested in Walla Walla gang fight

WALLA WALLA — A gang fight Sunday morning at the Walla Walla Farmer’s Co-op left one man seriously injured and netted four arrests, according to the Walla Walla Police Department.

Unlicensed 15-year-old was driver in fatal crash, officials say

WALLA WALLA — The youngest of three teens killed in a single-vehicle crash Sunday was the driver, and apparently only one of the three was wearing a seat belt, according to an update on the investigation released Wednesday.

Deputies continue investigation of crash that killed Wa-Hi students

The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office will use computer models to help determine the cause of a crash that killed three Walla Walla High School teenagers early Sunday morning.

Investigation continues into deadly Sunday crash

WALLA WALLA — Three Walla Walla High School students were involved in a single-vehicle crash at about 3 a.m. Sunday, and officials are still investigating the cause of the fatal wreck on Mill Creek Road near Seven Mile Road.

Emphasis patrols target distracted, unbelted motorists

WALLA WALLA — National Click-it-or-Ticket campaigns started Monday, but local efforts to curb distracted driving and urge motorists to wear seat belts will start this weekend.

Police: Man arrested twice over weekend after variety of offenses

WALLA WALLA — A man with swastikas tattooed on his face was arrested twice on Saturday after he reportedly exposed himself in public and committed other offenses, Walla Walla police said.

Custom rod dreams keep recent retiree busy

Jack Barron is starting over. Or maybe just starting a new chapter in life. When the 62-year-old recently sold his business in Carson City, Nev., and moved back to the Pacific Northwest, he thought he would retire and help take care of his aging parents.

Moose, cougar take wild tour of Dayton

DAYTON — The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging Dayton residents to contact law enforcement if they see a moose after several reported sightings over the weekend.

Young cyclist injured in collision with car

WALLA WALLA — A 14-year-old boy suffered a broken leg after he was struck by a car on Howard Street while riding his bicycle Wednesday afternoon.

Tuesday afternoon fire causes heavy damage to Walla Walla home

WALLA WALLA — A fire at 1228 Studebaker Drive heavily damaged a garage, boat and truck Tuesday afternoon and spread to the attic of the house.

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Farmer’s Market opens season

The Walla Walla Farmer’s Market kicked off the 2014 season Saturday morning with a large contingent of returning vendors and a few newcomers.

Police: Man injured after stolen pickup crashes

A 32-year-old man was taken to a local hospital the stolen pickup he was driving flipped in a wheat field on Sunday as he attempted to elude police, according to the Walla Walla Police Department.

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Walla Walla SWAT team armors up

Walla Walla SWAT team members will travel in military style and security with the addition of a mine-resistant, ambush-protected armored vehicle to the Walla Walla Police Department.

Man’s gun permit under review after alleged harassment

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 31-year-old man on investigation of felony harassment after the man reportedly threatened to kill a Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher.

Boy survives shotgun blast in weekend hunt

WALLA WALLA — A teen who was shot Saturday while turkey hunting east of Walla Walla was treated and released from Walla Walla General Hospital the same day.

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High-flying WSP trooper recounts career in book

DIXIE — If Tom Sawyer had been raised in the Columbia Basin in a Catholic school, he would have found a kindred spirit in Rick Carnevali, at least judging from the stories found in “When Pigs Fly: The Irreverent Tales of a Bear in the Air.”

Milton-Freewater man nabbed after chase

Walla Walla County Sheriff’s deputies caught up with a 26-year-old man Saturday after the man had eluded multiple other agencies.