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Luke Hegdal

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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.

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Concrete truck crashes at State Route 125, Old Milton Highway

A concrete truck driver overturned his truck and struck another pickup truck in the intersection of State Route 125 and Old Milton Highway this morning.

Valley Transit head: Assault serious, but also rare

WALLA WALLA — Valley Transit officials said Monday afternoon that the assault on a 13-year-old boy last week by an adult was very serious, but also very rare.

Man arrested after teenager beaten on Walla Walla bus

WALLA WALLA — Police arrested a 30-year-old man after he reportedly assaulted a 13-year-old boy on a Walla Walla Valley Transit Bus on Wednesday afternoon.

No charges to be filed in pedestrian death

WALLA WALLA — The driver of a pickup truck that struck and killed a pedestrian in October won’t face charges, Walla Walla County Prosecuting Attorney James Nagle decided.

Updated: Possible human remains found in storage unit

WALLA WALLA — Police are investigating what appears to be a human jawbone discovered in a storage unit on Abadie Street earlier this week.

Officials: Man who worked to get arrested makes escape attempt

WALLA WALLA — A man who vandalized the Walla Walla County Jail lobby last month so he could get arrested attempted to escape from custody Monday.

Updated: Four injured in two-car wreck near Touchet

Four people were injured in a two-car accident at 6:40 a.m. Sunday on U.S. Highway 12 at Larrabee Road, one mile east of Touchet.

Teens arrested after warehouse, motorhome vandalism

BURBANK — The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office arrested three teens Tuesday on investigation of felony malicious mischief and burglary charges.

Man sought for reportedly exposing himself in court

WALLA WALLA — Police are on the lookout for a 36-year-old man wanted on investigation of exposing himself Monday in Walla Walla District Court as he was awaiting a first appearance on a previous charge of indecent exposure.

Man demands arrest; jailers grant wish

Deputies arrested a 19-year-old man at the Walla Walla County Jail after he demanded to be put behind bars — then gave them several reasons to do so.

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A fly for any occasion

Dale McKain's techniques for fly-tying are as varied as the insects his flies represent.

“Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers,” Patrick McManus wrote in “Never Sniff a Gift Fish.” “Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher’s salary.” In Dale McKain’s case, it wasn’t lack of funds that drove him tying flies for fishing, it was a lack of access.

SWAT team arrests three in drug raid

WALLA WALLA — Police arrested three people following a SWAT raid at a Walla Walla rental home Wednesday morning.

Walla Walla teen held for car prowls, theft

WALLA WALLA — Police arrested a teen Sunday after he fled on foot the day before when an officer stopped him in a car that turned out to be stolen.

Traffic safety funds targeted

Local law enforcement leaders object to a Washington State Traffic Safety Commission reorganization plan.

WALLA WALLA — Local traffic safety and awareness efforts could be in jeopardy under plans to reorganize Target Zero, a Washington State Traffic Safety Commission program.

Sergeant to run for sheriff's position

Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Sgt. Barry Blackman announced his candidacy for the department’s top job.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Barry Blackman will run for Sheriff this year, according to a press release from his campaign committee.

Coroner says teen died of blunt injury in Bluewood fall

Hunter Connor, 14, died at Dayton General Hospital about three hours after the accident.

WALLA WALLA — A Burbank teen killed Jan. 25 at Ski Bluewood died from an abdominal injury, according to a coroner’s report.

Concern for family's privacy no longer a sticking point after news of spying

“The NSA probably already knows about this Liv,” I tell my wife when she objects to the fact that I just whipped out a notebook.

Police nab felon after several tries

WALLA WALLA — Police, with the aid of concerned residents, arrested a 29-year-old man after multiple pursuits starting just before noon Tuesday.

Updated: Details of snowboarder’s death sketchy

Columbia County Coroner Rea Culwell said she will request medical records from the hospital.

Details surrounding the death of a teenager at Ski Bluewood on Saturday remain hazy as the ski area continues to piece together a timeline of events.

Three booked in rash of Walmart thefts

COLLEGE PLACE — Police have arrested three people in connection with ongoing thefts from Walmart and other area businesses.

Escaped convicts from Idaho arrested in Touchet

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office, with the aid of the Washington State Patrol, arrested two escaped convicts from Idaho this morning near Touchet.

Two leaving Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office

The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office will lose two members in as many months as Undersheriff Edward Freyer and Sgt. Jim Romine have announced they will be leaving this year.

Walla Walla County sheriff’s employee claim settled for $235,000

Lucille Poirier alleged discrimination and retaliation after she was fired from her job at the County Jail.

WALLA WALLA — A former Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office employee was awarded a $235,000 settlement late last year after alleging ongoing discrimination and retaliation on the job.

Dope cooker makes a hash of things

Police say a man trying to render pot into hashish caused an explosion in his Walla Walla apartment.

WALLA WALLA – A 22-year-old man caused an explosion in a residential apartment complex Monday night while he was attempting to “cook” hashish.

Investigation continues into woman's shooting death

WALLA WALLA — An investigation into the shooting death of a Walla Walla woman is continuing today after her body was found along the Walla Walla River near the intersection of Mojonnier and Beet Roads.

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Cops and kids shop for holiday smiles

WALLA WALLA — Local volunteers and law officers went on a shopping spree to bring holiday joy to kids who otherwise might find little under their Christmas trees.

Officers cope with motorist mayhem at crash

MILTON-FREEWATER — Failure to heed police warnings at the site of a car-pedestrian accident caused another crash Tuesday when a man allegedly driving under the influence rear-ended a patrol car stopped with its emergency lights blazing.

Multiple agencies capture frequent fleer

DAYTON — The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men — one a longtime offender in the area — following a high-speed chase on Friday.

Driver booked for DUI after multiple crashes

WALLA WALLA — Police arrested a 48-year-old woman on investigation of driving while intoxicated after she struck two cars and a building, then drove off.

Gang call-in turnout a mixed bag, chief says

WALLA WALLA — Turnout for the inaugural gang call-in was a mixed bag last week, according to Walla Walla Police Chief Scott Bieber, who has spearheaded the gang-reduction strategy.

Cops, gangs to meet in ‘call-in’

Local law enforcement agencies will present gangs a unified enforcement plan and options to get out of the life.

Deputies search for Dayton vehicle prowler

DAYTON — Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies are still investigating a rash of vehicle prowls that spiked late last week.

The many perils of Thanksgiving, past and present

Like many Americans of a similar height-to-weight ratio, I particularly enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.

Walla Walla Police Department to try shifts of 12 hours

The change ­­— to be tried over a year — could have several advantages, including saving money.

Deputies investigate shooting at Milton-Freewater home

The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting at Locust Trailer Court just outside Milton-Freewater early this morning.

Spokane man arrested after crash knocks out traffic light

WALLA WALLA – Police arrested a 33-year-old Spokane man on investigation of driving while intoxicated Tuesday evening after he knocked over a traffic light at the intersection of Alder Street and Third Avenue.

Updated: Vehicle prowls plague Dayton

DAYTON — The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is warning Dayton residents to keep their cars locked after a rash of vehicle prowls.

The spit-filled world of haggling

Recently my wife organized a yard sale, which I was conscripted to help operate while she ran errands in town. I can’t say I minded much. I’m not good at haggling but I enjoy the process, and sitting in my driveway with a cup of coffee and enjoying the sunshine was sort of relaxing. That is, until people started to show up wanting to know the prices of things, despite the cleverly placed price tags.

Rollover crash injures five on Sunday afternoon

WALLA WALLA – Four teenage girls and a 43-year-old woman were taken to the hospital after a vehicle rollover Sunday afternoon.

Walla Walla woman held on meth and other chargers

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla police arrested a 42-year-old woman Tuesday afternoon on investigation of methamphetamine and other drug related crimes.

Pair arrested in morning SWAT raid in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — Police arrested two people suspected of selling drugs after a SWAT team raided their Roosevelt Street residence early this morning.

Woman arrested after high-speed chase in Milton-Freewater area

MILTON-FREEWATER — Milton-Freewater police arrested an 18-year-old woman after a car chase Tuesday that led police from the city to Stateline Road, and back to Umapine.

All but one levy in Umatilla County fails

Voters in Umatilla County rejected all but one proposed tax levy in Thursday’s special election. The only measure passed by voters was a Pendleton High School bond. Four other measures, including two that would increase funding for the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office were soundly defeated.

Waitsburg man booked in beating of neighbor

WAITSBURG — A 68-year-old man is being held in the Walla Walla County jail on suspicion of beating a woman in his Waitsburg neighborhood with a club.

Umatilla County voters to decide public safety levies

The levies would fund more sheriff’s patrol deputies and jail staff.