Back to profile

Luke Hegdal

Stories by Luke

Annual awards celebrate scientific research of dubious necessity

Each day, scientists around the world unleash a range of warnings on the unsuspecting public. Usually on a public who had been fairly happy and content until the warning was issued. As a journalist who cares deeply for public welfare and finding column ideas, I pay vigilant attention to these warnings.

Onlookers at Walla Walla VA help halt burning truck

WALLA WALLA — Alert bystanders were credited with helping to avert a serious truck fire this morning.

Man jailed on theft, drug, gun charges after search warrant served on Boyer Avenue

WALLA WALLA — A report of stolen computer led law officers to a home where guns, drugs and drug paraphernalia were also found.

Men raise ruckus looking for robber

WALLA WALLA — Two men tried to hunt down a man they claim robbed them at gunpoint early Saturday near Carrie Avenue.

Teens suspected in Sunday morning crime wave in Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER — A pair of teens are facing multiple charges following a mini-crime wave Sunday morning that included motor vehicle theft, possession of narcotics and vehicle prowling.

Dayton man faces child sexual exploitation charges

DAYTON — The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 64-year-old man Monday on investigation of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Number of weekend gun incidents ‘unusual,’ police say

WALLA WALLA — As most Walla Wallans wrestled with the weather, police reported an unusual number of weapons-related incidents over the weekend.

Walla Walla man arrested after assault on retirement community resident

WALLA WALLA – Police arrested a 22-year-old man Saturday after he assaulted a 56-year-old resident at Affinity at Walla Walla.

Arbitrator sides with sheriff in grievance

WALLA WALLA — An independent arbitrator, citing many “contradictions” from witnesses, has sided with Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turner in a grievance against him filed by one of his deputies, Sgt. Bill White.

Tease photo

Man nabbed in Gilbert Honda burglary

Police say shop tools from the closed dealership were found in the suspect's truck.

COLLEGE PLACE — Police arrested Timothy A. Beasley, 54, on investigation of breaking into Gilbert Honda in College place and stealing automotive tools.

Pursuit locks down Weston Middle School

MILTON FREEWATER — Milton-Freewater police arrested a 26-year-old man after he led multiple law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase Tuesday across a large swath of northern Umatilla County, causing one school to go into a temporary lockdown.

Ceremony set for Walla Walla County’s unclaimed remains

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County Coroner’s Office will inter the unclaimed remains of more than 200 people at Mountain View Cemetery during a public ceremony Sept. 11.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County Coroner’s Office will inter the unclaimed remains of more than 200 people at Mountain View Cemetery during a public ceremony Sept. 11.

Tease photo

In wake of probe, Walla Walla County seeks better accounts of work hours

County commissioners are crafting a policy after a state audit of the Sheriff’s Office.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County commissioners are considering a policy to track paid leave for managers following a state investigation last year into a suspected loss of public funds at the Sheriff’s Office.

Walla Walla woman rushed to hospital from burning home dies

WALLA WALLA — A woman who was rushed to the hospital after a fire in her home on July 30 has died, fire officials announced this morning.

Updated: Police link man to string of Walla Walla burglaries

WALLA WALLA — Police say a 23-year-old man arrested Saturday at a home on Boyer Avenue for alleged trespassing has now been linked to multiple burglaries.

Corps investigates after human remains found in Snake River

A partial skull was found upstream from Ice Harbor Dam.

WALLA WALLA — A partial human skull found Tuesday on the Snake River may be Native American, according to officials at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Machete assault under investigation

UMATILLA COUNTY — The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of an apparently random assault on a 54-year-old Hispanic man Monday.

Missing man's body found in Jubilee Lake

UNION COUNTY — Search and Rescue teams found the body of a Walla Walla man who drowned after his canoe capsized Sunday on Jubilee Lake.

Tease photo

Missing Walla Walla man’s body found in Jubilee Lake

UNION COUNTY — Search and Rescue teams found the body of a Walla Walla man who drowned after his canoe capsized Sunday in Jubilee Lake.

Prescott man arrested in after-work stabbing of co-worker

PRESCOTT — A 27-year-old Prescott man could face first-degree assault charges after allegedly stabbing a co-worker in an after-work tussle.

Tease photo

Harvest begins

Mark Small of Small Ranches surveyed a field of soft white wheat near Lowden on Thursday. “Yesterday was the first day, and we had some bugs to work out,” Small said, adding that by noon, his crew, had harvested roughly 170 acres. “We’re early. There’s not too many harvesting yet at all.” Small said he expects to harvest an average of 200 acres of wheat a day during harvest, and hopes to finish by the second week of August, though he’s concerned his yield this year will be down due to unfavorable spring weather.

Man arrested in weekend injury crash

WALLA WALLA — Police arrested an 18-year-old man on investigation of vehicular assault following a collision that sent at least two people to the hospital on Saturday night.

Arbitrator weighs evidence in grievance against sheriff

WALLA WALLA — A grievance filed against Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turner by the Walla Walla Commissioned Deputies Association entered its final phase, recently, more than a year after Turner called for an investigation into alleged misconduct by Sgt. Bill White.

Three arrested after Friday car chase

Three people were arrested after a citizen-led car chase west of College Place on Friday. One man was arrested on an unrelated warrant after alleged car thieves hid in a residence the man was staying at.

Grievance hearing against Sheriff Turner under way

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Commissioned Deputies Association and Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turner faced off Monday morning in a grievance hearing involving Sgt. Bill White.

Tease photo

Fire razes large shed

WALLA WALLA — A fire that destroyed a storage shed near 552 Woodland Avenue Tuesday afternoon was likely caused by an electrical problem, according officials.

Man arrested for death threats against local officials

WALLA WALLA — A 53-year-old man appeared in court this morning on charges he threatened to kill several local officials.

CP police investigate report man tried to lure boys

COLLEGE PLACE — Police are investigating a report that an unidentified man attempted to lure two young boys into his truck Monday afternoon near Davis Elementary School.

Stabbing suspect extradited to Umatilla County

WALLA WALLA – Extradition papers were signed this morning to transfer a Walla Walla man to Umatilla County to face assault charges in connection with the May 5 stabbing of Benjamin Beliz.

Oregon stabbing suspect charged in Walla Walla for meth possession

WALLA WALLA — The suspect in a stabbing in Oregon who was arrested in College Place was charged Monday in Walla Walla County Superior Court with possession of methamphetamine that officers reported they found in his pants.

Walla Walla man jailed in stabbing near Stateline

MILTON-FREEWATER ­— A 51-year-old who allegedly stabbed another man multiple times near the former Oasis restaurant was being held in the Walla Walla County Jail this morning.

Police arrest man in Taser, knife assault

WALLA WALLA – Police arrested a 20-year-old man suspected of using a Taser and pocket knife to assault a 51-year-old man during an altercation Tuesday night in Walla Walla.

Tease photo

A shot at a dream

For many men, sitting around a gun store all day would be a dream come true. Gun store owner Jeff Pierce, on the other hand, would rather devote his time to designing and building guns. “Retail wasn’t really my focus,” Pierce said in a recent interview at his store. “It (is) necessary to do the other parts.”

Tease photo

Sheriff waylays deputy who plans to run against him

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turner has “cut loose” a 24-year veteran of the department who says he plans to run for election to Turner’s post in 2014.

City motorcycle officer hurt in collision

WALLA WALLA – Walla Walla motorcycle police Officer Timothy Hollingsworth was treated and released from Providence St. Mary Medical Center, Tuesday, following a collision at Rose Street and 12th Avenue while on patrol.

Milton-Freewater judge subdues suspect discovered rifling through home

Municipal Judge Sam Tucker held Kevin R. Daugherty at gunpoint until police arrived on the scene.

WESTON — A Milton-Freewater judge who found a man in his home held the burglary suspect at gunpoint until police arrived.

Man held in multiple fraud probe

WALLA WALLA ­— Police in multiple jurisdictions are investigating a rash of fraud crimes allegedly committed by one man, Jason Taylor, who surrendered himself to a bail bondsman late last week.

Why not scratch-and-sniff newspapers?

I have decided to move with the times and add enhanced features to my columns.

Sheriff briefs meeting on developments

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office has had a recent influx of new personnel, including incoming Chief Deputy John King and Deputy Christopher Johnson, a recent graduate of Basic Law Enforcement Academy.

City man airlifted after crash

WALLA WALLA — A 59-year-old Walla Walla man was taken to Harborview Medical center with internal injuries, Wednesday morning, after crashing into a bridge abutment.

Tease photo

No hot-dogging for chow-down champ

Not long ago, I woke early on a Saturday, and while on my way to the kitchen to make breakfast, I saw my 3-year-old son open his bedroom door and attempt to pee across the hallway into the toilet.

Letter highlights Sheriff's Office division

WALLA WALLA — According to Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turner, the decision to hire a retired Los Angeles police officer, John King, to replace Capt. Barry Blackman was difficult, “based on many factors.”

The Sequester Diet: Lose while we sleep

I have developed a new diet program that allows me to lose weight while I am sleeping. It’s great. I’ve lost two or more pounds every day for the last three days.

Men arrested in Umapine attack

Three suspects in the home invasion and assault of a 79-year-old woman in Umapine have been identified, and could face charges of first-degree robbery, assault and burglary.

Police take aim at gangs

WALLA WALLA — Police Chief Scott Bieber is focused on gangs. According to Bieber, the Police Department, in coordination with area law enforcement agencies, will take a hardline stance against gangs.

Tease photo

Catch as catch can

We had fished for eight hours, covering 20 miles of river from Columbia Point Marina south to the confluence of the Columbia and Walla Walla rivers. We hadn’t caught a single walleye.

Bomb threat forces evacuation of College Place Walmart

COLLEGE PLACE — Walmart customers and employees were evacuated from the store at 12:46 a.m. Sunday, after an employee received a bomb threat over the phone, according to College Place Police Chief Dennis Lepiane.

Woman arrested after child allegedly taken from home

COLLEGE PLACE — A Kennewick woman was arrested Tuesday after allegedly taking her grandson without permission.

Man arrested after pursuit from Milton-Freewater to Lowden

Police arrested a 25-year-old man near Lowden after a lengthy pursuit that started in Milton-Freewater and wound through Walla Walla on Monday evening.

Umapine woman in critical condition after home invasion

The Umatilla/Morrow Major Crimes Team is investigating a home invasion assault that left a 79-year-old woman in critical condition Wednesday.