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Luke Hegdal

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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.

Police: How suspect in standoff escaped unclear

COLLEGE PLACE — Police are not yet sure how a suspect involved in an 8-hour-standoff, Sunday, escaped arrest.

It’s a mad, mad, ad-mad world

Like many American’s, I am pretty excited about the upcoming Superbowl. It’s the one time of year when Americans embrace the type of pageantry that was the hallmark of Hollywood in the ’40s and ’50s.

No arrest after standoff in College Place

COLLEGE PLACE– A standoff that lasted nearly eight hours in College Place on Sunday did not result in any arrests, according to law enforcement officials.

Suspects elude officers in early morning chase

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County Sheriff’s deputies gave unsuccessful chase to a yellow, low-rider Isuzu pickup early this morning after officers spotted suspicious activity near Wallula Avenue.

High-speed chase ends in arrest

WALLA WALLA — Police arrested a Kennewick woman, Cathy Johnson, 61, after a high-speed chase from Prescott to Walla Walla on Saturday afternoon.

Four Milton-Freewater residents nabbed in drug raids

MILTON-FREEWATER — Police arrested four city residents in early morning drug raids Wednesday and Thursday after several months of investigation into drug trafficking.

Prescott family loses home in fire

PRESCOTT — A house fire Sunday morning has left a Prescott family bereft, according to reports from friends. Fire officials could not be reached for comment this morning.

Burglary attempt leads to apparent gunfight

WALLA WALLA — A resident in the 300 block of North Tausik Way reported an attempted burglary turned into a gun battle this morning at roughly 1:22 a.m. First reports of the alleged gunplay were picked up via scanner traffic, and Walla Walla Police confirmed the initial call.

Fines assessed as 'junk pile' saga continues in court

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla District Court Judge John Knowlton fined A. Laverne Filan $250 this week for failing to meet a deadline for cleaning up his property near Waitsburg.

Milton-Freewater man's shooting claim prompts multi-agency response

MILTON-FREEWATER - The Umatilla County Sheriff's arrested a 21-year-old man early Sunday morning after he reportedly called 911 and reported he had shot at people outside of his home.

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City of Weston makes the best of poisoned trees

WESTON — Poisoned trees in Weston’s city park will find new life as statues.

Graffiti blaster in works for Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Area Crime Watch announced plans to buy a soda blaster for removing graffiti will move forward after the organization received two large donations.

Where Who knew? meets Who cares?

Just when it appeared safe to start following the news again, yet another political debate has hit the media. Likely you’ve heard of it.

Sheriff: Numbers only part of picture in law enforcement work

John Turner says there are many good ideas for fighting crime, but all require resources.

There were 114 fewer violent crimes recorded in Walla Walla County in 2011 than in 1980. Property crimes saw a similar downward trend over the same time period.

Teen arrested after confrontation involving gun

WALLA WALLA – Police arrested a 14-year-old boy Friday on investigation of first-degree assault and felony harassment after the youth reportedly threatened two adults with a handgun.

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Plan to avoid Black Friday fails

At 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, I received a phone call.

Man arrested in attempted rape

WALLA WALLA — A city man was arrested on investigation of attempted rape after police responded to a report of an assault Sunday night.

Suspects sought in two-vehicle crash Sunday night

WALLA WALLA — Police are still looking for two suspects allegedly involved in a two-vehicle collision Sunday night on Fern Avenue and Reser Street.

Men arrested after drive-by shooting in Walla Walla

Frank P. Tamayo and Mario R. Deleon were taken into custody a few minutes after police received reports of shots being fired near Isaacs and Ash.

WALLA WALLA -- Police arrested Frank P. Tamayo, 27, for allegedly firing shots in the air from a moving vehicle today.

Hunting alone: The sound and the furry

I like autumn in a general sort of way. The weather wanes cooler, and this is the harbinger of holiday food, the food of northern peoples, with an emphasis on heavy cream, chunks of meat and heavy, doughy breads.

Sheriff announces limits on jail stays

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turner announced last week the jail will no longer hold people who have been arrested for certain misdemeanor crimes.

Pair of stolen saddles make their way home

WALLA WALLA – More than two weeks after stealing a pair of saddles from a residence on Old Milton Highway, suspects unknown returned the tack to Alvino Mata and Vanessa Mele.

Officials: Speed, alcohol contributed to fatal crash

WALLA WALLA — Excessive speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the fatal rollover crash on Lower Dry Creek Road on Sunday evening, according to the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff: Budget cuts would imperil programs

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turner told county commissioners during budget hearings Wednesday multiple programs could be at risk if he has to cut any more from his 2013 projected budget.

Thieves target saddles, tack

WAITSBURG — The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a string of burglaries in the Waitsburg and Walla Walla area in which thieves have absconded with tens of thousands of dollars of horse saddles and other tack.

Woman arrested in stolen truck

Police arrested a 22-year-old College Place woman Wednesday after she allegedly took a CenturyLink work truck for a joyride from Walla Walla to Waitsburg.

Woman arrested in stolen truck

WALLA WALLA – Police arrested a 22-year-old woman Wednesday after she allegedly took a Century Link work truck for a joyride from Walla Walla to Waitsburg.

Reports of shots fired keep law enforcers busy

WALLA WALLA – Police are investigating a report of multiple gunshots at 1:30 on Wednesday morning in the area between Chase Street and Ninth Avenue and Chestnut and McAuliff streets.

College Place woman holds burglars at bay awaiting officers

STATELINE ROAD – A College Place woman held burglars at bay for more than 45 minutes Monday night as she waited for Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office deputies to arrive, according to law enforcement reports.

Few details released in Milton-Freewater shooting

MILTON-FREEWATER – Officials are releasing very little information about an apparent drive-by shooting that injured three people Monday morning in Milton-Freewater.

Two injured in Milton-Freewater shooting

MILTON-FREEWATER – Two, unidentified victims were transported to Providence St. Mary Medical Center this morning with gunshot wounds following what appears to have been a drive-by shooting at roughly 1:30 a.m. in Milton-Freewater

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Labors of love, built to soar

Flying: There’s always a few people willing to try it. Until modern commercial and private aircraft came along, attempts to fly almost always met with spectacular results and often death, or at least the next best thing.

Arrest made in pursuit, but suspect still sought

WALLA WALLA — A man police believed was a suspect in a foot pursuit near Main and Colville streets early Monday morning turned himself in — and turned out not to be the man police were looking for.

Officer injured in pursuit of wanted man

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla police Officer Kathy Loney suffered a broken ankle early Monday while pursuing a man, wanted on felony warrants, on foot.

College Place home ruined by fire

COLLEGE PLACE – A second fire in College Place in less than a week wrecked a house and contents Sunday night.

Man injured in wreck on Dodd Road

WALLA WALLA — A 20-year-old man was flown to Kadlec Medical Center after a high-speed crash into a parked semi-truck Wednesday afternoon.

CP home a 'total loss' after fire

COLLEGE PLACE – Officials have not released the names of six people who lost their home in College Place to a fire late Wednesday night.

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Demonstration blows graffiti to dust

WALLA WALLA — Removing graffiti can help reduce gang violence, according to Hermiston Police Office Kelly Parsons, who demonstrated a soda blasting machine for Walla Walla crime prevention volunteers and police officers last week.

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Man detained after daylight burglary of market

WALLA WALLA — Police arrested a 43-year-old man this morning after he allegedly burglarized Los Tapatios, 114 S. Ninth Ave., and then climbed on the roof through a hole in the bathroom ceiling in an attempt to escape.

Woman arrested after assault, threat reported

WALLA WALLA — Police arrested a 35-year-old woman Monday after she allegedly shoved another woman off a porch and threatened her uncle with a steak knife, according to Walla Walla Police Department reports.

Security plans laid for upcoming fair

WALLA WALLA — Officers from eight law enforcement agencies will be on patrol during the upcoming Walla Walla County Fair & Frontier Days, scheduled to begin Wednesday.

Police investigate drive-by shooting

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Special Teams unit is investigating a drive-by shooting in the 700 block of West Elm just after 11 p.m., Monday.

Suspects sought in daylight burglaries

WALLA WALLA – Police are looking for suspects in two early morning burglaries not far from Green Park Elementary School.

Man accused in gun-pointing

COLLEGE PLACE — A College Place man was arrested Wednesday after pointing a gun at other men in the Walmart parking lot, police said.

Man arrested after incident at taqueria

Police arrested Brad Hines, 34, this morning after Hines walked into Taqueria Yungapeti, on Ninth Avenue and began cutting up chicken and trying to help customers, according police and witnesses.