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Criminal charges dropped against Benton County sheriff

Oct. 17, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — Criminal charges have been dismissed against Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher after prosecutors said detectives need more time to investigate the case. The 56-year-old Hatcher was charged a week ago with felony witness tampering and fourth degree assault, a gross misdemeanor. The...

US Secretary of Energy announces Hanford leadership change

Oct. 16, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The United States Secretary of Energy has notified Congress of a leadership change after consolidating manager roles at two Department of Energy offices in Washington state. The Tri-City Herald reported Tuesday that the change means there would be just one manager responsible for...

West Richland man gets 20 years in prison in strangling case

Oct. 12, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — A West Richland man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for strangling his former co-worker to death. William C. Lee was sentenced Friday in connection with the death of 53-year-old Alisa J. Brewer on Dec. 9, the Tri-City Herald reports. Lee, 25, pleaded guilty to second-degree...

EX-WSU student sentenced for extorting women

Oct. 9, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — A former student of Washington State University and the University of Idaho has been convicted of extorting women over nude photos. KHQ-TV reports 24-year-old Kyle Gaumnitz of Richland, Washington, was found guilty in Whitman County Superior Court Friday of one count of second-degree...

Washington state sheriff denies domestic violence allegation

Oct. 8, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — The wife of a Washington state county sheriff has filed for divorce and a temporary protection order after she says she is a victim of domestic violence. The Tri-City Herald reported Monday that 50-year-old Monica Hatcher accused her 56-year-old husband and Benton County Sheriff...

Wife of Benton County sheriff files for divorce

Oct. 7, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — The wife of Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher has filed for divorce and accused him of strangling her during a fight over his alleged extramarital affair. The Tri-City Herald reported that Monica Hatcher filed for divorce in September. On Friday she filed for a temporary...

Woman accused of embezzling over 100K from equestrian club

Sep. 28, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A Richland woman paid to manage the finances for a private equestrian club has pleaded innocent to embezzling nearly $111,000. The Tri-City Herald reports 48-year-old Katrine Smith is charged in Benton County Superior Court with first-degree theft. It includes the allegation she used...

Columbia River closed to salmon and steelhead fishing

Sep. 27, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Most of the Columbia River will close to all recreational salmon and steelhead fishing, with the exception of the Hanford Reach. The Tri-City Herald reports the closure went into effect Thursday. Bill Tweit, special assistant with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, says...

Washington state fire chief demands return to job, apologies

Sep. 24, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state fire chief ousted from his job has demanded apologies and reinstatement, saying the city untruthfully stated he resigned. The Tri-City Herald reported Monday that Chief Vince Beasley and Kennewick city officials became involved in a public disagreement last week....

Drones used to find hidden pot grows in Washington state

Sep. 20, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — Washington state authorities have seized 70,000 illegal marijuana plants from farmers' fields this year after they were detected growing with other crops. Tri-City Herald reported Thursday that Franklin County deputies have discovered illegal operations using airplanes and drones to...