Kennewick man jailed after outburst following child custody hearing

By Paula Horton, Tri-City HeraldOctober 25, 2012 

A 30-year-old Kennewick man in juvenile court on a child custody issue found himself in jail Tuesday after a court ruling didn't go his way.

Simeon George Owens was in front of court Commissioner Jerri Potts, who denied giving him custody of his 5-year-old child, said Mike Blatman, Kennewick police spokesman.

Potts told Owens that he needed to complete more anger management treatment. Police said he responded: "F--- this s---. Either terminate my rights or give me my kid."

When Potts then told him he was under arrest for contempt of court, Owens tried to bolt from the courtroom.

A security officer tackled Owens, who struggled and ended up elbowing the officer in the eye, Blatman said.

Owens eventually was restrained and arrested. He was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of third-degree assault, resisting arrest and contempt of court.

Police say 3-year-old accidentally shot himself

Sunnyside police say they've determined that a 3-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the face while in a vehicle Monday.

The boy remains in critical condition at a Seattle hospital, said Sgt. Joey Glossen.

Investigators say the boy apparently found his father's handgun in the pickup and accidentally fired it, Glossen said.

The boy's father and two siblings were not hurt. The incident happened at 9:30 p.m. in the area of Yakima Valley Highway and East Edison Avenue.

The father rushed his son to Sunnyside Community Hospital, and staff called police.

The father has a valid concealed-weapons permit and is cooperating with the police investigation, Glossen said.

The Washington State Crime Lab was called to help process the vehicle and state Child Protective Services was also contacted.

Pasco man killed in rollover in Oregon

A Pasco man was killed in a crash east of Pendleton after the truck he was in spun off the icy highway and rolled three times, authorities said.

The wreck happened just before 10 p.m. Tuesday on Interstate 84 about 15 miles east of Pendleton, the Oregon State Police said.

Carlos Pena Garcia, 49, died at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt, troopers said.

Garcia was in a 1992 GMC pickup driven by Eloy Garcia Andrade, 55, of San Benito, Texas. Icy conditions on the highway caused Andrade to lose control of the truck, forcing it off the highway and rolling three times in the median, troopers said.

Andrade and a second passenger, Antonio G. Andrade, 59, of Pasco, were treated at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton with minor injuries, troopers said.

The crash remains under investigation.

OSP troopers and Oregon Department of Transportation officials urge drivers to use Tuesday's crash as a reminder to watch for changing road conditions as winter approaches.

Drivers should be prepared to adjust their driving to fit road conditions, including slowing down, increase the distance from the vehicle in front of them and turning off cruise control.

-- Paula Horton: 582-1556;

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