Fugitive arrested after standoff in Richland

By the Tri-City HeraldJanuary 24, 2013 

A federal fugitive wanted in the Tri-Cities for failing to register as a sex offender was arrested after a standoff with law enforcement in Richland.

Ricco Garza, 23, was booked into the Benton County jail. He was wanted for federal gun violations and failing to register in Richland as a sex offender, authorities said.

Richland police and the U.S. Marshals Service, which tracked Garza from Florida to Oregon to the Tri-Cities, attempted to serve the warrants Tuesday afternoon.

Garza, armed with a handgun, refused to come out of the home on the 400 block of Smith Avenue, said a police news release. A 14-year-old cousin was inside with him.

The Tri-City Regional SWAT team was called in to help. After about an hour of negotiation, Garza, accompanied by his cousin, emerged and was arrested without further incident, police said.

Richland police arrest woman accused of possessing meth

Richland police arrested and jailed a Richland woman after employees at a business on Bradley Boulevard reported seeing her rummaging through a trash bin.

Kathleen M. McIntosh, 24, of Richland, was arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine, driving under the influence and criminal trespass.

Police responded after employees at Columbia River Eye Center on Bradley Boulevard reported they had seen a black Mazda car pull into the parking lot about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and McIntosh get out. They told police they saw her go to a trash container and begin pulling things out.

When police arrived, McIntosh was inside the business holding a purse and backpack. Officers talked with her and she appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance, said a release from Richland police.

When asked for identification, McIntosh said she didn't have any and didn't know who owned the purse. She also claimed other items she had belonged to a friend.

McIntosh told officers she had driven into the parking lot to dump trash.

Officers checked the purse and found two glass meth pipes and a small amount of meth, the release said.

Man faces drug charges after Walla Walla arrest

A 47-year-old man was arrested Wednesday morning by the Walla Walla Emergency Services Unit SWAT Team in connection with felony drug charges.

The SWAT team forced its way into 203 N. Fifth Ave., Apt. A, at 6:30 a.m. and arrested Steven Duggan.

Officials say his arrest was the result of an investigation by drug detectives with the Special Teams Unit.

He was booked into Walla Walla County jail in connection with two counts of methamphetamine delivery, a felony, according to police.

Duggan also was wanted in Oregon for a parole violation. He was convicted in Oregon for first-degree sodomy and is a registered sex offender, said police.

Suspect in Walla Walla gang attack arrested

A 19-year-old Walla Walla suspected gang member wanted in connection with a gang attack was arrested early Wednesday after members of the Walla Walla Emergency Services Unit SWAT Team forced their way into a rented home.

Mario Diaz Jr. is one of the primary suspects in a gang attack on two men who were walking through the area of Chase and Chestnut streets early New Year's Day, according to police.

About 15 gang members attacked the two men after asking them about gang affiliations, according to police. Neither victim has any ties to gangs.

The gang members had at least two guns, the victims told police. One man told police that Diaz allegedly held a gun to his chest and told him not to move while the man was kicked in his head and torso.

The other man said a gun also was pointed at him, according to police.

Diaz was found shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday at 247 W. Chestnut St.

There were others home at the time, including small children, police said, Diaz tried to run to the back of the home but was stopped by an officer, according to police. No one was hurt.

Diaz was booked in the Walla Walla County jail on suspicion of second-degree assault, felony rioting and possession of a gun by a minor.

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