Four people were injured in an allegedly gang-related fight that broke out late Saturday in the front yard of a Kennewick home, police said.
A disturbance at a party at 800 N. Irving St. resulted in a large fight where knives were pulled out and multiple people received lacerations about 11:15 p.m., police said.
Four people were taken to local hospitals for treatment, and of those, one was flown to Seattle for treatment.
Police detained and questioned 16 people, and arrested seven men in connection with felony rioting.
All involved are suspected to have gang affiliation, either current or past, police said.
Javier Calderon Jr., 20, Jimmy G. Guzman, 20, Luis Gomez, 21, Richard T. Johnson, 23, and Augestine J. Padilla, 23 were booked into the Benton County jail.
A 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy were booked into the juvenile detention center.
The investigation is ongoing, police said.
Kennewick police officer almost hit by vehicle driven by felon
A Kennewick officer on routine patrol Saturday was almost struck by a car driven by a convicted felon driving under the influence and hiding a handgun under his seat, police said.
Carlos F. Dominguez, 23, of Richland, failed to stop his gold 1995 Oldsmobile 88 for a stop sign at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Auburn Street about 5:15 p.m, police said.
The officer stopped Dominquez for the reckless driving and as he was making the stop, he could see that the driver trying to hide something under the seat, police said.
A telephonic search warrant was applied for and granted. A search of the car turned up a handgun hidden under the driver seat. Dominguez is a convicted felon and should not be in possession of a firearm, police said.
Dominquez was booked into the Benton County jail for DUI, driving with a suspended license and recommendation for the charge of felon in possession of a firearm.
Ex-Walla Walla YMCA employee apologizes for dumping grease
A man who was fired from the Walla Walla YMCA has apologized to the YMCA executive director for dumping used cooking grease on the lawn of his home five times over nine months, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin reported.
In an email to Randy Grant, which was supplied to Union-Bulletin, Jim Sanders apologized and offered to pay for damages. He said he allowed personal feeling to cloud his judgment.
Police still are investigating. Grant is seeking a restraining order against Sanders, who was fired from the YMCA in 2009 for violating the code of conduct. Investigators believe the cooking grease came from a restaurant he co-owns, the Union-Bulletin reported.
Moses Lake man gets 16 years for meth trafficking charges
Martin Murillo-Barriga, 36, of Moses Lake, was sentenced Friday in federal court to more than 16 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and other offenses relating to the operation of a meth trafficking organization.
Michael C. Ormsby, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, said in a news release that the offenses occurred between May 2010 and July 2011.
The Moses Lake property from which Murillo-Barriga directed his drug trafficking organization bordered a primary grade school.
Murillo-Barriga will remain under court supervision for eight years after his release from federal prison, Ormsby said. He will be prohibited from returning to the U.S., as he is not a citizen and faces deportation to Mexico.
Murillo-Barriga was charged in April 2012 and convicted by a jury on Oct. 10, 2012.