Police roundup: Caution advised after burglaries

Herald staff and news servicesJune 7, 2013 

395 highway wreck semi truck pickup collision

A Washington State Patrol trooper checks out a Toyota Tacoma on Friday at the scene of a wreck on Highway 395 north of Pasco. A brush fire on the road apparently affected visibility, causing the driver of the pickup to slow down too quickly for the trailing semi-truck to match and the semi hit the pickup, causing it to roll over. The driver of the pickup was not wearing a seatbelt and suffered life threatening injuries, according to WSP Trooper Grant Smith. Northwest MedStar flew him to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland.

KAI-HUEI YAU — Tri-City Herald Buy Photo

After two daytime burglaries, Kennewick police encourage the community to lock their doors and report any suspicious activity.

The first was at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday on the 600 block of South Buchanan Street. A suspect entered the home through an open bathroom window to steal tools, a cellphone, laptop, video camera and a Marc Echo watch, police said.

The investigating officer canvassed the neighborhood and learned a witness saw a black male, medium build, in his mid-30s wearing a black beanie cap and carrying a laptop bag leaving the area of the burglary.

The second incident happened about noon Wednesday on the 400 block of North Quebec Street after two children came home from the final day of school and found their front door had been forced open.

Officers investigated and again a witness described a black male in his mid-30s, wearing a black beanie walking away from the area with a laptop bag.

Police ask residents to immediately call 911 if they suspect that their house has been broken into or a suspicious person is seen in the neighborhood.

To provide confidential information, call the Crime Stoppers line at 586-TIPS (8477), 800-222-TIPS (8477) or go to www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org.

Drifting smoke blamed for Pasco highway crash

Smoke from a wildland fire along Highway 395 north of Pasco is being blamed for causing a serious collision Friday that blocked the highway for a time.

William C. Schimel, 63, of Spokane, was driving south when he slowed his red 2011 Toyota Tacoma pickup because of smoke drifting across the road, said the Washington State Patrol.

His truck was hit from behind by a semi-truck driven by Joseph E. Johnston, 52, of Moses Lake, who couldn’t slow in time to avoid him, said Trooper Grant Smith.

The collision happened about 12 miles north of Pasco at 11:37 a.m.

Schimel, whose truck rolled over from the impact, was taken by the medical helicopter, Medstar, to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, with life-threatening injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt, Smith said. His condition was not available Friday evening.

Johnston, who was wearing a seat belt, was not hurt. Pasco emergency crews helped with the accident.

A second non-injury accident happened about the same time along the same area of the highway, Smith said.

Woman in bedsore death case posts bail

An Eastern Oregon woman accused of manslaughter in the death of her 83-year-old mother has been released from jail after posting bail, but was ordered to stay away from her sisters.

The East Oregonian newspaper reported that 64-year-old Ida Powers of Irrigon also was told at a pretrial hearing that she can leave Morrow County but not cross the state line.

Powers’ mother, Anna Lyons, died from an untreated bedsore last October.

District Attorney Justin Nelson said Powers had been caring for her mother before other members of the family intervened when they saw Lyons’ condition.

The relatives also accuse Powers and her husband of spending $200,000 of Lyons’ money and adding $47,000 of debt to her name.

Powers has not been charged with theft or embezzlement.

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