Police roundup: Richland teens charged with murder

Tyler Richardson and Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri-City HeraldJuly 9, 2013 

A 17-year-old Richland boy was still alive when his second alleged killer took the revolver and fired a shot into the teen's head, court documents said.

Joshua H. Hunt and John C.I. Young were charged Tuesday in Benton County Superior Court with one count each of first-degree murder.

Hunt, 19, and Young, 18, both of Richland, are scheduled to appear in court today.

Prosecutor Andy Miller said the teens acted with premeditated intent when they killed Josh Snapp the morning of July 4 after an all-night party in Richland.

Snapp was shot twice in the chest -- allegedly by Hunt -- and once in the head by Young, documents said.

The three teens reportedly went to a remote area off Highway 240 near the Horn Rapids Off-Road Vehicle Park to smoke marijuana when the suspects accused Snapp of being an informant and owing Hunt money.

Young, in his interview with investigators, admitted that Hunt first fired the five-shot revolver, then Young grabbed it and fired "while Mr. Snapp was still alive," court documents said.

Snapp's body was left in the brush while the men drove to Benton City and tossed a backpack with the gun and their shoes into the Yakima River, documents said.

A gas station clerk called 911 after Young reportedly stopped in and mentioned the shooting.

Teacher not charged with misconduct yet

Adams County prosecutors are still reviewing police reports before deciding whether to charge a former Othello teacher with inappropriate conduct with at least one student.

Adams County Prosecutor Randy Flyckt told the Herald they are making the case a priority because of the nature of the allegations against Lisa Davis, 48.

He said his office is reviewing a nearly month-long investigation by the Othello Police Department. Flyckt declined to discuss the details of the allegations.

"This is obviously a serious matter and one we are taking very seriously here," Flyckt said. "We want to make sure we don't act in haste."

The allegations involve a 10-year-old male student in one of Davis' classes, said Othello Police Chief Steve Dunnagan.

On May 30 the Othello School District received information of "inappropriate conduct" involving Davis and at least one student at Scootney Springs Elementary School, Superintendent George Juarez said.

The district notified police the same day and immediately placed Davis on administrative leave, Juarez said.

On Tuesday, Juarez read from a brief statement he prepared, then declined to discuss the issue more.

"I want to respect the privacy of the student," he said.

A call by the Herald to a number listed for Davis was not returned Tuesday.

Davis, the married mother of three boys, submitted her resignation June 18, and it was accepted on June 24.

Davis had taught fifth grade at Scootney Springs since 2007 and was a teacher in the school district for 16 years, the district confirmed.

She previously was a third-grade teacher at Lutacaga Elementary School in Othello.

Scootney Springs has 520 students in kindergarten through fifth grade, and a staff of about 22, the district said.

It's one of seven schools, including four elementary schools, in the district.

Davis received a limited certificate for substitute teaching in 1994, before earning her initial teaching certificate through Central Washington University in 1997, according to the state Office of Superintendent of Public Information (OSPI).

The district will notify OSPI about the investigation and Davis' teaching certificate will be reviewed, Juarez said.

Davis is still a certified teacher in the state and currently has no disciplinary actions filed against her, according to OSPI records.

Couple arrested after using stolen credit card

A man and woman were arrested Sunday in a Kennewick store after trying to buy a cart full of items with a stolen credit card, police said.

Roger D. Thompson, 38, of Shoreline, and Kerry Jo Turner, 33, of Winchester, Tenn., tried to buy the items at Target on Columbia Center Boulevard, Sgt. Ken Lattin said.

When the credit card didn't work, the pair stayed in the store and continued to shop for more items, Lattin said.

They told the clerk they couldn't remember the pin number to the card.

Officers watched through security cameras as Thompson and Turner shopped, Lattin said. Thompson eventually got rid of numerous cards in the store and the pair was detained.

Police found stolen credit cards and identification belonging to a woman from Union Gap on Thompson and Turner, Lattin said.

Police also discovered the pair drove a stolen BMW out of Seattle to the store, Lattin said. The license plates on the car were switched and police believe the pair stole the plates.

Both Thompson and Turner had multiple warrants and were booked into the Benton County jail.

Pasco man pleads innocent to raping child

A 67-year-old Pasco man has pleaded innocent to allegations he sexually assaulted a young girl.

Antonio Carrillo appeared Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court on one count each of first-degree child molestation and first-degree rape of a child.

Court documents show that a Pasco police officer responded to Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco at 7:30 p.m. June 27 for reports of a preschool-aged girl who'd allegedly been molested.

Hospital staff told the officer the girl had injuries consistent with being sexually assaulted, documents said.

The girl reportedly told her mother what had happened, but the officer opted not to interview the girl given her young age.

Officers went to Carrillo's home at 10 p.m. and took him to the police department for questioning.

Carrillo admitted to inappropriately touching the girl, but claimed he stopped his actions moments after he started, documents said.

Carrillo is being held in the Franklin County jail on $50,000 bail. His trial is scheduled Aug. 28.

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