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Kennewick woman’s body found in Yakima River at White Pass

A Kennewick woman’s body was found Saturday afternoon in the Yakima River near milepost 175 of Highway 12 at White Pass. Yakima County sheriff’s deputies responded about 2:25 p.m. to a citizen report and found the body on the river’s edge in about four inches of water, according to a news release.


TEDxRichland to feature scientists, innovators, writers

Nearly a dozen scientists, writers, innovators and others will speak during the first TEDx conference in the Tri-Cities. TEDxRichland is set for Sept. 17 at the Uptown Theatre in Richland, Washington. The conference also will include pre-recorded Technology, Entertainment and Design videos, performances, demonstrations.


Card skimmers flew cross-country to scam Tri-City stores

Yordano Bonachea and Gilner E. Garcia of Miami have admitted traveling to Eastern Washington for a card-skimming scheme involving the purchase and resell of prepaid gift cards. They were arrested in Kennewick in October 2015 with counterfeit credit cards and dozens of gift cards. A third suspect, Carlos M. Fleitas, still faces trial in U.S. District Court for allegedly placing the “skimmers” on gas pumps in Eastern Washington and selling the data to be used at Kennewick stores.


Animal shelter dog bites Kennewick boy’s face

A dog up for adoption at a Tri-City animal shelter will be euthanized after it bit the face of a 7-year-old boy whose family was considering adopting it. The child’s grandfather previously visited the Benton County Animal Control shelter and seen the medium-sized dog. The dog was unprovoked.


Richland boy, 2, dies after choking incident

A 2-year-old boy died July 19 after choking. David Thomas Schreiber was in the care of a nanny at the time, said Richland police. The boy was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center and then to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane where he died.


Local briefs: Greater Richland 10U moves on to state final

Big defensive plays, clutch relief pitching and hitting in key spots led the Greater Richland Little League 10U All-Stars to a 9-4, eight-inning, comeback win over Mercer Island Saturday in state semifinal action. Shayla Currin of Dayton contended with the nation’s best Saturday morning at the National High School Finals Rodeo finishing the 12th and final performance in a tie for fifth in the All-Around Cowgirl standings. In the PNGA Amateur Championship finals, University of Washington freshman Carl Yuan beat Ephrata native Andrew Whalen, and Princess Superal of Sun City, Calif., topped Victoria’s Naomi Ko.


4 challengers vie for Newhouse’s seat in Congress

Dan Newhouse, Clint Didier and Doug McKinley offer voters three very distinct choices in the race to represent Washington’s 4th Congressional District. The top two finishers in the race for the U.S. House of Representatives will advance to the Nov. 8 general election. Aug. 2 is the deadline to return ballots.


Meals on Wheels menu for July 25-29

Call for reservations the day before between 9 a.m. and noon: Richland, 509-943-0779; Kennewick, 509-585-4241; Pasco, 509-543-5706; Benton City, 509-588-3094; Prosser, 509-786-1148; Connell, 509-234-0766. For more information, go to


Hastings story ends with bankruptcy auction

The Texas-based book, music and DVD retailer will be liquidated following a bankruptcy auction in Delaware this week. The company’s 123 stores will close by Oct. 31. They include several stores in Washington state, including Richland, Moses Lake, Wenatchee and Spokane.