KENNEWICK — A 5-year-old Kennewick girl is recovering after falling out of a third-story window at a Kennewick apartment complex.
The girl and her 8-year-old cousin reportedly were playing in the bedroom window, where the window was open with a screen in place, Kennewick police said.
The girl sat on the window sill and leaned backward onto the screen, popping it out of place, police said.
She fell out of the window and onto the river rock below.
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The girl was treated at Kennewick General Hospital and police said she appeared to be doing well.
The accident happened about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at the apartment complex in the 7700 block of West Fourth Avenue.
Police say this incident is an important reminder for adults to have childproof windows, especially if they are going to be open during hot summerdays.
Authorities arrest 2 alleged drug dealers
OTHELLO — Two suspected drug dealers were arrested in Othello and Grant County by the Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team, authorities said.
Three cars, 10 handguns, two shotguns, a rifle and more than $30,000 were seized when INET detectives served search warrants at a home in Othello and one in rural Royal City, said Grant County Undersheriff John Turley.
The arrests were made at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday and one suspect, Marco A. Hernandez-Herrera, bailed out of the Adams County jail later that day, Turley said.
A suspect arrested in Grant County, Manuel Alvarez-Meraz, still is behind bars in the Grant County jail on a $100,000 bail, Turley said.
Alvarez-Meraz also has a hold on him by Immigration & Customs Enforcement.
By contrast, Turley said Hernandez-Herrera was given a $5,000 cash bail by Adams County Superior Court Judge Richard Miller, and ICEofficials failed to go to the jail to interview Hernandez-Herrera and put a hold on him to keep him behind bars.
"Miller is very well known for his soft touch on drug-related cases that appear in his jurisdiction," Turley said. "Apparently the combination of drugs and firearms, in this case possessed illegally as there is speculation of a possible immigration violation, is not any more alarming to him than fishing without a license."
The undersheriff also claimed the 32-year-old Othello man is living in government-assisted housing in Othello and is receiving aid from the state Department of Social and Housing Services.
Hernandez-Herrera was arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, two counts of being an alien in possession of a firearm, forgery and identity theft.
Alvarez-Meraz, 36, of Royal City, was jailed on suspicion of 13 counts of being an alien in possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.
Authorities seized a 2002 Avalanche, 2002 Cadillac Escalade, 2004 Hyundai Accent, a 9mm handgun, .25-caliber handgun, nine semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns, a rifle and $31,890 in cash.
INET had help from the Othello, Moses Lake, Ephrata and Royal City police departments and the Grant County and Adam County sheriff's offices searching the homes at 515 Rose Drive in Othello and 13497 Road B.8 S.E. in Royal City.
Richland woman being sought on escape charge
PASCO — Pasco police and Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers are searching for a Richland woman wanted for escape from community custody.
Robin Joanne McPeek, 27, is 5-foot-3, 120 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. She has a tattoo on her left shoulder.
McPeek was last known to be living in the 1200 block of Chardonnay Drive in Richland.
She is wanted on a felony Department of Corrections warrant for escape from community custody on an original charge of possessing dangerous drugs.
Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers pays a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that results in a felony arrest.
Anyone with information about McPeek's whereabouts can call 586-8477 or go to www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org. Tips also can be sent by text message by writing "Text TIP 411" plus the message to CRIMES (274637).
All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.