KENNEWICK -- A 26-year-old Walla Walla man was shocked with a Taser gun after trying to steal more than $400 from Walmart and attempting to run across Highway 395 in Kennewick to avoid arrest, police said.
Benjamin Lopez-Barrera tried to walk out of the store at 27th Avenue and Highway 395 just before 1 p.m. Friday with a cart full of items, said Kennewick Officer Tony Valdez.
The cart was full of clothes, personal items and food totaling $452.
Store security officers and another employee spotted Lopez-Barrera and tried to stop him, Valdez said. He reportedly fought with the employees and ran away, but was seen in the Home Depot parking lot by a Kennewick police sergeant who was not in uniform, Valdez said.
Lopez-Barrera ran across Highway 395, and when officers tried to stop him, he ran back across all four lanes of the highway, Valdez said.
He then was shocked with a Taser as he ran north alongside the highway and was arrested.
Lopez-Barrera was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of third-degree assault and a misdemeanor warrant from Walla Walla.
Medical emergency causes crash into semis
A 33-year-old Kennewick man crashed into two semi-trucks parked at a rest area off Interstate 84 near Boardman after he suffered a medical emergency while driving at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
Timothy J. Roberts and his passenger, 8-year-old Hunter Cole of Kennewick were taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, Oregon State Police Trooper Jerrad Little said. Both were wearing seat belts.
Roberts was driving a 2000 Dodge Caravan east on I-84 when he lost control. The van swerved into the rest area, hit two parked trucks and rolled several times, Little said.
Sunnyside man, 53, shot in groin in drive-by
A 53-year-old Sunnyside man was shot in the groin late Thursday in a suspected gang-related drive-by.
Multiple shots were fired just before 11 p.m. from a car driving on the 800 block of Northwest Crescent Avenue, said Sunnyside police spokeswoman Charlotte Hinderlider.
The shots were aimed at a home across the canal on the 800 block of West Edison Avenue, which is outside the city in Yakima County, Hinderlider said.
The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. His name was not released and his condition was not known.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Sunnyside police at 509-836-6200.
Man suspected of DUI in rear-end crash at light
A 25-year-old Benton City man is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol when he rear-ended a car at a Kennewick stoplight, the Washington State Patrol said.
Frank Moran was driving his 1979 Ford pickup west on 10th Avenue at Highway 395 at 8:15 p.m. Thursday when he hit a 1998 Pontiac Bonneville that was stopped at the light, troopers said.
The driver of the Pontiac, Mary L. Hubbard, 72, of Kennewick, was taken to Kennewick General Hospital. Moran also was treated at KGH. Both were wearing their seat belts and had injuries that were not life-threatening, troopers said.
After being released from the hospital, Moran was arrested and booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of DUI.
Oregon man to serve 17 years for sex crimes
A 27-year-old Oregon man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for sexually assaulting a young girl and threatening to kill her family if she disclosed the abuse, officials said.
Mark Alastier Burton was sentenced after pleading guilty Friday in Umatilla County District Court to first-degree attempted sodomy, second-degree sodomy, first-degree criminal mistreatment and coercion, said Umatilla County District Attorney Dean Gushwa.
Burton has no possibility of early release, Gushwa said.
Teen to serve 43 years for Sunnyside murder
A Sunnyside teen who shot and killed an 18-year-old for throwing rocks at a van will spend the next four decades behind bars.
Armando Gonzalez, 19, was sentenced Friday in Yakima County Superior Court to 43 years in prison for second-degree murder, first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm, Sunnyside police said.
Gonzalez, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, was arrested in April, nearly five months after the November 2008 shooting in the 400 block of South 13th Street that killed Eric C. Vargas.
Vargas was shot after he and Antonio Carrasco, 17, got out of their SUV and threw rocks and bricks at a white van stopped ahead of them at a stop sign. People in the van got out and began shooting at them.
Vargas was shot in the chest and died hours later. Carrasco also was shot several times.
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