SUNNYSIDE -- Three arrests have been made and a fourth suspect is being sought in connection with a drive-by shooting Saturday that killed a 15-year-old Sunnyside boy, police said.
Sunnyside police made the arrests Monday night after searching three homes in Sunnyside, said Charlotte Hinderlider, police spokeswoman.
Alex Bueno, 15, of Sunnyside, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, she said.
Mayra Sosa and Jorge Galindo, both 18 and of Sunnyside, were being held on suspicion of being accomplices to second-degree murder.
Officers still are searching for 18-year-old Raul R. Alvarez in connection with the gang-related incident that left David Baldonado dead. He was shot in the upper torso while pushing a bicycle down the street, police said.
Sunnyside police detectives, along with SWAT team members from Sunnyside and Grandview, searched homes on the 500 block of Yakima Valley Highway, 1100 block of Decatur Avenue and 1100 block of Tacoma Avenue, Hinderlider said.
Pasco homes evacuated after natural gas leak
A few homes near Ninth Avenue and Pearl Street in Pasco were evacuated for about an hour Tuesday morning because of a small natural gas leak, officials said.
The leak was reported at 9:15 a.m., and Pasco fire crews closed Pearl Street at Seventh Avenue for a short time.
The leak reportedly was from a bent natural gas feeder line that ran from an alley to a home on the 900 block of Pearl Street.
A neighbor heard the sound of gas escaping from the line and alerted the homes' residents. Firefighters evacuated a house next door and a couple downwind from the leak while Cascade Natural Gas crews fixed the line.
All residents were allowed to return to their homes by 10:15 a.m.
Hostage report found to be overreaction
KENNEWICK -- Kennewick police surrounded a mobile home with their rifles drawn Tuesday afternoon after getting a report about a possible hostage situation, but no one was home once officers went inside, authorities said.
Investigators later determined there had been a confrontation between a woman and her estranged husband, but it occurred at a Pasco grocery store and no weapon was involved, said Officer Tony Valdez.
The incident was reported to police after the woman's teen daughter sent a text message to a relative saying her father was holding her mother at gunpoint, Valdez said.
The teen also sent a message that she was texting because she didn't want her dad to see her making a phone call, Valdez said.
Officers surrounded the teen's home on the 400 block of East 10th Avenue, but quickly learned no one was inside.
Valdez said investigators then were able to contact the mother, who said she was in Pasco and was OK.
The woman said her estranged husband had found her in the parking lot at a grocery story and made some threats against her after she told him he had to get a court order before seeing the children.
Valdez said it appears the teen, who was in the car, overreacted after some threats were made and thought there was a gun.
Police seeking suspect in Moses Lake heist
MOSES LAKE -- A bank was robbed in Moses Lake on Tuesday and police are looking for information about the suspect.
The suspect walked into Washington Trust Bank around 1:20 p.m. and demanded money from the teller, said Moses Lake police Capt. Dave Ruffin.
The suspect, described as a tall white man in his 20s with a slender to medium build and wearing a baseball-style hat, was seen leaving the bank in a bluish-green 1980s model Honda, Ruffin said.
Officers reported that a blue Honda was involved in a robbery Friday in Wenatchee, but it's not clear if there's any connection between the two cases.
The suspect in that robbery, which also was at a Washington Trust Bank, is being linked to a bank heist in Omak, the Wenatchee World reported.
Anyone with information about the Tuesday robbery is asked to call Moses Lake police at 509-766-9230.
Police release photo in Dollar Tree robbery
KENNEWICK -- Kennewick police still are trying to identify a suspect who robbed a Kennewick Dollar Tree on Friday.
On Tuesday, police released another picture of the suspect that was taken from surveillance video at a neighboring business.
The suspect had sunglasses and a hood over his head when he robbed the bargain retail store on Kennewick Avenue, but Officer Tony Valdez said detectives hope the newly released image will help them ID the suspect.
The robber entered the Dollar Tree just before 10 a.m. Friday, waited near the registers until the cashier was alone, then pointed a gun at the cashier and demanded money, police said.
He left in a 1970s white or pale yellow Cadillac sedan that was being driven by another man.
Detectives say the suspect appeared to case nearby businesses in the shopping center before holding up Dollar Tree, and he was caught on one store's security video trying to break into an unattended cash register.
Child porn offender sentenced to prison
SPOKANE -- A 50-year-old Moses Lake man was ordered Tuesday to spend four years in a federal prison for possessing child pornography on his computer.
Once released, Keith Marshel Ivers will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, James McDevitt, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, said in a news release.
Ivers pleaded guilty in March in U.S. District Court in Spokane.
He has been on electronic home confinement since July 2009, when he turned himself in following an nearly two-year FBI investigation.
In November 2007, FBI agents in New York discovered an internet location sharing child pornography and determined it was originating from Ivers' Moses Lake home, McDevitt said.
Two months later, federal officials searched Ivers' house and found more than 2,000 child pornography images on his computers and electronic storage devices, McDevitt said.
In addition to downloading child porn from the internet, Ivers had been using an internet file sharing program.
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