YAKIMA — A Benton City man is being held on $1 million bail in the Yakima County jail after being accused of fatally stabbing a Sunnyside man Sunday afternoon.
Floyd E. Koontz, 57, was arrested at 5:15 p.m. by Benton County sheriff's deputies, then was treated for minor injuries at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, officials said.
Koontz then was booked into the Yakima jail on suspicion of first-degree murder. He made a preliminary appearance in court Monday.
Yakima County sheriff's deputies were called about 4 p.m. Sunday about a stabbing at a home in the 3000 block of Grandview Pavement Road, said Stew Graham, chief of detectives.
When deputies arrived, they found 61-year-old Pedro Florez lying in the driveway. Florez was treated at the scene, then taken to Sunnyside Community Hospital, but died before he arrived, Graham said.
Witnesses provided information about the suspect, which was relayed to surrounding police agencies.
Koontz was arrested by Benton County sheriff's deputies at his home at 36703 N. District Line Road in Benton City.
He is known to deputies, having been convicted of a sex offense that requires him to tell authorities where he is living.
Koontz is a Level 3 sex offender, and the sheriff's office sex offender website noted he has a history of violence.
Teens from west side accused of breaking into Kennewick cars
Two Western Washington teens visiting in Kennewick were arrested early Monday for allegedly breaking into cars.
A Tri-City Herald newspaper carrier called police at 4:17 a.m. after seeing two suspicious men in the area of 38th Avenue and Quincy Street, said Kennewick police Sgt. Ken Lattin.
Officers searched the area and found Chase V. Bates and Sean P. Thurman, both 18,of Coupeville in Island County.
The teens were walking in the area, but officers soon discovered they had broken into a vehicle, Lattin said.
Property from the crime was recovered, he said. Officers also found other items suspected of coming from other break-ins.
Police credited the newspaper carrier for alerting police to the suspicious activity, and asked anyone who had their car broken into around 38th Avenue and Quincy Street to call police.
Bates and Thurman were booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of second-degree vehicle prowling.
Traffic stop nets 2 men suspected of using pot
A traffic stop in Richland led to the arrest of two brothers and the discovery of about three pounds of marijuana, police said.
Officers stopped Jared Abbott, 27, and Colby Abbott, 20, of Richland just before 11 p.m. Saturday for a driving violation in the area of Aaron and Goethals drives, said Richland police Capt. Jeff Taylor.
Jared Abbott apparently was the driver.
During the stop, the officer noticed the brothers appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic, and the odor of marijuana was coming from a toolbox in the bed of the truck, he said.
Jared Abbott was arrested after officers learned he was driving with a suspended license and failed to transfer the title on the truck he was driving within the required 45 days.
A marijuana pipe was found when officers searched him, Taylor said.
Officers learned the brothers smoked marijuana before the traffic stop and got a warrant to search the truck, he said.
A backpack with a large baggie of suspected marijuana was found in the toolbox, along with a .22-caliber pistol and ammunition, Taylor said.
Jared Abbott is a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing guns, Taylor said.
Officers then got a warrant to search Jared Abbott's home in the 1500 block of Butternut Avenue and found 3 pounds of marijuana there, he said.
Jared Abbott was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of a gun, driving with a suspended license and failing to transfer a vehicle title.
Colby Abbott was jailed on suspicion of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Prosser men arrested for rooster fighting
Two Prosser men are behind bars for allegedly being involved in rooster fighting.
Benton County sheriff's deputies received a report about a possible animal cruelty at a Prosser-area home at 168102 W. 215 PR S.W. on May 5, said Detective Erik Magnuson.
When officers arrived, they discovered rooster fights were taking place at the house.
Francisco Chavez-Ruelas, 22, and Jose Luis Zapien, 43, were arrested on suspicion of animal fighting, a felony, and booked into the Benton County jail.
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