Richland police are investigating an arson that was set early Wednesday at a Richland church.
A neighbor called 911 after he heard tires screeching in the area, looked outside and saw the fire at the Apostolic Christian Church at 1749 Stevens Drive, said Capt. Jeff Taylor.
When officers arrived, they found two small fires in the flower bed next to the church, he said.
The fires did not appear to be threatening the building. Richland Fire Department respondedand quickly doused the flames.
Officers found a broken liquor bottle that appeared to contain an accelerant and believe that was the source of the fire.
No vehicles or suspects were seen.
Anyone with information on the arson can call Richland police at 628-0333.
Walla Walla man killed in suspected gang shooting
A confrontation between suspected rival gang members ended with a 20-year-old Walla Walla man being shot and killed Tuesday night, police said.
It is the first homicide with a gun in the city in several years, said Walla Walla police Officer Tim Bennett.
All night, police were interviewing known gang members, trying to find the suspects.
Officers are concerned about possible retaliation. They are on heightened alert and doing extra patrols in areas that are known to be frequented by gang members, said officials.
The shooting was in the 300 block of Myrtle Street as Julio Cesar Martinez was walking down an alley with a friend, Bennett said.
They apparently were confronted by rival gang members and at least four gunshots were fired, he said.
Martinez was hit twice, with one shot reportedly hitting him in the head.
He was taken to Providence St. Mary Medical Center, where he died a short time later, Bennett said.
Martinez is a known gang member who had been arrested numerous times in Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater, Bennett said.
Martinez's friend was not hurt.
Walla Walla police, aided by the Walla Walla Sheriff's Office, College Place police and the Washington State Patrol, cordoned off the area while detectives processed the scene.
At least one home was evacuated.
Several homes in the area where the suspects may have run were kept under surveillance until searches were conducted. The Emergency Services Unit SWAT team was called out to help search one home.
Witnesses and family members were being interviewed late into the night, but no arrests have been made.
Anyone with information on the shooting can call Walla Walla police at 509-527-1960.
Woman being sought forfailure to appear in court
Kennewick police and Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers are searching for a woman wanted for skipping out on a court hearing.
Mary Melissa Hargrove, 33, is 5-foot-8, 115 pounds with blond hair, blue eyes and a tattoo of three dots on her right hand.
Hargrove, who does not have a permanent address but lives in the Tri-Cities, has used the alias Mary M. Watts.
She is wanted for failing to appear in court on a possession of methamphetamine charge.
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 Hargrove's whereabouts can call 586-8477 or visit www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org. Tips can also be sent by text message by writing "Text TIP 411" plus the message to CRIMES (274637).
All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.