YAKIMA -- A woman accused of being the bait in the abduction of a Lower Valley man was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of first-degree kidnapping.
Alma Y. Reynoso, 38, also is charged in Yakima County Superior Court with theft of a motor vehicle in connection with the June 30 incident. She faces a minimum of four years in prison if convicted.
Sheriff's deputies said Reynoso lured an acquaintance from a bar in Sunnyside and got him to let her drive his car, a 2001 Jaguar that actually belonged to another woman.
They said Reynoso stopped in a field near Outlook, where four males then pulled the man from the car at gunpoint and drove him to Yakima. There, he was threatened with death if his family didn't pay a $20,000 ransom.
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The man later was able to escape and contact law enforcement. Reynoso turned herself in a few days later, accompanied by her attorney.
She originally was jailed on $200,000 bail but has since been released on reduced bail of $50,000. No other arrests have been made in the case.
Team pulls 2,000 pot plants from grow site
DAYTON -- About 2,000 marijuana plants with a street value estimated at $3 million were pulled this week from a grow site in the upper Tucannon River drainage.
A multi-agency team including the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Forest Service and the Washington State Patrol's marijuana eradication team combined efforts to pull the plants Monday.
The garden was discovered and an arrest made July 14 when U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officers investigated a report of a possible marijuana site.
Santiago Orozco, 43, was booked into the Columbia County jail on suspicion of alien in possession of a firearm and manufacturing marijuana.
He is being held on $150,000 bail. Orozco's last known address is in the Tri-Cities.
Last year, 4,600 plants were removed from a grow in the upper Tucannon drainage.