Two Prosser residents were critically injured when a truck crashed into their motorcycle on a rural Benton County road.
Joseph Toregrase, 46, and Janice Rennebohm, 62, were flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after the wreck, said Benton County sheriff's Deputy Joe Lusignan.
Both were listed in serious condition Friday night, according to a nursing supervisor. They reportedly suffered head and leg injuries.
At the time of the crash, sheriff's deputies indicated the motorcyclists were so severely injured that it was not known if they would survive, according to Benton County District Court documents.
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The crash happened at 9:45 p.m. Thursday on Old Inland Empire Highway, about a quarter mile east of Knox Road.
Toregrase and Rennebohm were on a 1994 Harley-Davidson Road King when a 2012 GMC pickup crossed into their lane and slammed into them, Lusignan said.
The driver of the truck, Chad M. Sehnert, 33, of Benton City, was arrested. Sehnert is believed to have been under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash, documents said.
He made an initial appearance in District Court on Friday and was ordered held without bail in the Benton County jail on investigation of two counts of vehicular assault.
Lusignan said the crash remains under investigation. Speed and toxicology tests are pending.
Man jailed after alleged threats
A 43-year-old Richland man is being held in jail after allegedly throwing a woman to the ground during an argument and threatening to kill her if she called police.
Richland police arrested Richard Robson Trott on Thursday after the 30-year-old woman was able to get away from Trott and call police from downtown Kennewick, court documents said.
The woman said she was arguing with Trott at his home at 303 W. Gage Blvd. when things escalated and he threw her to the ground, documents said.
He reportedly covered her mouth with both hands to the point where she could barely breathe, then threatened her if she called police, document said.
Trott was arrested and booked into the Benton County jail. He is being held on investigation of second-degree attempted assault, domestic violence and felony harassment.
High-risk sex offender reportedly in Pasco
A sex offender considered highly likely to reoffend is living in Pasco.
Morris McKeown, 58, has told police he is living in the 2100 block of North Fifth Avenue.
McKeown is 5-foot-11, 195 pounds with gray hair and hazel eyes.
He was convicted in 2011 of attempting to view depiction of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, in 2006 of failing to register as a sex offender, in 2001 of first-degree child molestation and in 1989 of two counts of unlawful imprisonment.
McKeown is not wanted by police, but he is classified as a Level 3 sex offender, which requires him to tell police where he is living.
Information about McKeown and other registered sex offenders in Franklin County can be accessed online. Go to the Franklin County website at www.co.franklin.wa.us/sheriff and click on the Offender Watch box under registered sex offenders.
Hermiston police probe 2 Thursday robberies
Hermiston police continue to investigate two armed robberies that occurred within three hours of each other Thursday.
The robberies are not suspected of being connected, and one arrest has been made, said Hermiston police Lt. Jason Edmiston.
The first robbery occurred at 12:25 p.m. at Cashco, 650 S. Highway 395. Officers were on scene within two minutes, but the suspect was not located. A person of interest has been identified the case, Edmiston said.
At 3:20 p.m., a second hold-up was reported at Tienda Tlalco, 55 W. Beebe, Hermiston. Employees reported they had been "robbed at gunpoint," and the suspect ran off after getting an undisclosed amount of cash.
Erik Estrada, 32, of Hermiston, was arrested at 1:15 a.m. Friday and booked into the Umatilla County jail on suspicion of second-degree robbery, second-degree theft and menacing.