KENNEWICK -- Henry Lee, a teacher at Kennewick's Southridge High, died earlier this week of a heart problem, said Benton County Coroner John Hansens.
An autopsy conducted Friday morning discovered Lee, 48, suffered a heart attack 10 to 14 days before his death, the coroner said.
He had reported some cold and flulike symptoms about that time but probably was not aware he had a heart attack, Hansens said. The incident weakened the wall of one of the chambers of his heart, causing it to rupture and quickly cause his death, Hansens said.
Lee was found dead in his bed at his Kennewick home about 6:40 a.m. Tuesday.
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He was a chemistry and health occupation teacher for the past two years at Southridge, said Lorraine Cooper, Kennewick School District spokeswoman. He was remembered by staff members as being very positive, funny and well-liked, Cooper said.
Students held a candlelight vigil for their teacher Wednesday.
Cause of Staples' death still not determined after autopsy
RICHLAND -- No determination on the manner of death of retired Judge Fred Staples was made following an autopsy Friday.
That will wait until toxicology results are available, but the manner of death is consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Benton County Coroner John Staples.
Staples, 77, was found dead on his patio Monday afternoon, and a .38-caliber revolver was found at his Greenbrook Avenue home in Richland.
He had told friends that he had lung cancer and was believed to have been ill for about a year.
Stables was the longest-standing judge on the Benton-Franklin Superior Court bench when he retired in 1994.
Grandview teen hospitalized after rolling car in wreck
PROSSER -- A Grandview teen was in critical condition Friday at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland after speeding and rolling his car early that morning, according to Kadlec and the Washington State Patrol.
Martines Salomon, 18, was driving a four-door Kia at 2:37 a.m. north on Highway 221 three miles south of Prosser. Raul Guiterrez, 19, of Grandview, also was in the car.
Salomon was driving at a high rate of speed and his car left the road when he came to a curve, according to the state patrol. The car rolled several times. Both were wearing seat belts.
Salomon was flown to Richland by air ambulance and Guiterrez was taken to Prosser Memorial Hospital, according to police reports. The accident remains under investigation.
Attempted school kidnapping report in Richland is false
The Richland School District said community reports of an attempted kidnapping or lurking at Marcus Whitman Elementary School are false.
The reports surfaced in some local media on Friday, but an investigation by the school resulted in the alleged lurker being identified as a student's grandparent, district officials said.
Boy chasing bus killed in Wapato
WAPATO -- An 11-year-old boy running to catch a school bus was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver Friday morning in Wapato.
Washington State Patrol Lt. Terry Liebrecht said the boy was waiting at the bus stop when he was briefly summoned home by his father. The boy was hit by a pickup when he re-crossed the road. The boy's father and several other children at the bus stop saw it happen.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reported the driver stopped, checked the damage to his truck, then drove off.
Authorities are looking for a small silver or gray pickup similar to a Chevrolet S-10, with a broken headlight and grill damage.
Troopers are asking for help in identifying the vehicle and driver. Call 509-249-6743 or 509-249-6753.
Police investigating break-in at Coin Cradle in Kennewick
KENNEWICK -- Kennewick police are investigating a break-in at The Coin Cradle early Friday.
Police were called to the business at 4:48 a.m. for a report of an alarm going off. Officers found broken glass and the front door broken.
Video showed two suspects -- one in a black leather coat and the other in a gray coat or sweatshirt -- breaking into the front door and then breaking the glass in two display cases.
Both suspects were wearing motorcycle helmets and gloves, police said.
The suspects left on foot with an undetermined amount of gold and silver coins.
Anyone with information can call Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers at 586-8477 or go to tricitiescrimestoppers.org.