KENNEWICK -- A 27-year-old Kennewick man died early Friday in a crash in which speeding was believed to be a factor.
Troy D. Miller was found dead by officers after his motorcycle went off Kellogg Street at Creekstone Drive.
The wreck was at 2:47 a.m. and was seen by another motorcyclist, who was riding behind but not with Miller, said Mike Blatman, Kennewick police spokesman.
Miller's motorcycle apparently hit the curb near where Kellogg Street turns into Creekstone Drive and he was thrown from his bike, Blatman said.
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He was wearing a helmet but he hit so hard his helmet broke, he said.
Police update details of suspicious incident
KENNEWICK -- Kennewick police released updated information about a man suspected of trying to get two elementary school students into his car Thursday morning.
The two girls, ages 5 and 9, who attend Hawthorne Elementary School said they were approached by a man in a truck who told them to "get in the car." The girls ran to a nearby apartment and got help.
The man made no attempt to grab or follow them and drove away, Blatman said.
The suspect is described as being an older man with gray and black in his hair and a full beard with mustache. He was bald on top with hair around his sides and may be a little heavier set with somewhat "pudgy" facial features, the girls said.
He was driving an older model white two-door truck with a red strip across the frame and a white matching canopy. The canopy was level with the roof of the truck.
The truck was said to look "dingy" and had bigger wheels and rims that were "messed up."
Anyone with information about the suspect or incident can call Kennewick police at 628-0333.
Anonymous tips can be made by calling Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers at 586-8477 or www.tricitiescrime stoppers.org.
Hermiston man jailed in sexual assault case
HERMISTON -- A 49-year-old Hermiston man was jailed for allegedly sexually assaulting a grade-school girl.
John A. Bindley was arrested by Hermiston police around 9 p.m. Thursday, said Acting Police Chief Jason Edmiston.
Hermiston police had help investigating the allegations from the Department of Human Services and the Umatilla County District Attorney's Office.
Bindley was booked into the Umatilla County jail.
Pasco teen jailed after being found in stolen car
KENNEWICK -- A 17-year-old Pasco boy was jailed Thursday after being found in a stolen car in Kennewick, police said.
The 2000 Nissan Maxima was stolen around 2 a.m. Thursday from the 1700 block of West Seventh Avenue, said Mike Blatman, Kennewick police spokesman.
Around 10:45 p.m., detectives with the Criminal Apprehension Team spotted the stolen car at Seventh Avenue and Highway 395.
The driver pulled into a motel at Second Avenue and drove to the lot behind the motel, Blatman said. When detectives turned on their lights, the driver sped off across the dead-end parking lot, drove over the curb and into the gully and thick brush between the motel and Fourth Avenue.
The driver, later identified as a 17-year-old gang member, dumped the car in the brush and took off running, police said.
Back-up units arrived in the area as the teen came out of the brush and arrested him. He was booked into the juvenile detention center on suspicion of possessing stolen property and attempting to elude police.
Wanted Pasco man in jail thanks to tipster
PASCO -- A Pasco man wanted by Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers and featured on Washington's Most Wanted was arrested thanks to a tipster.
Tethloach Wuol, 20, was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of second-degree assault and two warrants.
Wuol had been wanted by Kennewick police in connection with an Aug. 6 assault at a Kennewick club. He's accused of punching a security guard in the back of the head and knocking him unconscious.
Wuol also was suspected of entering a Kennewick home Sept. 12 and beating another man until he was unconscious.
Wuol was featured Sept. 21 in a Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers wanted bulletin and on Washington's Most Wanted, a TV show based on America's Most Wanted, on Sept. 23.
A tipster called Crime Stoppers, saying they saw information about Wuol in the newspaper and on TV, and told police where Wuol could be found.
Wuol was arrested at a home in the 1300 block of 10th Avenue.