A 22-year-old Richland man was arrested after threatening his live-in girlfriend with a knife and then cutting himself with a steak knife, police said.
One cut was so severe it punctured his lung, but Joshua Allen Fernald was jailed after he had surgery to fix the injury, said Richland police Capt. Mike Cobb.
Officers were called to Fernald's home at 2111 Turner St. at 7:30 a.m. Monday after neighbors called 911. He reportedly began threatening and assaulting his 20-year-old girlfriend around 2 a.m.
During the assault, Fernald allegedly attempted to strangle the victim, Cobb said. She also had some small nicks on her throat from the knife, he said.
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Officers were able to get the victim out of the home and she was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland.
Fernald then began to cut himself with the steak knife, but after about 45 minutes of negotiations, officers were able to convince him to surrender, Cobb said.
He also was taken to Kadlec for treatment. He was booked into the Benton County jail at 4:20 p.m. on suspicion of first-degree domestic-violence related assault.
"It was an aggravated domestic situation -- one we're trying to monitor quite closely because it has a tendency to escalate in severity," Cobb told the Herald. "We're trying to assist the best we can, but we're limited sometimes by people's unwillingness to accept assistance.
"We'll try to provide all the resources and tracking mechanisms that we can to assist the victim and hold the offender accountable."
Pasco man sought for pointing gun at people inside of cousin's house
A Pasco man is being sought by Kennewick police after allegedly showing up at his cousin's home and pointing a gun at the residents.
Tatum Lamar Colbray, 22, showed up at the home at 402 E. 10th Ave. at 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, pointed the gun at his cousin and a second resident and demanded money, said Kennewick police Sgt. Ken Lattin.
The incident started outside, but when the victims went inside their home to get away, Colbray reportedly followed.
He didn't get any money and left before officers arrived. No one was injured.
The green 2003 Mazda that Colbray left the scene in was stopped by officers a few minutes later on Columbia Drive at Benton Street, Lattin said.
Colbray no longer was in the car, but the driver, Charlette R. King, 21, of Kennewick, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree rendering criminal assistance.
Colbray is wanted on suspicion of first-degree burglary and several outstanding warrants.
Police said Colbray should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Kennewick police. Anonymous tips can be made through Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers at 586-8477.
Kennewick man in 5-hour standoff jailed after release from hospital
A 32-year-old Kennewick man involved in a five-hour standoff with police and SWAT Team members was jailed after he was released from the hospital.
Jason A. Hemperly was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of unlawful discharge of a firearm, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest, police said.
Kennewick police and the Tri-City Regional SWAT Team were called out to the Irving Place Apartments, 100 N. Irving Place, after Hemperly reportedly fired a gun in his apartment.
Officers made several attempts to try to contact Hemperly before SWAT officers broke the windows of his apartment, shot tear gas into the unit and eventually found Hemperly hiding in the bathroom.
He was taken to the hospital to be treated for self-inflicted cuts.
Richland police determine no crime committed in boy's weapons video
An investigation by Richland police into a YouTube video that showed an elementary student displaying possible weapons has been completed with a determination that no crime was committed, officials said.
The 10-year-old student at Ridge View Elementary in Kennewick was expelled from school while district officials investigated the video.
In the video, the boy holds up three guns -- two appeared to be fake -- and at the end of the video says the name of a classmate.
Kennewick police referred the incident to Richland police after learning the video was made at a relative's home in Richland.
Richland police Capt. Mike Cobb told the Herald that no crime was committed by the child, but they were investigating whether the boy's father was unlawfully possessing a weapon.
The father is a convicted felon and is not allowed to possess or own firearms.
However, Cobb said detectives determined the firearms belonged to a different family member and there was no violation.
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