A 34-year-old Yakima man was hurt Monday morning after he lost control of his car on Interstate 182 in Richland and ended up in the opposite lane of the highway.
The wreck happened at 8:15 a.m. near the Queensgate Boulevard exit, the Washington State Patrol said.
Brian L. McCloud was going east on Interstate 182 in the right lane, and attempted to change lanes where the right lane is closed for construction, troopers said.
He moved into the left lane and his 2002 Nissan Maxima hit the front end of a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze, driven by Chad Riley, 38, of Benton City.
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McCloud lost control of his car, rolled through the median and ended up in the westbound lanes of I-182, troopers said.
McCloud was in critical condition at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, a hospital spokesman said.
Riley was not injured.
Troopers said the wreck was caused by McCloud's inattention and improper lane change.
Man allegedly threatens family with a firearm
A 20-year-old Richland man was arrested after allegedly arming himself with a gun and threatening family members at a Richland apartment complex, police said.
Richland police were called to the apartments at 200 Waldron St. at 11:30 p.m. Friday after getting a report that Gabriel T. Artz had a loaded .357 revolver and was making threats against family members.
Officers surrounded the home and contacted Artz by phone. He surrendered without incident, police said.
When officers searched the home, they seized the loaded firearm and drug paraphernalia.
Artz, a convicted felon, was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and possessing drug paraphernalia.
Suspected cockfighting operation discovered
A suspected cockfighting operation was discovered Saturday when Grant County sheriff's deputies were called to a reported suicide, officials said.
Deputies were called at 12:30 p.m. to a home in the 6900 block of Frenchman Hills Road West in Royal City after someone reported a man had shot himself, Chief Deputy Ryan Rectenwald said.
The 24-year-old man was flown to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, where he later died.
The man was identified as Miguel Bonilla Rojas of Royal City, said Benton County Coroner John Hansens.
Rojas' cause of death appears consistent with suicide, Hansens told the Herald, but an official cause is pending toxicology tests.
Deputies still are investigating, but the initial information suggests Rojas' death was a suicide, Rectenwald said.
After suspecting a cockfighting operation was being run at the home, deputies got a warrant and searched it Sunday.
Cockfighting knives, roosters that had been altered for fighting, drug paraphernalia and firearms were seized during the search, Rectenwald said.
Anyone with information about the cockfighting operation should call Deputy Larry Ledeboer at 509-754-2011, ext. 468, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tips can be anonymous.
Suspected car prowler arrested in Walla Walla
A suspected car prowler was arrested early Sunday after a rash of vehicle break-ins in Walla Walla, police said.
About 1,000 worth of stolen of items were recovered and returned to victims, including several Easter presents for the children of one of the victims, said Walla Walla police Officer Tim Bennett.
Sebrna M. Wise, 37, of College Place, was arrested after being caught inside a garage in the 1300 block of University Street, Bennett said.
Wise allegedly was found with numerous bags of suspected stolen property taken from vehicles in the area.
Officers suspect Wise was with at least one other suspect who likely was on a bicycle, he said.
Six vehicles in the area were found to have been prowled, but there was no forced entry into any of them, Bennett said.
Wise was booked into the Walla Walla County jail on suspicion of possessing stolen property, burglary, vehicle prowling and theft.
2 men killed, 3 injured in crash near Mabton
Two men were killed and three were hurt when the car they were in went off a road near Mabton and rolled over, the Washington State Patrol said.
Two people were thrown out of the 2005 Jeep during the Glade Road wreck at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, but it's not clear who was driving and who was thrown out, according to the state patrol.
Luis A. Marcial Santana, 23, of SeaTac, and Maximo Ocampo, 24, died at the scene. Ocampo's city of residence was not known.
Israel Evangelista Mena, 20, of Roosevelt, was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The other two passengers, Basilio Flores Soriano, 24, of Grandview, and Adrian Mena Santana, 26, of Des Moines, were taken to Yakima Memorial Hospital.
Troopers said the drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash, which remains under investigation.
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