Two Pasco men are accused of flashing a look-a-like pistol to passing motorists Wednesday night in Kennewick.
Officers were called to the area of Columbia Center Boulevard and Quinault Avenue at 8:15 p.m. after getting reports about people in a blue Jeep flashing a gun.
Brandon A. Martin and Tanner L. Caraway, both 20, were found and stopped at the SunMart on Columbia Center Boulevard.
Police say an all-black Airsoft Glock look-a-like pistol was seized from the Jeep.
Both men were cited for displaying a dangerous weapon.
Walla Walla fire kills 27-year-old woman
A 27-year-old woman was found dead Wednesday inside a burning Walla Walla apartment, officials said.
Fire crews were called to 204 N. Spokane St. at 2:50 p.m. and found smoke and flames visible from the ground floor apartment, said Walla Walla Deputy Fire Chief Brad Morris.
A resident on a second-floor balcony was rescued by firefighters. When crews got inside the burning apartment, they found the woman on the floor.
Firefighters attempted to resuscitate Yvonne Clauson after they pulled her out of the apartment. She was taken to Walla Walla General Hospital, where she was declared dead.
The apartments are owned by the Walla Walla Housing Authority. Damage is estimated at about $24,000, Morris said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Deputy helps solve Moses Lake break-ins
An off-duty Grant County sheriff's deputy helped solve a series of Moses Lake break-ins when he spotted a man selling stolen property at a thrift store, authorities said.
The deputy was at Bargain Town on Saturday and recognized some of the items the man sold as being property stolen in recent burglaries.
On Wednesday, several of the burglary victims went to the store and identified their property, officials said.
Bargain Town staff, who fully cooperated with deputies, were able to provide information on the man who sold the items. Deputies then went to Benjamin Hilton's home and found more suspected stolen property, including computers, electronics and firearms, officials said.
Hilton, 18, was arrested during a traffic stop near Moses Lake. He was booked into the Grant County jail on suspicion of trafficking stolen property.
Deputies are still working to identify the owners of some of the stolen goods.
"Our patrol deputies have been working extra hard on solving local burglaries," Sheriff Tom Jones said. "Their efforts have been paying off as we continue to find and recover the property of the burglary victims, and arrest the folks who we believe are responsible."
Traffic stop may have stopped drive-by
A traffic stop by Sunnyside police may have prevented a gang-related drive-by shooting late Wednesday, authorities said.
Officers stopped a car just after midnight in the 1300 block of East Edison and spotted a sawed-off double-barrel shotgun next to the driver's leg, said Charlotte Hinderlider, police spokeswoman.
The two 15-year-old boys inside the car were arrested.
During the investigation, officers determined the teens were heading to a home several blocks away and intended to do a drive-by shooting, Hinderlider said.
Both teens are convicted felons and affiliated with gangs, she said.
The teens were taken to the Yakima County juvenile detention center on suspicion of unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of an unlawful firearm.
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