A Kennewick man was arrested after reportedly brandishing a machete, smashing his wife's cell-phone, damaging her car and assaulting her.
Robert Futch, 29, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree domestic violence assault and malicious mischief Tuesday by Benton County Sheriff's deputies after a five-hour standoff.
Deputies were called to a home just outside of Kennewick at 11:41 a.m. Tuesday by Rebecca Futch, who reported her husband had threatened suicide following an argument, and locked himself inside a shop containing several weapons.
Robert Futch reportedly pushed his wife to the ground and broke a mirror on her car when she tried to leave.
Never miss a local story.
Rebecca Futch told deputies that after she left, her husband sent her a text message saying he was going to lock himself inside the shop and hang himself.
She told deputies her husband had swung a machete at her and smashed her cellphone during an incident a week ago.
After arriving at the home, deputies made numerous attempts to call Robert Futch's cellphone and hail him from outside the shop.
He was taken into custody at 4:49 p.m., deputies said.
He was booked into the Benton County jail.
Kennewick police seek help to ID two car theft suspects
Kennewick police and Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers are trying to identify two men believed to be connected to a stolen vehicle left in a Kennewick church parking lot.
The men were reportedly seen driving the 1991 Honda Accord toward the Parish of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church,7201 W. Clearwater Ave., just before3 p.m. Tuesday, said Mike Blatman, Kennewick police's crime prevention specialist.
Less than two minutes later, they were seen walking away from the vehicle, which was left in the church parking lot.
The Accord, which had been stolen earlier in Richland, later was set on fire and destroyed, Blatman said.
"The fire wasn't reported until 7 p.m.," he told the Herald. "I'm not sure why there's a four-hour delay."
Blatman said officers don't know if the suspects returned to set the car on fire or if someone else is responsible for the blaze.
A video of the suspects leaving the parking lot can be viewed on the Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers website at bit.ly/LDDuJ9.
Anyone with information about the suspects can call 586-8477 or visit www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org. Tips can also be sent by text message by writing "Text TIP 411" plus the message to CRIMES (274637).
Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers pays a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that results in a felony arrest. All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.
Grandview man killed in orchard accident
Authorities have identified the man killed in a tractor accident Tuesday night as James Womach.
The 57-year-old Grandview man was driving a tractor through a cherry orchard about 8 p.m. when he became pinned between a large tree limb and the tractor, said Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins.
He died of massive crush trauma to his chest and neck, Hawkins said.
One of Womach's workers and a passerby attempted to free him, buthe was dead by the time medical personnel arrived, the Associated Press reported.
"It was a very heavy duty limb that got him," Hawkins said.
Pasco man gets citation in Interstate 90 rollover
A Pasco man who drove his car off the road, overcorrected and then rolled it has been cited by the Washington State Patrol.
Byron R. Elliott, 33, of Pasco, was driving Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. west on Interstate 90, about 15 miles west of Moses Lake, the State Patrol reported.
Elliott's 2007 Chevrolet pickup went off the road to the left, overcorrected, left the road to the right, rolled and came to a rest on the right shoulder. The cause of the crash was inattention, the state patrol said.
Ronald E. Ott, 64, of Kennewick, was a passenger in the pickup. Elliott was not injured. Ott was taken to Samaritan Hospital. Both men were wearing seat belts, the state patrol reported.