A search is on for an armed robber who held up the Finley Truck Stop early Wednesday.
The suspect walked into the truck stop at 214307 Highway 397 at 12:30 a.m. wearing gloves, a mask, blue- hooded sweatshirt, black shorts with red stripes and flip-flops, said Benton County sheriff's Lt. Chuck Jones.
The suspect walked around the counter, pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money and cigarettes, he said.
The clerk bagged the items, and the suspect ran outside.
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Deputies surrounded the area with help from Kennewick police officers and the Washington State Patrol. A police dog unit tracked the suspect until the dog lost the scent a short distance down the highway, Jones said.
The suspect likely got into a vehicle and drove off.
A suspicious vehicle, described as a dark, four-door passenger car with chrome wheels, was seen in the area at the time and may be connected to the robbery, Jones said. The car may be a late '90s Honda.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Benton County sheriff's detectives at 735-6555 or the nonemergency dispatch line after hours at 628-0333.
Police investigating Pendleton death as possible homicide
A homicide investigation is under way in Pendleton after a woman was found dead in a motel room.
Pendleton police were sent to the Travelodge motel at 3:20 p.m. Tuesday after getting a report of a person either passed out or dead inside a room, said Umatilla County District Attorney Daniel Primus.
When police arrived, they found Amyjane Nicole Brandhagen, 19, dead, he said.
There is little or no information about the motive or identity of the suspects. An autopsy was expected Wednesday afternoon at the Medical Examiner's Office in Portland.
Results were not immediately released.
The East Oregonian newspaper reported that the State Police Crime Lab helped collect evidence from the motel, which is across the street from Pendleton City Hall.
Brandhagen worked at the motel, the newspaper reported.
Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call Pendleton police at 541-276-4411 or the dispatch center at 541-966-3651.
2 Tri-Citians allegedly skipped court hearings
A Richland woman is being sought by Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers for skipping out on a court hearing last week.
Tawnee Christine Sall, 28, is 5-foot-3, 135 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and tattoos of cherries on her right ear and a star on her left ear.
Sall failed to appear Aug. 9 in Benton County Superior Court, where she's charged with second-degree possession of stolen property. She had a trial set for Aug. 27.
And Pasco police and Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers are searching for Pasco man wanted on a warrant for missing a court hearing.
Rene Ceja Ponce, 32, is 5-foot-6, 172 pounds with black hair, brown eyes and a tattoo on his chest.
He was last known to be living on Cartmell Street in Pasco.
Ponce is wanted for failing to appear in court for a support registry contempt hearing.
Anyone with information on Sall or Ponce's whereabouts is asked to call 586-8477 or go to www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org. Tips also can be sent by text message by writing "Text TIP 411" plus the message to CRIMES (274637).
-- Paula Horton: 582-1556; firstname.lastname@example.org