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Kennewick firefighter faces sex abuse charges

KENNEWICK — A Kennewick firefighter has been accused of sexually abusing a child.

Ryan M. Gladstone, 34, of Kennewick, was arrested Thursday by Kennewick police on suspicion of first-degree child molestation, police said.

Details about the allegations were not released by police except that the victim is a young girl and the incident reportedly happened in Kennewick on Saturday.

Gladstone, a Kennewick firefighter since August 2007, is being held in the Franklin County jail because he used to work in the Benton County jail.

He last worked as a Benton County corrections officer in September 2007, sheriff's officials said. It wasn't immediately known how long he worked in the jail.

Gladstone has been separated from his wife, Lindsy, since July 2009, and the two are going through a divorce. His wife sought a restraining order against him last Friday, alleging he had been getting high when his son and daughter were with him, Benton County court documents said.

Lindsy Gladstone said he also has made "very bizarre and disturbing comments," documents said.

A temporary protection order was issued against Gladstone on Friday. A hearing for a permanent order is scheduled for Tuesday in Benton County Superior Court.

Sunnyside girl critical after drive-by shooting

SUNNYSIDE — A 13-year-old Sunnyside girl is at a Seattle hospital after being shot twice while inside her home in what was an apparent drive-by shooting, authorities said.

The girl, whose name was not released, is said to be in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center, said Charlotte Hinderlider, Sunnyside police spokeswoman.

The shooting occurred just after 10 p.m. Wednesday on the 1100 block of South 10th Street.

The girl was in the living room with her family when she was hit in the leg and upper torso, Hinderlider said.

Sunnyside police have no suspect information or motive yet for the shooting, Hinderlider said.

Investigators are asking anyone who saw a suspicious vehicle in the area to call 509-836-6200.

Amber Alert bulletins offered on Facebook

A national missing child alert program has joined the social networking trend.

Amber Alert bulletins can now be received on Facebook and shared by Facebook users. Fifty-three new Amber Alert pages were created -- users can sign up for state-specific pages simply by hitting "like" -- and alerts will show up through the "news feed" feature.

Washington's Amber Alert page can be found at www. facebook.com/AMBERalert.

Thursday's Facebook announcement was made the day before the 15th anniversary of the abduction and murder of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old Texas girl abducted and murdered in 1996 who is the namesake of the national Amber Alert Program, officials said.

Finley woman's death under investigation

FINLEY — An autopsy is expected to be conducted today to determine the cause of death of a 29-year-old Finley woman.

Angela Pendleton was found dead Thursday inside her home at Kelley's Estates mobile home park, said Benton County Coroner John Hansens.

Benton County sheriff's officials said the death does not appear to be suspicious, but an autopsy is being done because there were "no external indicators" of her death, Hansens said.

* Paula Horton: 509-582-1556; phorton@tricityherald.com

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