Richland couple jailed after fight about cigarettes; drugs found

A Richland couple who fought over cigarettes landed in jail on assault and drug charges, police said.

The incident started just after noon Tuesday when Richland police were called to a home on the 1600 block of Thayer Drive about an assault possibly involving a knife, said Capt. Jeff Taylor.

Officers found David Simpson, 38, and Corinna Elliott, 39, fighting in the front yard, he said. Officers saw Elliott punch Simpson, and Simpson responded by kicking her, he said.

Simpson and Elliott, who live together, reportedly began fighting after Simpson ignored Elliott's request to go to the store for some cigarettes.

Elliott apparently got mad and began hitting Simpson in the face and body, Taylor said. At some point, Simpson fought back and pulled out a folding pocket knife and cut Elliott, Taylor said.

Officers found the knife when they searched Simpson and saw that Elliott had a cut on her arm consistent with a knife wound, he said.

They also found heroin and drug paraphernalia on Simpson, and additional paraphernalia, marijuana and possibly heroin when they searched the home, Taylor said.

Simpson was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of second-degree assault, possessing heroin and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Elliott was jailed on suspicion of assault, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Crime Stoppers seeking couple in theft case

Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers is searching for a couple allegedly seen using stolen credit cards and a checkbook just hours after they were swiped from a car in Columbia Park.

The man and woman are accused of going on a spending spree in Kennewick and Pasco with the stolen credit card.

Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers pays a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that results in a felony arrest.

Anyone with information about the suspects' identities can call 586-8477 or visit www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org. Tips also can be sent by text message by writing "Text TIP 411" plus the message to CRIMES (274637). All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.

Spokane man arrested in Richland for sexual assault

A Spokane man was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a young girl in Richland.

Richard Harris, 50, was booked into the Benton County jail Tuesday on suspicion of first-degree rape of a child.

Richland police Capt. Jeff Taylor said the alleged sexual abuse was reported through a state agency.

Sex offender reportedly moving to Richland

A sex offender considered highly likely to re-offend told police he will be living in Richland once he's released from prison on Friday.

Robert Roger Hicks, 45, is 5-foot-11, 195 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

He will be living in the 2400 block of Swift Boulevard.

Hicks was convicted in 2000 of indecent liberties with forcible compulsion and is classified as a Level 3 sex offender.

He is not wanted by police, but is required to tell them where he is living.

He most recently was in prison on a theft charge and will be on probation with the state Department of Corrections for three years.

Information about Hicks and other registered sex offenders in Benton County can be accessed at www.co.benton.wa.us. Go to all departments, click on sheriff's office, then click on the link for sex offender information.

Walla Walla burglars cut in hair salon break-ins

Walla Walla police are searching for burglars who broke into two hair salons overnight Tuesday and cut themselves during the break-ins.

The first burglary was reported just before 5 a.m. Wednesday at the Bull Pen, 2015 E. Isaacs St., said Sgt. Matt Wood.

Investigators weren't sure if anything was stolen, but they believe the suspects cut themselves during the burglary, he said.

Around 9 a.m., officers were called to Reflections Salon, 310 N. Roosevelt St., and found it also had been burglarized.

Police believe the suspects were bleeding during the break-in, Wood said.

Towels, a large garbage can and a small amount of cash were stolen.

Investigators are asking for anyone with information on the break-ins or the suspects -- who likely will have recent cuts to their fingers or hands -- to call Walla Walla police at 509-527-4434 or through the nonemergency dispatch line at 509-527-1962.

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