Brother booked in Richland assault suspicion

RICHLAND — A fight between two brothers at a party on Sunday left one brother bleeding from his head and the other in jail, police said.

Richland police responded to a home on the 1600 block of Thayer Drive after the altercation between the brothers was reported, said Capt. Jeff Taylor.

It wasn't known if the incident occurred at a Super Bowl party. Police were called at 7:45 p.m., which was about 45 minutes after the game ended.

When officers arrived, they found Jonathan Norman, 31, of Richland, covered in blood from a head wound. Officers determined he had been involved in a fight with his brother, Jared Moses, 24, of Richland, Taylor said.

Moses apparently was having a dispute with a woman at the party and Norman stepped in and put his brother in a headlock to get him under control, Taylor said.

Moses then reportedly grabbed a a long pole used as a door stop and hit his brother on the head with it, Taylor said.

Moses was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of second-degree assault.

Richland teen held on drug, weapons charges

RICHLAND — An 18-year-old Richland High student was arrested after being spotted speeding through residential neighborhoods and running stop signs, police said.

Zackjery Harp also was found to have a blow gun, pellet gun, knife and marijuana that were in his SUV, said Capt. Jeff Taylor.

Members of Richland's Proactive Anti-Crime Team first saw Harp around 9:40 a.m. Friday in a GMC Suburban going about 45 to 50 mph in a residential neighborhood on the 1400 block of Kimball Street, which has a 25 mph speed limit, Taylor said.

The officers weren't able to stop the SUV, but saw it again about five minutes later, speeding through another residential area near Goethals Drive, Taylor said.

The officers were in an unmarked car without lights and sirens, so they watched the SUV and called a patrol unit for assistance. While waiting for a marked patrol car to catch up, they saw Harp drive recklessly, run stop signs, make lane changes without signaling and drive on the wrong side of the road, Taylor said.

The SUV eventually was stopped and officers identified Harp as the driver and arrested him. Two juvenile teens in the SUV were identified and released to their parents.

Officers learned that all three were Richland High students who had just been on campus, Taylor said. Harp reportedly had been kicked out of class after arguing with a teacher and met up in the parking lot with the two teens who had skipped first period and were returning to campus, he said.

Harp apparently wanted to show off some modification he had made to the engine of his Suburban, so the three took off.

When officers stopped Harp, they saw a blow gun on the floorboard of the front passenger seat and a pistol grip to a revolver between the center console and front passenger seat, Taylor said.

After getting a warrant to search the SUV, investigators determined the pistol was a pellet gun, he said.

They also found a knife with an 8-inch blade on the floor below the back seat that was hidden by a backpack and two small prepackaged bags of marijuana, Taylor said.

A small bag of marijuana similar to what was found in the car was found in a backpack belonging to one of the teens, Taylor said.

Officers learned the students had all the items with them while on campus and that the weapons had been in Harp's vehicle for at least a week, Taylor said.

Harp also was evaluated by a drug recognition expert who suspected he was driving under the influence, Taylor said.

Harp was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of DUI, reckless driving, possessing a dangerous weapon on school property, possession of marijuana under 40 grams and delivery of marijuana.

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