An 88-year-old Moses Lake woman was found dead in her home early Sunday and her son is behind bars suspected of being involved in her death, police said.
Moses Lake police Capt. Dave Ruffin said dispatchers received an anonymous call shortly after midnight reporting a victim of an assault had died.
The caller provided an address on the 1400 block of Sunset Drive.
Dispatchers also got a 911 call from Jack P. Simmons, reporting that his mother had died inside her home on that block of Sunset Drive, Ruffin said.
Simmons, 56, lives with his mother.
Officers arrived and found Edna A. Simmons dead, Ruffin said. There was a "suspicious amount of blood" inside the home and officers suspected Simmons had been the victim of a trauma, he said.
Jack Simmons told officers he was in the home at the time of his mother's death, but provided various accounts of the circumstances of her death, Ruffin said.
He was arrested and booked into the Grant County jail on suspicion of second-degree murder.
An autopsy is being scheduled, and the death remains under investigation. Anyone with information as asked to call Detective Sgt. Mike Williams at 509-764-3900.
Pasco man arrested after high-speed chase
A 26-year-old Pasco man who wasn't supposed to be driving got caught behind the wheel Sunday by a Kennewick detective, police said.
Joshua Edward Garza sped away from Detective Dan Long when he tried to pull him over about 5 p.m. near Benton Street and Railroad Avenue, said Cpl. Joe Jackson.
Garza drove at high speeds down Gum Street in a white Mistubishi Mirage, forcing other motorists off the road and nearly causing several accidents, Jackson said.
When he got to 41st and Date streets, Garza ditched the car and took off running, Jackson said.
Officers suspected he went into a ravine and searched the area for him. They later discovered Garza had caught a ride from a friend to get out of the area.
He was found later in the evening and arrested by Franklin County sheriff's deputies, Jackson said.
Garza admitted to driving the vehicle and running from police, he said.
He was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of driving with a suspended license and also may face an eluding charge.
Man reports attackat Burbank party
Walla Walla County sheriff's deputies are investigating an alleged assault of a Kennewick man at a large party in Burbank on Sunday.
The 29-year old man told deputies he had driven three people to the party on Quincy Road around 2 a.m. and was assaulted for no reason as he was leaving, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin reported. The man said his car also was damaged when he backed into another car while attempting to leave.
As he drove away from the scene, the victim said, he heard multiple gunshots and was pursued at high speed by another vehicle. The man said the pursuing vehicle stopped following him after he lost control of his car and ran into an empty field, the newspaper said.
According to the report, the victim apparently was able to drive his vehicle into Pasco, where police found it parked on a street with severe front-end damage, the driver's window smashed, windshield broken and footprints and dents where it had been kicked.
The victim went to the Pasco Police Department and was taken to Lourdes Medical Center for treatment of injuries to his arm and face, the newspaper said.
Deputies reportedly found spent .45-caliber shell casings and two live rounds on the Quincy Road property, the newspaper said. A resident on the property told deputies there were more than 200 people at the party, but he had no idea who organized it.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office at 509-524-5400.
Richland man's death ruled apparent suicide
A Richland man died Friday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
John Vincent Costello, 56, was found dead at his Buena Court home.
The Benton County Coroner's Office has ruled his death a suicide.
Cause of Pasco teen's death being investigated
The cause of death of an 18-year-old Pasco man is pending toxicology results, said Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel.
Erick M. Liera died at his home Sunday. An autopsy was performed Monday, Blasdel said.
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