MOSES LAKE — A suspected pipe bomb blew up a residential mailbox in Moses Lake on Sunday, officials said.
No one was hurt and investigators don't yet know if the mailbox owner was targeted, said Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones.
"I'm grateful nobody was hurt by the detonation of this device," he said. "Since we don't know if this was a random event or if someone was indeed targeted, citizens should be cautious when opening their mailboxes."
The explosive device destroyed a mailbox on the 7400 block of Road K.7-NE, about two miles east of Moses Lake.
Deputies were called at 1 p.m. Sunday when the resident reported her mailbox had been destroyed, possibly overnight Saturday, Jones said.
Bomb squad technicians from Richland Police Department's Bomb Squad were called and checked other mailboxes in the area. No other devices were found and no other similar incidents have been reported, Jones said.
Jones said investigators are leaning toward the incident being a random act, but emphasized residents should remain cautious.
It also is too soon to say whether the incident is connected to other explosives incidents in Grant County, including two homicides in 2008.
In those cases, two men were killed by pipe bombs within hours of each other at two separate homes near Moses Lake. The devices were believed to have been made by the same person, but there didn't appear to be a connection between the victims.
No arrests have been made in those homicides.
Anyone with information about the mailbox explosion can call the Grant County Sheriff's Office at 509-754-2011 ext. 468 or email an anonymous tip to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kennewick vandalism damages 40 vehicles
KENNEWICK — More than three dozen Kennewick residents received a not-so-nice welcome to the week when they discovered their vehicle windows were shattered late Sunday.
Kennewick police suspect a BB gun or pellet gun was used to shoot out numerous vehicle windows in the Canyon Lakes, Panoramic Heights and Creekstone subdivisions, said Mike Blatman, police spokesman.
Cars near Sixth Avenue and Penn Street also were vandalized, he said.
As of Monday afternoon, 40 vehicles had been reported or found damaged.
Officers began getting the vandalism reports around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, and discovered others on their own.
In one incident in Canyon Lakes, a resident said she heard a loud noise outside but waited about 30 minutes before checking it out, police said. She then found the rear windows of her car and her boyfriend's car had been broken.
No suspects or suspect vehicles have been identified, Blatman said.
Anyone with information about the cases can call Kennewick police at 585-4209 or Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers at 586-8477.
Oregon officers justified in shooting armed man
MILTON-FREEWATER — Two Oregon officers were justified in shooting a Milton-Freewater man who had a rifle aimed at them, a Umatilla County Grand Jury said.
Information on the March 22 shooting near Tollgate was presented to the grand jury on Thursday, said Umatilla County Deputy District Attorney Dan Primus.
Oregon State Police Trooper Ryan Sharp and Umatilla County Sheriff's Deputy Morgan Dunlap were cleared by the grand jury following a multi-agency investigation, officials said.
The grand jury found the use of deadly force was justified when Sharp and Dunlap shot Michael Thomas Summers, 52.
The officers were investigating a single-vehicle traffic crash and were searching for the driver, later identified as Summers, when they found him with a rifle, officials said.
Summers, who was wanted on a federal parole violation warrant, was shot three times after he refused to put down his rifle, officials said.
Summers was treated at Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland and released to U.S. marshals on Friday. He is being held in the Multnomah County jail on the federal warrant.
Summers also was indicted by the Umatilla County Grand Jury on 11 counts for first-degree burglary, felon in possession of a weapon, first-degree theft, unlawful possession of meth, driving under the influence of intoxicants and two counts each of unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and pointing a firearm at an officer.
It is not yet known when Summers would appear in Umatilla County Circuit Court to enter a plea to those charges.
Sunnyside girl hurt in drive-by at her home
SUNNYSIDE — A 14-year-old Sunnyside girl escaped serious injury when someone fired a shotgun at the home she was in early Sunday, police said.
The drive-by shooting occurred around 5 a.m. on the 600 block of Miller Avenue, police said. A single shotgun blast was fired at the living room window.
The teen, who was asleep in the living room, suffered a small cut on her hand from the broken glass but no medical treatment was necessary, police said.
Other people asleep inside the home were not injured.
Anyone with information on the drive-by shooting can call Sunnyside police at 509-836-6200.
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