KENNEWICK -- A registered sex offender is behind bars for allegedly sending sexually explicit messages over a social networking site to three underage girls.
Michael Curtis Lee Damman is in the Benton County jail and being investigated for three counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.
The 23-year-old Kennewick man had a preliminary hearing in the jail Wednesday, where District Court Judge Dan Kathren ordered Damman held without bail for 72 hours.
He was arrested Tuesday by Benton County sheriff's deputies, who began investigating him on April 18.
He's accused of propositioning three girls over Facebook, including graphically describing his penis, court documents said. The girls ranged in age from preteen to teen.
Damman asked the girls if they wanted to have sex with him and another person, mentioning the name of someone the three girls knew, court documents said. He ended the message with a smiley face and said "if not, all good."
The parents of one girl copied Damman's message off Facebook before he changed his profile to a woman's name, documents said.
Damman is classified as a Level 2 sex offender, which means he is considered a moderate risk to reoffend.
He is required to register as a sex offender after being convicted of a sexual assault in 2005 and fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation in 2010.
Threats lead to arrest of gang member, cops say
KENNEWICK -- Tri-City Regional SWAT team members surrounded a Kennewick apartment complex early Wednesday after a known gang member threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend's mother, police said.
The incident at 130 S. Conway St., began around 2 a.m. and ended at 6:30 a.m. when the suspect and two others agreed to leave the apartment.
Antonio Deleon reportedly threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend's mother over the phone about jewelry that the former girlfriend still had.
Deleon, 25, was arrested and booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of felony threats and possession of a firearm.
A 17-year-old boy inside the apartment with Deleon was arrested on probation violations. Police said the teen is also a suspected gang member.
A handgun was found when officers searched Deleon's apartment.
Victims in fraud scam pass 40, police report
RICHLAND -- Tri-City police reported more than 40 residents fell victim to a fraud scam that circulated during the weekend.
The scam included text messages and phone calls purportedly from Gesa Credit Union telling people their card was deactivated and they needed to give their bank account and PIN to reactivate it.
Capt. Jeff Taylor said 24 Richland residents reported they were scammed out of $17,346.
Kennewick police has had seven victims report losses exceeding $5,000, while Pasco reportedly took about a dozen reports but has not released a total for the amount lost.
Boardman man arrested after 8-hour standoff
BOARDMAN -- A 51-year-old Boardman man was arrested Wednesday after an almost eight-hour standoff with police.
Daniel Bozarth was wanted after reportedly walking down a Boardman street, yelling at people while carrying a hammer or ax, police said.
When officers responded, Bozarth yelled at them, then ran into his home. He then threw a hammer through a window at officers and refused to come outside, police said.
Bozarth refused to talk with negotiators, and they ended their contact around midnight. At 8:15 a.m., he left his house and was shocked with a Taser and taken into custody, police said.
He was booked into the Umatilla County jail on suspicion of disorderly conduct, menacing, attempted assault and interfering with a peace officer.