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Dozens of firearms, pot found during child rape probe in Prosser

Nearly three dozen firearms and marijuana were found by Benton County sheriff's deputies investigating an alleged sexual assault, authorities said.

Deputies searched a Prosser home at 31308 N. District Line Road after arresting the man who lives there on child rape accusations, said Detective Erik Magnuson.

Deputies found about 70 marijuana plants growing at the home and nearly 31/2 pounds of processed pot packaged in gallon-sized plastic bags, Magnuson said.

Rifles, handguns and ammunition also were seized.

The suspect is jailed on suspicion of first-degree rape of a child and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, Magnuson said.

The man's name wasn't released, but the home is owned by Richard Cain.

Cain, 46, was booked recently into the Benton County jail on suspicion of first-degree child rape.

Prosser man tries to drive over irrigation canal during a chase

A Prosser man didn't make it over an irrigation canal in his car when he tried to run from police early Sunday.

Patrick Levi Rhynard, 27, ended up climbing out of his car, swimming to the other side of the canal and running away until officers were able to shock him with a Taser, police said.

The incident began at 3:22 a.m. when Kennewick police were called to the SunMart convenience store at First Avenue and Washington Street about a harassment and possible assault, Sgt. Ken Lattin said.

Officers determined Rhynard was harassing the clerk and allegedly tried to assault her, Lattin said.

Rhynard left as officers arrived and they tried to stop him but he drove to Cascade Street, then turned south toward the canal and Keewaydin Park, Lattin said.

He apparently was going about 30 mph, then accelerated toward the canal.

"He tried to jump the canal -- like Dukes of Hazzard-style," Lattin said.

Rhynard didn't clear the canal and was caught a short time later near the senior center and was arrested after officers used a Taser.

Rhynard was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of domestic violence-related harassment and attempting to elude police.

Columbia Basin Dive Rescue members were called to help get the car out of the canal, police said. It was impounded.

2 teens accused of theft at Prosser High

Two teens were arrested Monday after reportedly breaking into Prosser High and stealing agriculture tools and equipment.

The burglary does not appear to be connected to two other break-ins and vandalism at the school, police said.

Prosser police were called to the school at 8:25 a.m. Monday after school staff discovered the agricultural shop had been broken into over the weekend, police said.

The shop is not connected to the main building, and the teens apparently got in through an unlocked door and stole several items.

Officers got a tip about the suspects a short time later and the boys admitted to taking the equipment and tools, police said. All items were recovered.

Police are investigating two other burglaries that happened during the past two weeks at the high school. In those cases, the school was heavily vandalized and many windows and other items were damaged.

A Boise State University football jersey that belongs to former Prosser High quarterback Kellen Moore was stolen in the first break-in.

3 Kennewick shops broken into

Three coffee stands and a check cashing store in Kennewick were broken into over the weekend by thieves apparently looking for fast cash.

Kennewick police don't know whether the break-ins are connected, but say it's possible since the burglaries happened on the same night.

"Someone could be targeting espresso stands," said Mike Blatman, Kennewick police crime prevention specialist.

The first burglary was discovered at 12:05 a.m. Saturday when an alarm sounded at the Quik Cash store in the 4200 block of Clearwater. Officers found a broken window on the side of the building and it appeared the thief unsuccessfully tried to crawl through the window, police said.

While officers were investigating, they heard an alarm go off across the street at the Dutch Brothers coffee stand in the 4300 block of Clearwater.

The suspect apparently smashed out a window on the door, but left before getting inside, police said.

A police dog team was called to try to track the suspect, but got called away when another burglary was reported in the 2600 block of West Bruneau Avenue.

A witness heard the sound of glass breaking at the business and saw a man running away, police said. The K-9 unit tried to track the burglar but did not find the suspect

The burglary on Bruneau is not suspected of being related to the first two.

On Saturday morning, officers took burglary reports from two other espresso stands that were hit overnight.

Mean Bean Espresso, in the 5700 block of West Clearwater Avenue, said they were broken into sometime between 3 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday, police said. The suspects broke a window and used a chair as a stool to get inside, police said. Cash was stolen.

Purple Peaches Espresso, in the 1400 block of West 27th Avenue, also had a thief enter the stand around 11:30 p.m. Friday. The suspect broke the drive-through window, rummaged through the business, cut the phone lines and took an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

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

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