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Former Tri-City football star gets arrested

A former Tri-City football standout was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of prowling cars in Kennewick.

Kennewick police arrested Drew R. Loftus, 18, of Kennewick, about 2:30 a.m. when a woman called police after her dogs started barking at someone outside.

Officers found Loftus nearby and believed he might have been under the influence of alcohol, said Sgt. Ken Lattin.

The incident happened on the 3500 block of South Conway Place.

Loftus was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of being a minor under the influence and of vehicle prowling.

He is a 2011 Kennewick High School graduate and was most valuable player for Division 3A in the Columbia Basin Big Nine.

He was attending college at the University of Hawaii, where he was listed as a wide receiver for the 2011 season.

"Strange noises or unusual dog barking is usually an indicator of someone in your neighborhood who is up to no good," Lattin said in a news release.

Moses Lake woman in jail for stealing dolls

A Moses Lake woman is in the Benton County jail on suspicion of organized retail theft after allegedly making off with a cart full of Barbies at a Kennewick toy store.

Police said employees at Toys R Us reported seeing two women about 10 p.m. Monday leaving the store with a cart loaded with Barbie toys.

They followed the women outside and took down their license plate number and description of their Kia Sorrento and called police.

An officer found the Kia moments later pulling into the parking lot at the Carmike movie theater.

The women fled, but police said they found Marisol E. Ramirez, 25, hiding next to a car.

The second woman, whom police said was the driver, was not found or identified.

Police said the vehicle was full of merchandise in addition to the Barbies.

Anyone with information about the second woman is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 586-8477 or go to tricitiescrimestoppers.org

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