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Police roundup: Man injured in struggle with a burglar

A 71-year-old Walla Walla man suffered minor injuries after he struggled with a burglar he found inside his home early Wednesday, police said.

Walla Walla police were called to the house in the 600 block of Catherine Street after the homeowner called 911 at 12:40 a.m. saying two burglars were inside, said Officer Tim Bennett.

The victim said he was woken up by noises coming from the stairway inside his home, Bennett said.

He then armed himself with a shotgun and saw one suspect run downstairs and outside.

The second suspect came out of a room next to him and tried to grab the shotgun, Bennett said. The victim struggled with the suspect and fell down the stairs, but managed to hold on to the gun.

The second suspect was described as being in his late teens to early 20s, about 5-foot-8, clean shaven with a medium build. He was wearing a black shirt and light-colored pants.

The homeowner declined to be treated for his injuries, Bennett said.

It doesn't appear the suspects took anything from the home.

Anyone with information about the burglary attempt can call Walla Walla police at 509-527-1960.

Walla Walla police arrest couple during drug raid

A Walla Walla couple was arrested on drug charges during an early-morning SWAT team raid, police said.

The arrests of Debra Lynn Hong, 38, and her husband, Baldwin G. Hong, 46, were the result of several weeks of investigation by the Special Teams Unit drug detectives, said Walla Walla police Officer Tim Bennett.

The Emergency Services Unit SWAT team served a warrant to search the Hong's rental property on 123 E. Sumach at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, Bennett said.

Drug paraphernalia and computer equipment were seized from the basement apartment, he said.

Baldwin Hong was booked into the Walla Walla County jail on suspicion of conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school bus stop.

Debra Hong was jailed on the same allegation, along with conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine.

Police suspect man of detaining ex-wife

A 37-year-old Kennewick man was arrested early Tuesday after reportedly holding his ex-wife against her will and assaulting her.

Kennewick police responded at 1:40 a.m. to a home in the 4600 block of West Seventh Avenue after the woman called 911, police said.

When officers arrived, they contacted Eriberto Gutierrez, who allegedly was intoxicated and became argumentative when questioned.

Gutierrez's ex-wife told police that she had gone to his home to visit him earlier that evening and he started yelling at her about their past relationship, police said.

During the argument, he allegedly stopped her from leaving, pulled her back into the house, then grabbed her by the throat and threw her down.

When officers attempted to arrest Gutierrez, he refused to cooperate and tried to run away, police said. After a brief struggle, officers were able to handcuff him and put him in a patrol car.

Gutierrez was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of unlawful imprisonment and resisting arrest.

Search for missing dog, man continues by boat

The search for a missing Moses Lake man continued Wednesday in the Potholes Reservoir.

Dan Toya, 64, went missing Friday while taking his dog for a walk near Samson's Beach, said Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones.

A side-scanning sonar boat from Boise was expected to begin searching a portion of the Potholes Reservoir, near where Toya's unoccupied truck was found.

"Searchers continued their efforts throughout the weekend," Jones said. "Their efforts have been extraordinary, and with the deployment of a sonar boat, we will have exhausted all resources in the search for Dan."

Toya was reported missing by his wife on Friday after he failed to return home with his 10-month-old golden Labrador retriever, Molly. He reportedly told his wife that he was going to take Molly for a walk after leaving a Moses Lake veterinarian's office.

When he didn't return home, his wife called family members, who found his truck in the Samson Beach area. They then called 911, and searchers worked through the night and morning looking for Toya.

The ground search was suspended around 2 p.m. Saturday.

Toya, who was reportedly in good health and good spirits, is 5-foot-9, 180 pounds and was wearing a dark jacket, blue jeans and tennis shoes. Molly also has not been found.

Anyone with information about Toya can call the Grant County Sheriff's Office at 509-762-1160 or send information to crimetips@co.grant.wa.us. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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