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Man faces theft charge

A 27-year-old arrested here Oct. 26 made his first appearance yesterday in Yakima County Superior Court. Alberto Verduzco Reyna was charged with forgery, second-degree possession of stolen property and second-degree theft.

Commissioners put pot on hold

Two voted for moratorium, one was absent

Benton County commissioners stood a little tougher against the marijuana culture at their regular meeting Tuesday, and the folks seem to agree. Commissioners Jim Beaver and Shon Small voted to place a 6-month moratorium on the production and processing of marijuana in unincorporated Benton County. Commissioner Jerome Delvin was absent.

DREAMer program set for Saturday

Heritage University Campus will be site of community forum

A community forum on the status of children brought illegally into the U.S. will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Heritage University. The forum will include presentations, educational information and an update of the rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Brad Hendrickson nominated as secretary of the Senate

Brad Hendrickson was unanimously nominated by Democrats to serve as the next secretary of the Senate. Before taking the post, his nomination must still be approved by a majority of the Senate.

Troopers plan traffic emphasis through Nov. 26

Cougar football fans encouraged to drive safely and be prepared for winter weather

The Washington State Patrol has extra units on Eastern Washington highways through Nov. 26. Troopers will be targeting motorists who are speeding, driving too fast for conditions and using cellphones behind the wheel. Up-to-date road information will be posted to Twitter using the hashtags BeSafeCougs and #AppleCup.

State seeks input on using Volkswagen settlement funds

State officials are seeking residents' input on how to spend the $112.7 million Washington could receive from a federal settlement with Volkswagen to reduce diesel air pollution. A webinar on using the money is set for 10 a.m. Nov. 28 and a Facebook streaming town hall is set for 6 p.m. Nov. 29.

Moratorium set for pot

Benton County commissioners have approved an emergency moratorium on new marijuana growing and processing businesses. The moratorium passed 2-0, with one abstention, Tuesday.

Sex offender moves to Sunnyside

According to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, Ismael Andaverde is now living in the 1200 block of South 11th Street.

Business license reminders early, but due date the same

State takingover licensing

Sunnyside has become part of the state’s master business licensing service. The state has an earlier reminder schedule, but the due date remains the same, Dec. 31.

Special board meeting set

The School Board has called for a special meeting at 6:30 a.m. today at the Prosser High School Library, 1203 Prosser Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to hold a construction design consultation with the architect an construction manager of the new Prosser High School.

Public Record

Prescription drug dump

Residents of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Alaska turned in 35,058 pounds (17.5 tons) of prescription medications October 28.

Newhouse wants action

Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) led a press conference in the U.S. Capitol with 13 House GOP Reps. to call for action on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Arrested for no license

Cassandra Lynn Barrera, 33, of 613 E. Adams St. Grandview, was arrested by police Wednesday afternoon for motor vehicle violations.

City budget hearing set

The Sunnyside City Council will take up the property tax levy for 2018 at its regular meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

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