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John Fannin

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Prosser teenagers arrested for vandalizing patrol vehicle

Suspects still being sought in two other cases

Two local boys are in custody after they allegedly vandalized a patrol car Sunday.

Voters to decide re-districting, levy

Granger seeks at-large seat for school board

Two Lower Yakima Valley school districts have measures on the April 25 special elections ballot.

Three chases in four days for Grandview cops

Pick-up hit during high-speed pursuit

A local man faces multiple charges after leading officers on a chase on Monday.

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Gang-related vandalism reported in Prosser

City park, Sheriff’s Office patrol car hit

Gang-related vandalism hit the city twice last weekend.

Men caught with 1,923 pot plants

Arrests made after traffic stop in Sunnyside

Two Pasco men are accused of transporting nearly 2,000 marijuana plants here.

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Demolition clears downtown site

City may seek to remove second building

A building gutted by fire last year is gone and its neighbor could be next.

Local man assaults officer

Suspect arrested after orchard chase

A local man faces multiple charges after he allegedly assaulted an officer Saturday.

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Fire destroys Mabton house

Fire leaves area couple homeless

An investigation is under way after a fire left an elderly couple homeless yesterday.

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Residents dig out from wild weather

Yakima County declares flood emergency

Yakima County remains under a state of emergency after wind, heavy rain and hail pummeled the area Friday.

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Sunnyside pride

A love of the city and community pride were on display Saturday during the annual Spirit of Sunnyside banquet.

And the Effie goes to ...

Awards season is well under way in the Lower Yakima Valley.

Cattle rustlers hit Grandview dairy

Siblings accused of heist from second dairy

Two Sunnyside residents appeared in Yakima County Superior Court yesterday on charges they stole cattle from a local dairy farm.

Residents informed on immigration rights

Local church hosts workshop

How to respond when customs officials knock on the door or arrive at the work place was the focus of a workshop Wednesday night.

Granger gets snow-day waiver

State waives three days for school district

A local School District will have three of its six snow days waived.

Collapsed pipe caused sinkhole

Federal Way closed through at least Monday

A local street will remain closed through at least Monday due to a 14-foot deep sinkhole.

Search continues for jail escapees

There’s still no sign of two inmates who escaped Tuesday from the Yakima County Jail.

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Razing the ‘Bell’

Complete removal will take 2 months

A national fast-food restaurant chain is tearing down its local building to make way for a new and improved one.

Burglars break into Grandview dairy workshop

Brother, sister face charges in attempted theft

A Sunnyside brother and sister will be arraigned April 19 after they allegedly broke into a local dairy.

Sage rats, marmots, badgers, gophers, oh my!

Irrigators dealing with pesky critters

With the water season under way, local irrigation districts are dealing with pests that can do serious damage.

Inmates escape from county jail

Glitch left door from yard area unsecured

The search is on as of press time for two inmates who escaped the Yakima County Jail yesterday.

Groups partner for gang workshop

Sunnyside event is 6 p.m. on April 12

Three local agencies are partnering for a gang awareness event.

Three vying to fill Benton County Sheriff vacancy

Commissioners to make choice by April 11

Benton County has an interim sheriff, and two other candidates also pursuing the post on a permanent basis.

Prosser eyes street upgrades

City Council to review proposal at workshop

The city’s plans to improve Seventh Street could get a boost.

Grandview schools wait on waiver decision

School year will end June 16 without waiver

The local school district will wait until after Spring Break to make a decision about seeking a waiver for snow days.

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Three-day carnival in Sunnyside

Company hires police officers for security

Rides, games and food are coming to town for the Sunnyside Spring Carnival.

Prosser schools receive snow-day waiver from state

High school graduation will be June 17

The local School District won’t have to make up five snow days from this past winter.

Darigold eyes land purchase from port

Company wants to buy three more acres

A local company wants to buy additional acreage from the Port of Sunnyside.

Cops make heroin bust

Informant made seven buys in a five-month span

A local man will be arraigned April 14 on accusations he sold heroin multiple times to an informant with Yakima County’s drug task force.

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March honors Cesar Chavez, resists President Donald Trump

Event part of a regional focus for organizers

About 100 supporters of a national organization expressed support for immigrant rights during a march yesterday.

Man leads deputy on 110 mph chase near Mabton

Bail set at $30,000 for Mabton man

A local man will be arraigned April 13 after he allegedly led officers on a chase that reached 110 mph.

Former city worker faces theft charge

Clerk accused of stealing from Sunnyside

A former City Hall employee will be arraigned April 13 in Yakima County Superior Court on accusations of stealing from city coffers.

Patrol: Wrong-way driver used pot

Yakima man attacked Sunnyside cop

A Yakima man will be arraigned April 13 on charges stemming from a wrong-way crash on Interstate 82.

Sunnyside mayor: Cities are concerned about Trump

Mayor gains support from Congress

Marijuana, funds for infrastructure and municipal bonds are among the worries Washington cities have about President Donald J. Trump.

City Council, union remain at odds

City rejects police support guild proposal

It’s back to the drawing board for city officials and a local union.

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Sunnyside day care has gas scare

Staff evacuated facility after alarm sounded

Workers at a local day care center are breathing a sigh of relief after a natural gas leak scare proved unfounded.

Granger community split on fireworks ban

City Council tables topic until April 11

Residents appear to have mixed feelings on a proposed fireworks ban.

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Transformation Sunnyside ends Saturday after a decade of service

Some of the group’s initiatives will continue

Job fairs, home improvement and a community garden form the legacy of a local group that will cease to exist Saturday.

Immigration event set for Saturday

Attorney, radio D.J. expected to participate

A local businesswoman is bringing celebrities to town Saturday for a two-hour program on immigration rights.

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Natural gas leak shuts down Edison Avenue

Backhoe operator broke into line

Traffic was stopped and workers at one local office building were told to stay put during a natural gas line break yesterday.

Mabton eyes water rate increase

City Council to review proposal

The City Council will consider raising monthly water rates by $3 when it meets tonight.

Toppenish shooting deemed gang related

Victim not cooperating with deputies

Questions about a shooting that wounded a local man will likely go unanswered because the victim is uncooperative with Yakima County Sheriff’s Office investigators.

Police officer resigns amidst charges

Sunnyside man faces domestic violence charges

A man facing multiple criminal charges has resigned from the local Police Department.

Council eyes second try at fireworks ban

Granger ban would take effect in 2018

The City Council will discuss a possible ban on personal fireworks for the second time in two weeks.

Toppenish inmates cause explosion

Sunnyside woman among the defendants

Four women appeared in Yakima County Superior Court on Thursday, accused of trying to burn the city jail where they are inmates.

Sheriff’s deputies seeking leads in shooting

City dealing with third shooting this year

Yakima County Sheriff’s Office deputies are still seeking leads in a shooting that injured a local man Thursday night.

Re-trial under way in rape case

1982 SHS grad also faces homicide trial

A former Sunnyside resident is standing trial a second time on charges of third-degree rape and fourth-degree assault.

County releases victim’s name

Deputies investigate death of Toppenish man

A body found last summer on Interstate 82 has been identified as a recent transplant to the Lower Yakima Valley.

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Local produce stand to expand

Grower eyes year-round operation

A year-round produce stand is in the works.

Lawmakers get an earful during telephone town hall

Valley residents ask plenty of Taylor, Chandler

What’s the status of charter schools? Will Gov. Jay Inslee seek a sales tax?

Officer faces second investigation

Sunnyside police plan review of Russell’s charges

The local police department plans a second internal investigation of an officer facing multiple charges after he was accused of domestic violence.