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Pregnancy center garage sale set

for Sept. 3-4

GRANDVIEW - Friday and Saturday, Sept. 3-4, the Lower Valley Pregnancy Center will host a garage sale at the Grandview Christian Church (310 Euclid Ave.).

Proceeds from the two-day fund-raiser will be used for operating expenses at the Lower Valley Pregnancy Center. The center is a non-profit agency that provides pregnancy testing and option-education and abstinence presentations to Lower Valley communities. The Grandview-based center also provides parenting and relationship education, as well as information about sexually transmitted diseases.

All services provided by the center are free and confidential.

Those wishing to donate garage sale items for the two-day sale are encouraged to take them to the Grandview Christian Church on or after Aug. 30.

Man arrested

on charges of

fire-bombing

ex-wife’s car

PROSSER - Kenneth D. Klym was arrested late Wednesday evening in Kennewick, charged with fire-bombing his ex-wife's car earlier in the evening near Prosser. He was formally booked on charges of second degree maliciious mischief.

Washington State Patrol detectives believe Klym threw a lit "Molotov Cocktail" at a vehicle occupied by his ex-wife. The incident occurred at about 9:05 p.m. Wednesday evening on I-82 near Prosser. Detectives say the flaming bottle hit the passenger side of the moving vehicle, causing the bottle to break. The vehicle was damaged by the fire that splattered on the fender and trunk.

After the incident, responding officers could still see burning debris on the roadway.

The victim, 28-year-old Brandi Martin of the Tri-Cities, avoided injury. She was alone in the car at the time of the incident. Martin drove herself to the Prosser police station.

Officers from several agencies, including the Sunnyside Police Department, searched for the suspect for the next two and a half hours. Klym, 38, was eventually taken into custody in Kennewick, after he called police to say he had been threatened by an unknown male. Officers were unable to substantiate the threat.

WSP detectives said they will be looking into information linking Klym to previous acts of domestic violence. There is currently a protection order in place protecting the victim from contact by Klym.

County-wide

burn ban in effect

Even though the air quality has improved slightly with the recent rainfall, a burn ban throughout Yakima County is still in effect.

The Yakima Regional Clean Air Authority called for a burn ban on Aug. 13 due to smoky conditions from forest fires. On Aug. 17, the Yakima County fire marshal declared a county-wide ban on all forms of outdoor burning.

Clean Air Authority officials say the recent rainfall has helped conditions, but they expect high temperatures to return. And, they add, very dry fuel will create a very high fire danger in the county. Thus, they say, no outdoor burning is allowed in Yakima County until further notice.

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