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Kim case proceeds to motion hearing

Helen and Fred Kim’s journey through Sunnyside’s legal system continued this past Thursday morning, when they were assigned a motion hearing date of Friday, Sept. 13, at 9 a.m.

The Kims own the Townhouse Motel on Yakima Valley Highway and in June Sunnyside police charged the couple with permitting or maintaining a nuisance related to 97 police calls there in the past three years.

Mr. Kim appeared in Sunnyside Municipal Court Thursday morning for a status conference and Judge Steven Michels agreed with his attorney, Doug Garrison, to set a motion hearing for next month.

The Kim case has been impacted by the suspension of city prosecutor Kathleen Hitchcock due to a DUI charge brought against her by the State Patrol. After Hitchcock originally indicated the possibility of dismissing the case, the Kims were to face a jury trial last month.

The trial had to be delayed because Hitchcock’s replacement – Ken Raber –served as a judge on one of the Kims’ previous hearings.

Raber was the city’s prosecutor at the Kim’s status conference yesterday morning.

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