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Granger court to install metal detector

— The court will have a new metal detector for security purposes.

The City Council last night approved, 4-0, buying the detector. Councilman Jose Trevino abstained.

The city received an Association of Washington Cities grant to purchase the metal detector.

The vote came after a contentious discussion regarding policies for the detector’s use.

Mayor Charles Wheaton questioned the council’s continuing delay in purchasing the detector.

Wheaton and Judge Kathleen Hitchcock brought in Yakima County Sheriff’s Office security officer Ron Rogers to talk about the legality of restricting firearms and other weapons — state law prohibits them in courts.

The Granger court had an incident about two months ago in which a defendant became aggressive and fought police, he said.

The council, however, continued to raise concerns about 2nd Amendment issues.

City attorney Seann Mumford suggested forming a court security committee.

At that point, Wheaton said the argument was “bogus.”

Councilwoman Julie Sharp brought the issue to a vote.

“Let’s get it in here while we’ve got the grant,” she said.

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