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Mabton man charged with child rape, burglary

His girlfriend is accused of beating victim

A local man is on his way to Yakima County Jail on allegations he raped a child.

Farm to bring 200 jobs to Sunnyside

Port of Sunnyside inks land deal

A Western Washington company will bring 200 jobs to the area and invest $25 million in the community.

Retired journalist to challenge Newhouse

Brown: “Heart sick” about election results

The local Congressman has his first opponent for the 2018 election.

Fundraiser set for victim’s eight children

Event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday

The local Police Department will join dairy industry officials and the local cemetery manager to raise money and collect clothing Sunday for eight Granger children who are without their parents.

Prosser board to talk school construction site

Community forums planned for projects

Four months after voters overwhelmingly approved a bond measure, School District officials will take another step today towards new construction.

Granger council reaches compromise on fireworks issue

They’ll be allowed, but with a catch

Personal fireworks will still be permitted in the city limits.

Council approves police contract

The city’s police officers guild has a new contract.

Shooting shakes Newhouse, staff

Congressman concerned about security

The local Congressman is still in shock over a shooting rampage yesterday that critically wounded a colleague.

Arrests made in burglary

Police: Suspects caught leaving victim’s house

A local man appeared in Yakima County Superior Court yesterday after he allegedly broke into a home.

Sentencing delayed for former Prosser teacher

Woman filed guilty plea last month

Sentencing will be delayed for a former Housel Middle School teacher.

Grandview police seek leads in shootings

Police: Incidents gang-related

Police are still seeking leads in a pair of gang-related shootings two weeks apart.

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Granger reeling from priest issue

Town coming to terms with claims against pastor

Area residents are still in shock over a local priest’s dismissal following allegations of sexual abuse.

State clears Outlook dairy of wrongdoing in February incident

Agency: Severe weather caused berm breach

A local dairy did not violate state policy when a berm on its property failed in February and flooded much of the community.

Man arrested for up-skirt photography

Voyeurism took place during graduation

A Grandview man is accused of taking pictures and videos underneath girls skirts during Sunnyside High School’s graduation ceremony Friday night.

Suspect arrested in Sunnyside store robberies

Police: Cases related to Tri-Cities robbery spree

A suspect in multiple Tri-Cities robberies in custody today is also believed to be responsible for two armed robberies here.

Diocese removes Granger pastor

Priest accused of sexual abuse of a minor

A local parish priest has been removed due to allegations of sexual abuse.

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Friday blaze destroys Outlook home

Fire also claims general store

One home and a historic, although abandoned, general store are both gone due to a fire.

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Graduation, ‘walk’ in question for some Sunnyside students

For most of the school’s 400-plus seniors, today is one they’ve anticipated for 13 years, walking with their class on graduation night.

Armed robber hits Sunnyside stores

Police: crimes may be connected

Police are looking for leads in armed robberies at two local stores yesterday.

Farmers, area officials share concerns with DNR chief

Franz touts state, rural partnership

A state official came to listen. Area officials and farmers took her up on the offer.

YVC appoints new Grandview campus dean

Somer began work on June 1

A college’s local campus is getting a new leader.

State lands commissioner visits Prosser today

Statewide tour includes stop in Paterson

The city will be a featured stop today for a state official touting rural partnerships.

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Work nearly finished on Sunnyside winery

Tour planned this Friday after industry lunch

A remodel two years in the making could wrap up tomorrow.

Council rejects district changes

Community outreach approved

City Council districts will not be changed.

Homicide victim positively identified

Husband is being held on $1 million bail

A local man is being held on $1 million bail after he was accused of homicide in his wife’s death.

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Pacific Power reviewing options to deal with squirrel issues

Utility officials are exploring options after a squirrel knocked out power to 6,418 local customers for more than 10 hours on Sunday.

Woman’s body burned, dismembered

Detectives seek weapon used in homicide

A local woman died from blunt force trauma to the head.

DeRuyters sell Outlook dairy

Buyer was from out-of-state

The longtime owners of a local dairy have sold their farm to an out-of-state buyer.

Police: Gunfire reports were connected

Apartment was not target of gang shooting

Two reports of gunfire on Saturday were related.

Grandview police seek shooting leads

Gang-related incident second in two weeks

Police are investigating the city’s second gang-related shooting in as many weeks.

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Squirrel knocks out power to thousands Sunday

Much of the city was without power for more than 10 hours yesterday after a squirrel knocked out the substation on Sixth Street.

Yakima officer Tases, tussles with Mabton suspect

A local man appeared in Yakima County Superior Court on Friday after he allegedly tried to avoid arrest and was tased.

Authorities seek answers in slaying

Autopsy set for today in woman’s death

Officials hope to learn today how a local man allegedly killed his wife Friday or Saturday.

Hard times: Former inmates, officials talk transition from prison

Hope Cafe makes a stop in Granger

Former prison inmates, community members and state officials are searching for common ground to keep offenders from returning to jail.

Whooping cough hits Sunnyside

Four cases confirmed in two schools

Two local elementary schools are dealing with cases of Pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

Police seek second suspect in drive-by shooting

Man deemed armed and dangerous

The hunt is on in the Lower Yakima Valley for a drive-by shooting suspect.

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Canal break floods Mabton area

SVID seeks answers for breach

The clean-up continues, as does the search for answers, in the wake of a canal break yesterday.

Water-boil order issued for Mabton

Well failure prompts precaution

Residents are being urged to boil their tap water for five minutes before they drink it.

Chief Perales guilty of false swearing

Perales to serve 10 days under house arrest

The police chief will serve 10 days under house arrest for lying during a court proceeding.

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Lest we forget...

Lower Yakima Valley honors ‘heroic dead’

The Lower Yakima Valley remembered America’s ‘heroic’ dead yesterday at Memorial Day Services in Outlook, Sunnyside, Grandview and Mabton.

Police name burglary suspect

Granger man faces multiple charges

A Granger man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly robbed a local restaurant at gunpoint.

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Two hold up US Bank in Granger

FBI, police seek public’s help in robbery case

A federal agency is helping the Police Department in the search for two suspects who robbed the local US Bank branch, 110 Main St.

Lawyer files for recall of clerk

Grandview man submits paperwork

A local attorney is among those leading the charge to recall Yakima County Clerk Janelle Riddle.

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Man rescued from blaze

Police, fire crews praised for quick response

A local man is expected to recover from injuries sustained in an early morning house fire yesterday.

Shutter diplomacy

The history books tell us that in the early 1970s Secretary of State Henry Kissinger engaged in what was called “shuttle diplomacy” as he made a series of stops in the Middle East in an effort to broker peace.

Shooting suspect sought

Police said gunfire likely gang-related

Local police today are seeking a suspect in what is believed to be a gang-related drive-by shooting.

Police arrest El Charrito suspect

Facebook response aids in capture

Local police said the power of social media helped them arrest a man suspected of armed burglary.

Deputy, suspect identified in Monday shooting

Man shot after pointing gun at officers

A seriously wounded man faces charges and a Yakima County Sheriff’s Office deputy is on paid administrative leave after an officer-involved shooting Monday afternoon.

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Police seek armed robbery suspect

Man orders a meal, then robs restaurant

Police are seeking a suspect in the armed robbery of a local restaurant.

Gov. Inslee calls lawmakers to second special session

State lawmakers were called back to work today for a second special session.

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