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In brief: Pasco man serving life sentence may be freed

KENNEWICK – The state Court of Appeals has ruled that a Pasco man serving a life sentence under Washington’s “three strikes” law was improperly charged for a 2010 robbery.

Billy Wayne Davis could be freed, pending further appeals, the Tri-City Herald reported.

The appeals court ruled that evidence before Franklin County jurors was insufficient to support every element of first-degree robbery against Davis. The court reversed his conviction and ordered the trial court to dismiss the robbery with prejudice, which means it cannot be refiled because that would be double jeopardy.

Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant disagreed with the ruling. He expects prosecutors will ask the court to reconsider or petition the Washington Supreme Court to review it.

Man gets fourth DUI arrest since August

MILWAUKIE, Ore. – A man from the Portland suburb of Milwaukie has been arrested for the fourth time in three months on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Brian Lee Wallace, 51, was arrested Friday, Milwaukie police said. Wallace was also charged with driving with a suspended license. He was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail, where he also was booked on Aug. 15, Aug. 22 and Sept. 18.

Dog to blame for apartment fire

WENATCHEE – Fire officials said a dog reaching for treats turned on a stove and started a fire, causing smoke damage to an apartment in Wenatchee.

Wenatchee Fire Marshal Mark Yaple told KPQ radio that it appears the black Labrador was reaching for a bag of dog food left on a stove top when it turned on the stove with its paw.

Yaple said the residents were not at home when fire crews arrived.

He said emergency crews were able to revive the dog with mouth-to-snout resuscitation.

Armyworms invade Oregon city

HERMISTON, Ore. – The city of Hermiston has been invaded by armyworms.

Hundreds of thousands of the small caterpillars arrived this fall, the East Oregonian reported, and are showing up in bunches on doors, lawns and porches.

Armyworms get their name because they move in mass, causing damage to yards and fields unless treated with pesticides.

Experts say a mild winter and recent warm weather may have triggered this fall’s invasion.



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