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Wife of Benton County sheriff files for divorce

The wife of Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher has filed for divorce and accused him of strangling her during a fight over his alleged extramarital affair.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019

Prosser officer shot in leg during foot chase

The officer was transported to Prosser Memorial Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, the city of Prosser said in a news release. The suspect had not been arrested as …


Benton County homicides reach 10-year high

Police and sheriff’s deputies investigated more homicides last year than in the past 10 years. The Benton County Coroner’s Office said seven people died by homicide in 2018, including two …


Agencies in overdrive to find food for the hungry in Tri-Cities

Take a look around and count nine people. One of them, statistically, doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from, according to the food bank organization Feeding America.


Turning out for tamales: Hungry fans scarf down 65,000 at popular Kennewick festival

Sonia Alamilla brought seven family members, three pots, two grills and nearly 3,000 tamales to the Benton County Fairgrounds.


UPDATED: Sun., July 23, 2017

Pot Puzzle: In Washington state, it’s a checkerboard of marijuana rules and regulations

Five years after Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana, uncertainty continues in cities and counties across the state over how to regulate pot businesses – or whether to allow them at …


UPDATED: Sat., June 17, 2017

Sex crime arrests in Benton County mount as public safety sales taxes roll in

Two and a half years after Benton County voters approved a public safety sales tax, one of the more surprising outcomes is a rise in the number of people arrested …


New interim Benton County sheriff announces election bid

Undersheriff Jerry Hatcher announced his bid to run for Benton County sheriff on Tuesday, the same day he was appointed the interim sheriff by the county commissioners.


Convicted sex offender charged for writing girl from Benton County jail

A twice-convicted sex offender has been charged with a new crime for allegedly writing letters from the Benton County jail to a young teen girl about their “sleepovers.”


Family of teen who died in Benton County Jail seeks $5 million

A Pasco man has filed a claim seeking $5 million for the death of his son in the Benton County Jail.


Gen. James Mattis, Trump’s possible defense chief, fulfills jury duty in Kennewick

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, under consideration by President-elect Donald Trump for a Cabinet position, still found time to appear in a Kennewick courtroom for jury duty this week.


Benton County sheriff’s deputies stop shaving to help families in need

Scruffy, unshaven deputies are patrolling Benton County and raising funds for people in need during Christmas.


Police: Woman admits abduction for ransom; victim found dead

A woman acknowledged kidnapping a woman she knew and picking up a $250,000 ransom that authorities handed over in hopes of the safe return of the victim, but her body …


Crews tackle several wildfires in Washington

A wildfire burning toward the Hanford nuclear reservation scorched about 110 square miles of grassland Monday as it spread from Yakima County into Benton County.


ACLU, Benton County settle lawsuit over court fines

Benton County in southeast Washington has ended its practice of jailing people or requiring them to toil on work crews if they fail to pay court fines and fees.


Wine center seeks Benton County funds

PROSSER, Wash. – A multimillion-dollar wine exhibition and culinary center being developed near Prosser has the view overlooking the Yakima River and a $2 million federal grant, but it could …