Retail Thieves the Target of Legislation That's on its Way to Governor's Desk

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OLYMPIA, WA - A bill making it easier for prosecutors to crack down on retail theft won final passage in the Washington State Senate on Monday, sending the measure to Governor Jay Inslee’s desk.  The 47 to 1 vote on Senate Bill 5635 caps a session-long effort by Senator Mike Padden (R-Spokane Valley) to toughen the state’s law against retail theft with special circumstances.

No Injuries in Two-Vehicle Collision Near Casino

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LEWISTON, ID - There were no injuries in a two-vehicle collision at the north entrance to the Clearwater River Casino this morning.  According to the Idaho State Police, 58-year-old Daniel R. Gludt of Lewiston was pulling out from Nez Perce Road onto US 95 at 7:54 a.m. when his 2008 Hyundai Accent was struck by a northbound 1995 Chevrolet Blazer driven by 66-year-old Charlene A. Hart of Lewiston.

Former Band Instructor & Boy Scout Leader Sentenced in Asotin County Rape of a Child Case

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ASOTIN, WA - After serving his sentence in Idaho for sexually abusing teenage boys at a Boy Scouts camp in Latah County, a former Clarkston High School Marching Band and Winterguard instructor will be sent to Washington State to serve a sentence related to the sexual abuse of another boy.  Timothy Kellis, 47, pled guilty as charged in Asotin County Superior Court to 2nd-Degree Rape of a Child on April 3rd.  He was sentenced yesterday to a minimum of 245 months (20.42 years) and a maximum of life in prison for abusing a boy who occasionally stayed with him.

Clarkston Police Investigating Suspicious Circumstance

Two men in pickup reportedly harassed 12yo girl as she walked home in area of 4th & Elm Streets

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CLARKSTON, WA - The Clarkston Police Department is investigating a suspicious circumstance during which two men in a pickup reportedly harassed a 12-year-old girl as she was walking home in the area of 4th and Elm Streets.  According to Police Chief Joel Hastings, at about 6:15 p.m. yesterday, a black pickup swerved over to the side of the road and a passenger got out.

"The girl heard the driver yell “get her” and the passenger approached her quickly.  She ran home and the male stopped following," Hastings says.

Missing Orofino Teen is Found Safe at Orofino Residence, Charged as Runaway

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OROFINO, ID - A 17-year-old Orofino boy who was reported missing after the Orofino High School prom Saturday night has been found safe at a residence in Orofino. Officials say Kristian Perez was located at 12127 Indio Avenue following a tip that had indicated Perez was staying at that location.

WDFW is Accepting Letters for Membership on its Hunter Education Instructor Advisory Committee

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OLYMPIA, WA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is accepting letters of interest for membership on its Hunter Education Instructor Advisory Committee through June 30th. This group advises the WDFW on issues and opportunities affecting the hunter education program and instructors.

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LEWIS-CLARK VALLEY:
Today Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. High near 62. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight Showers likely before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. West wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wallowa Man Arrested After 25 Elk Carcasses Discovered On or Near His Property

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WALLOWA, OR - A 69-year-old Wallowa man was arrested earlier this month after Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife officials found 25 elk carcasses on or near his property.  There had been no attempt to salvage any of the animals' meat.  According to a press release, the extensive investigation concluded after a search warrant was served on Larry Harshfield's property on April 8th.

Man Convicted of Stabbing, Shooting Richland Police Officer in 1982 is Paroled

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OLYMPIA, WA - A 59-year-old man who was convicted of stabbing and twice shooting a Richland, Washington police officer on September 7, 1982 was paroled today.  Governor Jay Inslee had last canceled Jerry Lain's parole in May of 2014, going against the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board's order that had granted the parole.  Lain was also denied parole in 1999, 2002, and 2006.  In 2010, then-Governor Chris Gregoire also blocked Lain's parole.

According to court records, Lain had been released from an Iowa prison just five months prior to him stabbing Officer Mike Fitzpatrick seven times and then shooting him twice with his service weapon.

Law That Strengthens Protections For WA Gov't Whistleblowers Signed Into Law

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OLYMPIA, WA - With his signature today, Washington Governor Jay Inslee enacted a law that strengthens the protections for whistleblowers across state government. Substitute Senate Bill 5374 closes a loophole that may have discouraged state employees from reporting possible violations of state laws or rules.

Police Continue Search For Teen Missing From Orofino Prom

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OROFINO, ID - Law enforcement officials continue to search for a 17-year-old Orofino boy who went missing after he left his high school's prom Saturday night.  Kristian Perez had ridden to Orofino High School's prom with a relative and checked out from the National Guard Armory at 9:32 p.m.  His tuxedo jacket, one shoe, and his broken cell phone were recovered in the area of the relative's vehicle, and a tracking K-9 indicated that Perez may have walked west from the armory for a short distance before entering a vehicle.

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