SEATTLE A county in Washington state has ended its practice of jailing people or requiring them to toil on work crews if they fail to pay their court fines, changes that emerged from a national effort to combat a practice that can make poor defendants poorer.
Date: 06/01/2016 | Northwest
KENNEWICK — Officials say an autopsy to determine the cause of death of a 19-year-old mentally ill man who died at the Benton County jail did not reveal a cause.
Date: 03/15/2016 | Northwest
KENNEWICK In an effort to help people with mental health issues get treatment instead of jail time the Benton County is starting a Mental Health Court.
Date: 03/14/2016 | Northwest
KENNEWICK Authorities are investigating the death of inmate being held at Benton County jail.The Tri-City Herald reported the 19-year-old man was being held on three misdemeanor warrants. Officials say he died Friday.
Date: 03/12/2016 | Northwest
TRI-CITIES A man charged with a courtroom assault is facing new charges for allegedly threatening a Benton County judge after learning he had to wear restraints during future court proceedings.
Date: 03/06/2016 | Northwest
SUNNYSIDE A longtime Sunnyside School District superintendent is resigning in the wake of his second arrest on drunken driving charges.
Date: 01/28/2016 | Northwest
KENNEWICK A Benton County sheriffs deputy who shot and wounded a domestic violence suspect in July has been cleared of wrongdoing.
Date: 12/09/2015 | Northwest
TRI-CITIES A judge is set to hear the case of two former Hanford information technology employees who lost their jobs after exposing problems with the way the site was keeping its electronic medical records.
Date: 11/17/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT An Everett police lieutenant has been charged with drunken-driving after rolling his truck Aug. 25 in Eastern Washington.
Date: 10/19/2015 | Local News
SPOKANE — The Washington state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued a local county Tuesday, accusing it of sending people to jail or forcing them to toil on work crews if they fail to pay their court fines — a practice that makes the poor poorer and amounts to...
Date: 10/06/2015 | Northwest
TRI-CITIES Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed a Richland lawyer to a newly created position on the Benton-Franklin Superior Court.
Date: 10/06/2015 | Northwest
TRI-CITIES A woman accused of raping a teenage boy claims that she may have been drunk when it happened.
Date: 08/24/2015 | Northwest
FINLEY A 46-year-old woman died when she went to rescue her daughter on the shores of the Columbia River in Finley.
Date: 08/18/2015 | Northwest
OLYMPIA Washington state ecology officials are sending emergency funds to support three drought-relief projects.Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon says theyre moving quickly to support critical water supplies for communities, farmers and fish.
Date: 08/10/2015 | Northwest
KENNEWICK Seven people in Benton and Franklin counties have been confirmed to have West Nile virus.
Date: 08/04/2015 | Northwest