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Benton Co. no longer jails people for not paying court fines

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

Investigation probes death of man, 19, at Benton County jail

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

Mental Health Court set to open in Tri-City area

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

Inmate, 19, dies at Benton County jail despite 30-minute checks

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

Benton County inmate accused of threatening to chop up judge

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

Longtime Sunnyside superintendent resigns after second DUI

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

Deputy who shot, wounded domestic violence suspect cleared

KENNEWICK — A Benton County sheriff’s deputy who shot and wounded a domestic violence suspect in July has been cleared of wrongdoing.

Date: 12/09/2015 | Northwest

Judge to hear Hanford medical record whistleblower case

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

Off-duty Everett officer charged with DUI in rollover crash

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

ACLU lawsuit: County jails people who can’t pay court fines

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

Richland lawyer appointed as new judge Benton-Franklin bench

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

Woman accused of raping teen says she may have been drunk

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

Woman drowns after being pulled under ship in Columbia River

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

State releases funds for 3 drought-relief projects

OLYMPIA — Washington state ecology officials are sending emergency funds to support three drought-relief projects.Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon says they’re moving quickly to support critical water supplies for communities, farmers and fish.

Date: 08/10/2015 | Northwest

7 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Tri-Cities

KENNEWICK — Seven people in Benton and Franklin counties have been confirmed to have West Nile virus.

Date: 08/04/2015 | Northwest

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