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Help Kids in Court, Man Stabbed in Sunnyside (Briefs)

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  • A special program in Yakima aimed at protecting the rights of kids in the court system needs your help.

    Jonathon Umana spokesperson for the Court Appointed Special Advocate or CASA Program in Yakima County Juvenile Court. He says they’re looking for caring Yakima residents who can work with kids and help be their voice in court.

    Trained advocates work directly with all the parties to make sure that the best interests of a child, who is alleged to have been abused or neglected, are always front-and-center. A child who has a CASA Volunteer Advocate has the best chance of being reunited with their family or finding a safe, loving permanent home.

    New training begins in mid-September 2013. For more information call Jonathan Umana at Yakima County Juvenile Court at 509-574-2075 or email jonathan.umana@co.yakima.wa.us.

  • A man from Sunnyside faces assault charges after police say he stabbed his stepfather with a knife Wednesday Morning.

    Sunnyside police say 24-year-old Emmanuel Rivera stabbed his stepfather at a home on Madison Drive early Wednesday morning during an argument. Officers say the two had been arguing after the man refused to give his stepson money to buy marijuana.

    Paramedics took the stepfather to the hospital with non-life threatening stab wounds to the arm and upper body.

    Police arrested and booked Rivera for first degree assault and domestic violence.

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