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  • Yakima County Sheriff’s candidate Jim Keightley is inviting you to a fundraiser in May featuring National radio talk show host Michael Medved.

    The event is being sponsored by Friends for Jim Keightley Sheriff.

    It will be held May 15 at the Yakima Valley Hotel and Conference Center on North First Street.

  • AP: Asparagus growers in Washington say the season is off to a good start.

    The executive director of the state Asparagus Commission, Alan Schreiber, says spring weather in the mid-Columba area has been ideal with no frost.

    The Tri-City Herald reports the harvest started early this month and should last into June.

    There are 75 asparagus growers in Washington who harvest about 18 million pounds a years from about 5,000 acres.

  • Two suspects are in custody after two separate burglaries Wednesday afternoon in the West Valley area.

    Yakima County Sheriff’s deputies say the first burglary was along Meadowbrook Road and the second was along South 79th Avenue. One witness told deputies the description of the car involved in the break-ins.

    As deputies were responding they spotted and stopped the suspect vehicle. Deputies arrested one man and a teenage boy and took them into custody. Inside the car they found televisions, firearms and other items stolen in the burglaries.

    The adult was placed in the county jail the teen was taken to juvenile hall. Both face burglary charges.

  • AP — The Yakima City Council has approved an exemption to a ban on pit bull dogs in the city.The council approved the exemption Tuesday night on the advice of city attorneys who say the ban violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    The dogs can now be used as service animals. Pit bulls used as service dogs must be registered with the city and restrained on a leash and muzzled in public.

    The council voted in December to uphold a ban on pit bulls as dangerous dogs.

  • A second suspect in a fatal shooting outside Seasons Performance Hall in March made an appearance in court Monday.Luis Rodriguez-Perez is accused of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Damarius Morgan.Police say surveillance video caught Rodriguez-Perez throwing the murder weapon into a bush after the shooting. His bail is set at $1 million.
  • The man accused of setting multiple fires around Yakima made his first appearance in court Monday.Police say they found 44-year-old William Leroy Brannin in a green van carrying matches similar to the ones used in the arson fires. His bail is set at $500,000.The most recent fire, which was Wednesday, destroyed a shed on Pleasant Avenue. Many residents who live in south central Yakima, where many of the fires have started, tell police they are happy an arrest has been made.
  • Yakima firefighters were busy overnight with two separate fires.One was in the 700 block of East Nob Hill Boulevard at Cascade Glass. The other, in the 1500 block of South First Street, was at Bemis Appliance & TV. Both fires are out.No word on how the fires started and so far, no damage estimates.

    No injuries were reported from either fire.

  • A 19-year-old man was struck and killed by a car on Highway 97 south of Toppenish Saturday night.Washington State Patrol troopers say Nathaniel Washington of White Swan was walking in the roadway just before midnight when he was struck by a northbound Acura. The car’s driver was not injured, according to a State Patrol news release.It is unknown whether drugs or alcohol were factors in the accident. The accident remains under investigation.
  • Have you always wanted to dig deeper into your past but didn’t know where to start? Or maybe you have some old photos you would like to learn how to preserve.Then you might want to attend “Preservation At Your Library” events. It’s a chance to learn how to find documents that will help guide you as you investigate your heritage.People can also learn how to preserve and repair old photos.The first event is April the 29 at the West Valley library at 6 p.m., and the second is the next day at the Yakima Central Library at 1 p.m.

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