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  • A 16-year-old teenager is in the hospital after she was hit by a truck while running across the street in the area of 16th Avenue and Grant Street.

    Yakima police say the girl ran across the street Thursday after getting off a Yakima City Transit bus. She did not cross in a crosswalk or at an intersection.

    Paramedics took the girl to Yakima Memorial Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Officers are not yet releasing her name pending the notification of family.

    The Yakima Police Traffic Unit is investigating this collision.

  • Sunnyside Police say a man’s body found in a canal in Sunnyside on Wednesday is that of a shoplifting suspect from the nearby Walmart.

    Police say a loss prevention officer chased the shoplifter through the Walmart parking lot while trying to contact police. Commander Scott Bailey with the Sunnyside Police Department says, “The officer didn’t see the man go into the canal but heard cries for help.”

    Police say the loss prevention officer jumped in the water to try to save the man, but police said the current was too strong and he could not help.

    The Yakima County Coroner says the man died from asphyxia due to fresh water drowning, and there were no other injuries. The man has not been identified.

  • A man who lost cable service and threatened to blow up the Charter Communications office on North 16th Avenue made an appearance in court Wednesday.

    He’s being held in the Yakima County jail on a charge of felony harassment and threatening to bomb property.

    The man’s bail has been set at $50,000. The man was arrested on Tuesday after making the threat to a Charter employee.

  • Yakima County Sheriff Deputies are still looking for two men after a home invasion in Buena early Tuesday morning.

    Deputies say two men in their early twenties, wearing masks and carrying short rifles, went to a home near Morrow Lane and Buena Road. When the homeowner opened the front door, deputies say the intruders pushed past the man, forced their way inside, and told the man to get on the ground.

    Deputies say the man resisted and fought back, and the two young men ran off.

    No injuries reported.

  • Today is not Memorial Day but Yakima Regional Medical Center will hold a ceremony this afternoon called Salute to Veterans.

    Hospital officials say they celebrate the week before Memorial Day so that those who travel out of town or take time off to be with family and friends can still participate and share their respects.

    The flag ceremony is planned for 12:15 p.m. Wednesday at the front entrance to the hospital on South 9th Avenue.

  • Yakima’s Riverside Christian School will be giving back to the community this week during what is being called a Meal Pack-a-thon celebration.

    Spokesman Lance Foresee says it is part of the private school’s Helping Hands fundraiser.

    We’re trying to raise $85,000 for the school. But the celebration is the kids get to celebrate by packing the 10,000 meals and giving back to the community.

    Forsee says during the pack-a-thon on Friday at the school the students will be packaging 10,000 meals for food banks in the Yakima area.

    Anyone who would like to help with the helping hands fundraising effort can go to riversidechristianschool.com.

  • The Yakima City Council will be talking about how to curb panhandling at busy city intersections at their regular business meeting Tuesday.

    The city council voted to criminalize aggressive begging and ban taking items from cars at 15 major intersections with the most traffic crashes this past August. Now the city is proposing to expand that ordinance to include the top 20 intersections with the highest traffic volume.

    The council will be discussing the possible change at 6:00 p.m. at city hall.

  • A Moxee man is dead after crashing a motorcycle Saturday at about 10:00 p.m. near Selah.

    Troopers with the Washington State Patrol say 49-year-old David Dwaine Upson lost control on North Wenas Road roughly 7.5 miles northwest of Selah when the Harley Davidson motorcycle he was riding went off the road. He was ejected and died at a Yakima hospital.

    Troopers are still investigating what caused the crash but say Upson was wearing a helmet.

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