• Yakima Police arrested a man walking in his birthday suit along Washington Avenue Thursday morning. The man was arrested near the intersection of Washington Avenue and South First Street.

    Erica Miller works in a warehouse along Washington and says she was surprised when she looked out her office window earlier yesterday.

    “I got everyone’s attention and said there’s a naked guy walking down the sidewalk…I could not believe it.”

    Miller called police and the man was arrested and taken into custody for a mental evaluation.

    The man hasn't been identified. Police say he wasn't carrying any identification.

  • Yakima Police are looking for two people who shot and injured a man overnight.

    Officers say they were responding to reports of gunshots last night, when a woman called 911 and said her house had been hit by gunfire. Police went to the home on 5th Ave. and learned a bullet had grazed the head and chest of a 22-year-old man.

    Officers say the man told police he was about to go inside when two men dressed in black fired several shots. Police say the man is a self-described gang member who wouldn't cooperate.

    Officers say he also refused medical treatment for the minor injuries.

  • Good news for Yakima Valley Hearing and Speech Center that helps thousands of people in the community each year.

    The Executive Director Nancy Leahy says they've been awarded a $25,000 matching gift from the Lynn Hanses Katz Memorial to launch the Legacy Fund. “We have a goal of $250,000 for the fund that will sustain the center what you might call the highs and lows of business.”

    The public can help by donating to the fund. On Friday the Yakima Valley Hearing and Speech Center is holding a "Yakima Up" Telethon. The phone number to call is 453-8248. The phones and the center will be open Friday and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  • A 3, 600-acre fire is burning south of Mabton and firefighters say it is about 45 percent contained. They hope to have the blaze fully contained by tonight.

    The fire threatened a number of homes yesterday before the fire was diverted. The fire is burning about eight miles south of Mabton.

    Because the fire is burning across the Yakima County line a number of fire districts are involved including the Klickitat County Fire Department. About 100 firefighters are battling the blaze they hope to have under control by this evening.

    There is no word on the cause of the fire.

  • Yakima Police are investigating a robbery of the Domino's Pizza on West Mead Ave. It was reported just before 11:00 p.m. Tuesday night.

    Authorities say a man walked into Domino's, pointed a handgun and demanded cash before he ran out of the store.

    The suspect was described as a male approximately 5’08” and 140 pounds. The suspect was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt and a mask at the time of the robbery.

    No injuries were reported. Responding officers set up a perimeter and a police K9 unit attempted to track the suspect but he could not be found.

  • The Washington State Patrol is investigating a crash in Toppenish that killed one teenager and badly injured another Tuesday night.

    Troopers say 15-year-old Irving Tapia-Reyes of Toppenish had been driving when he ran a stop sign and crashed into another car at Fort Road and Becker Road.

    Paramedics took Tapia-Reyes and his passenger, 13-year-old Jesus Manual Padilla of Toppenish, to Yakima Memorial Hospital.

    Doctors pronounced Tapia-Reyes dead but paramedics airlifted Padilla to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. No word yet on the boy's condition.

    Troopers say the driver of the other car, 26-year-old Violet Strong of White Swan, wasn't hurt but the crash totaled her car.

  • Yakima has received the relocation of 11 level two and level three sex offenders over the past month and the Yakima County Sheriff's office is very concerned that one man could re-offend.

    25-year-old Frederick Thurmond has been convicted on numerous charges including rape of a child, assault, making false statements, failure to register, residential burglary and obstructing law enforcement. He's now living in the 100 block of S 6th St. He's being supervised by the Department of Corrections and the Yakima Police Department.

    For his address and the list of the other sex offender locations check out the Yakima County Sheriff's Office website.

  • Yakima Police have identified 25-year-old Danielle Dunn as the woman who died of a drug overdose at a home on Swan Avenue Friday.

    Authorities say 54-year-old Jeffrey May gave her the drugs before she ingested the drugs and died at a Yakima hospital.

    Prosectuors have charged May with controlled substance abuse homicide. He's being held in the Yakima County jail.

    County Coroner Jack Hawkins says he does not know what kind of drugs were involved. He says he'll have to wait on the results of a toxicology test.

  • During the first two meetings the consultants hired by the city to develop a plan got public feedback on a vision for downtown.

    The Yakima City council will have a study session Monday morning to review the recommendations before the public workshop.

    A key proposal for downtown includes turning the cities parking lot near the Millennium Plaza into a huge public plaza.

  • One of the longest running events in the valley's history kicks off this weekend.

    Naches Sportsman's Days kicks off at 5:00 p.m. Friday along with food booths, bingo and a chainsaw carver.

    On Friday night there's great music on the Depot stage and a magic show from Yakima's Ed Mejia. Saturday starts off with a kids parade at 9:45 a.m. then the Grand parade gets underway at 10:10 a.m. Saturday morning.

    Don't miss the apple bin races in front of city hall following the parade. There's a fishing derby, lip sync contest and a teen dance on Saturday night.

    For more information check out the schedule at nachesvalleychamber.com.