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Vandalism and Graffiti on Decline in Yakima

Yakima police say graffiti and other cases of vandalism are slowing down in the city. Police records show a 40 percent drop over the last four months. Lower level property crimes like graffiti, broke

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Suspect in Safeway Parking Shooting Released

37-year-old Anastaco Lepe, the suspect in last week's Safeway parking lot shooting, was released from jail last night. The Yakima County Prosecutors Office decided not to charge Lepe at this time

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Murder Rates in Yakima Dropping

The murder rate in Yakima is dropping. In 2010, there were 14 murders in the city. That number dropped to six in 2011, and so far this year Yakima Police have only handled two murder cases.

There has also been a drop in the number of murders throughout Yakima County. In 2010

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Argument In Safeway Parking Lot Results in Shooting

A 31-year-old man was seriously injured in a shooting Thursday afternoon in the Safeway parking lot on 5th Avenue. Yakima Police say the incident started as an argument about a cell phone. The suspect drew a handgun during the conversation and shot the victim twice

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Yakima City Jail Facing Tight Spaces and Rising Costs

Tight space and rising costs; two big issues facing the Yakima City Jail. The 78-bed facility only houses men being held on misdemeanor charges; however, tight times have led to the jail becoming overcrowded, housing more than one-hundred inmates sending these overflow inmates to the county jail cuts deep into Yakima's pockets

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Violent Start to “School’s Out” Summer

School is out for the summer for the majority of Yakima kids, and while they may be celebrating, Yakima Police likely are not. Violent crime always tends to spike during the summer, but the past week has been extra violent, with 12 gun incidents

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Juvenile Car Thieves Make Appearance In Court

Two juveniles appeared in court on June 6 after police say they tried to steal a car in northeast Yakima. The 13-year-old and 15-year-old were each held on $500,000 bail. The two face charges of first degree assault and car theft. A secon

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Homeowners Walk Into House Being Burglarized

Homeowners on the 400 block of 56th Avenue came home to find two men burglarizing their home at 12:30 p.m. on June 5. The men ran off but were caught by Yakima police officers four blocks away. Both the 18-year-old and 20-year-old suspect were arrested for residential burglary and booked into the Yakima County Jail

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Police Car Chase Ends With Crash Into House

A car crashed into a home on June 5 following a police chase. The chase involved a driver who pulled a gun on an off-duty officer as he was driving near Kmart on Highway 24. The officer tried to stop the man, but he refused and eventually crashed the car into a house in the 1800 block of East Mead Avenue

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Man Faces Three Attempted Murder Charges

A man faces three attempted murder charges in Yakima County Superior Court after a confrontation with Yakima police in the 1000 block of South 6th Street on June 2. Yakima Police found a car parked in that area with four people inside. One of the men was armed with a

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