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Coroner identifies 16-year-old fatally shot in Easter morning homicide

YAKIMA, Wash. - The Yakima County Coroner's Office has identified a teen fatally shot Sunday morning as 16-year-old David Martinez. An autopsy on Monday morning showed Martinez died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the coroner's office.


Yakima business owner shoots burglary suspect

YAKIMA, Wash. - Yakima Police are investigating a burglary-turned-shooting at a business Monday morning. Around 8:30 a.m., police received reports of a burglary at 30 North 2nd Street at Farmers Insurance. When they arrived, officers found a 23-year-old man shot inside.


Bulldog baseball's offense dominates the show

The Ellensburg High School baseball team was all smiles on a windy Saturday afternoon at Rotary Park as the team took on the Ephrata High School Tigers in some double-header action.


Johnson & Johnson settles Washington surgical mesh lawsuit for $9.9 million

In an effort to avoid going to trial, Johnson & Johnson will pay $9.9 million for failing to disclose the serious risks linked with their surgical mesh devices, which impacted numerous Washington patients, nurses, and doctors.


Strasser Earns GNAC Pitcher of the Week

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (Apr. 22) – For the second time this season, Lexie Strasser has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week. Strasser earned two of the Wildcats' three wins in the circle last week against Saint Martin's. Strasser compiled a 0.60 earned run average in 11.


Man suspected of killing Yakima teen in critical condition at Harborview

YAKIMA, Wash. - A 19-year-old man accused of shooting and killing a 16-year-old boy early Sunday morning is in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Police responded just before 2 a.m. to reports of shots fired in the 1800 block of Sliger Road in Yakima.


Inmate drop-off in Seattle will change after complaints to Yakima County jail

The City of Seattle asked Yakima County and state corrections officials why newly-released prisoners were dropped off under I-5 in downtown Seattle, without supervision. The head of Yakima County Department of Corrections said part of the reason is due to previous complaints from Seattle officials a


Brother of slain deputy says his death was a consequence of ignoring immigration laws

Aaron Thompson remembers his brother and best friend Ryan Thompson as someone who enjoyed cooking, fishing, and spending time with his wife and three children at their home just outside Ellensburg, but what stands out most of all in his memory is Ryan’s warmth toward others.


Yakima police: Teen dies during early morning shooting

YAKIMA, Wash. - A teenager is dead after an early morning shooting in Yakima. Yakima police says the 16-year-old was walking to a residence early Sunday with four juveniles when two armed men confronted them.


Measles exposure leaves CWU student in quarantine following international trip

ELLENSBURG, Wash. - An unvaccinated Central Washington University student is in quarantine after being exposed to measles during a recent international trip. According to Kittitas County Public Health officials, the student was placed in quarantine upon returning, and will remain there until the ris


Back to the Earth: Washington set to allow human composting

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington is set to become the first state to allow a burial alternative known as “natural organic reduction” — an accelerated process of decomposition that turns a body into soil in a matter of weeks.


Prep roundup: Kittitas softball splits with Dayton/Waitsburg

On Saturday the Kittitas High School softball team drubbed Dayton/Waitsburg in Game 1 with a 16-2 triumph. Thirteen of those runs came in the second inning. In Game 2, Kittitas was defeated by a play at the plate in the bottom of seventh to end the game, 11-10.


April 22 blotter: aggressive goose, ski/snowboard thefts

Kittcom received the following calls on April 19-21: (calls are made to the 911 line and the non-emergency business line):. n Mules and horses were reportedly in the roadway on Robinson Canyon Road.


WA state Senator receiving backlash over nurse comments

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A Washington state lawmaker has angered nurses because of the comments she made in a speech where she claimed some nurses spend a lot of time playing cards in rural hospitals.


Washington Democrats call for GOP state Rep. Matt Shea to be expelled after latest allegations

OLYMPIA — Washington Democrats are calling for the expulsion of GOP state Rep. Matt Shea from his caucus after a report that he allegedly participated in a group chat that discussed spying on and attacking political enemies.


Man stabbed in the back outside Sunshine Motel in Yakima

YAKIMA, Wash. - A 26-year-old man accused of stabbing a man in the lower back outside the Sunshine Motel in Yakima is scheduled to appear Monday afternoon in Yakima County Superior Court.


New West Valley restaurant seeks approval to add pull tabs

YAKIMA, Wash. – A restaurant under construction in West Yakima is seeking additional approval from the city of Yakima to offer pull tabs. Owner Faith Haney said she wants to offer pull tabs as an “additional forum of entertainment for customers,” according to an application submitted to the city’s p


Yakima police: Woman assaults AM-PM store manager with fire extinguisher

YAKIMA, Wash. - A 26-year-old woman was arrested Sunday after police say she assaulted a convenience store manager with a fire extinguisher. Yakima police were called just before 3 p.m. to the AM-PM convenience store at 601 E. Yakima Ave. to reports of a woman — Sylvia M. Rodriguez— trespassing on t


KVFR prepares for coming fire season in Kittitas County

Wind can be a firefighter’s worst nightmare. The wind’s magnitude can determine whether a fire can put out in hours or last weeks or even months. Luckily, Ellensburg is currently behind the curve for what is typically seen as one of its more windy months.


Senator apologizes for remarks about nurses 'playing cards'

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Sen. Maureen Walsh is now apologizing for comments she made about nurses playing cards on the job. “If I could ever reel back in a comment, that would be the one,” Walsh said.