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November 29, 2013 at 1:22 PM
The Associated Press
WALLA WALLA — A 17-year-old teenager is scheduled for a January trial on a charge he tried to rape a girl in the Waitsburg High School training room.
The teen was a player for the Waitsburg-Prescott football team. He pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to a charge of second-degree attempted rape.
Charging documents say the teen contacted a girl in the training room, picked her up and moved her to a bench hidden from view by the open door. Charges say he started to kiss her, but she told him to stop, and that he allegedly exposed himself.
Documents say the assault was interrupted when the football coach walked into the room.
April 26, 2013 at 11:18 AM
WALLA WALLA (AP) — The Inland Octopus toy store in Walla Walla ran up a $90,000 fine in an unsuccessful two-and-a-half-year fight to save a purple octopus mural that the city called a violation of the sign code.
The case went through the courts and owner Bob Catsiff lost in February when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear it.
The city painted over the mural on March 28.
KVEW reports Catsiff agreed to end the dispute Friday and the city dropped the fine to $10,000.
He has three years to pay it off.
March 28, 2013 at 1:46 PM
WALLA WALLA (AP) — The city of Walla Walla sent a paint crew at dawn Thursday to paint over a purple octopus mural it said was an illegal sign for a toy store.
After more than two years of court battles the octopus was covered in a reddish color that matched the bricks on other Main Street storefronts.
The Union-Bulletin reports the painting was finished by 7 a.m.
The city had warned Inland Octopus toy store owner Bob Catsiff it would cover the mural and send him the bill.
Catsiff has lost every court decision in the sign code dispute that started in September 2010 and went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Catsiff also faces fines that total about $89,000.
February 11, 2013 at 10:43 AM
WALLA WALLA (AP) — A man who was fired from the Walla Walla YMCA has apologized to the YMCA executive director for dumping used cooking grease on the lawn of his home five times over nine months.
In an email to Randy Grant, which was supplied to Union-Bulletin, Jim Sanders apologized and offered to pay for damages. He said he allowed personal feeling to cloud his judgment.
Police are still investigating. Grant is seeking a restraining order against Sanders. He was fired from the YMCA in 2009 for violating the code of conduct. Investigators believe the cooking grease came from a restaurant he co-owns.
December 12, 2012 at 6:09 PM
The inmate assault on three corrections officers at the Washington State Penitentiary on Tuesday may have been gang-related, according to early reports from detectives investigating the incident.
The three officers suffered “significant injuries” in the assault, which began in the commons area of the prison at about 1:15 p.m. p.m. Corrections officials said “multiple offenders” attacked the officers, but other prison staff intervened, and secured the unit within minutes. The injured correctional officers were taken to a hospital for medical treatment, and later released.
All four units of the prison’s west complex remained locked down Wednesday night while the investigation continues, according to a news release from the state Department of Corrections.
The prison’s west complex is a close-custody unit that houses about 800 offenders.
December 9, 2012 at 10:08 AM
With same-sex marriage now legal in Washington, ceremonies began taking place today across the state, including in Walla Walla, where Kathleen Claymore and Shara Orcutt married this morning at a location that’s special to them both – the Pioneer Park aviary.
“Shara proposed to me the at the aviary,” said Claymore, a student in the Walla Walla Community College culinary program.
The women began dating four years ago and later registered as domestic partners, according to reporter Sheila Hagar of the Walla Walla Union Bulletin.
While that helped with some legal matters, it’s no substitute for marriage, Claymore said on Friday. “We have this little card you have to carry around. You don’t like to carry it, but you kind of need to.”
According to Hagar’s report, Claymore landed in the hospital last summer with health issues and knew that card would be the only way to prove to staff that Orcutt had a right to make decisions and be by her side. “I was worried they wouldn’t give my wife updates, so scared they wouldn’t believe it,” Claymore said.
That doesn’t happen when two people can say they are legally married, Claymore added, and Sunday’s short and chilly ceremony — the first in Walla Walla County under the new law — put the voter’s stamp of approval on paper.
“Everyone knows what a marriage is,” Claymore said. “Not everyone knows what a domestic partnership is. When I say I have a wife, I don’t feel anyone can deny me the status marriage affords me….I don’t have to carry that card with me.”
December 6, 2012 at 12:36 PM
The Associated Press
WALLA WALLA — Two 13-year-old middle school students in Walla Walla have been arrested for marijuana possession.
A school resource officer at Pioneer Middle School arrested one student Wednesday after a small amount of marijuana was found in his locker the previous day.
The officer arrested another student after a search of his backpack uncovered what was believed to be marijuana in a zip-lock bag, three smaller baggies with marijuana and four empty baggies.
That student was arrested on felony charges of marijuana possession with intent to deliver. Police spokesman Tim Bennett couldn’t say exactly how much marijuana was found, but that it was less than a pound and enough to show intent to distribute it.
Both students have been detained at the Walla Walla County Juvenile Justice Center.
November 9, 2012 at 6:52 PM
The 188-car ferry, Walla Walla, is out of service indefinitely after parts of an engine melted and charred during maintenance last weekend.
The Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division announced the decommission of the ferry, one of Puget Sound’s largest, today. Ferry schedules haven’t been impacted yet because the Walla Walla was already scheduled to be out for maintenance, but future schedules might have to be altered, said WSDOT spokeswoman Marta Coursey.
Ferry passengers can sign up for news updates on potential schedule changes at WSDOT’s ferry website, Coursey said.
The Walla Walla had been at Everett Shipyard since July before it was recently towed to Bainbridge Island’s Eagle Harbor.
The failure of one of the ferry’s driver motors happened during maintenance on Sunday, according to a department release. Coursey said the ferry will be out of service for “at least the next few months” as crews work to repair one of four drive motors, which turn the ferry’s propellers.
WSDOT said preliminary findings from their internal investigation show there was no explosion that led to the damage. But because the damage was so serious, the investigation has since been taken on by a third party contractor, Cadick Corporation, according to a WSDOT release.
WSDOT expects the investigation to be completed within the next two to three weeks.
In the meantime, WSDOT is seeing if it’s possible to substitute a spare drive motor already in its warehouse. If that’s the case, repairs could start at the engine manufacturer’s shop by the end of next week.
October 23, 2012 at 9:43 AM
The Associated Press
WALLA WALLA — A man who tried to buy firearms with no paperwork at a Walla Walla gun show was arrested after he was recognized as a wanted ex-convict by off-duty officers at the same event.
The 20-year-old also made the mistake of attempting to buy guns at a booth manned by off-duty Washington State Patrol Sgt. Mike Eggleston.
The Union-Bulletin reports the man was unable to buy any weapons last weekend, and he was arrested for a Department of Corrections violation as he left the county fairgrounds building.
October 12, 2012 at 10:36 AM
The Associated Press
WALLA WALLA — Appeals have run out for a Walla Walla toy store owner. The purple octopus mural on his building will have to be removed.
The state Supreme Court on Wednesday denied the petition from Inland Octopus store owner Robert Catsiff who argued the city sign code infringed on his right of free speech.
The high court decision supports a 2011 superior court ruling that upheld the sign code’s size and height restrictions.
The Union-Bulletin reports fines have been adding up since October 2010 and now total more than $72,000.
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