Walla Walla man jailed in stabbing near Stateline

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MILTON-FREEWATER ­— A 51-year-old who allegedly stabbed another man multiple times near the former Oasis restaurant was being held in the Walla Walla County Jail this morning.

College Place police arrested James W. “Jimmy” Gore after he reportedly stabbed Benny Beliz, 27, multiple times during an argument at about 5:17 p.m. Sunday, according to police and court documents. Gore’s address was reported as 310 S. 10th St., Walla Walla.

Beliz was transported to Providence St. Mary Medical Center with multiple stab wounds requiring surgery and intensive care, according to Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Robert Clendaniel’s report. Clendaniel assisted College Place officers with the arrest.

Witnesses reported a red van fled the area shortly after the assault.

At about 9:45 p.m., College Place Police Officer Allan Thonney responded to dispatch report of the suspect driving in the city.

Thonney conducted a “high risk” stop of the suspect vehicle on Southwest Ninth Street near Bade Avenue.

According to documents presented in court, Thonney found a packet of suspected methamphetamine in Gore’s pants pocket.

Gore reportedly told police he had just changed into the pants, and they didn’t belong to him.

Clendaniel reported he observed what appeared to be blood on the door handle of Gore’s van, and also two knives in the vehicle in plain view.

Gore was lodged at the Walla Walla County Jail on investigation of possession of methamphetamine and bail was set at $10,000.

The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the reported stabbing, but did not comment on the case by press time this morning.

Luke Hegdal can be reached at lukehegdal@wwub.com or 526-8326.

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