Luke Hegdal

Emergency services, columnist

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Extreme gun control

When Andy Porter and I received an invitation to attend a defensive handgun training class at Paratus Northwest, we nearly broke our journalistic training and jumped at the chance. Instead, we merely politely accepted.

Two injured in crash at Walmart intersection

COLLEGE PLACE — Ambulance crews responded to two related collisions Wednesday at the State Route 125 intersection by Walmart, where a woman was killed less than two weeks earlier in a crash.

Two arrested after burglary ends up in fight

WALLA WALLA — Police arrested a man and boy Tuesday night after they reportedly broke into a home on Ninth Avenue so the boy could “get with” a girl.

Updated: Snake River barge and fishing boat collide

A 64-year-old Kennewick man and two teens survived being run over by a barge on the Snake River at about 5 a.m. Sunday after a night of fishing.

Walla Walla police contest KIRO crime ranking story

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla police officials are firing back this week after a list on Seattle broadcaster KIRO’s website named Walla Walla as one of the top 20 most dangerous cities in Washington.

Man arrested after fracas in Walla Walla food store

WALLA WALLA — A 19-year-old man was arrested following a fight with Grocery Outlet store owners Tuesday when he tried to shoplift candy and a drink, police said.

Updated: Woman dies, man arrested in collision

COLLEGE PLACE — A Walla Walla woman died Sunday and a Milton-Freewater man suspected of driving drunk is in custody after a collision near Walmart on Sunday.

Rights lawsuit against Walla Walla County settled

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County’s insurance pool will pay $50,000 to a man in a settlement of his lawsuit against Walla Walla County for claims that he was unlawfully transported across state lines, arrested and tasered repeatedly by a sheriff’s deputy.

Oops! Suspected car thief swipes sheriff's personal vehicle

A 23-year-old suspect made a poor choice of vehicles to drive off in Wednesday — Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turner’s personal Jeep.

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Crews contain large wildfire in northern county

WALLA WALLA — A large grass fire that burned more than 31 square miles in sparsel populated northern Walla Walla County has been contained, but regional fire crews are continuing to patrol this morning.

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