Luke Hegdal

Emergency services, columnist


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Nearly 3,000 illegal pot plants seized along Touchet River

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with Washington State Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration, seized 2,860 marijuana plants on the upper Touchet River earlier this week.

Brothers arrested in wake of fairgrounds vandalism

WALLA WALLA — A 22-year-old man and his 15-year-old brother were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of breaking into and vandalizing the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds on Sunday, officials said.

Local vandals cut wide swath Sunday night

WALLA WALLA — Vandals went on a tear Sunday night with graffiti, tearing up lawns, stealing and causing other damage, law officials said this morning.

Sheriff, deputy to duel it out in November

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turner garnered more than 45 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s Primary, setting up a Nov. 4 general election runoff with Deputy Sgt. Tom Cooper.

Drive-by shooting injures man at Milton-Freewater gathering

MILTON-FREEWATER ­— Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that injured a 20-year-old man who was attending a family gathering.

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Fishing invasive carp with bow and arrow

I could hardly see the muddy-orange fish in the corner of my eye as I began to retrieve my line as quickly as I could, hoping the fish would stay put.

Alcohol, drugs ruled out in triple fatality

WALLA WALLA — Three Walla Walla High School students who died in a rollover crash on May 25 were not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to toxicology results the Walla Walla County Coroner’s Office released Wednesday.

Insider seeks to right Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office

WALLA WALLA — Sgt. Barry Blackman campaigned for Sheriff John Turner during the 2010 election. At that time longtime Sheriff Mike Humphreys had announced he would retire at the end of 2010, and Blackman said he had briefly considered running for sheriff himself.

Blackman wants to lead Sheriff’s Office by example

WALLA WALLA — At 53, Sgt. Barry Blackman isn’t noticeably older than his opponents running for Walla Walla County Sheriff. But he says he has more experience — at least where it counts.

Sheriff's race filled with acrimony, mudslinging

The 2014 Walla Walla County Sheriff’s race so far has been marked with allegations of mudslinging and character attacks between incumbent John Turner and two challengers — both longtime deputies.

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