Luke Hegdal

Emergency services, columnist


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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.

Sheriff challengers walk out of forum

The two candidates opposed letting Sheriff John Turner’s campaign staff video record the debate.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turner was the only candidate to participate in a forum Tuesday at the Burbank Library after his opponents, deputy Sgts. Tom Cooper and Barry Blackman, left in protest.

Lawsuit against Walla Walla County, officers claims false arrest

WALLA WALLA — A Milton-Freewater man has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Walla Walla County and several local law enforcement officers, claiming he was repeatedly tasered by a sheriff’s deputy, arrested without cause and unlawfully transported across state lines.

Offiicials: Man escapes custody by stealing mom's car

WALLA WALLA — A 29-year-old inmate of the Walla Walla County Jail escaped custody Friday while allegedly stealing his mother’s car.

Police investigate Friday shooting in Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER — A 27-year-old Milton-Freewater man shot Friday remains in a western Washington hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries, Milton-Freewater police said in a news release Monday.

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