Monday, June 25, 2012

2 Juveniles Arrested for Vehicle Prowling

Arrested:  16 year of age male, Richland resident
Charges:  Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Vehicle Prowling, Possession of Stolen Property

Arrested:  17 year of age male, Richland resident
Charges:  Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Vehicle Prowling, Possession of Stolen Property, Warrant for 2nd Degree Burglary


On 6-24-12 at approximately 4:30 AM Richland police contacted two suspicious males wearing dark clothing and carrying backpacks in the area of Steptoe and Tapteal.  The area has been hit with vehicle prowls the past several months.  After identifying the two, it was learned that the 17 year old had been placed on the Selective Aggressive Probation (SAP) program by Juvenile Justice and that he had a warrant issued for his arrest for Burglary 2.

The two subjects were detained.  After the 17 year old was placed under arrest, a search of his person turned up a lady's wallet with credit cards and identification not related to the subject.  A marijuana pipe was also found on his person.

Subsequent investigation showed that the two had been prowling cars in the area.  Both Kennewick and Richland jurisdictions were involved.  At this time it appears as if 8-10 individual addresses may have been victims.  A search warrant on a back pack seized at the time will be served on 6-27-12 and additional charges may be forthcoming.

The 17 year old was booked into the Juvenile Justice Center on the felony warrant.  The parents of the 16 year old were contacted.  After consulting with the Benton County Prosecutor, it was determined that he would be turned over to his parents until a review of the case and determination of charges could be made.

Kennewick police investigators were also provided the information of crimes that occurred within their city.

Contact Capt. Mike Cobb, 942-7362, for additional information.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Former Teacher Arrested for 3rd Degree Rape

Arrested:  Rachinski, Daryl E.; 58 year of age male, Richland resident
Charge:  Rape in the 3rd Degree (Class C Felony)
On 6-12-2012 Daryl Rachinski came to the Richland Police Department to report that he had had sexual contact with a 16 year of age female in a residence in Richland.  It appears at this time that there are no other victims involved.  Rachinski was employed as a teacher in the Richland School District but the allegations do not involve any school district property or activities.
The Benton County Prosecutor’s Office was consulted immediately.  They have filed an Information in Superior Court charging Rachinski with Rape in the 3rd Degree. 
Rachinski has been ordered not to have contact with the victim in this case.  An arraignment date has been set for July 5, 2012.
Though no additional victims have come forward, anyone with additional information is asked to call the non-emergency number for Southeast Communications at 628-0333.
Contact Capt. Mike Cobb, 509-942-7362 for additional information.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Subject Arrested for DUI, Operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and driving on a license suspended in the 1st degree after a vehicle crash at Howard Amon Park

Arrested: Gary Ross Menefee 4/25/56

Charges: DUI, DWLS 1st degree, operating a vehicle with no ignition interlock device

Synopsis: Richland Police were dispatched to Howard Amon Park near Newton Street on 6/2/12 at approx. 1915 hrs. on a report of a crash. Witnesses observed a vehicle accelerate on Amon Park Drive just north of Newton Street and crash into several cement barriers that prevented vehicles from driving onto the grass at the park. Several barriers were destroyed and the vehicle got stuck on the damaged barriers.

Officers contacted Gary Ross Menefee who was the driver of the vehicle. Menefee’s was eventually arrested for driving under the influence, driving with a license suspended in the 1st degree and for operating a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock device as required.

Although there were several people in the park at the time of the crash, the barriers prevented the vehicle from getting onto the grass and no one was injured. Menefee was booked into the Benton County Jail.