Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Metal Theft Suspect Arrested in Richland

Arrested:  Irwin, Patrick L; 60 year of age male, Richland address
Charges:  Trespass 2nd Degree, Theft, Destruction of Private Property

Arrested:  Halka, James B.; 47 year of age male, Richland address
Charge:  Misdemeanor warrant for Theft 3rd Degree

On 1-27-14, at about 11:10 AM RPD officers were dispatched to a call of a suspicious person in the area of Leslie Road and Columbia Park Trail.  A male subject was seen walking in the area carrying a large power saw.  The area is owned by the Columbia Irrigation District (CID) and much of the land is posted with No Trespassing signs.

Officers stopped a truck leaving the area that was driven by Irwin.  The truck had a number of pieces of metal including some grating made out of rebar that appeared to have been freshly cut.  Irwin claimed to have been given permission to remove metal from the area by the irrigation district.  When contacted, CID staff informed investigators that no permission was given for anyone to be in the area.  It appeared that Irwin had used the gas powered metal saw to cut grates from the canals owned by CID.
Officers saw a large amount of metal in the bed of the truck Irwin was driving.  He claimed that he had scavenged the metal from construction sites around the Tri-Cities and most recently from two near the Convention Center.  Employees from both construction sites said that they had given Irwin permission to remove specific items from the sites while under their supervision but that he was not to trespass on their property without their presence.  From receipts found in the truck it appears as if Irwin is a frequent customer at Pacific Recycling and brought 152,362 pounds of material to them in 2013.  The brown Ford truck driven by Irwin should not be on unattended construction sites.
Irwin was arrested on the above charges.  Hulka, a passenger in the truck, had a warrant for his arrest.  Both males were booked into the Benton County Jail.

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

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pictures of Bank Robbery Suspects

These photographs were taken from Numerica Credit Union cameras positioned inside the branch.  It shows two of the three suspects.  All are wearing black shirts and masks.

If anyone recognizes any attributes of these subjects, call Richland Police at 509-628-0333.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Level III Sex Offender Notification

Campbell, Gy Alan
48 year of age white male
5'05", 195 lbs, brown hair, blue eyes
Address:  600 block of Birch Richland, WA

Rape of a Child in the 3rd degree – 11/22/91 – Benton County, WA
Communication with a minor for immoral purposes – 05/08/96– Benton County, WA
Failure to register as a sexual offender – 09/09/10 – Benton County, WA
Failure to register as a sexual offender – 09/01/11 – Benton County, WA

NOTES:         Campbell was recently released from prison and resides with his parents in the 600
                        block of Birch.  Campbell’s victims included minor females between the ages of 7-15
                        that were known to him.  Campbell is currently on Department of Corrections
                        supervision, supervised by Sharon Roybal.  Campbell has specific restrictions per his
                        DOC guidelines. Campbell has not completed any sexual offender treatment
                        programs, has a history of Psychological disorders and drug and alcohol abuse. 


·         The treatment of sexual offenders does not guarantee they will or will not commit another

·         This information is provided in accordance with RCW 4.24.550.  The Benton County Sheriff’s Office has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may live.  Unless court ordered restrictions exist, the offender is constitutionally free to live wherever he chooses.

·         Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate, or harass registered sex offenders will not be tolerated.  Such abuse could end our ability to do community notifications.

·         The Sexual Assault Response Center is available 24 hours a day to provide advocacy, information, referrals, and crisis intervention for victims of sexual violence.  Please give them a call for support or information pertaining to sexual assault at 374-5391.

A community notification meeting will be held at the Richland Police Department on February 7, 2014 at 1800 hours for those interested in additional information about sexual offenders.

For additional information and safety tips regarding registered sex offenders in your area log into the Benton County Web site at or contact Richland Police Department Detective Athena Clark at 509-942-7354 or email
Media representative should call Cpt. Mike Cobb, 942-7262

Monday, January 20, 2014

TC Herald Delivery Person Aids in Burglary Arrest

Arrested:  Gaines, Michael A.; 29 year of age male, Pasco resident
Arrested:  Renero-Rodriquez, Graciano; 26 year of age male, Pasco resident
Charge:  Residential Burglary
On January 20, 2014 at about 4:15 AM a Tri City Herald newspaper carrier was in the area of the 700 block of Strange Drive and observed a Dodge Caravan parked with the lights on and doors open.  The van was parked in front of a house the carrier knew was vacant but she observed lights going on and off.  The news carrier watched two males exit the address on Strange, enter the van and leave the area.  She called 911 and followed the van at a safe distance.
The news carrier followed the van until Richland Police could make contact near the area of Steptoe and Columbia Park Trail.  A stop was made on SR-240 and the two male occupants were taken into custody.

A number of objects were in plain view in the van that appear to have been taken from a house under construction.  Included was a wooden door, a BBQ grill, hand tools and cordless drill.  The van was impounded so that a search warrant could be applied for at a later time.  Both subjects denied being involved in the construction trades and had no explanation for items found inside the van.
Officers returned to the house on Strange and found evidence of a burglary there and in the 200 block of Tiger Lane where it appeared some of the items were stolen from.

The Benton County Prosecutor was contacted and authorized a 72 hour hold on both suspects.  They were booked into the Benton County jail.
A search warrant will be served on the suspect vehicle.

Standoff in Richland Neighborhood Ends Peacefully

Arrested:  Foreman, Derek D.; 35 year of age male, Richland resident
Charge:  Department of Corrections Felony Hold

On January 17, 2014 at approximately 11:00 PM Richland officers responded to the 700 block of Wright St. on a call of a disturbance involving a firearm.  The reporting party stated that a male, identified as Foreman, had arrived at the residence with a firearm and was threatening to shoot a female who was hiding inside the duplex.

Foreman, a convicted felon, is prohibited from possessing firearms. In addition, there was a felony hold on him issued by the Department of Corrections.  Three adults and two children (ages 3 and 5) were in the residence when officers arrived.  There were multiple attempts to contact the people inside but there was no response to repeated hails.
After about an hour, a 39 year old female ran from the front door.  She had been the one Foreman was threatening to kill.  The female advised that she had not seen Foreman holding a gun but had been told by the other residents inside that he had one.  She said that he had released her feeling that the police would then leave. The female told the officers present that the other subjects inside the home were being held against their will.

Members of the Tri-City Regional SWAT Team arrived to assist.  After continuing negotiations the people inside the residence began to exit.  All of the people inside were able to leave safely. The children, whose father is a tenant in the home, were returned to the custody of their mother.  The streets in the neighborhood were returned to normal operating status at about 3:30 AM.
Foreman was arrested on the DOC hold and taken to the Benton County jail.  Additional charges are being reviewed by the Benton County Prosecutor’s Office.  The investigation is continuing.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Two Subjects Arrested on Drug Charges

Arrested:  Pyke, Robert A.; 42 year of age male, Kennewick resident
Charges:  Possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), KPD warrants for Domestic Violence and Probation Violation

Arrested:  Bertram, Bellamy M.; 29 year of age female, Richland resident
Charge:  Possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine)

On January 16, 2014 at approximately 10:45 AM, Richland and Kennewick PD officers were in the area of the Motel 6 (1751 Fowler) investigating a stolen vehicle.  They obtained information that Robert Pyke was in room 116.  Pyke had active warrants for his arrest.  After subjects were taken into custody for the stolen vehicle, officers went to room 116 and knocked on the door.  Bellamy answered and Pyke was sitting on the bed.  The officers told Pyke that he had warrants for his arrest.  As he was standing up, Pyke dropped two baggies of suspected methamphetamine that had been in his pocket.  Pyke was taken into custody. 

A search warrant was served on the room.  Officers found additional methamphetamine, a kit containing needles, spoons and baggies with a small amount of heroin inside, a digital scale and a scraper.  Bellamy was linked to the drugs and was also arrested.
The Benton County Prosecutor’s Office authorized a 72 hour hold for each individual on the above listed charges.  In addition, charges for felony Violation of a Court Order are being reviewed for Pyke by the Prosecutor.  They were booked into the Benton County jail without further incident.

Two Subject Arrested in Stolen Vehicle in Richland

Arrested:  Nave, Brittany N.; 25 year of age female, Transient
Arrested:  Mielke, Tanthilantis R.; 24 year of age male, Transient
Charges:  Possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), Possession of a stolen vehicle

On January 16, 2014 at approximately 10:45 AM, a Richland PD officer was in the area of the Motel 6 (1751 Fowler) and noticed a 2014 Dodge Challenger parked in the lot.  The vehicle was parked in a manner that led the officer to believe that someone had pulled into the lot and had left the vehicle quickly.  He ran the plates and the vehicle returned as being stolen out of Kennewick.  The Motel 6 office staff had no knowledge of the vehicle belonging in their lot.

The officers watched the car until two subjects returned to it.  They got into the Challenger and began to start the car.  The officers approached and conducted a felony stop.  Nave was contacted in the driver’s seat and Mielke in the passenger seat.  Both were taken into custody.
While being interviewed each subject confirmed that they knew the Challenger was stolen.  A subsequent search warrant served on the car turned up several containers of methamphetamine and hypodermic needles.  Each suspect claimed ownership of both the drugs and drug paraphernalia.

The Benton County Prosecutor’s Office authorized a 72 hour hold for each individual on the above listed charges.  They were booked into the Benton County jail without further incident.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Accident vehicle v Pedestrian

On 1/2/14 at 1653 hrs Richland Police Department responded to an injury accident at the corner of Lee Blvd and Stevens.  A vehicle was turning onto west bound Lee from Gillespie when a pedestrian wearing dark clothing stepped into the lane of travel.  The pedestrian was not in the crosswalk at the time of the accident.  The pedestrian was hit and thrown to the ground causing head injuries.  The pedestrian was transported from the scene by the Richland Ambulance to Kadlec ER.  The pedestrian died at Kadlec Hospital several hours later from head injuries.

The pedestrian was identified as Margaret E. Carraher  62 yrs of Richland.

The driver was identified as Jessica A Gifford  26 yrs of Richland.

The investigation is pending.