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ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- The Central Washington University campus police chief says students hospitalized after a Roslyn house party on October 8th were not given drugs or alcohol against their will. Toxicology reports confirmed no date-rape drugs were given to the nine sickened students. Officials do, however, say those hospitalized consumed the caffeinated malt liquor drink, "Four Loko". The University announced at a news conference Monday that blood-alcohol content ranged from .12% to .35%.
The University President, Dr, James Gaudino, has banned alcoholic energy drinks on campus pending a review of student education procedures. State Attorney General Rob McKenna has called for a national ban on beverages like Four Loko. The FDA is looking into the safety of the drinks. About 50 students attended the house party. No criminal charges will be filed.
Four Loko is made by Phusion Projects Inc., of Chicago. It comes in several varieties, including fruit punch and blue raspberry. 23 intoxicated students were hospitalized over the span of a few weeks last month at northern New Jersey's Ramapo College after drinking Four Loko.
YAKIMA, Wash. - A 45 year old man is shot and killed and Yakima Police say three suspects are on the loose. Around 11:00 PM Sunday the man and his son were in a house on the 1800 block of South 10th Avenue, when three suspects forced their way into the home. The suspects assaulted the man's son and when the father stepped in to confront them one of them shot him in the chest. The victim was transported to a local hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later. Police say the three suspects ran from the house and officers are now looking for them. Police do not have a motive for the shooting and are still investigating.
YAKIMA, Wash. - Yakima Police are also investigating a shooting on the 400 block of Cherry Avenue. Police say around 8:30 PM Sunday a 16 year old boy was shot in the back. The teenager was in a car with three other friends when a dark colored SUV pulled up and one person inside started firing. One of the bullets went through the back window of the car and through the front seat hitting the teenager. Police say the victim does not have any gang ties but the suspects are considered gang members. Police are now looking for the suspects and say the teen is recovering.