YAKIMA, Wash.--Several YPD divisions came together over the course of the 2 day prostitution sting. It took place on and around N. 1st. St., an area that police say is frequented by prostitutes and what they call, "Johns." A total of 22 suspects were arrested.. 14 of them women, 8 were men. Suspects were booked and taken to jail or cited and released by officers. Business owners in the area say they are more than aware of the problem but are relieved to see clean-up efforts underway. "They're cleaning up the motel right across the street. I've seen them pull over and grab people....They're doing their job, they're doing a good job," said Rafael Alfaro, a man who works in the area. Other business owners said the same thing, that they are happy to see YPD taking an active roll in cleaning up the area but that they hope the changes will continue.
ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Two teenagers are dead after a car accident near Ellensburg late Wednesday night. The Kittitas County Sheriff's office says it happened on Coleman Canyon Road in an area known as "The Orchard" about 15 miles north of Ellensburg just before midnight. A vehicle apparently rolled in steep, hilly terrain. The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office says the driver, Taylor Lanning, and passenger Colby Allemand were pronounced dead at the scene. Both were 16-year-old Ellensburg High School students. Another passenger, 15-year-old Kassidy Gilmore, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Gilmore is listed in serious but stable condition. The three had been camping with other teenagers, deputies say speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the accident. The Kittitas County Sheriff's office says it's one of the worst tragedies they've ever seen.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - The district office of U.S. Sen. Patty Murray in Tacoma, Wash., has been evacuated after a staffer found a suspicious envelope in the mail. Tacoma Police Det. Gretchen Aguirre says the letter-sized envelope contains a sand-like substance and the staff member was concerned about the return address. Aguirre says nothing has come out of the envelope and she wasn't sure what about the return address was suspicious. Murray was not in the office on Thursday when her staff called police. Aguirre says fire officials did a preliminary check and then called the postal service to pick it up. She says the envelope had already gone through the post office's regular hazardous materials screening. A call to Murray's Washington, D.C., office seeking comment was not immediately returned.