Northwest

Pullman serial rapist sentenced to life in prison

PULLMAN, Wash. -- A serial rapist who committed crimes across Pullman nearly 20 years ago will spend his life in prison. Kenneth Downing was arrested at a Spokane job site earlier this year. He pleaded guilty to four counts of…

Three moose calves welcomed to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

EASTONVILLE, Wash. — Three Alaskan moose calves have a new home at the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Atlas, Luna and Callisto were orphaned in the wild earlier this summer. The two females and one male will join the park's six-year-old…

WA pays $2M to workers assaulted at psychiatric hospital

A judge has ordered the state agency that operates Washington’s largest psychiatric hospital to pay more than $2 million to four female health workers who were assaulted by a violent patient who repeatedly targeted women. One of the nurses who filed the lawsuit, Bernia Garner, lost part of her ear when the patient vaulted over the nurses station, knocked her to the ground, choked her and bite off part of her earlobe. That same patient attacked three others, causing disabling injuries. Their lawsuit claimed hospital supervisors and the Department of Social and Health Services knew the patient repeatedly attacked women but they failed to provide a safe environment.

Washington apple crop down 11.1 percent from last year

YAKIMA, Wash. – Washington state’s apple crop is projected to be down 11.1 percent from last year.  The Washington State Tree Fruit Association released its forecast on Monday, projecting there to be 108.7 million standard 40-pound boxes of fresh…

Cold spring means lighter cherry and peach crop

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The same factors that produced a later and lighter cherry crop are affecting many Yakima Valley peach growers as well. Cold spring weather, a late April frost and their impact on pollination has delayed the peach…

1 killed, 1 injured in crash near Pateros

OKANOGAN CO., Wash. -- One man was killed and another injured in a two-car crash on State Route 153 near Pateros Sunday evening. The Washington State Patrol said 39-year-old Tao Stettler was driving southbound and crossed the center line, striking…