Thursday, May 14, 2015

National Police Week and thank you to the community.

      National Police Week occurs each year during the week of May 15th.  Established by Congress by joint resolution and signed into law by President John F. Kennedy on October 1, 1962 the week recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement. In 1984 President Bill Clinton signed an amended law directing the U.S. Flag to be displayed at half-staff on all government buildings on May 15th each year. During National Police Week there are vigils, ceremonies’ and fundraising events to remember and help those affected by the loss of a law enforcement officer.  The culmination on a national scale is at the National Law Enforcement Memorial Service where officers from all over the United States gather to remember those who have fallen in the line of duty on May 15th at the U.S. Capitol.  Locally we also celebrate National Police Week & National Peace Officers Memorial Day.  As Chief of Police of the Richland Police Department I am proud to say that we are involved in several activities during the week.  For example on May 13th RPD personnel volunteered their time to help The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 with a memorial fundraising campaign where $1,400.00 was raised.  Officers and professional staff of this department strive every day to demonstrate our products of Safety and Service. 

     During this week we had several community partners who showed their appreciation to the men and women of the Richland Police Department. Whether it be by expressing it to an officer they see, sending an email, posts to social media, by donating to the memorial fund, sending a thank you card in the mail, or meals and treats brought into the office for my staff.  Your recognition and thanks are appreciated and we are humbled by them. I personally and on behalf of the employees of the Richland Police Department wish to express our gratitude to our community partners.  Thank you Pasco WINGSTOP, Fat Olives, Ethos Bakery & Catering and the many private citizens that helped make National Police Week at the Richland Police Department a great one. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Coffee With a Cop - May 7th from 3:00 P.M. To 4:30 PM

     The Richland Police Department is excited to announce our first Coffee with a Cop being held May 7 from 3:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. at Barracuda Coffee Company, 2171 Van Giesen St., Richland, WA.
     We wish to invite all residents and business owners to join Chief Chris Skinner and staff for a chance to interact with us in a relaxed setting. This is your opportunity to ask the Chief and officer’s questions, voice concerns, make suggestions, learn about our community outreach, and public events. If you have any questions about this event, contact Captain Mike Cobb, 942-7362, or Community Relations Officer Kane, 942-7636.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Multiple thefts reported from the area of Adair Dr and Allenwhite Dr. Several victims still unidentified

On 4/25/15 Richland PD Officers responded to the area of Adair and Allenwhite Dr in Richland on a report of two males stealing solar lights out of the yards in the area. After searching the area Officers stopped a vehicle and contacted Damien L Bowen 12/11/70 and Justin R Wurmuth 8/28/87. The two suspects ultimately admitted to the thefts and stolen property was located after a search warrant was obtained from the vehicle.  The suspects were booked into the Benton County Jail for theft and DUI. Three victims were identified and their property was returned. Several other victims have not yet been identified and various items of stolen property are currently being stored at the Richland Police Department and we attempt to identify the owners. Anyone living in the above mentioned area who discovered that property had been stolen from their yards are encouraged to contact the Richland Police and make a report so the property can be returned.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Luring Incident Reported

Suspect:  White male, mid-40's, wears glasses
Vehicle:  Tan or brown four door compact car


On April 4, 2015, at approximately 10:15 PM two teen age males were skateboarding in the area of Westcliffe Blvd and Brantingham Rd.  They said that a male subject pulled out of a residential street, drove up behind them and began talking to them.  He attempted several times to get the two boys to enter his vehicle and they described him as being very pushy. 

The two jumped onto their skateboards fled the area and contacted 911.  Responding officers could not find a vehicle or subject matching the description.  Extra patrols will be provided to the area.

Contact Cpt. Mike Cobb for additional information at 509-942-7362.

Assault with Firearm in Richland Restaurant

Arrested:  Duncan, Scott R., 43 year of age male, Cheney, WA address
Charge:  Assault 2nd Degree

Suspect:  Laws, Morgan M, 34 year of age female, Pasco address
Charges to be reviewed by prosecutor


On April 4, 2014, at approximately 8:10 PM several people were watching basketball at Kimo's Restraurant, 2696 Col. Ctr. Blvd.  An argument ensued between two groups of individuals who were cheering for opposing teams.  A female, later identified as Laws, refused to leave the neighboring table alone after repeated requests to do so.  She stated to the victims, in an expletive filled rant that they did not know who they were dealing with and the her "boyfriend will mess you up".  The aggressor couple then left the restaurant.

A short time later the male, Duncan, came back.  He was carrying a white towel that the victim could see held a black, semi-automatic handgun.  Duncan put the gun against the victim's neck and threatened to kill him.  A short struggle over the gun took place and Duncan fled the area.

The victim was able to see the vehicle that the suspects had fled in and called 911.  They followed the vehicle until responding police units found them.  The two suspects were contacted near 50 Comstock.  Duncan was taken into custody and Laws began complaining of having an anxiety attack.  RFD paramedics were called to the scene and she was taken to Kadlec hospital.

A search warrant served on the suspect vehicle found numerous rounds of 30-06 ammunition, 10 mm ammunition, .40 cal ammunition, shotgun shells and several pistol and rifle magazines.  No firearm was located in the car.

Officers began searching the area that the vehicle had driven just prior to being stopped.  They found a Glock .40 cal pistol inside a holster laying on the shoulder near the Col. Point Golf Course.  The magazines found inside the vehicle were a fit to the model of Glock found on the route the truck had taken.

Duncan was booked into the Benton County jail on a 72 hour hold for Assault 2.  There is PC to charge Laws with Harassment but those charges will be reviewed since she was still being examined at Kadlec when the investigation was complete.

Contact Cpt. Mike Cobb, 509-942-7362, for additional information.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Level 2 Sex Offender Notification

Salsbury, Melissa M.

Salsbury, Melissa M
AKA:  Mia Rose, Jasmine, Rosa
White Female, 5-03, 130, Black hair, Brown Eyes
Address:  2000 Block Stevens Drive, Richland

Convictions:  Promoting Commercial Sexual Abuse of a Minor, 2011

According to official documents, Salsbury recruited and employed multiple minor aged females from local high schools for both stripping and prostitution.  Salsbury knew the females to be minors.  Salsbury directly advertised, coordinated, arranged and received money from
adult clients in exchange for their sexual contact with the minor females.  Salsbury used threats and coercion as a means of controlling and manipulating the minor females into continuing work for her.

Recent events involving Salsbury presenting as a "motivational speaker" at a local high school caused her level rating to be raised from a Level 1 to a Level 2.  Salsbury is currently under Department of Corrections and Federal Supervision.  Salsbury is trespassed from all parks, schools, libraries and their grounds in Benton and Franklin Counties.


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

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

Friday, March 13, 2015

Accident: Motorcycle vs. Pedestrian

On 03/13/2015 at 0645 hours (AM) the Richland Police Department responded to an injury accident on VanGiesen St near Alder Ave. A Harley Davidson motorcycle was being ridden west on VanGiesen St by a 35 year old Richland man when it struck a pedestrian in the westbound lane of travel. The pedestrian, an 85 year old Richland woman, was not in a crosswalk and was knocked to the pavement. The pedestrian received injuries to the head, face, and chest area and was transported to Kadlec Medical Center by a Richland Ambulance. The motorcycle injuries were minor and he remained at the scene of the accident. Speed did not appear to be a factor according to an independent witness, however, it was still dark outside when the accident occurred.

The pedestrian was identified as 85 year old Laverne Weissenfels of Richland.

The motorcycle rider was identified as 35 year old Robert D. Turner of Richland

The accident is being investigated by Detective Damon Jansen who is a Collision Reconstructionist.

For additional information contact: Sergeant Brian Ruegsegger Ph. 528-0245