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Whitman County judge releases regulations to prevent spread of COVID-19

A judge from the Whitman County Superior Court has issued a health order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while in the courtroom.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

July 1, 2020

Judge Gary Libey of the Whitman County Superior Court released safety regulations to be implemented in courtrooms to minimize possible exposure to COVID-19. The new regulations state any person who is sick or in quarantine will be unable to enter the courtroom, according to the courtroom safety order....

Pullman Police to enforce mask mandate with education, warnings

Pullman Police to enforce mask mandate with education, warnings

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 26, 2020

A public health order from John Wiesman, Washington Secretary of Health, requires every individual in the state, starting today, to wear a face covering or receive potential penalties. Individuals who do not comply with the order could be charged with a misdemeanor under RCW 70.05.120, said Jessica ...

Phi Delta Theta returns to WSU in August

WSU's Phi Delta Theta chapter was suspended in 2016 after allegations of misconduct. The fraternity is returning to campus in August.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

June 22, 2020

Phi Delta Theta’s suspension will end Aug. 1 after being investigated in 2016 for different types of misconduct, including underage drinking. “The actions the group took weren’t representative of the values of Phi Delta Theta,” said Greg Rush, Phi Delta Theta expansion consultant. “Our response...

Pullman police officials outline policies, policing philosophy

Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins said officers attended a week-long training on use of force after the department was scrutinized for using force on a former WSU football player in 2017.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

June 17, 2020

In Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins' open letter, he wrote that he is committed to holding himself and his department accountable so the tragedy in Minneapolis will not repeat itself in Pullman. “Condemnation of unacceptable conduct by law enforcement officers is not enough,” Jenkins wrote. “Law ...

Pullman police, city council officials condemn actions of Minneapolis officer

Chief of Police Gary Jenkins said a commander reads use-of-force reports and look at footage from body cameras to make sure the force was necessary and within policy.

ALANA LACKNER, Evergreen reporter

May 30, 2020

The Pullman Police Department condemned the actions of a police officer in Minneapolis who killed 46-year-old George Floyd, as well as the officers who were complicit with the murder.  Chief of Police Gary Jenkins said he believes there is no place in the force for people like Derek Chauvin, the offi...

Local police address crime in wake of COVID-19

Gary Jenkins, Pullman chief of police, said the department has minimized contact officers have with residents by writing tickets for some violations instead of making arrests.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

May 22, 2020

Crime in Pullman dropped sharply between March and May of this year, according to Gary Jenkins, Pullman Chief of Police. Jenkins said the department saw nearly a 29 percent drop in crime during the COVID-19 shutdown. Some reports mentioned concern about a rise in domestic violence cases. Jenkins sai...

Essential workers on a quiet campus

About 10 people out of 40 are reporting to work for the Mailing Services in the Cooper Publications Building, said Ed Sala, director of WSU Press.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

May 13, 2020

As essential workers abide by the state’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, WSU Police has more officers working over the summer compared to prior years. “People have canceled their vacations so there’s more [officers] working,” WSU Police Cpl. Kelly Stewart said. While many people across the na...

Car pursuit, chase on foot leads to arrest

Car pursuit, chase on foot leads to arrest

LAUREN ELLENBECKER, Evergreen reporter

April 3, 2020

A high-speed pursuit involving an armed Idaho man ended peacefully in Pullman Wednesday evening. Deputies from the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office received a vandalism complaint around 7:30 p.m. at Nisqually John Landing on Wawawai Road, according to a press release from the Whitman County She...

Pullman first responders prepare for COVID-19

Pullman Fire Chief Mike Heston said firefighters are wearing personal protective equipment while on call.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

March 26, 2020

Pullman Fire, Pullman Police and WSU Police are practicing new protocols and following guidelines that include social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Pullman Fire Pullman Fire Chief Mike Heston said firefighters are carrying gloves, masks and eye protection. They also sometimes carry...

Committee introduces new officers

Officer Luv St. Andre describes how his childhood and college experiences impacted his decision to go into law enforcement on Monday.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

March 10, 2020

Four recently hired Pullman Police Department officers were introduced to the Pullman Police Advisory Committee on Monday.  Officers Breauna Banks, Jared Haulk, Luv St. Andre and Holden Humphrey appeared before the committee during the its monthly meeting at City Hall.  “These four offic...

Shot K9 returns to Moses Lake with honor procession

Officer Nick Stewart walks K9 Chief out of the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital at 10:30 am.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

March 4, 2020

A 25-car escort waited to take Chief, Moses Lake K9 police dog, home this morning around 10:30 a.m. after he was released from WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Chief was shot in his left eye on Friday night while pursuing a felony robbery suspect, said Charlie Powell, public information officer for...

Graffiti tag appears downtown again

The cleaned wall of the Combine Mall building on Main Street on Tuesday. Police say the perpetrator is unknown.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

February 19, 2020

The second appearance of a graffiti tag containing the word “SULK” was cleaned up in Pullman. The most recent tag was on the West-facing wall of the Combine Mall building on Main Street. It appeared on Feb. 5. Pullman Police Cmdr. Jake Opgenorth said the perpetrator — or perpetrators ...

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