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‘Family man’ SWAT commander wins officer of the year

‘Family man’ SWAT commander wins officer of the year

ZARA CRUDEN, Evergreen reporter

March 6, 2018


Filed under Crime, Local, News, Pullman Community, Showcase

Ruben Harris has served the Pullman Police Department for 19 years, and during that time he has played the role of the officer who inspired him when he was young. Harris first realized he wanted to join the police force at 14, when a Bellevue officer pulled up to where he and his brother were shooting...

County coroner confirms psychologist’s death a suicide

IAN SMAY, Evergreen reporter

February 23, 2018


Filed under Crime, Local, News, Safety

The Whitman County coroner confirmed Thursday morning that a Pullman psychologist who surrendered himself to police and was booked on a charge of raping one of his patients died of suicide by hanging. Dean Funabiki, 67, turned himself in to police at the request of investigators and accompanied by...

Community driven officer promoted

Community driven officer promoted

ZARA CRUDEN, Evergreen reporter

February 21, 2018


Filed under Crime, Local, News, Pullman Community, Safety, Showcase

Sgt. Greg Umbright has come to many people’s aid over the 27 years he has served as an officer for the Pullman Police Department. During that time he has accrued some unusual stories from working with the community. He recounted one instance last fall when a woman said her skateboard was stolen,...

Pullman therapist held on rape charges found dead in cell

REBECCA WHITE, Evergreen assistant news editor

February 19, 2018


Filed under Crime, News

Whitman County Jail officers discovered a Pullman therapist, Dean Funabiki, 67, who was being held on rape charges, dead in his cell late Sunday night. Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers said officers found Funabiki unresponsive and hanging from a bed frame in his cell at about 11:30 p.m. Emergency...

Pullman psychologist arrested for rape charges

REBECCA WHITE, Evergreen reporter

February 17, 2018


Filed under Crime, News

A Pullman therapist was booked on second degree rape charges after he surrendered himself to police late Friday night. A patient reported that her therapist Dean Funabiki had sexually assaulted her last month during a therapy session in his office, according to a Pullman Police Department Press releas...

Prof studies body camera footage

ZARA CRUDEN, Evergreen reporter

February 12, 2018


Filed under Crime, News, Research, WSU Pullman campus

A WSU researcher is using police body camera footage to understand how law enforcers use force and interact with civilians. David Makin, a WSU criminal justice professor and lead researcher on the project, said over the course of 50 years of history and research into police encounters, no one has...

Whitman SWAT responds to armed threat

Whitman SWAT responds to armed threat

IAN SMAY, Evergreen reporter

February 9, 2018


Filed under Crime, Local, News, Pullman Community

The Whitman County Sheriff’s SWAT team to apprehend a suspect accused of drawing a gun on two people last weekend. Pullman Police Cmdr. Chris Tennant said the Special Weapons and Tactics team could be used in a variety of situations. He also said the team is used to making contact with high-risk...

Woman arrested, admits selling pot at WSU concert

IAN SMAY, Evergreen reporter

February 6, 2018


Filed under Crime, News, WSU Pullman campus

The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Spokane woman for multiple charges relating to the possession and unlicensed distribution of marijuana. Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers said an officer arrested the 19-year-old woman Saturday night on U.S. Highway 195 in the northern part of Whitman Co...

Pullman Police recommend rape charge in 2016 case

IAN SMAY, Evergreen reporter

January 30, 2018


Filed under Crime, News, Pullman Community

The Pullman Police Department officially passed a recommendation of charges to the Whitman County Prosecutor’s Office last week stemming from an alleged rape at a WSU fraternity in 2016. The incident allegedly occurred on the weekend of Sept. 2, 2016 in the now-suspended Delta Upsilon Greek chapter hous...

Homeless shelter tries to move past arson

Homeless shelter tries to move past arson

DAN DOUCET, Evergreen reporter

January 7, 2018


Filed under Crime, Local, News, Showcase

Three weeks after an arson destroyed much of the men’s unit of the Sojourner’s Alliance homeless shelter, the organization is slowly rebuilding its ability to provide services found nowhere else on the Palouse. Director Steve Bonnar said that since the fire, the homeless shelter is operating its...

Drunk driver hits pedestrian

IAN SMAY, Evergreen reporter

January 3, 2018


Filed under Crime, News

Police arrested and recommend charges against a Pullman resident who struck a pedestrian before fleeing the scene early New Year’s Day. Police arrested 25-year-old Alexander Welch around 2 a.m for driving with his lights off. Welch had earlier fled the scene of a hit-and-run after he struck a 53...

Phone scams hit Pullman, police say

IAN SMAY, Evergreen reporter

December 27, 2017


Filed under Crime, Local, News

Fraudulent callers have demanded money from multiple Pullman residents in the last week, according to police reports. The callers, posing as Department of Education representatives, threatened to arrest Pullmanites, said Pullman Police Cmdr. Chris Tennant. “We had about six different people ca...

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