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August 24, 2016
Home Invasion Robbery

Be Aware Says Sheriff

On Aug. 20, Benton County Sheriff's Office deputies responded a reported Home Invasion Robbery.  The victim, a 58-year-old male reported he was awakened at about 2 a.m. by a tapping on his window.  He went to the door and a 25 to 30-year-old white female that the victim knew only as "Barbie" was invited inside the residence. 

The Benton County Sheriff's Office would like the public to be aware of the following:
On July 21, 2016, at about 11:46 am, the reporting party called in a report about two white males, who appeared to be in their 20s, and were wearing "DirecTV" shirts, came to her door and identified themselves as "Quality Control" technicians with "DirecTV". 
Three Teens Charged With Rape

The Benton County prosecutors have charged three teen boys, Joshue Fajardo 17, Alejandro Alvarez, 17, and Moises Galindo, 16 (15 at the time of the incident), each with one count of second-degree rape.  Fajardo faces an additional charge of tampering with a witness in juvenile court

Fraudulent Calls About Jury Duty

Kennewick The Benton County Clerk's Office has reported that potential jurors have been receiving fraudulent calls related to their jury duty. The County Clerk's Jury Department has reported that individuals are being told false information by unknown scammers, including but not limited to:


Dolores L. Mora
April 10, 1924 August 15, 2016
(Ustalia) Dolores Lopez Mora, aged 92, passed away peacefully on August 15, 2016 at home surrounded by her family.   Dolores was born April 10, 1924, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Dolores lived her entire adult life in the Yakima Valley, residing in Grandview, WA.
Survived by her husband of 73 years, Salvador A. Mora; children: Rosemary Rodriguez of Pasco, WA, Lupe Mora of Mt. Vernon, WA, Clara Mora of San Leandro, CA, Becky and Dale Knott of Mabton, WA, David and Linda Mora of Burien, WA, Rudy Mora, unknown address, Gloria and Larry Gonzales of Selah, WA, Josie and Roger Candanoza of Prosser, WA, Richard Mora of Everett, WA, Rita and Mike Anderson of Puyallup, WA, Maggie Mora of S. San Francisco, CA and Joe and Malinda Mora of Grandview, WA
Dolores is also survived by 31 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; 12 great-great grandchildren; and preceded by her parents Tomas and Simone Lopez and her son Jesse Anthony Mora.

James "Jimmy" Timothy Leighty
April 28, 1961 August 17,2016
James "Jimmy" Timothy Leighty, 55, of Prosser, passed away on August 17, 2016 in Prosser.
He was born on April 28, 1961 in Bainbridge, Maryland to Charles and Beatrice (Rodrigues) Leighty.  The family moved to Prosser in 1967 where he was raised and attended Prosser schools.  In 1980, his daughter, Heidi Marie Carrillo was born.  In 1984, Jimmy met the love of his life, Tammy Irby and the couple married on February 11, 1988.  They settled down on a small piece of land on the family farm and were blessed with two sons, James Leighty Jr. in 1986 and Tyler Leighty in 1988.  His family was his life and Jimmy spent endless hours with them camping, fishing and coaching his boys in sports.  Jimmy enjoyed playing softball and golf and made many lifelong friends along the way. 
Jimmy is survived by his wife of twenty-eight years, Tammy Leighty; his father, Charles Ruben Leighty; brothers, Mathew (Alice), Tom (Darlene) and Charlie (Chris) Leighty; sister, Eva (John) Conley; sons, James and Tyler (Amanda) Leighty; daughter, Heidi (Val) Carrillo; grandchildren, Jr., Aliya, Treston and Samantha Carrillo and Colby, Kade, Faith and Jaxon Leighty; and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Beatrice Leighty; his sister, Carmen Studer; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 27th at Bethel Church in Prosser.  A potluck will follow, the location will be announced at the service.    Memorial contributions may be made to Children's Hospital in Seattle.  You may leave a message for the family at www.Prosserfuneralhome.com
Gwendolyn Janette (Cross) Bates
August 20, 1920 August 17, 2016
Gwendolyn Janette (Cross) Bates entered into rest on August 17, 2016 in Kennewick.  She was born on August 20, 1920 in Bushnell, Nebraska to Edd and Lillie (Marshall) Cross.  Gwen moved to Prosser when she was sixteen years old and resided in the same home all her life excluding the last year when she lived at Sheffield Manor.  She met Forrest "Pappy" Bates in Prosser and on May 1, 1942 the couple married in Pasco. Forrest joined the Navy during WWII, serving from 1942 to 1945.  In 1946, they had their first son, Rick and in 1948, their second son, Neale.
Gwen sold Fuller Brush for many years and made many beloved friends.  She also enjoyed traveling, sewing, knitting, quilting, gardening and shopping.  She was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church, White Cross and a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.  Her granddaughters, Brenda, Gina and Sheila, were her greatest joy.  She loved to take them shopping and on many camping trips.
Gwen is survived by her two sons, Fredrick "Rick" Bates and wife, Robin of Prosser and Neale Bates of Spokane; eight grandchildren, Michael and Chris Plewak of Spokane, Brenda and Brian Slack of Kennewick, Gina and Sean Bradley of Prosser, Sheila and Dan Kassinger of Grandview, Toby and Brian Schweighardt of Hubbard, Oregon, Jason and Jessica Brock of Wenatchee, Cassandra Brock and Will Clark of Spokane and Jeff and Karissa Greeno of Spokane; seventeen great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Gwen was preceded in death by her parents, Edd and Lillie Cross; her husband, Forrest "Pappy" Bates; and many, many friends.  Her wish is to be remembered.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Prosser (956 South Kenny Way).  Concluding services and burial will follow in the Prosser Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to   the First Baptist Church.      You may leave a message for the family at www.Prosserfuneralhome.com
John Calvin (J.C.) Witherspoon II
August 21, 1969 August 6, 2016
John Calvin (J.C.) Witherspoon II, 46, passed away peacefully on August 6th at his home in Chehalis, WA, after a long battle with chronic illnesses. J.C. was born August 21st, 1969, in Kennewick, WA. Growing up, J.C. split his time between Eastern and Western WA hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors.  After graduating from Weatherwax High school in Aberdeen WA, class of 1987, he entered into the United States Air Force.
 J.C was hoping to be stationed abroad; only to wind up stationed at McChord Airforce base in Western Washington. Shortly after being discharged from the service in 1990, J.C. met the love of his life Karen, and that's where the real adventures began. They wed in 1994. Undecided, J.C. bounced from Eastern to Western Washington making sure he was never far from water, as he was a consummate outdoorsman. In 2001 he and Karen moved to Skamania County, and he always considered this HOME.
J.C. was a jack of all trades and master of most of them; from being a 911 dispatcher for the city of Prosser to working as a carpenter, gunsmith, fishing guide and guide for bigfoot hunters, just to name a few. He was always willing to impart his wisdom to anyone willing to listen and was known for his vast number of "J.C.-isms." Along the way, J.C. made lifelong friends.  He touched many people in a way that only he could. His infectious laugh and ability to recount adventures are legendary.
J.C. is survived by his loving wife, Karen Witherspoon; mother, Gerry (Steve) Salstrom; dad, John (Janice) Windle; sister, Creedence Windle; and a plethora of family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and his father, John Witherspoon. J.C. lived a charmed life with no regrets and will be truly missed by friends and family.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday September 10th from Noon 3 pm in Stevenson, WA, at the Eagles Lodge. In Lieu of flowers feel free to donate to diabetes awareness, NRA, Cancer research or your favorite charity. Arrangements are under the care of Brown Mortuary Service in Chehalis.
Larry Kukes
April 5, 1953 August 17, 2016
Larry Kukes, age 63, born April 5, 1953, to Leo Floyd and Norma Elaine Kukes in Toppenish, WA passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA.
Larry attended school in both Toppenish and Prosser, and graduated from Prosser High School in 1971.  It was in Prosser where he met Nancy Sybouts, the love of his life.  Nancy and Larry were married in July 1972, and recently celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary. 
Nancy and Larry lived in Prosser where they raised their two boys, Scott and Bryan.  For over 30 years, Larry worked for the Department of Transportation in many roles.  He retired in 2013 and was happiest when surrounded by friends and family, especially his two granddaughters. 
Papa loved taking his granddaughters out for walks around the neighborhood on his scooter, and could frequently be seen scooting down the road with one girl on each knee.  He loved beeping his horn loudly, and telling us the girls did it.  He was also a great fan of the girls' sports.  Papa never missed a game or a tournament and could always be seen on the sidelines cheering.  He would spend hours sitting on the couch while the girls read to him, which they followed with a quiz to make sure he was listening.  He had the best jokes, and there wasn't a moment that Papa wasn't ready for jammie time (aka lounge pants).
Larry loved to travel and he and Nancy went on several cruises, visited the Bahamas, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, and always cherished the annual family trip to Seaside, OR.  He treasured this time with Nancy and the family, and always looked forward to the next adventure!
Larry was the person that everyone could count on for a smile and encouraging word.  He was a good listener and always found a positive way to look at things.  Larry was handy and creative and could fix anything.  He was selfless, generous, and was always there to lend a hand to anyone in need.  
His passions were fishing, painting, wood working, and spending time with family and friends.  He loved hunting and camping and was known as the Camp Coordinator, in between sleeping and snacking
Larry (Papa, Dad, Daddy, Uncle Larry) will be truly missed by his adoring wife, family and friends.   We love you with all of our hearts, but know you are in a better place with the Lord.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Norma, and his sister, Lynette Pitt. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, son Scott (Bradi) Kukes, son Bryan Kukes and Rocio, two granddaughters, Kylee Kukes and Marley Kukes, siblings Luanne (Roy) Durfey and Mike (Mary) Kukes, and numerous relatives, in-laws, nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life open house will start at 1:00 PM on Friday, August 26 at 5603 Kirkwood Lane, West Richland.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Kidney Foundation.
You may sign the online guest book and leave a message of condolence for the family at www.dignitymemorial.com