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Turf War


In light of the Columbia County’s recent adoption of a panhandling ordinance, it is interesting to note that Walla Walla police recently responded to a panhandling “turf war” dispute.

At around 10 a.m. on June 19, police responded to the 800 block of S. 9th Avenue for a report of a fight between three people. It was reported that an argument had taken place over panhandling “turf” near McDonald’s, according to a Walla Walla Police Department media release.

Riley N. Gribnau, an 18-year-old male, and another male confronted the victim because he was currently panhandling in “their” spot. Gribnau was arrested after displaying a knife in a manner to intimidate the victim. There were no injuries sustained, according to the release.

The new Columbia County ordinance provides consequences for panhandlers that approach the public in an aggressive or threatening manner.


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