An administrative assistant at a large Franklin County apple producer is accused of padding another employee's payroll hours for six months so they could share in the excess payments.
Noemi Aguilar, 45, of Pasco, pleaded innocent in Franklin County Superior Court to first-degree theft. Her trial is scheduled Nov. 14.
Sheriff's Deputy Travis Rogers responded to Stemilt Growers on July 12 for a report of an employee theft at the Foster Wells Road plant.
The investigation revealed that Aguilar -- whose job included entering timecards into a payroll database -- had been putting in fictitious times worked for a Jose Salas Valladares from February into July, court documents said.
In an interview with Rogers, Aguilar admitted creating the false records for payment and said she was splitting the proceeds with Valladares, documents said.
Valladares does not appear to be charged in the theft, according to a search of online court records.
Stemilt Growers reportedly lost more than $9,500.
Pasco woman faces assault trial Dec. 5
A Pasco woman faces trial Dec. 5 on charges she tried to attack her housemates after finding out her boyfriend was cheating on her.
Victorina Mendoza-Rodriguez, 50, pleaded innocent to second-degree assault.
Pasco officers were called to her Buchanan Lane home at 7:48 p.m. Sept. 2 and met with four people on the front lawn who said they'd been in the house when Mendoza-Rodriguez became angry with her boyfriend, court documents said. The boyfriend was one of the four waiting for police.
Mendoza-Rodriguez allegedly got a knife and threatened the boyfriend with it, then thrust the blade toward her housemates after they asked her to put it down.
The victims said they feared for their safety, so they ran outside the house.
The boyfriend also managed to escape outside.
The group was standing on the lawn waiting for police when Mendoza-Rodriguez yelled from inside that she was going to burn the house down, documents said.
A roommate was afraid Mendoza-Rodriguez might follow through on her threats, so he went into the home and reportedly found her lighting a couch on fire. He filled a bowl with water and doused the fire.
Mendoza-Rodriguez then ran to her bedroom and locked herself inside until police arrived, documents said.
Pasco man being held on assault charges
A 27-year-old Pasco man is being held on $100,000 bail for allegedly holding a steak knife to his girlfriend's stomach and saying she would have died if her three kids weren't in the home.
Salvador Carrion Rivera pleaded innocent to second-degree assault for the Aug. 26 incident at a Shoshone Street home. His trial is set for Nov. 14.
According to court documents, the 31-year-old victim waited until Rivera left for work the following morning before calling police.
She told Officer Matthew Griffin that Rivera had been angry and threw her phone against the wall, breaking it so the phone no longer works. Rivera then grabbed her by the arm and forced her into the bedroom, court documents said.
Rivera had a steak knife in his hand and pressed it into her stomach as if he was going to stab her, documents said. She reportedly suffered a small puncture wound from the assault.
Rivera then told her, "I am gonna kill you, stupid," adding "I don't care if you or I die. I don't even care if the kids have parents," Griffin wrote in court documents.
Rivera pushed his girlfriend on the bed and walked out, leaving the knife on the kitchen counter, documents said.
When his girlfriend came back out to the living room, he allegedly told her, "You're lucky the kids are here or else you would die."
The woman told Griffin she was very scared and feared for her life and the safety of her kids, so she did what Rivera wanted for the rest of the day. Rivera also told her "to forget all this happened," documents said.
After calling police the next day, the woman said she does not want to be with Rivera anymore and sought a protection order for her and the kids.
Rivera was told he is to stay away from his ex-girlfriend while the case is pending.