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Othello man gets jail time for threatening deputy

An Othello man will serve three months in jail for threatening to kill a Franklin County sheriff's deputy and the officer's family after he was arrested for drunken driving.

Alberto A. Rodriguez-Martinez, 27, received the jail sentence Tuesday for his earlier guilty pleas in Franklin County Superior Court to felony harassment and DUI, a gross misdemeanor.

He acknowledged in his plea statement Oct. 19 that his driving had been affected by alcohol and that he made the threats to the officer who made the traffic stop.

Rodriguez-Martinez had no known felony history before his arrest Aug. 27 on Clark Road near Cemetery Road. He failed sobriety tests and was arrested, Deputy Terry Brown wrote in court documents.

Rodriguez-Martinez then made threats against the deputy and his family like, "You're gonna regret it, fool, you'll see later," documents said.

The threats also included racial comments and references to "gangbangers" and that police are too slow to catch them. Rodriguez-Martinez told the deputy at the time of his arrest that when he was out in three or four months he would follow through on his threats.

Woman sentenced in welfare fraud case, must repay $5,000

A Tri-City woman must repay almost $5,000 to the state after lying about her employment status while accepting public assistance.

Cynthia Christine Dorton, 36, was sentenced to four months in jail, which she can serve on work release. She pleaded guilty Oct. 19 to second-degree theft by welfare fraud and second-degree perjury.

According to court documents, Dorton received financial and food assistance benefits from the Department of Social and Health Services for August 2007 and again between June 2008 and January 2009.

She reported she was a single parent raising four children in Pasco and was "either not working or was receiving less income than she was while working full time at Milestone Dental and Avenue Dental in Kennewick," documents said.

In statements to multiple DSHS workers over about 10 months, Dorton claimed to be unemployed or receiving a small paycheck.

However, a department investigation discovered she had worked for two separate dental offices at different times from 2007 into 2009. She failed to report all of her income and the correct last day of her employment, court documents said.

"Ms. Dorton submitted false and forged statements from both dental employers, which she knew contained false information and that the reported signature of the letter writer was forged," documents said.

Because of that, she received $4,897.32 in assistance that she was not entitled to and now must repay that to DSHS.

Casino employee pleads guilty to stealing money

A Pasco casino employee pleaded guilty to pocketing more than $2,500 over six weeks by voiding sales transactions at the end of her shift.

Elyce Marie Leach, 23, was sentenced to 30 days in jail for second-degree theft. She can complete the time on a state Department of Corrections work crew.

Pasco police were called to the Crazy Moose Casino on 20th Avenue on May 29 for a theft report.

The investigation revealed money had been taken from a cash register on which Leach had worked 14 shifts between mid-April and May 27. Leach, who performed sales transactions, was the only employee with access to that register on those shifts, court documents said.

At the end of each shift, Leach used a manager's identification card to void numerous sales and kept the money for herself, documents said.

The total stolen was $2,526. Money from the voided sales never was located, and in an earlier interview with police, Leach said she didn't have it.

She must repay that amount to the casino.

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