Kennewick woman pleads innocent to hit-and-run

A 30-year-old woman pleaded innocent this week to allegations she hit her friend with an SUV in October, then drove off and returned to the party they had been at without getting any help.

Bobi Jennings of Kennewick is set for trial March 21 in Benton County Superior Court on one count of hit-and-run with injury.

Aimee Dilger, 33, suffered a skull fracture, injuries to her head and face and fractures to her lower spine in the Oct. 24 incident. The emergency room nurse will reportedly be out of work for at least a year due to her injuries, which also require total reconstruction of lower left leg.

Jennings' attorney, Scott Johnson, has said his client wasn't the driver of the SUV that hit Dilger, and that they have records corroborating her innocence.

According to court documents, Jennings and Dilger were at the same party when Dilger left because she got into an argument with her husband. Dilger's husband reportedly followed her as she walked away, and the couple stopped to talk in the 4600 block of South Garfield Street.

That's when Dilger was hit by a small, dark SUV, police said.

Jennings caught a ride to the party with another friend, but kept the keys to the dark blue Honda CRV because her friend was planning on drinking. Jennings allegedly left the party to pick up Dilger at 45th Avenue and Garfield Street.

She pulled over after striking Dilger, then drove away and returned to the party a short distance away, documents said. Officers found the CRV at the party with damage consistent with Dilger's injuries. The SUV's owner said that damage didn't exist before she arrived at the party.

A witness at the party reportedly told officers that Jennings had been seen standing by the CRV's driver's side door shortly before officers arrived.

Jennings is out on her personal recognizance while the case is pending.

Trial date set for man accused of robbing bank

A Kennewick man faces trial Feb. 14 on charges he took about $1,800 from a bank teller after claiming he had a gun.

John Thomas Walker, 22, pleaded innocent to first-degree robbery for the Dec. 27 incident at Sterling Savings Bank on Vista Way.

Prosecutors allege he walked into the bank at 1:40 p.m., told the teller he had a weapon and demanded the money in her drawer. After being handed the cash, Walker ran out of the bank and left on foot, court documents said.

Sterling Savings had recently installed a digital media security camera system that generated quality pictures of Walker, which helped police quickly identify the suspect. Detectives then learned Walker was in Spokane, where he was arrested later that night on a state Department of Corrections warrant.

Walker denied having a real gun on him during the bank robbery, documents said.

He is in the Benton County jail on $50,000 bail.

Man sentenced for stealing casino chips

A 25-year-old man was sentenced to three months in jail for breaking into the Kennewick home of a former friend and stealing $4,000 worth of casino chips.

Brent Eric Nelson had pleaded guilty Dec. 16 to residential burglary. Court documents show he had no felony convictions prior to this crime.

The victim called Kennewick police Oct. 9 to report the stolen chips. Through their investigation, police found video of Nelson cashing the chips at a Kennewick casino, documents said.

In his interview with detectives, Nelson reportedly admitted to using the garage access code to enter the home. He used to be friends with the victim's son.

Nelson was ordered to have no contact with the victim for five years.