Employee denies forgery at Richland business

RICHLAND -- An employee of a Richland landscaping company is accused of taking more than $13,000 by forging the name of the owner's wife on business checks.

Jennifer Lynn Lollar, 42, has pleaded innocent in Benton County Superior Court to first-degree theft and forgery. The theft charge includes an allegation of aggravating circumstances that she used her position of trust to commit the crime.

The crime allegedly occurred in the past year while Lollar was employed by Gamache Landscaping.

According to court documents, Lollar wrote checks to herself and signed them with another name. The first check was dated March 15 for $700, documents said.

Prosecutors said Lollar then would sign the back of the check and present it for payment. The total loss was $13,432, with the last forged check written Dec. 6, court documents said.

Her trial is set for April 4.

West Richland man denies role in attack

WEST RICHLAND -- A West Richland man pleaded innocent to charges he attacked another man with nunchucks.

Steven Ross Proffitt, 19, faces trial March 7 for third-degree assault.

West Richland officers were called to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland on Jan. 12 to talk with Timothy Cottrell, who reported that he had been jumped by a person.

Police and prosecutors allege that Proffitt and a 17-year-old boy were hiding in bushes near Eagle Street and Paradise Way when they confronted Cottrell, 18. The victim reportedly suffered injuries to his head and body.

A friend of Cottrell also was hurt when she tried to step in to help.

Proffitt allegedly had the nunchucks in his possession when arrested. Officers also discovered that he admitted the assault to a friend, court documents said.

Moses Lake man's trial in steroid shipping case delayed until April

MOSES LAKE -- The trial for a Moses Lake man accused of shipping steroids to a Kennewick home has been delayed two months so a similar Grant County case can be resolved first.

Ryan Shawn Kennelly, 36, agreed to postpone his trial to April 18. He is charged with possession with intent to manufacture or deliver anabolic steroids.

Kennelly set a world record in Kennewick in 2008 for pressing 1,075 pounds.

He also has a pending case in Grant County Superior Court for manufacturing marijuana and possession with intent to deliver marijuana and anabolic steroids, according to authorities and court records.

Kevin Holt, Kennelly's attorney in the Benton County case, told a judge that his client faces trial in the Moses Lake case Feb. 28. Those allegations are the "precursor for the search warrant in our case, so (that case) needs to be resolved first," Holt said.

Deputy Prosecutor Art Bieker didn't object to moving the trial date.

Kennelly reportedly has been the focus of an investigation since early 2010.

He was arrested at his Moses Lake home Oct. 6 and charged the next day. On Dec. 17, a Grant County task force served a search warrant at a Kennewick apartment, with assistance from Tri-Cities law enforcement and inspectors with the U.S. Postal Service.

According to Benton County court documents, postal inspectors intercepted a package of steroids and placed an alarm system inside the box.

The warrant was for the package, which allegedly was found inside the apartment along with the postal service's alarm device and the shipment of steroids. The warrant also covered any other steroids and products used to make the drug.

Officers seized at least 84 vials of steroids and seven packets of steroid chemicals that police said belonged to Kennelly, according to documents.