Kennewick woman pleads innocent to theft, drugs

KENNEWICK -- A 44-year-old woman faces trial April 4 for allegedly taking prescription pills from a neighbor's bathroom.

After her arrest Nov. 12 on suspicion of the theft, Sherilyn Kay Brown showed signs of overdosing while in the back of a patrol car and had to be hospitalized.

Brown pleaded innocent in Benton County Superior Court to third-degree theft and unlawful possession of cocaine and lorazepam, an anti-anxiety medication.

Court documents state that when Brown knocked on the door of an adjacent apartment, the neighbor recognized her though the two women had never talked. Once inside the apartment, Brown asked to use the woman's bathroom, which the neighbor thought was strange because Brown was so close to her own home.

Brown was in the bathroom for a long time before leaving the apartment, documents said.

The resident then checked her medicine cabinet and discovered she was missing antihistamine pills for allergies and antibiotics.

Kennewick Officer Tim Harris contacted Brown, who allegedly admitted to being inside the neighbor's bathroom but denied taking the pills. Brown subsequently was arrested and placed in a patrol car.

Officers were in the process of getting a search warrant when Brown "began acting lethargic and became non-responsive," court documents said.

She was taken to Kennewick General Hospital, where doctors admitted her after determining "she had consumed multiple controlled substances, including cocaine," documents said.

A search of Brown's apartment reportedly turned up numerous pills, including the two types of pills stolen from the neighbor, and a glass pipe with cocaine residue. She lived there alone, documents said.

Suspect in fatal burglary enters innocent plea

KENNEWICK -- The third suspect in a January burglary that left a 20-year-old man dead pleaded innocent to his alleged involvement.

Dwight Junior Norwood, 38, is scheduled for trial March 7 on one count of first-degree burglary with a deadly weapon.

Prosecutors allege that Norwood was key in planning the early-morning crime to rob Ramon Madrigal of $70,000 cash at his Buntin Street home. Tyler Stock was fatally shot by Madrigal when he reportedly tried to force his way into Madrigal's home Jan. 11.

Norwood of Kennewick was identified in a lineup by one of his co-defendants, court documents said. Shortly after the shooting, he called a friend and asked her to pick him up from a Pasco home where police later found the car believed driven in the crime, documents said.

Convicted criminal pleads innocent to having firearm

KENNEWICK -- A convicted criminal is accused of having a modified gun in his hands when he ran from Kennewick police after a traffic stop.

Johnny Douglas Love II, 26, of Kennewick, pleaded innocent to first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a short-barreled shotgun and resisting arrest. Trial is set for March 14.

According to court documents, a Kennewick woman called 911 at 1 a.m. Jan. 22 to report a person with a gun in a black Jeep Cherokee outside her home.

Police had responded earlier that evening to the same home for reports of Love being there and making threats. Officers couldn't find the Jeep at that time.

Officer Aaron Hamel was in the area after the early-morning call and was waiting for backup when he saw a black Jeep Cherokee speed away and run a stop sign, documents said.

The Jeep stopped after Hamel turned on his emergency lights.

That's when Love allegedly got out of the SUV holding what appeared to be a gun, and ignored Hamel's orders to stop because he was under arrest.

Love ran about 10 feet away from the SUV before tossing a black 12-gauge shotgun on the ground, then continued to run away, court documents said.

A K-9 unit tracked Love to a nearby backyard shed. Love said, "I give up," before being handcuffed, documents said.

The shotgun reportedly tossed by Love had been modified so the barrel was only 12 inches long.

Love is not supposed to own or possess firearms because he has multiple prior felony convictions, including one in 2006 for second-degree burglary.

* Kristin M. Kraemer: 509-582-1531; kkraemer@tricityherald.com