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West Richland man wanted for skipping court

A West Richland man is wanted after he failed to appear in court this week on allegations he had 116 total pictures and videos of child pornography on his home computer.

Rex Charles Ryan, 29, had been sent a notice to appear in Benton County Superior Court on a new charge of second-degree possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

But when he didn't show as scheduled on Thursday, Judge Craig Matheson ordered a no-bail warrant.

Court documents show that police searched Ryan's home May 25, 2011. It is not clear what led to the search warrant.

Ryan reportedly was living in Richland at the time.

Richland police Detective Bob Benson later conducted a forensic examination of Ryan's personal computer and found the images "with hash values recognized by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children," documents said.

Ryan allegedly told police that particular computer was his, that he'd built it and that no one else uses it. He admitted that one image -- a video of young teen girls having sexual contact with an adult male -- was on his computer, court documents said.

The charge, according to documents, involves visual or printed matter depicting a minor in a sex act, whether actual or simulated.

Woman gets 6 months for stealing

A 24-year-old woman was sentenced to just more than six months in jail for using wire cutters to steal merchandise from Macy's, then lying to police about her name.

Kayla Lee McNeely, when arrested in early April, claimed to be a twin sister by the name of Kelsea so officers wouldn't pick her up on several warrants.

But her ruse didn't go far because dispatchers, who were unable to find a record for that name, discovered that Kayla McNeely was wanted and advised police on scene.

Kennewick police responded to the Columbia Center mall after McNeely became uncooperative when detained by a Macy's loss prevention officer for shoplifting. The loss prevention officer had found clothes belonging to the department store, along with two pairs of wire cutters, in McNeely's bag, court documents said.

In an interview with Kennewick Officer Paul Reynolds, McNeely said the cutters were used to remove security tags from clothing. She also claimed that she'd gone to the store with another woman to steal and that she was supposed to distract store security while the other woman took merchandise, documents said.

McNeely initially said she was the twin sister of Kayla McNeely, who she said now lived in Kansas. She later admitted giving a false name to Reynolds because of her arrest warrants.

McNeely pleaded guilty to third-degree retail theft with extenuating circumstances, a felony, and making a false or misleading statement to a public servant, a gross misdemeanor. She was sentenced to 185 days in jail.

Benton City man to serve 1 year for stealing

A Benton City man caught selling stolen electronics on Craigslist will spend a year in prison.

Rafael Gonzalez Jr., 21, owes nearly $4,000 to the victims of his crimes after pleading guilty to two separate charges of first-degree trafficking in stolen property.

The first case stems from a Jan. 11 posting on the online classified site for the sale of a MacBook Air laptop.

Gonzalez was contacted by a Kennewick man, who purchased the computer for $400, court documents show. However, once the buyer realized the laptop was stolen he sold it back to the original owner for the same price.

That man later explained to Kennewick police where he got the computer, and his girlfriend identified Gonzalez as the seller, documents said.

Gonzalez, when questioned by police, admitted selling the MacBook knowing it was stolen.

He owes $679 in restitution to the original owner and $445 to the Craigslist buyer.

Officers searched Gonzalez's home March 14 and found an Xbox 360 and Xbox Kinect taken in a Feb. 29 residential burglary on North Demoss Road, court documents show. Police got the search warrant after finding postings on Craigslist for the stolen items, documents said.

After his arrest, Gonzalez claimed that someone else gave him the stolen property and that he knew it was wrong to be selling it.

Gonzalez has been ordered to reimburse $2,169 to one victim and $682 to another. His history includes a felony conviction for second-degree possession of stolen property.

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