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Kennewick sex offender's trial on new charges is Sept. 19

A Kennewick sex offender faces a Sept. 19 trial for allegedly propositioning sex from a teen boy outside a Pasco club.

Terry Wayne Barnett, 42, pleaded innocent Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court to communication with a minor for immoral purposes. His bail is set at $50,000.

Barnett was arrested by Pasco police early July 14 after he allegedly asked a 15-year-old boy to have sex with him. The boy said he told Barnett no, but Barnett offered him $100, court documents said.

Barnett apparently met the teen while outside the Out & About nightclub at 327 W. Lewis St.

The teen told police Barnett allegedly offered him money for sex. When the boy said no, Barnett reportedly asked if he could fondle him, documents said.

The boy told police that he walked back to the club and told the security guard what happened.

The guard called 911 and reported the incident. The guard also told police that Barnett had been at the night club, but was asked to leave because he was intoxicated.

The teen said he last saw Barnett walking toward the Library Tavern, where Barnett said he would have a beer waiting for the boy if he changed his mind, documents said.

Officers searched the area, but didn't find Barnett. They then took the boy home and asked the security guard to call them if he spotted Barnett again.

Around 1:45 a.m., Barnett was seen near North Third Avenue and Lewis Street. Officers contacted him. Barnett reportedly told police he did talk to the boy about sex, but denied propositioning him.

Barnett is classified as a Level 2 sex offender, which means he's considered a moderate risk to reoffend. He was registered with the Benton County Sheriff's Office as living at an Arthur Street home in Kennewick.

Barnett has a 2005 conviction from Tennessee for aggravated prostitution, and convictions in 2010 and February of this year for failure to register as a sex offender.

Pasco man gets Sept. 19 trial for threatening man with knife

A 46-year-old Pasco man accused of threatening another man with a butcher knife outside his home pleaded innocent Tuesday.

Reyes Melchor Hinojosa faces a Sept. 19 trial in Franklin County Superior Court for second-degree assault.

Hinojosa was arrested July 15 by Pasco police after allegedly threatening Gerardo Valenzuela, 34, documents said.

Valenzuela told police that he went to 2103 N. Fifth Ave. around 10:20 a.m. to confront his sister about taking his father's vehicle without permission, documents said.

Valenzuela's sister was standing in front of Hinojosa's trailer, but Hinojosa was not involved in the argument.

At some point, he reportedly emerged from the trailer with a large butcher knife, telling Valenzuela and the others to leave, documents said.

Hinojosa then charged Valenzuela, thrusting the knife in a stabbing motion and swiping it at him, document said. Valenzuela said the knife at one point got less than 6 inches away from him.

Valenzuela told officers he was in fear for his safety and thought he was going to be stabbed, documents said.

Hinojosa reportedly chased Valenzuela and others into the street until Valenzuela was able to take cover inside a vehicle.

Hinojosa then ran away but was found nearby and arrested.

Pasco Woman pleads innocent to DUI resulting from April crash

A 19-year-old woman pleaded innocent to allegations that she was under the influence of alcohol when she crashed into another vehicle in Pasco.

Kelly Michelle Morgan faces an Oct. 10 trial in Franklin County Superior Court for one count of vehicular assault. Morgan made her first appearance in court Tuesday and was released on her personal recognizance.

Morgan, however, was late to court and wasn't there when Judge Craig Matheson advised everyone of their rights so he told her to sit and wait until he could go through the rights again.

Morgan waited for a while, but left the courtroom before Matheson said it was OK. Matheson considered issuing a warrant for her arrest, but told prosecutors to have Morgan return to court next week.

According to court documents, Franklin County sheriff's deputies were called to a two-vehicle crash April 28 at Court Street and Road 52.

Deputies contacted Kenneth and Joan Brickey, who were driving down Court Street, when another vehicle came off Road 52 without stopping and hit them, court documents said.

Morgan was the other driver, documents said.

When deputies contacted Morgan, they noticed a strong odor of alcohol on her breath, documents said. She was arrested after deputies conducted field sobriety tests.

At the Franklin County jail, Morgan was given a breath test, which recorded a reading of 0.127 percent, documents said.

The Brickeys were both hurt in the crash, with Kenneth Brickey suffered a tendon rupture in his arm.

The injury will permanently limit his range of motion with his arm and doctors said they cannot operate to repair the tendon because of his age and a medical condition, documents said.

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