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Prosecutor's Office Reports On Cases

Defenants pled quilty to criminal charges.

On June 3, 2002, the following defendants pled guilty to criminal charges in Klickitat County Superior Court:

Dawn Marie Tellez, of White Salmon, pled guilty to theft in the first degree and forgery.

The charge arose from Tellez wrongfully obtaining a check that was issued to another person. The value of the check exceeded $2,500. Tellez endorsed the check by forging the victim's signature and then cashed it at a local bank.

The court sentenced Tellez to five months jail on each count, with time to run concurrently. The Department of Corrections will monitor Tellez for a period of one year upon her release.

Darrin Scott Zilke, of Appleton, pled guilty to assault in the third degree.

On August 13, 2001, Zilke negligently struck another person on the head with a baton. At the time of the incident, Zilke was on the victim's property in Lyle.

The court sentenced Zilke to nine months jail, allowing part of the sentence to be served on work crew in Klickitat County. The defendant will also be monitored by the Department of Corrections for a one year period upon his release.

A restitution hearing is scheduled for a later date.

Dustin Isaac Wynn, of Longview, pled guilty of possession of stolen property in the first degree and unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree.

On April 5, 2002, deputies with the Klickitat County Sheriff's Office searched a residence in Murdock. In a bedroom occupied by Wynn, Deputies found numerous items that had been reported stolen by local residents. In addition, a search of a vehicle recently occupied by Wynn produced a 12-gauge shotgun.

The court sentenced Wynn to 26 months in prison for possessing stolen property and to 22 months for possession of the shotgun.

Christopher John Trosper, of White Salmon, pled guilty to burglary in the second degree.

On November 17, 2001, Trosper was involved in a single-vehicle accident in Hood River, Ore. Additional investigation revealed the truck had been stolen from an unattached garage at a residence in White Salmon. Trosper admitted to entering the garage three days prior and taking the vehicle.

The court sentenced Trosper to 14 months prison. Hood River County previously convicted Trosper of a felony relating to the unlawful use of the truck.

A restitution hearing is scheduled for a later date.

Bryan Keith Walley, of Pascagoula, Miss., pled guilty to taking a motor vehicle without permission.

On April 25, 2002, a tow truck was reported missing from a business in Goldendale. A Washington State patrolman located the truck traveling on State Route 14 near Wishram Heights. The driver was identified as Walley.

The Court sentenced Walley to four months jail.

In addition, a restitution hearing will be set to determine the amount owed for damage to the truck.

The defendant will also be monitored by the Department of Corrections for a one year period upon his release.

Derek Michael Ward, of White Salmon, pled guilty to malicious mischief in the First Degree.

On December 9, 2000, law enforcement officers took Ward into custody on assault charges. Ward then kicked a window out of a patrol car during transport. As a result, the patrol car was removed from service for a substantial period of time.

The court sentenced Ward to 45 days in jail, with 45 days allowed on work crew. The Department of Corrections will monitor Ward for a period of one year.

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