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July 26, 2018 | View PDF


An Oct. 15 trial date was scheduled for Eli Gallegos, 60, in superior court Friday. Gallegos was arrested and jailed last Sunday, July 15, on an arrest warrant which was issued after he failed to appear for a pre-trial hearing on charges dating back to March 5. He has been charged with criminal trespassing and possession of methamphetamine.

He was allowed release from jail July 16 after posting bail.


Kyle Lawson-Stevahn, 21, pleaded guilty to charges of third-degree theft and failure to register as a sex offender Friday morning in superior court. He was sentenced to 29 days in jail with credit for the same amount of time he has spent in jail awaiting resolution of the case.

He was charged with taking cash and parts last December while he was employed at Evergreen Tire in Pullman. The investigation report said in addition to taking $500 in cash, Lawson-Stevahn ordered parts on the company’s account and then attempted to remove the orders from the records.

The failure-to-register charge alleged he had been ordered to register after a 2008 sex abuse conviction in Oregon. While investigating the theft charges from the tire store, officers learned Lawson-Stevahn had failed to register after moving to Pullman from Oregon.

He told the court he plans to move back to Oregon where he has lined up a job in a lumber mill and will be able to pay off the $3,000 in restitution to Evergreen.


Formal charges of harassment with a threat to kill, third-degree assault and obstructing justice were filed July 18 in superior court against Randi M. Keene, 34, who was arrested Monday in Garfield and booked in the jail here. Her bond for pre-trial release was set at $15,000.

Palouse Officer Joe Handley in his arrest report said he responded at about 3 p.m. Monday to a report of a woman making threats to kill. Keene was located on a back patio of the residence and began to walk away when confronted by Handley. The report alleged Keene had made a threat to kill people with a knife. At the time of the arrest the knife was not discovered.

Handley reported Keene ignored an order to get down on the ground, and in the ensuing struggle, she punched him three times in the right ear. The report said Keene also threw a beer can at Palouse Chief Jerry Neumann at the scene.

Keene was placed in handcuffs and also had to be hobbled after she allegedly attempted to kick, Handley said.

The report alleged Keene, who was listed as homeless, had been placed in a mental health/detox center last week, but had broken out by force.

Whitman Hospital and Medical Center

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