Court roundup, June 13, 2012


From Clallam County Superior Court:

Benjamin Joseph Handelman

Handelman, 39, of Sequim, is charged with second-degree burglary, malicious mischief in the second degree, theft in the third degree and making or having burglary tools. Clallam County Superior Court issued a bench warrant for Handelman on May 11. 

On Aug. 5, 2011, Sequim police caught Handelman allegedly cutting and removing copper wire from a building on the 700 block of West Washington Street. Officers found a pipe cutting wrench and pieces of copper wire in Handelman’s pants pocket, according to a police report.

Delessia Joan Chapin

Prosecutors are charging Chapin, 40, of Sequim, with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, driving with a suspended license and possession of less than 40 grams of marijuana after a June 3 traffic stop. 

Sequim police said Chapin was pulled over for driving with a suspended license. Chapin and her male passenger, Mark Cannon, both had arrest warrants, police said. After seeing a syringe cap and weapons in the car, officers applied for and received a search warrant. A search of the car revealed two plastic baggies with meth, two syringes, more than $700 cash, a scale, packaging material and two baggies of marijuana along with a marijuana smoking device, officers said. 

Chapin will be arraigned in Clallam County Superior Court on June 15. She remains in custody at the Clallam County jail in lieu of $5,000 bond.

Nicholas Andrew Taylor

Taylor, 18, of Port Angeles, is charged with trafficking in stolen property, third-degree theft and malicious mischief in the second degree. 

According to a Clallam County Sheriff’s Office probable cause report, Taylor stole more than $3,000 worth of jewelry while staying at a home near the 100 block of Shamrock Lane in April. 

Deputies believe Taylor sold the jewelry. Taylor pleaded not guilty May 18 and trial is set for July 30. He was released from jail on his own recognizance.

Drew Tyler Balch, Charles David Aslin, Tabitha Marie Gallacci

Balch, 20, of Port Angeles, Aslin, 38, and Gallacci, 32, both of Sequim, are all charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree robbery. 

According to a Port Angeles Police Department report, the three entered an apartment in the 1300 block of East Campbell Avenue in Port Angeles on May 24, uninvited, and took part in an assault and robbery of the apartment resident. 

Police said Balch punched the resident in the head four or five times, knocking him to the floor. Aslin and Gallacci encouraged Balch to continue the assault and prevented others from intervening, police said. 

Balch is accused of taking $28 from the resident and throwing a glass bong at him, causing several large cuts to the resident. All three defendants pleaded not guilty as charged in Clallam County Superior Court on June 8 and have separate trials scheduled for July 30. 

Balch remains in custody at the Clallam County jail in lieu of $75,000 bond. Gallacci and Aslin posted bond and are no longer in custody.

Rami Ahmed Al Iessa

After he plead not guilty to a charge of harassment, threats to kill on June 1, Clallam County Prosecutor Deb Kelly brought an additional 10 charges against Al Iessa, 26, of Sequim. Kelly filed the amended charges June 8. 

Al Iessa is now charged with two counts of assault in the third degree, two counts of assault in the fourth degree, one count of malicious mischief in the third degree, three counts of harassment and three counts of harassment, threats to kill. 

Sequim police said Al Iessa had a longstanding pattern of abuse and violence against his girlfriend and her family, including her children and her grandparents. Judge George Wood raised Al Iessa’s bail from $10,000 to $150,000. Al Iessa also is being held in custody at the Clallam County jail without bond for a Border Patrol detainer.

Theresa Dawn Riley, Holly Susan Jay

Riley, 34, and Jay, 30, both of Sequim, are charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine and/or heroin. A Washington State Patrol trooper pulled over a car driven by Jay on May 21 after receiving a report of two females in the car possibly using drugs, according to a report. 

The trooper said he observed the car drive on and over the white shoulder line five times before he initiated a traffic stop. Jay exhibited signs of intoxication but was not affected enough to be arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, the trooper said. Riley, a passenger in the car, had active warrants and was arrested, according to the report. 

Based on the initial regarding drug use in the vehicle, the trooper requested and obtained a search warrant for the car. During the search, the trooper located methamphetamine, heroin, dangerous weapons, used and unused syringes, a marijuana pipe, multiple prescription pills and other drug paraphernalia, according to the report. 

Riley and Jay pleaded not guilty in Clallam County Superior Court on June 1. Jay was released from jail on her own recognizance and Riley was released after posting $1,000 bail. 

Both have trials set for August.

Derick Andrew Tollefson

Charged with one count of first-degree theft and nine counts of trafficking stolen property, Tollefson, 21, of Port Angeles, is accused of stealing about $79,000 worth of silver coins from a residence in the 2400 block of Happy Valley Road. Clallam County Sheriff’s deputies said Tollefson sold the coins for $35,000 between November 2011 and March 2012 in 61 different transactions. Tollefson pleaded not guilty in Clallam County Superior Court and trial is set for July 23.

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