Trial date set for College Place woman in cyberstalking, threats

Kathy A. Hendrickson is accused of sending threatening e-mails and cyberstalking her ex-boyfriend.

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WALLA WALLA -- A College Place woman is scheduled to stand trial in November for allegedly sending e-mails threatening to kill local judges and a state Supreme Court justice two years ago, as well as stalking her former boyfriend and stealing his identity.

The trial for Kathy A. Hendrickson, 48, of 1200 S.E. Broadway Ave., Apt. E, is set to begin Nov. 9 in Walla Walla County Superior Court on three counts each of cyberstalking, threatening to bomb or injure property, harassment and intimidating a public servant, in addition to one count each of stalking and second-degree identity theft -- domestic violence crimes.

Officials said Hendrickson used an assumed name and sent a message to College Place Municipal Court Judge Richard Wernette on July 31, 2008, threatening his life through a bombing. Then on Aug. 14 of that year, she allegedly sent a similar message to county Superior Court Judge John Lohrmann and state Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens.

A name identified on the messages as the sender is similar to that of a woman Hendrickson worked with at one time.

The messages were sent through a Yahoo account from a computer in the library at Walla Walla Community College where Hendrickson was a student, according to a police report.

Charges relating to alleged crimes against Hendrickson's former boyfriend, Gregory J. Riordan, date back to 2005 after he reportedly tried to break off the relationship. Riordan -- who lived in Irrigon, Ore., at the time, but since has moved out of state -- reported that someone had been using his computer address to send threatening e-mails to various people he knows.

Also, in 2007, Riordan's retirement check was redirected to an address in New York, someone arranged for the power to be turned off at his home, and one of his online charge accounts was accessed and numerous orders sent out -- all without his authorization, officials said

Hendrickson is not being jailed pending the outcome of her case.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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