Walla Walla County
- Joshua Donald Martindale, 19, 579 S. Gose St., was sentenced Jan. 31 on two counts forgery and one count third-degree theft. The sentence included restitution of $865.75, $200 in court costs, $81 in sheriff fees, $500 to the crime victims compensation fund, $775 in attorney fees, $100 biological fee, 76 days in the county jail, credit for 76 days served concurrent with another cause, 12 months community custody. On Jan. 18 Martindale pleaded guilty to, with intent to defraud, falsely making or putting off as true a written instrument (business check) on Nov. 12 and Nov. 15, and to wrongfully obtaining or exerting unauthorized control over property of another of a value not exceeding $750 with intent to deprive the owner of the property on Nov. 12.
- Jose Merlo Mejia, 36, no permanent address listed, was charged Jan. 31 with crimes including first-degree rape of a child and first-degree child molestation. Mejia is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse and sexual contact with a girl who was younger than 12 years old between Feb. 1, 2009, and Oct. 31, 2010.