Trial postponed again in home invasions

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WALLA WALLA -- The trial for a man charged with two home invasions in College Place last spring has been postponed again in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Adam A. Hermanns, 23, was scheduled for trial starting this Wednesday, but now the proceedings are set to begin Aug. 10. The trial initially was scheduled to be held in June.

Hermanns is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault and two counts of first-degree burglary.

Police allege that he and co-defendant Antonio S. Contreras -- wearing masks over their faces -- entered the apartment of Dorothy Schneider and her daughter, Cally Schneider, at 204 S.E. Fourth St. about 10:55 p.m. April 3. Various items were taken while Contreras displayed a knife, police said.

Hermanns also is accused of entering a different College Place residence a few days earlier. Officials believe he donned a black ski mask, armed himself with a knife and went into the residence of Andy Porter at 1027 Puff Lane, Apt. H, about 9:45 p.m. March 29.

The burglar left after Porter drew a revolver and pointed it at the intruder's chest.

Porter is a reporter for the Union-Bulletin.

Contreras, 24, of 922 W. Alder St., pleaded guilty in June to reduced charges of third-degree assault and second-degree theft for participating in the home invasion on Fourth Street.

He has yet to be sentenced. But the prosecution is recommending an exceptionally short jail term of 11 months because Contreras came forward, cooperated and agreed to testify against Hermanns at Hermanns' trial.

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