Grease dumping trial pushed to October date

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WALLA WALLA — A new trial date has been set in the case of a local business owner accused of pouring grease on the property of YMCA director Randy Grant.

James Sanders, 46, of 124 E. Main St., now is scheduled for trial in Walla Walla County Superior Court starting Oct. 29.

The proceedings had been slated to start Aug. 20, but Sanders agreed to the postponement by signing a waiver of his right to a speedy trial.

Sanders, co-owner of Public House 124 restaurant, is charged with second-degree malicious mischief, a felony, and three counts of second-degree criminal trespass, which are misdemeanors.

He is accused of dumping a mixture of food debris, chemicals and grease on Grant’s lawn last fall and winter.

Debbie Daly, 59, of 1733 Durant St., is charged in Walla Walla County District Court with second-degree attempted malicious mischief, making a false or misleading statement to a public servant, and second-degree criminal trespass — all misdemeanors or gross-misdemeanors — in connection with the case.

Neither defendant is in custody pending further court proceedings.

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