Trial date moved for man in stolen property, drug case

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WALLA WALLA — A new trial date has been set in Superior Court for a man suspected of possessing hundreds of items of stolen property in December, in addition to committing various drug offenses.

Richard E. Cornwell Jr., 37, now is set for trial starting May 20 on 11 criminal charges including delivering methamphetamine, possessing four controlled substances with the intent to deliver them, first-degree possessing and first-degree trafficking in stolen property, using drug paraphernalia and three counts of possessing a stolen firearm.

The drug delivery and possession charges allege the crimes occurred within 1,000 feet of the perimeter of a school grounds.

The trial previously had been scheduled to begin Feb. 20.

Law enforcement served a search warrant Dec. 12 at Cornwell’s then-residence at 520 S. Third Ave. because he allegedly had sold methamphetamine the previous week.

Detectives reportedly found a safe in the master bedroom in the basement. The safe contained heroin, meth, hydrocodone and methadone — packaged separately for sale — and more than $1,100, according to a Walla Walla police report filed in court.

Authorities also found what could amount to about 1,000 items stolen during numerous burglaries in and around the Walla Walla Valley.

The items, including a large number of tools, were taken to a police evidence storage area in a U-Haul and a large truck.

Three stolen firearms also were found, the police report says.

Cornwell was booked into the County Jail, but was released Dec. 28 to house arrest at 217 Prospect Ave.

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