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Superior Court — Criminal — 11/08/2012

The following are summaries of selected cases filed in Grays Harbor County Superior Court for alleged crimes and individuals in our primary readership area. Information is from public court records. The complete superior court docket is available at http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/Clerk/Docket/index.asp. Individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Erin A. Berg — Berg, 23, of Aberdeen was charged Oct. 18 with possession of methamphetamine.

On April 5, Berg was a passenger of a vehicle during a routine traffic stop in which the driver was arrested. Berg was not wearing a seatbelt and was asked for her identification. She was arrested on an outstanding warrant and searched on the scene. Hoquiam police allegedly found methamphetamine while searching her.

Bail was set at $15,000.

William A. Comenout — Comenout, 20, of Hoquiam, was charged Oct. 18 with possession of methamphetamine.

On Sept. 1, the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the scene of a car that had struck a utility pole along Ocean Beach Road.

Comenout, the driver, said he was attending to his infant daughter in a carseat located in the car’s back seat when he lost control of the vehicle.

Comenout was arrested for driving with a suspended license and taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital for sobriety tests. At the hospital, he allegedly was seen palming a bag containing methamphetamine.

Bail was set at $10,000.

Spirit Suzanne Hale — Hale, 39, of Montesano was charged Oct. 18 with possession of heroin.

On Feb. 15, 2012, Aberdeen police arrested Hale for shoplifting and several outstanding warrants.

During processing at the Aberdeen City Jail, a small baggie containing heroin allegedly was found in her purse.

Bail was set at $10,000.

Coreen Jo Marie Larson — Larson, 29, of Aberdeen, was charged Oct. 11 with theft of a motor vehicle.

On Oct. 1, Aberdeen police responded to a report of a stolen vehicle.

The vehicle’s owner told police he and a friend saw Larson, whom they knew, walking her dog and offered her a ride. She said she was hungry and they went to the man’s home. He went downstairs to make sandwiches; Larson told the friend she needed to walk her dog, and allegedly took the man’s keys and stole the car. She was arrested several days later, but the vehicle is still missing.

Arraignment was Oct. 29; bail was set at $10,000.

Paula T. Lelli — Lelli, 33, of Aberdeen was charged Oct. 19 with delivery of heroin.

In September 2012, the Grays Harbor County Drug Task Force began investigating Lelli for allegedly selling heroin and methamphetamine.

A confidential informant allegedly purchased heroin from Lelli on Sept. 18 in a controlled drug buy. The informant allegedly made several other purchases from Lelli during the month.

Lelli has three prior felony controlled substance convictions between 2004 and 2007. Her whereabouts are currently unknown.

A warrant for arrest was issued Oct. 19; bail was set at $50,000.

Joseph D. Palmer — Palmer, 30, Cosmopolis was charged Oct. 22 with first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Palmer was convicted Feb. 28, 2011, for second-degree burglary. As a convicted felon, he could not own or possess a firearm.

On Oct. 19, a woman reported to 911 that her 19-year-old daughter had left with Palmer, who had loaded a sawed-off shotgun in front of the woman when she confronted the two.

A short time later, a vehicle matching the description given by the mother was observed on Highway 12. A Grays Harbor Sheriff’s deputy stopped the vehicle and questioned the occupants, Palmer and the daughter. An unloaded shotgun was located under the passenger seat.

Bail was set at $50,000.

William D. Peek — Peek, 22, of Elma was charged Oct. 25 with first-degree trafficking of stolen property.

Peek was hired to walk an Elma woman’s dog while she was at work. On Oct. 23, the woman told Elma police items had gone missing from her home during the past week. She said Peek denied any involvement when she confronted him.

The woman found her digital camera at a local pawnshop. Police determined the pawn tickets and the drivers license number used to make the Aug. 9 transaction were Peek’s.

Peek told police he had no involvement with stealing the items, allegedly stating that he smokes marijuana and had no memory of pawning the camera. Peek’s girlfriend said another man purchased two rings from Peek over the Oct. 13 weekend. The rings were recovered from the person who purchased them.

Arraignment was Oct. 29; bail was set at $25,000.

Shawn D. Rand — Rand, 31, of Aberdeen was charged Oct. 23 with possession of heroin.

On June 4, 2012, an Aberdeen patrol officer was making a routine sweep through the downtown area when he spotted Rand, a transient, crouching behind a business with a belt tourniquet on his left arm and a syring in his right hand. The needle allegedly was in Rand’s arm when the officer approached and told him to drop the needle. Rand was arrested on outstanding warrants. The syringe allegedly tested positive for heroin.

Bail was set at $10,000.

Robert O. Stanfill — Stanfill, 44, of Elma was charged Oct. 23 with first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Stanfill was convicted of second-degree burglary March 19, 2012, and is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms.

An informant in the Grays Harbor County Jail told officers Stanfill was in possession of a firearm. Deputies located and arrested Stanfill on an outstanding warrant and allegedly found a .308 Remington rifle, a Smith and Wesson .32 caliber revolver and a Sprint starter pistol at Stanfill’s residence.

Arraignment was Oct. 29; bail was set at $10,000.

Darolyn Lee Theel — Theel, 39, of Lacey was charged Oct. 18 with possession of methamphetamine.

On Aug. 15, Theel was stopped in Aberdeen for not wearing a seatbelt while driving and arrested for driving with a suspended license.

During processing Theel allegedly was found in possession of a small baggie containing methamphetamine.

Bail was set at $10,000.

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