Trial date moved for College Place woman in cyberstalking, threats

Kathy A. Hendrickson is accused of stalking her ex-boyfriend and sending threatening e-mails to others.

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WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been set for a College Place woman accused of sending e-mails threatening to kill local judges and a state Supreme Court justice in 2008, as well as stalking her former boyfriend and stealing his identity.

Kathy A. Hendrickson, 49, of 1200 S.E. Broadway Ave., Apt. E, had been scheduled for trial Jan. 4 and 5 in Walla Walla County Superior Court. But the proceedings are being delayed until March 3 and 4.

Hendrickson is charged with three counts each of cyberstalking, threatening to bomb or injure property, harassment and intimidating a public servant, in addition to one count each of stalking and second-degree identity theft -- domestic violence crimes.

Officials said she used an assumed name and sent a message to College Place Municipal Court Judge Richard Wernette on July 31, 2008, threatening his life through a bombing. Then on Aug. 14 of that year, she allegedly sent a similar message to county Superior Court Judge John Lohrmann, who was running for election to the post at the time, and to state Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens.

A name identified on the messages as the sender is similar to that of a woman Hendrickson worked with at one time.

The messages were sent through a Yahoo account from a computer in the library at Walla Walla Community College, where Hendrickson was a student, according to a police report.

Charges relating to alleged crimes against Hendrickson's former boyfriend, Gregory J. Riordan, date to 2005 after he reportedly tried to break off the relationship. Riordan -- who lived in Irrigon, Ore., at the time, but since has moved out of state -- reported that someone had been using his computer address to send threatening e-mails to various people he knows.

Also, in 2007, Riordan's retirement check was redirected to an address in New York, someone arranged for the power to be turned off at his home, and one of his online charge accounts was accessed and numerous orders sent out -- all without his authorization, officials said.

Hendrickson is not being jailed pending the outcome of the case.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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