Walla Walla woman charged in grease-dumping case

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WALLA WALLA — A woman who has denied involvement in grease-dumping incidents at the YMCA executive director’s home pleaded innocent in Walla Walla County District Court on Monday to three criminal charges.

Debbie Daly, 59, 1733 Durant St., has been charged with second-degree attempted malicious mischief and making a false or misleading statement to a public servant, both gross misdemeanors that can bring up to 364 days in jail and a fine of $5,000 per charge.

She also is charged with second-degree criminal trespass, which can carry up to 90 days of jail time and $1,000 in fines.

Daly allegedly partnered with Public House 124 restaurant co-owner James Sanders to dump grease and chemicals from the restaurant’s kitchen grease trap on the lawn of YMCA leader Randy Grant and his wife, Clara Grant, on several occasions over the winter.

Sanders’ case is pending trial in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

A Union-Bulletin story in February quoted an email Daly sent to some YMCA staff members, telling them she had “never set foot on (Grant’s) property” and that she was aware Jim had dumped the grease.

“I told him at the time it was a stupid and dangerous thing to do.” She went on to say she had never done anything against the Grants.

A copy of the email was supplied to the U-B by Randy Grant, who received it from staff members, he said in February.

Daly is scheduled to appear in court again on Aug. 19

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