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Dustin White

After several probation violations, a man who was on probation for a misdemeanor a year ago is now in jail without bond.

Scott Tarnick, 24, of Genoa was originally put on probation in March 2011 after he sold a quarter-pound of marijuana to an undercover investigator for $250, more than a year earlier.

Tarnick faced as much to 20 years in prison for the crime, but prosecutors lessened the distribution charge to attempted distribution, a misdemeanor, as part of a plea agreement. He was sentenced to six months of probation.

Less than a month later, Tarnick was cited for theft in Hall County and prosecutors moved to revoke his probation.

In January, the court decided to give Tarnick a second chance, reinstating his probation for twice as long – a year.

However, Tarnick failed to show up for three meetings with his probation officer as well as a drug test. As part of Tarnick’s probation, he was also ordered to live with his parents in Grand Island, but he disappeared for 10 days, according to court records.

“I lived with my parents when I wanted to,” Tarnick told Turnbull at his arraignment Thursday.

Turnbull asked Tarnick if he wanted to be represented by a lawyer.

“No sir,” Tarnick replied.

“Are you sure?” Turnbull asked. “I’ll tell you right now the minimum sentence you’ll get is 90 days.”

“I’ll take a lawyer,” Tarnick said hesitantly.

Spectators laughed for a moment.

Turnbull set May 24 for a probable cause hearing to revoke Tarnick’s probation. Meanwhile, he is held without bond.

“You’re not entitled to it,” Turnbull told Tarnick.

Tarnick will remain in jail until his case is resolved.


Also, police arrested a North Platte man Thursday morning after he allegedly got into an alcohol-fueled fight, disturbed neighbors and got combative with officers.

Dustin P. White, 24, was charged for disturbing the peace and obstructing a police officer.

Police spokesman Troy Erickson said officers went to a home near 11th and Cottonwood shortly before 5 a.m. on report of a fight in progress.

Officers met White, who had visible injuries. It appeared he was involved in the reported fight, although no other suspects were contacted, Erickson said.

White was intoxicated, belligerent and uncooperative when police questioned him. He repeatedly cursed at officers loud enough to disturb the neighborhood, Erickson said. White was cuffed and had to be forced into the back of a police cruiser, earning the obstruction charge.

According to sheriff’s records, White was booked in the Lincoln County Jail at 5:18 a.m.

Eight hours later in Lincoln County Court, White waived his right to an attorney and pled no contest to both charges.

Prosecutor Tanya Roberts-Connick said White was also uncooperative when he was taken to the jail and had to be forced out of the car.

“He was extremely intoxicated at the time and that’s what got him where he is now,” she said.

Roberts-Connick asked the court to fine him $200 and release him to arrange a time-pay plan.

Judge Kent Turnbull sentenced White to a day in jail and ordered him to pay $150 for obstructing an officer and $50 for disturbing the peace.

White also spent a day in jail last September for trespassing. His mugshot at the time depicted him with deep bruises all over his face, according to sheriff’s records.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/4/2012
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