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Drew A. Steier

Drew Alexander Steier, 19, of Evanston, Wyo., waived his right to a preliminary hearing on attempted robbery Thursday and his case was bound over to district court.

Steier was arrested with Tracy Neal Black on Aug. 13 and charged with robbery of the Farmer’s State Bank in Wallace. Steier allegedly went into the bank with a handgun while Black waited in his truck. Steier was said to have waved the gun around and demanded money from the tellers, but didn’t steal any money.

The tellers told him the money was locked up and they couldn’t get to it, bank president Bob Mayber said later.

The two were picked up an hour later about 60 miles away, near Imperial.

Steier was originally charged with robbery, but that charge was reduced to attempted robbery, Deputy County Attorney Tanya Roberts-Connick said.

Defense attorney Pat Hays asked Turnbull to lower the bond for his client from $250,000 to $125,000. Turnbull granted the request.

Also in county court Thursday:


Heather and David Granados both waived their right to preliminary hearings in county court and their case was bound over to district court.

Heather is charged with possession of meth and David with possession of marijuana.

Both are in jail. Their bonds were reduced to $10,000 each, down from $25,000 each.

Heather and David were arrested Sept. 17 when hair follicle tests from their 18-month-old child tested positive for amphetamine, methamphetamine and THC, the active chemical in marijuana, according to police information officer Rodney Brown.

The child is now in the care of the Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services.


Michael Stone, 24, of Sugar Creek, Mo. appeared. Defense attorney Mike Nozicka asked for more time to prepare his defense, and the case was continued until Oct. 4.

Stone was arrested while driving a car stolen from Independence, Mo. after a woman’s purse and car keys were stolen. Stone is also charged with seven past offenses in Lincoln County including theft, writing bad checks and failure to appear.


Nicholas Hasenauer, 32, of North Platte, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, first offense. He was sentenced to 27 days in jail. He had served 28 days and the extra day would be credited toward his court costs. The charges were amended in a plea bargain with the Lincoln County Attorney’s, who dropped a criminal trespass and criminal mischief charges.

On Aug. 8, North Platte Police were called to 1495 E. Suburban Rd. on a report of a man trespassing and causing property damage. When they arrived and confronted Hasenauer he resisted arrest to the point that the officers used a taser on him, prosecutors said.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 9/20/2012
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