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Elizabeth Cardenas, 49, of North Platte was convicted Monday of attempted second-degree assault, after she stabbed her husband lightly in the back.

On June 17, Cardenas used a large knife to assault her husband. When police responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of No. Elder, they found Tom Cardenas was stabbed in the back.

Tom Cardenas told officers that he and his drunken wife had an altercation and glass got broken. While he was cleaning up the broken shards, Elizabeth stabbed him from behind.

His injuries were not life threatening and were attended to at the scene.

Cardenes pleaded no contest before Lincoln County District Judge Donald Rowlands. A charge of tampering with a witness was dropped in a plea bargain with the Lincoln County Attorney’s office. Rowlands ordered a pre-sentence investigation told Cardenas to return Dec. 12 for sentencing. She remains in the Lincoln County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Also in district court:


Kenneth Lewis, 30, of Chicago appeared in court Monday but did not enter a plea.

Lewis is charged with possession of a forged instrument, identification fraud and illegal possession of a financial transaction device (stolen credit cards).

His defense attorney Amanda Speichert told Lincoln County District Judge Donald Rowlands that no plea is entered because she is still waiting for transcripts from county court.

Speichert also asked for a bond reduction for Lewis, but Roberts-Connick objected, noting that Lewis is from another state and was just passing through when he was arrested.

Speichert said Lewis would be willing to report to the sheriff’s office if he is able to pay bail.

Rowlands set bond at $25,000, half of the original bond, and told Lewis he would have to report to the sheriff’s office once a day Monday through Friday until his next hearing if he would pay the required 10 percent. Lewis' next court appearance is set for Nov. 19.

Lewis, accompanied by two women from Chicago, were speeding on I-80 at 87 miles per hour Sept. 21 when they were stopped by Nebraska State Trooper Ryan Hayes.

A state patrol drug dog indicated drugs in the car, which brought about a search of the vehicle. Two small safes were found. Once opened, the safes contained dozens of stolen credit cards, fake IDs and a bundle of cash, Hayes has testified.


Accused bank robber Tracy Neal Black, 52, remains in jail while prosecutors continue to interview witnesses.

Black is the accused getaway driver in the failed robbery attempt Aug. 13 at the Farmers State Bank in Wallace. He allegedly waited outside the bank in his pickup while accomplice Drew Steier went inside with a handgun.

Tellers in the bank told Steier the money was locked up and they couldn’t get to it. Empty-handed, the two men drove out of town on a county road and were picked up about an hour later 50 miles west of Wallace.

Black remains in the county jail on a bond of $125,000.

Both Black and Steier are from Evanston, Wyo.

Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Tanya Roberts-Connick told Rowlands that prosecutors are setting up Black’s case and all the depositions are not finished.

Rowlands continued the case until Nov. 19.


A bench warrant was issued for Donald Rohwedder, 52, who failed to appear in district court.

Rohwedder is a former North Platte auto dealership manager who is locked in the Maricopa County Jail in Mesa, Arizona after his arrest there on Oct. 8 for theft, indecent exposure, first-degree criminal trespass and criminal damage.

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, he is charged in two separate incidents and his bond was set at more than $500,000.

Rohwedder was arrested a year ago in North Platte for theft by deception from Janssen Motors, after he allegedly took down payments on cars adding up to $14,000 but didn’t turn the money over to the dealership. On Sept. 10, he pleaded no contest and was convicted and was ordered to appear Monday for sentencing.

According to the Lincoln County District Court Office, the bench warrant will remain active until after Rohwedder is released in Arizona.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 10/29/2012
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