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In court: Hood returns, more charges against ValentineTell North Platte what you think

More charges were pressed Thursday against Justin Valentine of North Platte, on top of the weapons, assault and terrorism charges that Valentine faces for allegedly fired gunshots and threatened his domestic partner.

Valentine, 24, refused to surrender to the police for an hour and half in a standoff on So. Chestnut that began at 3:30 a.m. Jan. 19.

In addition, Valentine now faces charges of obstructing a police officer, disturbing the peace and driving under suspension.

He waived his right Thursday to a preliminary hearing in Lincoln County Court and his case was bound over to district court.

Defense attorney Blaine Gillette asked for a bond reduction, but Lincoln County Judge Kent Turnbull denied the request, leaving bond at $100,000.

Gillette asked for more time to consider the newest charges, in part so the case on the original charges could move forward without too much delay.

Valentine waived his right to a speedy trial on the new charges. Turnbull set his arraignment in district court on July 11.

In other county court action Thursday:

Hood back in court

Roger Hood Jr., 47, of North Platte, pled no contest to driving under the influence - aggravated second offense, and was sentenced to 30 days jail with credit for three days served.

Hood’s blood alcohol contest tested above 0.15 – more than twice the legal limit -- hence the aggravated charge. He also has a prior conviction for DUI.

Hood just got out of court on Jan. 17, when a jury acquitted him of stealing money from an ATM machine at a North Platte convenience store.


Cole Picotte, 21, remains in jail without bond for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old North Platte girl. Defense attorney Kent Florom asked for a contested preliminary hearing.

According to court records, Picotte also has a theft charge pending in district court that stems from the alleged theft of a loader bucket, dozer blade and table saw in January 2012. Picotte and two other men, Jamieson Swain and Eryan Segan, were arrested at that time. Police investigators believe they cashed the items at North Platte Metals.

Picotte’s was also charged with trespassing in August 2011.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 1/25/2013
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