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Chad Hall
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Ed Maline
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Cole Picotte

Chad Hall, 39, of Hershey, was convicted of theft of more than $500 worth of jewelery and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, after he pled no contest to the amended charges.

In return, one count of possession of a firearm as well as a count of shoplifthing was dropped in a plea deal with the county attorney.

Lincoln County District Court Judge Richard Birch ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Hall is a convicted felon. He is scheduled to be back in district court for sentencing on April 8.

According to state statute, the firearm charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of three years.

Hall, 38, was first accused of having 21 long guns, including at least one assault weapon plus seven pistols and a large flare gun locked in a gun safe in his home, but charges of more than one possession did not stand up.

In other district court action Monday:

• Edward Maline, 42, of North Platte, charged with sexual assault of a child, saw his case continued to May 6 after defense attorney Robert Lindemeier moved for discovery of evidence and depositions from witnesses. Lindemeier said he was still waiting for reports and a video that is somehow tied to the case.

County Attorney Rebecca Harling said that her office has no such video but they would try to find out if one exists.

• Cole Picotte, 21, of North Platte, pled not guilty to first-degree sexual assault of a child. Defense attorney Kent Florom asked for time to take depositions and a bond reduction. The case is continued to May 6 for a status hearing. Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Tanya Roberts-Connick objected to any bond reduction. Picotte remains in jail on a $50,000 bond.

Picotte was arrested Jan. 20, when North Platte Police were called to So. Taft on a report of a missing 15-year-old girl.

Police information officer Rodney Brown said investigators believe Cole and the girl were in an intimate relationship.

Picotte also had outstanding warrants for failing to appear twice on other charges, prosecutors said.

• Chance Ragle, 24, of North Platte, was arraigned on two counts of theft. Ragle pled not guilty and defense attorney Pat Hays filed a motion for discovery of evidence and asked for a bond reduction.

Ragle is charged in the taking motor vehicles from North Platte residents who left them running in front of their houses to warm up, one on Christmas Day and the other the next morning.

The case was continued until April 8. Despite objections by Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Jennifer Wellan, Lincoln County District Judge Richard Birch lowered bond from $25,000 to $15,000.

• Benjamin Beauvais, 22, of North Platte stood for arraignment on charges of driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and criminal mischief. Beauvais pled not guilty and defense attorney Martin Troshynski asked for time to gather more information on the case.

• Terry Houchin, 30, of North Platte, pled not guilty to possession of hashish with intent to deliver. Defense attorney Robert Lindemeier asked for a continuance because lab results are not back yet. Houchin is set to return to district court on May 6.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 3/13/2013
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