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Joseph A. Branco II
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Aaron B. Godbout

Stiff bonds were set Monday for two men were who were picked up Sunday at the Oasis Parkway at the Halligan Drive turnoff, just north of North Platte’s main I-80 interchange.

Nebraska State Trooper Ryan Hayes said he pulled over two vehicles for a traffic stop around 3:45 p.m.

Both men were charged with marijuana crimes.

Joseph A. Branco II, 36, was arraigned Monday on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. His bond was set at $50,000.

Also, Aaron B. Godbout, 34, was arraigned Monday on a charge of aiding and abetting the distribution of marijuana and possession with intent to deliver. His bond was also set at $50,000.

Also in county court:


On Monday, Donald E. Stalkfleet, 58, of Roundup, Mont., was arraigned on charges of possession of methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

His bond was set at $100,000.

On Wednesday, April 24, a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy arrested Stalkfleet after he was stopped at U.S. Highway 83 and Hall School Road. He was driving on a suspended license and using a car that was not registered to him, according to a sheriff's statement.

Deputies found the guns when they were checking and listing the contents before the vehicle was towed. The meth charge was added later.

Stalkfleet asked for a public defender.


Another man, Lawrence B. Beal, 23, of North Platte, was arraigned Monday for distribution of a controlled substance (oxycodone) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Beal told the court that he would hire his own attorney and a preliminary hearing was set for May 17.

He has been released on an own-recognizance bond.


Tyrel Fear of North Platte was arraigned Monday for solicitation of prostitution. No details were provided.


Larry D. Trusty, 43, of North Platte was arraigned Monday on a protection order violation-second offense.

Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Jennifer Wellan asked for a $7,500 bond, admitting it was higher than normal for that offense but Trusty is still awaiting sentencing on a prior protection order violation against the same victim.

County Judge Michael Piccolo agreed and honored Wellan’s request.

Trusty said he would hire his own attorney.

In court Tuesday, Trusty was arraigned for another charge -- driving under suspension. In the process of the arraignment, Judge Kent Turnbull revoked the bond that Trusty had posted the first time he violated the protection order.

A sheriff’s deputy contacted Trusty on Friday at his home about the violations. Trusty became belligerent with the deputy and was still in a bad state of mind at the arraignment, Turnbull noted in court, and he warned Trusty about his behavior.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 4/30/2013
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