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Woman pleads insanity in writing bad checksTell North Platte what you think

Renee Deremer, 40, will pay restitution and serve a year of probation for writing bad checks, Lincoln County Judge Michael Piccolo said Thursday.

Deremer must pay restitution on two of the checks she wrote. She has paid one at Regis Beauty Salon for $106, but still owes $685.68 to Modern Muffler and $126.23 to Tobacco Road.

Deremer was booked in December and spent 13 days in jail.

Defense attorney Robert Lindemeier asked for probation, saying Deremer suffers from extreme mental illness from an accident. Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Jennifer Wellan did not object.

Deremer, who appeared heavily medicated in court, told Judge Michael Piccolo that sometimes her mind just goes somewhere and someone else comes in. She said she did not remember writing the checks.

She has five prior convictions for bad checks.

Piccolo noted her priors but said he had to give weight to her mental illness in sentencing. He hesitantly handed down probation and told Deremer to adhere to whatever conditions the District 9 Probation office gives her. He said restitution must be paid according to a strict plan and any future violations would not be treated as lightly.

Also in county court Thursday:

• Michael Mostek, 24, of Lincoln, arrested Monday for drug possession, waived his preliminary hearing on the charge Thursday and his case was bound over to the district court.

Defense attorney Kent Florum asked for a bond reduction, with no objection from prosecutor Jennifer Wellan. Judge Michael Piccolo lowered the bond from $100,000 to $50,000.

Mostek was pulled over at 12:48 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Francis and Jeffers in North Platte for a traffic violation. He was found to be in possession of amphetamine.

• Jeffery Denson, 21 and Nathan Padgett, 23, were both arraigned on a charge of assaulting a confined person. Apparently a discussion escalated into a round of fisticuffs between the men in the jail.

Denson also has pending district court hearings for robbery, use of a weapon during a felony, terroristic threats, distribution of marijuana, obstructing a police officer and trespassing.

In mid-February, Denson stuck marijuana up his butt and smuggled it into the Lincoln County Jail, then passed some on to two other inmates.

That was on the second time he was jailed within four days.

Denson's first arrest was when police found a pickup full of people illegally parked in a Department of Roads yard near Buffalo and Rodeo Road.

Four days later, he allegedly helped an armed robber take cash and a cellphone from a woman in a mobile home, who said she let the men into the house because they asked to use the bathroom.

Padgett is being held on charges of domestic assault, theft and criminal mischief. He was booked April 5 and is held on a $75,000 bond. He is a repeat offender.

• Also, a county court trial was scheduled for Harley Adkins, 35, of North Platte on four charges of theft by taking.

Defense attorney Martin Troshynski came ready for the trial but Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Jennifer Wellan said she was not ready and her witness, North Platte Police Officer Meyer, was unavailable because his ankle was broken April 12 in a fracas with an 18-year-old girl from Ogallala in the psychiatric ward of the hospital. Meyer is off work for up to six months.

Troshynski said the case has been continued more than once and a broken ankle didn't mean that Meyer is bedridden. Troshynski said the reason Meyer wasn’t there is because Wellan “fumbled the ball” and did not contact Meyer.

Wellan said the facts were accurate. Troshynski asked the court to dismiss the charges, and Piccolo did so.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/16/2013
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