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Thursday was a long busy day in the Lincoln County courts with nearly 100 cases on the docket.

Hearings were held in two courtrooms from 9 p.m. until 4 p.m. The court rooms and hallways were crowded. Thirty-four cases were heard in one courtroom and 58 in the other.

Most of the cases were of what could be called routine, as judges considered juvenile cases, domestic disputes and misdemeanor crimes and citations.

But two suspected burglar appeared -- Jacob D. Moser, 24, and Terry A. Houchin, 30. They are among a number of suspects in the May 23 burglary at Kohler Trailer Sales, in which as safe was stolen along with a large amount of cash.

Moser waived his right to a preliminary hearing in county court, so his case was bound over to district court. He requested a bond reduction.

Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Tanya Roberts-Connick told the judge that Moser has three cases pending in district court, so she objected to any reduction of Moser’s current bond. His previous charges stem from alleged burglaries and theft.

Roberts-Connick also said Moser faces charges in Buffalo County.

Visiting Dawson County Judge Jeffery Wightman left bond at $50,000. Wightman was sitting in for Judge Michael Piccolo.


Terry Houchin is charged with burglary, possession of stolen property and possession of amphetamine.

He requested a preliminary hearing, which was tentatively set in early August.

Houchin was arrested June 5 in a North Platte motel. He paid 10% of a $10,000 a day later and was released.

At the end of his hearing, sheriff’s deputies told Lincoln County Judge Kent Turnbull that there is an active warrant for Houchin because his arrest violated conditional release terms on pending charges of theft and drug possession.

Houchin was taken directly to the county jail. Houchin acted shocked that he was re-arrested.

In other county court action:


Kaitlyn Blaesi, 20, of North Platte, was sentenced to three 180-day terms in the county jail for three counts of receiving stolen property.

In March Blaesi failed to return to a halfway house, prosecutors have said. She was undergoing treatment after she was charged with drug possession in February 2011, as well as three counts of receiving stolen property in August and October 2012.

Blaesi was arrested May 28 in the 400 block of S. Chestnut. She has a long record of substance abuse arrests as well as a number of arrests for possession of stolen property, theft and probation violations. Lincoln County Judge Kent Turnbull told her that because of her age he had given her extra latitude in the past but she had failed to complete treatment and never completed a probation period.

Blaesi’s three sentences will run concurrently. She will get credit for 16 days already served.


Michael F. Butler, 22, of North Platte, was arraigned on two counts of felony domestic assault/strangulation.

Butler was arrested at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday when police were checking out a reported domestic disturbance at a home in the 1100 block of N. Bryan.

A 21-year-old woman from Kearney said Butler assaulted and choked her at the residence.

Butler is held in the county jail on a bond of $10,000.


LeAnn Grabbingbear, 47, pled guilty to attempted possession of methamphetamine.

The plea was a deal with the county attorney. Her charge was reduced from possession of meth, and a charge of possession of alprazalam was dropped too.

Grabbingbear was sentenced to 90 days jail, with credit for 16 days already served.

On May 28, police were called separately by Grabbingbear as well as her domestic partner Troy Deidel, 45, after an argument. When police arrived, Grabbingbear told them that Deidel was trying to get her in trouble by hiding pills under her mattress.

Officers found small baggies on the bedroom floor containing alprazalam and Grabbingbear admitted she had been smoking and possessed methamphetamine, according to statements made in court.

Jay Huff was the primary writer of this report.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/13/2013
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