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Denver J. Lindsey
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Royalene Hernandez

Three people were sentenced Monday in Lincoln County District Court, including a man who stole a car from the KODY radio parking lot.

Denver Lindsey, 23, was sentenced to 180 days in the county jail on charges of theft and fleeing to avoid arrest. His driver’s license will be suspended for a year at the end of his jail sentence.

Lindsey was arrested Sept. 14 after a car was reported stolen from the KODY radio station parking lot around 4:30 a.m. The car was a 2009 Lincoln MKS.

The victim told officers that the car was in the lot at 2:45 a.m. but was discovered missing just a few minutes before officers were called.

A couple of hours later, a Nebraska State Trooper found the car in the Wal-Mart parking lot, but the driver, Lindsey, refused to stop and a chase began. North Platte police joined the pursuit, which ended a few minutes later in the parking lot of Platte River Kidney Care at 785 E. Francis.

Lindsey had been staying at the Lincoln Connection homeless shelter a few blocks from the radio station. He is originally from North Salt Lake, Utah.


Dwight Coleman, 32, of North Platte was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with credit for three days served, for attempted possession of methamphetamine. Coleman pled guilty in a deal with the county attorney that reduced the charge form felony possession to a misdemeanor.

Coleman was charged when police answered a domestic disturbance call on April 20. While searching Coleman, he took a pipe out of his pocket and gave it to officers. The pipe tested positive for meth.

Coleman said in court that he took the pipe away from a girl that was “hanging out” with his son. He said he was only trying to keep the stuff away from his son.

Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Tanya Roberts-Connick responded, “There you go -- it was on your person.”

Coleman told Lincoln County District Judge Richard Birch that he accepted the plea deal because he knew his record would work against him. He seemed resigned to jail time and said he wanted to get things over with.

According to jail records, this is Coleman's first possession charge in Lincoln County, but his record includes charges of domestic assault, third-degree assaults, driving offenses, trespassing, fugitive from justice and contempt of court.


Royalene Beauvais Hernandez, 44, of North Platte, admitted to a probation violation and was sentenced to time served (253 days) in jail.

Hernandez was arrested on a first-degree arson charge on April 2, 2012 after setting fire to the carpet in front of her roommate’s bedroom door because the roommate had refused to move with no notice.

Originally facing up to 50 years in prison, Hernandez’ charge was bargained down to attempted second-degree arson by the time her case worked through district court on Nov. 19, 2012. She was sentenced to a year of probation at that time.

She was arrested again in October for failing to meet the terms of her probation and she spent another 91 days in jail.

In other court action:

Accused of trying to rob a North Platte home at gunpoint on Nov. 13, Jim Bob Cassell pled not guilty to charges of use of a gun to commit a felony, burglary, robbery and terroristic threats. Cassell’s bond was left at $250,000 and he will be back for a status hearing on Feb. 3.

Cassell allegedly beat on the front door of a home in the 800 block of N. Jackson around 3:25 a.m. but when the residents opened the door he was out of sight. A short time later he pounded on the back door and before the residents could open it he forced his way in, along with another man. Cassell carried a gun and the other man was wielding a club, police said.

Cassell and his partner then demanded property, specifically a safe. The victims told them there was no safe and at one point Cassell allegedly put the gun to the head of one victim and demanded the safe.

When no safe was found the suspects took $500 cash, some other property and left.

Apparently Cassell was a former roommate of the victim. Cassell was arrested the next day and the second offender is still at large.


Dustin Lankster, 31, of Lincoln, pled not guilty to charges of fleeing to avoid arrest, child abuse, obstruction of an officer, willful reckless driving, driving under revocation, driving under the influence of drugs, and leaving the scene of an accident.

His bond was lowered from $50,000 to $25,000.

Lankster was arrested Nov. 14 in Sutherland after being stopped for a traffic violation by a Nebraska State Trooper. When the trooper asked for identification Lankster sped off, drove through a residential fence. The trooper later found the car south of the school in the parking lot of the Methodist Church.

Lankster, also wanted in Tennessee, was gone.

According to Sgt. Boje of the state patrol, a woman, April M. Crowley, 31, of Wahoo, was still in the car with a five-year old child.

Lankster was found a half hour later after a Sutherland resident reported a man was trying to get into a car outside his house. Lankster was found hiding in the backyard of a home not far away.

On June 25, 2013 Lankster had been released from the Nebraska State Penitentiary after serving nearly four years for theft and meth possession.

Crowley was also arrested on a warrant from Lancaster County for failure to appear on a drug charge. The child was put into protective custody with Health and Human Services.

In other pleadings:

• Kelly Dike, 47, of North Platte, pled not guilty to one count of felony theft, one count of misdemeanor theft, felony evidence tampering and driving under suspension. Dike is held on a $25,000 bond as well as a $50, 000 bond as a fugitive from justice in Lancaster County.

• Stacy Talbot, 37, was convicted of shoplifting. Talbot accepted a plea deal and pled guilty to felony shoplifting, over $500. A charge of habitual criminal was dropped. He will return for sentencing on Feb. 24.

• Cash Brewer, 47, of North Platte, pled not guilty to possession of methamphetamine and will be back in court for a status hearing on Feb. 24.

Several cases were continued as the result of the retirement of Patrick Hays from the public defender’s office. Hays’ active cases will be assigned to other attorneys.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 1/6/2014
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