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Jim Bob Cassell

Jim Bob Cassell, 34, was convicted Monday of burglary and terroristic threats.

Cassell has been in jail since he was arrested in mid-November, charged with use of a gun, burglary, robbery and terroristic threats.

Two of those counts were later dropped.

Cassell was accused of trying to rob a North Platte home at gunpoint. He allegedly forced his way in a door of a home in the 800 block of N. Jackson around 3:25 a.m. on Nov. 13. He was carrying a gun and a man with him was wielding a baton, according to the police report, based on the report of the occupants.

Cassell and his partner demanded property and ended up taking $500 cash plus some other property. Apparently Cassell was a former roommate of the victim. He demanded a safe, but the safe was not found in the house.

Cassell was arrested the next day and on Feb.19, Cody Rogers, 21, of North Platte was charged as an accomplice in the crimes.

Cassell’s sentencing is set April 28.


In other district court action, Kelly Dike will serve from 1.5 to 3 years in the state penitentiary after he was convicted of receiving stolen property and destroying evidence.

Dike was also wanted in Blaine County. In 2009, he was charged with DUI-fourth offense.

Birch gave Dike credit for 152 days served in jail, as well as 21 days in another county jail.

His drivers’ license was suspended for 15 years.



Fred Navarrete, 56, facing a charge of meth possession, will go to treatment for 8 weeks.

Navarrete pled guilty Monday to attempted possession, after charges were reduced by the Lincoln County Attorney.

Navarrete has been in jail for 152 days. His sentencing was deferred until May 12 when he returns from treatment.

Navarrete was arrested Oct. 3. It was one a series of five arrests that day by the North Platte police.

Based on the evidence found in the arrest of Alicia Suhr, police searched a home in the 1800 block of West Second. Several officers went to the house where they found Navarrete and Keith Phelps, 46, along with several items of drug equipment and more suspected methamphetamine.

Both Navarrete and Phelps were charged with meth possession and distribution, plus possession of drug paraphernalia.


Elliot Fair was convicted of theft by shoplifting of a $798 laptop computer from Wal-Mart on Oct. 16.

Fair pled no contest to the charge. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail, or 45 days if he paid restitution.

Fair served 8 days in jail when he was arrested, then he paid 10% of $5,000 in bond.



Benjamin Beauvais’ drivers’ license was revoked for one year and he was ordered to pay $1,000 restitution for leaving the scene of an accident and driving under the influence of alcohol in January 2013.

Prosecutors said Beauvais crashed into a car, then a house, and then left. 



Natasha Montang, 22, was sentenced to 190 days in jail for shoplifting, illegal use of credit card and possession of a small amount of methampetamine.

Montang has already served 104 days in jail. She was arrested in Nov. 25.

Birch said he was taking it relatively easy on Montang because she has no prior felonies, and her longest stretch in jail previously was 14 days.

Montang also faces a misdemeanor charge in Dawson County.


Colorado man wanted on pot charge

A bench warrant was issued for the arrest of Jason Dix of Colorado, who failed to appear in court. Dix is wanted for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. Dix was arrested on May 24.

He was free after paying 10 percent of $50,000 bond.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 3/10/2014
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