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District court rundown: Men convicted in apartment meleeTell North Platte what you think

Two North Platte men were convicted Monday of assault in a three-way fight on Jan. 26 at an apartment complex on East Philip.

Anthony Bennett, 37, was convicted of reduced charges of third-degree assault and attempted possession of xanax.

Bennett ran from police and threw a cell phone at a cop as he was being caught.  

Police then found two plastic bags full of several prescription pills on him.

Bennett pled guilty to the reduced charges. He was sentenced to 90 days, with credit for 92 days in jail. He can apply the extra two days toward court costs.

“Hopefully, this is the last time we will see you for awhile,” Lincoln County District Judge Donald Rowlands told him.



Scott Mehring, 56, was convicted of second-degree assault and sentenced to 180 days in jail. Two other counts of assault were dropped.

Mehring at first pled guilty but changed his plea to no contest after the facts of the charge were read in court. Prosecutors stated that he hit a man in the head with the butt of a knife and cut the man’s hand.

“Do you agree that is substantially correct?” Rowlands asked him.

Mehring thought a minute and then said, “Not in my opinion.”

Rowlands offered him the chance to change the plea to no contest, and Mehring did.

He receives credit for 90 days in jail and was ordered to pay court costs.



In other court convictions April 28, a North Platte man, Thomas E. Barnes, 41, was convicted of third-degree sexual assault.

Prosecutors said a 14-year-old girl accused Barnes of reaching under her shirt and bra to put his hand on her breast.

Barns pled guilty. A presentence investigation was ordered. Sentencing is set June 9. 

Barnes also faces a theft charge in county court.


Too much to drink

Carrie Wilkinson was convicted of driving under the influence - fourth offense. She pled no contest. In return for her plea, prosecutors dropped a charge of leaving the scene of an accident.

Wilkinson was involved in a wreck on Sept. 10, but allegedly walked away from the scene, prosecutors said. Her blood alcohol content was 0.233.

Her prior DUI offenses were in 2005 and 2006.

She was ordered to report immediately for a presentencing investigation and return for sentencing on June 23.



Joey Guillman, 28, was sentenced to 200 days in jail, a $500 fine and his driver’s license was revoked for a year.

Guilleman is convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol while on probation. He has been in the Lincoln County jail for 92 days.



Bond was reduced to $10,000 for Nick Flynn, who is charged with violating probation. Rowlands ordered him to attend treatment or wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet at his own expense and submit to random tests, if he pays the required 10 percent and is released from jail.

Flynn was ordered to return to court on June 9. 



Travis Dancer faces charges of driving on a suspended license, hit and run and failing to furnish information to law enforcement

Defense Attorney Blaine Gillett said a plea offer had just been made and he thought an agreement would be reached.

Gillett asked for more time to consider the agreement.

Lincoln County District Court Judge Richard Birch told Dancer to return to court on June 9.



Tyler Bush appeared with defense attorney Russ Jones, who said a plea agreement had been reached and his client would plead guilty to DUI.

Bush is charged with fourth offense DUI on May 28, 2013. He is out of jail after posting the required 10 percent of $100,000 bond.

Birch set sentencing for May 12.


Off to treatment

Lincoln County Attorney Rebecca Harling asked for consideration for Angela Hasbouck to enter a long-term treatment program.

Hasbrouck was initially arrested in 2012 on drug charges. She was doing well in the drug court program, until she relapsed earlier this year, Harling said.

Hasbrouck tested positive for drugs, kept company with people with criminal records and she had left Lincoln County in violation of her drug court program, Harling said.  

Harling asked Birch to accept Hasbrouck’s voluntary withdrawal from drug court so she could enter treatment, which includes a supervised halfway house after in-patient care is complete.

She said Hasbrouck won’t contest the recent charges. She wants to restart her life when she finishes treatment. 

Birch sentenced Hasbrouck to 207 days. With credit for 172 days that she’s served, and good time jail provisions, Hasbouck was released from jail.



Lucas Swarthout, charged with terroristic threats, use of a weapon and drug possession, was sentenced to 18 months probation and ordered to attend a 45-day drug and alcohol treatment program.

Swarthout was also ordered to submit to random searches and tests throughout his probation.

Swarthout threatened a Lake Maloney resident with a knife because he was following his car, which the lake resident said was driving a suspicious manner.

The man followed Swarthout’s car to try to get the license plate number.

Swarthout noticed he was being tailed. He stopped his car and confronted the man, brandishing a large knife, threatening him and putting him in fear of his life, according to a sheriff's statement.

When deputies caught up with Swarthout, they found syringes and baggies in his car, consistent with the distribution and use of methamphetamine.

Lincoln County Attorney Rebecca Harling recommended probation and treatment. Defense Attorney Kent Florom agreed.

“Recovery would be more beneficial to everyone involved,” Florom said.  

Judge Donald Rowlands agreed that it would be best to keep an eye on him.

“The county attorney has gone to bat for you,” Rowlands then told Swarthout. “I hope we don’t see you back here again.”


More charges

Ryan Walsh’s sentencing for burglary was continued for two weeks, pending the resolution of charges in county court.

Defense Attorney Russ Jones asked Rowlands for time to address the latest charges against his client.  

Walsh, 31, was arrested March 20 for failure to appear in court 10 days earlier on theft and drug charges. He was scheduled to be sentenced for the burglary of Kohler’s Trailer Sales in May 2013.

Walsh, 31, is also charged with drug possession, according to sheriff’s records.

He has been held in jail without bond since March 20.

Rowlands deferred sentencing on the underlying charges until May 12.



Aryan Perry, 18 pled not guilty to burglary and meth possession for charges that originated in September, when a home was broken into on West 22nd.

Perry was arrested on Feb. 1. When his belongings were searched, a small plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine was found, along with another baggie of pills, drug paraphernalia and items used in meth use and distribution.

Perry was charged with burglary and possession of a controlled substance (meth) with intent to deliver. He bonded out of jail on Feb. 20, coming up with the required 10% of $7,500.

But since then, he tested positive for marijuana, a violation of the conditions of his bond.  

He was handcuffed in the courtroom Monday and taken to jail, and ordered to return to court on May 12.

• Also, Brady Fisher, 38, was handcuffed and taken to jail after he appeared in court on theft charges. Fisher was out on bond, but was charged over the weekend with possession of meth -- a violation of the terms of his bond – so he was taken back to jail. 


In other court action:

• Cash Brewer was convicted of attempted possession of meth. He pled guilty to the charge in a deal with prosecutors. Initially, he was charged with possession. Brewer was arrested Nov. 4, when he was found with 0.04 grams of meth. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail and ordered to report on May 10. He received credit for 18 he served after his arrest.

• A bench trial is set for June 10 in the case against Jesus Montana, a frequent occupant of the downtown streets. Montana has been in jail frequently on minor charges. Most recently, he was arrested on Christmas day, charged with felony shoplifting and has been in jail since.


Not guilty pleas

Teddy Daniels, 44, pled not guilty to felon in possession of a firearm and possession of oxycodone. He was arrested in January.

Defense attorney Russ Jones said he thinks his client and prosecutors will reach an agreement and asked for time to work that out. Daniels was ordered to be back in court on June 23.

• Also, Dwayne Palmer pled not guilty to possession of oxycodone, methadone and driving under the influence of alcohol.


No shows

• Lucas Camacho did not appear for arraignment. He said he had “no way to get to court” in a phone call to defense attorney Amanda Speichert, and his case was continued.

Comacho is charged with trying to break into a house in early December in the 200 block of East 10th.

• A warrant was issued for the arrest of Cheri Doerr, who did not appear for her arraignment. She is considered a high flight risk.

Doerr was charged Jan. 28 with domestic assault and use of a weapon.

• Terry Boles did not show up for court and a warrant was issued for her arrest. She is charged with cruelty toward a child.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 4/29/2014
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