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Jeffery L. Houchin
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Two North Platte men are in jail after they allegedly raised a ruckus in the middle of the night at a house in the 900 block of N. Hayes.

Police spokesman Rodney Brown said at around 2 a.m. Monday, police responded to a report of a physical disturbance. 

When officers arrived, they found two brothers, Jerry Houchin, 45 and Jeff Houchin, 35, yelling at two women on the deck.  And, a 29-year-old man who lived there said that the Houchin brothers arrived at the house, began yelling and demanded that the man come outside and fight. 

The man said both Jerry and Jeff then tried to force their way inside. The 37-year-old domestic partner of Jeff Houchin, a woman who was a guest in the house, intervened.

The woman tried to stop them from entering, to no avail. She was injured as the Houchins forced their way in, according to the police report.

The man said the brothers attacked him, choking and punching him in the face. 

Following further investigation, police charged both men with felony strangulation, second-degree criminal trespassing, third-degree assault and disturbing the peace.

Jeff Houchin was also charged with felony third-degree domestic assault, based on prior incidents, Brown said.

The Houchin brothers were jailed. They are held on bonds of $20,000 each.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 7/14/2014
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