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Two burglar suspects remain in the Lincoln County jail, in danger of facing federal charges for the burglary of a rural home June 20 at 6650 So. Buffalo Bill Ave.

Dawn Herweh appeared for preliminary hearings on two burglary charges. Her court dates were previously delayed because federal charges were expected to be filed against her, but that has not happened yet.

Herweh was arrested with Martin White and Greg Skinner on June 20 after a stakeout. They were allegedly stealing guns.

Defense Attorney Kent Florom asked for a preliminary hearing so Herweh could contest the charges.

Lincoln County Judge Kent Turnbull the hearing for July 31.

Herweh remains behind bars in the county jail.



Martin White, who was arrested with Herweh, also appeared for a preliminary hearing, charged with possession of firearms and burglary.

Defense Attorney Martin Troshynksi requested a contested hearing for his client, since the expected federal charges have not been filed against him, either. 

Turnbull asked Deputy County Attorney Austin Leighty what he knew about the federal charges.

"They have not happened yet, but expect them any time," Leighty said.

Turnbull set a hearing for July 3.

White also had two other misdemeanor case hearings scheduled Thursday, but Turnbull suggested a delay until the felony hearing.

"If you are indicted with federal charges, I expect them to dismiss the misdemeanors," Turnbull said, and he scheduled the misdemeanor hearings for Sept. 25.

White has been in jail since June 20.


In other court action:

A charge against Chelbi L. Karnik, 27, for felony possession of a controlled substance was bound over Thursday to district court.

Karnik was arrested July 18 when she was linked to a stolen laptop computer, which she allegedly tried to return for cash at Wal-Mart. She was also allegedly found with syringes and what appeared to be methamphetamine, police said.

Defense attorney Kent Florom asked the court to reduce her bond. The county attorney did not object.

Lincoln County Judge Michael Piccolo reduced bond to 10 percent of $7,500 and the case was bound over to district court.

Karnik posted bond and was released, according to sheriff’s records.



Gregory Murdie, 41, also waived his right to preliminary hearings on two separate felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and theft.

Murdie was arrested July 18 when an off-duty police officer allegedly saw him riding a mountain bicycle that was reported stolen a week earlier. A search turned up a baggie, straw and white powder that appeared to be methampethamine, police spokesman Rodney Brown said.  

Murdie’s bonds were reduced to 10 percent of $5,000 Thursday and the charges were bound over to district court.

Murdie remained in jail Friday, according to sheriff’s records.



Larry Kirchner, 51, waived his preliminary hearing on two felony firearm charges. Defense Attorney Martin Troshynksi asked for a bond reduction.

Piccolo reduced bond to 10 percent of $25,000 and sent the case to district court.

Kirchner is charged with stealing a revolver from a pawn shop on July 13. Police said they found the gun in Kirchner’s waistband. He is also charged with carrying a concealed weapon.



Genero Rivas, 39, accepted a plea agreement to misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault and child abuse.

Deputy County Attorney Jennifer Clements requested probation, with stipulations to complete domestic abuse courses and continue counseling with his wife.

Piccolo placed him on 14 months probation plus costs.

Police said Rivas knowingly and intentionally placed two children in a situation that jeopardized their physical health, and he cruelly punished them but it did not result in serious bodily injury.

The incident occurred on July 6. Rivas served two days and posted 10% of a $25,000 bond.



Richard Beard failed to appear for his plea hearing on a misdemeanor theft charge. Defense attorney Martin Troshynksi requested a continuance. County attorney Jennifer Clements objected and asked for an arrest warrant. Piccolo issued a warrant.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 7/25/2014
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