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Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2019 11:31 am

Knox County Court proceedings at the courthouse in Center on March 21 included:

Gerald D. Hart, 79, of Bloomfield faced the Honorable Donna Taylor for arraignment.

Hart pleaded guilty to an amended count of reckless driving, a Class 3 misdemeanor, for a Nov. 24, 2018, offense.

The charge was reduced from a Class W count of driving under the influence, per terms of a plea agreement with Knox County prosecutor, John Thomas. Thomas also agreed to recommend probation at sentencing.

Taylor sentenced Hart to six months probation, with terms including completion of alcohol education class within 90 days, probation costs totaling $220, a $350 fine, prosecution costs of $50,  and impoundment of his driver’s license for 60 days. He is allowed to drive to and from medical, alcohol evaluation and probation office appointments.

Shane Seagren, 27, of Lincoln pleaded guilty by waiver and was fined $100 and costs of $49 for a Class 2 misdemeanor count of issuing a bad check, less than $500, on Aug. 8. Restitution of $83.75 was remitted.

Daniel Bush, 27, of Yankton, S.D., faced Taylor for arraignment on four counts, two counts of no proof of insurance, Class 2 misdemeanors; and two counts of operating an unregistered vehicle, Class 3 misdemeanors, alleged Jan. 19 and Jan. 21.

Bush requested court-appointed counsel. After holding an indigency hearing, Taylor appointed Rodney Smith, Knox County public defender. Bush pleaded not guilty to all counts. A pretrial hearing is set May 2.

Fred A. Cooper, 56, of Winnetoon appeared for a hearing regarding $655 due for a fine and costs ordered on his conviction of two counts Feb. 21. Taylor remanded Cooper, who had previously served a 14-day jail sentence, to the custody of the Knox County Jail to sit out the fine and costs.

Christopher Costello, 38, of Creighton was granted a continuance of his pretrial hearing on a Class 1 misdemeanor count of third-degree domestic assault, alleged Feb. 17 in Creighton. The hearing is continued to April 4. Bond posted March 4, in the amount of $10,000, 10 percent cash, including no contact with alleged victim, is also continued.

Costello was also scheduled for sentencing for a previous domestic assault conviction. Sentencing is continued to April 4, with bond of $4,000, 10 percent cash, continued as well.

Costello is represented by Smith.

Derrick L. Haywood, 37, of Norfolk faced Taylor for arraignment on two counts alleged Feb. 14 in Creighton, Count I: No proof of insurance, a Class 2 misdemeanor; and Count II: Operate an unregistered vehicle, a Class 3 misdemeanor. Haywood pleaded not guilty. A trial is set April 4.

Kenneth A. Plantenberg, 58, of Crofton appeared for arraignment on a Class W count of driving under the influence, third offense, alleged Feb. 8. He pleaded not guilty and requested a jury trial. A pretrial hearing is set April 18. Bond, in the amount of $1,500, 10 percent cash, filed Feb. 11, is continued. Plantenberg is represented by Smith.

Zachary B. Mansfield, 22, of Creighton faced Taylor for arraignment on a Class 2 misdemeanor count of driving under suspension, alleged Jan. 25.  The complaint indicated Mansfield’s license had been revoked by Madison County Court. Mansfield entered a not guilty plea and requested a jury trial.

Mansfield was also arraigned on three counts alleged March 13, Count I: Driving under suspension, second offense; Count II: No proof of insurance; and Count III: Operating an unregistered vehicle. He pleaded not guilty to all three. Pretrial is set for all counts April 18. He is represented by Smith.

Edward Childress, 35, of Bloomfield requested and was granted continuance of a pretrial hearing on a Class 3 misdemeanor disturbing the peace charge for an offense alleged Nov. 9, 2018. The hearing is continued to April 18. Childress is represented by Smith.

Elizabeth A. Doyle, 34, of Yankton, S.D., failed to appear on a Class 3 misdemeanor count of non-resident no operator’s license. A warrant will be issued, with bond set at $1,500, 10 percent cash, after motion and affidavit are filed.

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