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Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2018 5:46 am | Updated: 5:52 am, Sun Nov 4, 2018.

Several defendants failed to appear in Knox County Court on Thursday, Oct. 25, leading the Honorable Donna Taylor, presiding judge, to order arrest warrants be issued on two individuals.

Bridget K. Cook, 26, of Center failed to appear to be sentenced for an Aug. 2 conviction of seven Class 2 misdemeanor counts of issuing insufficient- and no-fund checks between Feb. 7 and May 21, as well as arraignment in a separate case involving an additional count of issuing a bad check, less than $500, a Class 2 misdemeanor alleged May 10.

Cook was scheduled to appear in court Sept. 20 and Oct. 4, but was granted continuances on both occasions. Taylor ordered an arrest warrant be issued after motion and affidavit are filed.

Bond was posted July 17 in the amount of $3,000, 10 percent.

Jeffrey A. Notestine, 29, of Creighton failed to appear on two counts, Count I, no proof of insurance, a Class 2 misdemeanor, and Count II, no operator’s license, a Class 3 misdemeanor; both alleged Sept. 14 in Creighton.

Taylor ordered an arrest warrant be issued after motion and affidavit are filed.

Coralee J. Bedolla, 30, of Creighton, failed to appear to show cause for nonpayment of fines and costs. Taylor, on Oct. 4, ordered Bedolla to pay a total of $350 in fines and costs by Oct. 25 or appear in court to show cause. No payment had been recorded. Taylor continued the hearing to Nov. 15.

Arraignment for Zachary Storjohann, 21, of O’Neill was continued to Nov. 15, after he failed to appear in court Thursday on four counts of issuing bad checks. The complaint alleges Storjohann wrote four insufficient- or no-fund checks, on three different banks, at two Creighton businesses in July. Court records indicate restitution has been made.

A case against Valerie L. Denny, 33, of Verdigre was dismissed, with prejudice, by Knox County Attorney John Thomas. Denny had faced a count of no proof of insurance.

Taylor also handed down sentences in three cases Thursday.

Cody J. Beckmann, 21, of Center appeared before Taylor for a pretrial hearing on a charge of driving under the influence, first offense, a Class W misdemeanor.

Per terms of a plea agreement, Thomas amended the charge for the Aug. 11 offense to reckless driving, first offense, a Class 3 misdemeanor. Beckmann pleaded guilty to the amended count and a joint recommendation was entered for a DUI-like probation sentence.

Taylor sentenced Beckmann to a $500 fine and placed him on probation for a term of six months, along with ordering him to pay costs of prosecution in the amount of $155 and probation fees totaling $220.

Bond in the amount of $1,500, 10 percent, was released, with the balance of $135 held by the court, applied to fine and costs.

He was represented by Knox County public defender, Rodney Smith of O’Neill.

Jonathan W. Walter, 39, of Bloomfield appeared for sentencing on a conviction of driving under suspension/before reinstated, a Class 3 misdemeanor committed Sept. 9.

Walter was sentenced to a $100 fine and $50 costs.

Juan R. Carranza, 32, of Wagner, S.D., faced Taylor for arraignment on two Aug. 6 counts, Count I, driving during revocation/impoundment, second/third offense, a Class 2 misdemeanor; and Count II, failure to use child-passenger restraint, an infraction.

Per terms of a plea agreement, Count II was dismissed and the defendant pleaded guilty to Count I. Additional terms included a joint recommendation for a $250 fine and two-year loss of license on Count I.

Taylor ruled a conviction in Pierce County satisfied an enhancement condition, and proceeded to sentence Carranza to the $250 fine, two-year revocation of driver’s license and costs of $50. He was represented by Smith.

Isahia Swan, 21, of Bloomfield, faced Taylor on an obstruction of government operations charge, a Class 1 misdemeanor. Swan pleaded no contest to an amended count of attempted obstruction of government operations, a Class 2 misdemeanor, after reaching a plea agreement with Thomas. Taylor found him guilty and ordered a presentence investigation, with sentencing set for Dec. 6.

According to the complaint, filed by Thomas on Oct. 9, Swan obstructed government operations by supplying an 18-year-old female an urine sample, which she attempted to use when tested Aug. 30 by her probation officer, Mollie Schindler with the Nebraska District Seven Probation Office.

Robert Arehart, 55, of Creighton appeared for a pretrial hearing on one count, third-degree domestic assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor alleged Aug. 8, in Creighton.

Arehart changed his plea from not guilty to guilty, per terms of a plea agreement. Additional terms of the agreement included a joint recommendation for a presentence investigation.

 Taylor ordered a full presentence investigation. Sentencing is set for Dec. 20. Bond in the amount of $5,000, 10 percent, filed Aug. 9, is continued. Bond conditions include the defendant have no contact with Kathy Arehart, nor be within 100 yards of 906 Redick Avenue in Creighton. Arehart is represented by Smith.

Andrew D. Deshazer, 55, of Crofton  faced Taylor for arraignment on two counts, Count I, driving under the influence of alcohol, first offense, a Class W misdemeanor, and Count II, reckless driving, first offense, a Class 3 misdemeanor committed Aug. 15.

Per terms of a plea agreement, Deshazer pleaded guilty to Count II and Count I was dismissed with prejudice by Thomas. Additional terms of the agreement included the defendant obtain an alcohol evaluation and a recommendation for a “DUI-like sentence.”

Taylor ordered the defendant to obtain, at his expense, an alcohol/drug evaluation from a certified alcohol/drug counselor in accordance with the Nebraska standardized model and have the report sent to the court at least seven days prior to sentencing, which is set for Dec. 6. Bond in the amount of $1,500, 10 percent, filed Aug. 16, is continued. Deshazer is represented by Smith.

Christopher Costello, 37, of Creighton was granted continuance of a status hearing. Pretrial is continued until Dec. 6. Costello is charged with one count of third-degree domestic assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor alleged May 28 in Creighton.

Bond posted June 8, in the amount of $4,000, 10 percent, is continued as well. He is represented by Smith.

Smith, on behalf of his client, Michael Kracht, 23, of Wausa, filed a motion, requesting a continuance of sentencing scheduled for Nov. 15, due to the attorney not being available that day. Taylor granted the request. Sentencing is continued to Dec. 6. A $5,000 personal recognizance bond, filed Aug. 2, is continued. Kracht was convicted of sexual assault, without consent, third degree, and obstruction of government operations, both Class 1 misdemeanors committed in 2017.

Sheldon D. Winder, 18, of Norfolk faced Taylor for arraignment on a charge of minor in possession - under 19, first offense, alleged Aug. 15. The defendant request court-appointed counsel. Taylor found him indigent and appointed Smith. Arraignment is continued to Dec. 6.

Todd M. Sixtoes, 53, of Sioux Falls, S. D., pleaded guilty by waiver and was fined $100 and $49 costs for unsafe operation of a personal watercraft, a Class 4 misdemeanor committed Sept. 1, at Wiegand Marina in Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area.

William Jimenez, 37, of Sioux City, Iowa, pleaded guilty by waiver and was fined $25 and $50 costs for boating in a closed area, a Class 5 misdemeanor committed Sept. 1, at the Wiegand swim beach.

Nicholas Gesink, 38, of Sioux City, Iowa, pleaded guilty by waiver and was fined $25 and $50 costs for boating in a closed area, a Class 5 misdemeanor committed Sept. 1, at the Wiegand swim beach.

Korey L. Potratz, 29, of Dakota Dunes, S.D., pleaded guilty by waiver and was fined $25 and $50 costs for boating in a closed area, a Class 5 misdemeanor committed Sept. 1, at the Wiegand swim beach.

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