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Court report: Hall pleads not guilty to weapons chargesTell North Platte what you think

Chad Hall, 38, of Hershey pled not guilty Tuesday to theft and being a felon in possession of firearms.

Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Tanya Roberts-Connick said she would ask that Hall would be sentenced as an habitual criminal if he is convicted.

Roberts-Connick said Hall is suspected of more thefts in Lincoln County and that Hall is also being held for a parole violation. Defense attorney Amanda Speichert asked for a reduced bond, which was denied by Lincoln County District Judge Richard Birch, leaving bond at $250,000.

Someone can be charged as an habitual criminals if they are convicted a third time after being twice convicted, sentenced and sent to prison for one year or more anywhere in the United States, according to state statutes.

An habitual criminal conviction carries a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 60 years sentence.

Hall was arrested Jan. 11. Deputies said they found more than two dozen guns at his home in Hershey. Hall was on parole, after being imprisoned from August 2006-May 2009 for five counts of burglary.

Hall’s county jail record includes nine arrests since 2006 for such crimes as burglary, shoplifting and possession of a stolen firearm.


Dakota Niles, 21, of North Platte, pled not guilty to first-degree sexual assault of a child. Defense attorney Pat Hays asked for a jury trial. Niles was arrested in early September for five counts of sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl and is out of jail on bond.

His trial was set for May 4.


Jeremy Tobey, 29, of North Platte, pled not guilty to three counts of domestic assault, strangulation, terroristic threats, use of a weapon to commit a felony and child abuse.

Defense attorney Pat Hays asked for a jury trial.

According to police, Tobey’s girlfriend told police he hurt her at least twice, choked her and threatened her with a knife at their home in the 900 block of West Sixth.

Tobey’s bond was originally set at $100,000, but was later reduced by half. He is out of jail after posting 10 percent of $50,000.

A trail date of May 14 was set.

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David Mullen, 38, of North Platte was arraigned for leaving the scene of a property damage accident and possession of hydrocodone.

Mullen said he would hire his own attorney. The County Attorney’s Office asked for a $25,000 bond but Lincoln County Judge Kent Turnbull set it at $20,000.

Mullen was already out on bond, awaiting trial on other charges. Because of this arrest, his prior bond was revoked. The new bond is set to run consecutively with any bond from district court, making a total bond of $120,000.

Turnbull warned Mullen not to make statements in court without an attorney after Mullen tried to tell the court that the hydrocodone was in things he was cleaning out of his deceased grandparents’ home and wasn’t his.


David Scrivner, 51, of Iowa, pled not guilty to possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of hydrocodone.

Scrivner asked for a court appointed attorney.

According to court records Scrivner was in possession of eight-and-a-half pounds of marijuana on Feb. 4 when the Nebraska State Patrol stopped him for a traffic violation on I-80.

Scrivner is a self-employed trucker from Iowa and told the court he hadn’t worked for a little more than a year because he is undergoing cancer treatments. He also told the court the weight of the marijuana was six and a half pounds, not eight and a half. Turnbull told him that didn’t make a difference and that he should talk with his attorney before making statements in court, since he was being recorded and what he said could be used against him.

Scrivner’s bond was initially set at $50,000, but was lowered Thursday to $25,000. His case was bound over to district court.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 2/7/2013
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