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Three North Platte teenagers were in Lincoln County Court Friday to face felony charges.

Noah Anderson, 18, was convicted of theft in the amount of $500-1,500.

County Judge Edward Steenburg sentenced Anderson to 18 months’ probation and 40 hours community service.

Steenburg presided over Lincoln County Court Judge Michael Piccolo’s cases. Piccolo is recovering from medical issues.

Anderson pled guilty in an agreement that reduced the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Anderson was charged with felony theft after he obtained a check book belong to his girlfriend’s parents and forged checks from Sept. 16-Nov. 16. He made some out to himself as well as for merchandise. The total amounted to $5,246.18.

In addition to the probation period and community service, Lincoln County Deputy Attorney Kortnei Hoeft asked the court to order Anderson to write a 5,000-word essay on the negative effects of marijuana and controlled substances, as well as paying full restitution.

Defense Attorney Kent Florom said his client’s girlfriend is now his ex-girlfriend, and since Anderson’s arrest, he has completed a treatment program at Valley Hope.

Florom also said Anderson put $4,316.18 in an account to help cover restitution.

“He also has $900 with him today to add to that amount,” Florom said, and the probation office would help distribute the restitution properly.

Steenburg asked Anderson about school and learned that Anderson was a senior straight A student at North Platte High School.

“When I graduate, I want to go to Southeast College and become a computer tech,” Anderson said.

Steenburg applied Anderson’s bond to the balance of the restitution.

He sentenced him to 55 days in jail, but deferred it to the end of probation, and told him that the jail sentence would be dismissed if he completes his probation without incident.

“You hold the key to your jail time,” Steenburg said.



Shelby Rathbun, 19, was convicted of attempted possession of adderall.

Lincoln County Judge Kent Turnbull sentenced her to one year of probation for the Jan. 14 crime.

Rathbun was at a party at a North Platte motel and police were called to break it up, police spokesman John Deal said. The room smelled like marijuana and a search turned up the adderall.

She entered a no contest plea.



Kimberly Belflower, 18, was convicted of possession of oxycodone. She was sentenced to 18 months’ probation along with 90 days in jail.

Belflower pled no contest to the charge. In exchange for her plea, a felony case was dismissed.

Steenburg gave her credit for 90 days served.


In other cases Thursday:


David Erickson, 28 was convicted of attempted possession of a controlled substance, sentenced to 12 months’ probation and fined $500.

Erickson pled guilty to the reduced charge. He was arrested Aug. 23 for domestic assault, court records say. During that investigation, methamphetamine was found.

Earlier pled guilty to attempted domestic assault and was placed on probation for 18 months.

In exchange for his guilty plea, the county recommended the probations be served at the same time.

Steenburg so ordered.



San Suhr, 29, was convicted of shoplifting and sentenced to 120 days in jail.

He pled guilty to the reduced charge.

Steenburg gave him credit for 14 days served.



Mary Ryan, 61, was convicted of third-degree assault and sentenced to 180 days in jail.

She pled guilty to the reduced charge. In addition, a weapons charge was dismissed.

Ryan was arrested Jan. 17 after a 49-year-old woman said Ryan stabbed her in the shoulder and leg with a kitchen knife, following an argument.

Officers found a knife at the scene, found Ryan hiding in a shed in the backyard. Both women were intoxicated and neither stab wound was serious, police said.

Steenburg gave her credit for 16 days served so far.



Linda Trujillo, 30, was convicted of second-offense shoplifting and driving under suspension. She was sentenced to concurrent 60-day sentences.

Trujillo pled guilty to the Jan. 14 charge in an agreement that reduced the shoplifting to a misdemeanor. In addition, an assault charge was dismissed.

Steenburg revoked her license for one year and gave her credit for 19 days served.



Cody Howard, 25, was sentenced to 90 days in jail for attempted possession of a controlled substance. Howard was charged Jan. 19 with two counts of possession. Under a plea deal, he pled no contest to attempted possession and the second count was dismissed.



In addition, Joshua Wilbon, 26, was sentenced to one-year probation for attempted possession of clonazepam. Wilbon pled guilty.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 2/3/2017
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