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By Sandy Schroth

Holt County defendants fined


January 16, 2020

Jade T. Buss, 19, of Atkinson was fined by the Honorable Kale Burdick in the Holt County court last week, after changing his pleas to no contest on two counts amended pursuant to a plea agreement reached with Holt County prosecutor Brent Kelly. Burdick judged Buss guilty of the July 2 offenses and sentenced him to pay a $175 fine on Count I, failure to report a property damage accident, a Class 2 misdemeanor; and $175 on Count III, reckless driving, a Class 3 misdemeanor; and $60 cost of prosecution. Kelly reduced Count I from a Class 3A felony count of leaving a personal injury accident; dismissed Count II, procuring alcohol to a minor; and reduced Count III from willful reckless driving, a Class 3 misdemeanor. Buss was represented by Jason Doele of Norfolk.

Ricky S. Klabenes, 28, of Chambers faced Burdick on two counts, public indecency, a Class 2 misdemeanor; and driving under suspension, a Class 3 misdemeanor. Klabenes pleaded guilty to both counts. Burdick sentenced him to fines of $200 and $100, respectively, and $60 costs of prosecution. Klabenes was self-represented.

Klabenes was arrested in the O’Neill City Park at 3:10 p.m. Sept. 9. The complaint filed by Kelly, stated the defendant “being in a public place and where the conduct may reasonably be expected to be viewed by members of the public, did perform an act of sexual penetration.”

Bill Deane, 63, of Page was fined $25 and $49 costs on each of two separate Page village litter ordinance violations. He was cited Sept. 5 and Sept. 19.

Four area residents were fined for hunting wildlife with artificial light, Class 3 misdemeanors committed Dec. 7 south of Ewing. According to the complaints, officials found firearms, ammunition and portable lights in a 2012 Ford pickup, after light was observed, from an aircraft, shining from both sides of the vehicle. Conner J. Ramold, 18 of Neligh, Andrew J. Koenig, 18, of Ewing, along with two 17-year-old companions, all pleaded guilty by waiver and each was fined $250 and $49 costs.


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