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A Columbus man with a lengthy history of driving under the influence of alcohol had a hearing before Judge Robert Steinke Friday morning in Platte County District Court.

Travis L. Hammons, 34, is charged with Driving Under the Influence of alcohol fifth offense, refusing to submit to a chemical test fifth offense and driving during a period of revocation.

Hammons in court was represented by defense attorney William Kurtenbach and the state was represented by county Deputy Attorney Jose Rodriguez, who handled all of the morning’s arraignments.

A motion to quash information on Sept. 27 was denied by Steinke, however, the defense’s motion for discovery – the state providing all incriminating evidence it plans on presenting the court – was approved by Steinke on Sept. 27, as was an issuance of statements relating the case and eyewitnesses of the situation occurring Aug. 25, according to notes prepared by Steinke.

Hammons is scheduled to re-appear in district court at 10 a.m. Nov. 20, when a plea will be officially entered.

At 5:25 p.m. Aug. 25, Officer Jorge Magdaleno of the Columbus Police Department was dispatched to the 2400 block of 13th Street in reference to a report of an individual passed out in a gray Mazda Pickup truck on the south side of the street, according to an arrest affidavit.

The report says the vehicle was running and as the officer approached the driver-side window, he noticed one individual sleeping in the driver’s seat. The car, the arrest report says, was in gear on drive.

Magdaleno reportedly opened the door, awoke the defendant and turned off the ignition. Speaking to the defendant, Magdaleno reported detecting the odor of alcohol. He also said the defendant had glassy, blood-shot eyes and slurred speech.

When asked if he’d been drinking, court records show that the defendant said he “had a few.”

Hammons subsequently allegedly refused to submit to a standard field sobriety test, preliminary breath test or consent to a chemical breath test.

Court records show Hammons was previously convicted of DUI in 2008, 2015, 2016 and July of this year.

In other district court news:

*Ruben D. Villanueva, 18, of Bellwood, pleaded not guilty to two counts of delivery of a schedule 1 controlled substance. Court records show that on two occasions – in May and July – the defendant allegedly sold marijuana in quantities less than an ounce to a confidential informant. The quantity of marijuana reported by the Nebraska State Patrol Crime Lab was 4.6 and 5.1 grams, respectively. The defendant is scheduled for a jury trial at 9 a.m. Dec. 3.

*Connor R. Krivanek, 19, of Columbus, pleaded not guilty to distribution of a schedule 1 controlled substance. Court records show a confidential informant working with the Columbus Police Department in July allegedly purchased a quarter-ounce of marijuana and two marijuana brownies for $70. Krivanek was subsequently arrested in August after the drug results were returned from the Nebraska State Patrol Crime Lab. Krivanek is scheduled for a jury trial at 9 a.m. Dec. 3.

Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at

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