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A bench warrant was recently issued for a Columbus man who failed to attend a Platte County District Court hearing late last week.

Taylor C. Krzycki, 25, was scheduled to be arraigned before District Court Judge Robert Steinke in reference to the lone charge of first-degree forgery, a Class III felony. Under state law, Krzycki faces up to four years of imprisonment and two years of post-release supervision.

On Feb. 8, an investigator with the Columbus Police Department was dispatched to the Sundown Motel and Guest House in the 3200 block of Eighth Street in regard to the business receiving counterfeit money, according to a warrantless arrest affidavit.

A motel representative advised the officer that he had contact with a man who identified himself as John Drozd, of 2819 Seventh St., in Columbus. The officer was told that the man identified as Drozd had been at the motel since Feb. 5 and that when came to pay for another night’s stay – Feb. 9 – that he gave a counterfeit $100 bill as payment.

The motel employee, court records show, called the man he knew as John Drozd and informed him that he knew the money was fake. When ‘Drozd’ called back, the employee wrote down his number and connected it with another man he knew as Taylor Krzycki. That was when the employee concluded that the man named Drozd was actually the defendant.

In other district court news:

*Zachary J. Prokupek, 28, of Columbus, pleaded not guilty to three counts of being in possession of a controlled substance, Class IV felonies punishable by up to two years in prison; and a single count of distributing a schedule 1, 2 or 3 controlled substance, a Class IIA felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

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In April, officers with the Columbus Police Department executed a search warrant at a residence located in the 1600 block of 19th Street which allegedly yielded the discovery of a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue, marijuana, a THC oil/wax rig and several baggies containing white residue, court records show. The defendant is scheduled for a 9 a.m. Aug. 5 jury trial.

*Morgan J. Fajman, 22, of Columbus, had her case continued until 10 a.m. on June 28 because of her lack of attendance in court due to being in a detoxification facility, according to court records. The defendant is charged with delivering/dispersing/distributing/manufacturing or possessing an exceptionally hazardous drug, a Class II felony punishable by up to 50 years in prison.

A Nebraska State Patrol officer in February carried out a search warrant at the defendant’s home located in the 1400 block of 14th Street after receiving information that the defendant was selling methamphetamine from the location, according to a warrantless arrest affidavit. Less than 10 grams of meth was found at the residence in a safe in the defendant’s upstairs bedroom, court records show.

*Jorge Santos Jr., 29, of Columbus, pleaded not guilty to being in possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine. In May, an officer with the Columbus Police Department saw the defendant entering a fast-food restaurant when it was known that there was an active warrant out for his arrest, court records show.

During a search of the defendant following his arrest, a baggy containing a crystal-like rock was found in his jeans. The rock ultimately field tested as being just over 3 grams of methamphetamine, according to court records.

Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sam.pimper@lee.net.

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Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram, Schuyler Sun and The Banner-Press newspapers. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2015.

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