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A Columbus man had his case continued to a later date by Judge Frank Skorupa Monday morning in Platte County Court.

Carlos R. Fletcher, 42, was originally slated to appear in court but is currently detained in Saunders County Jail on charges stemming from another case, according to staff in the Platte County Court Clerk's Office.

Fletcher, who was arrested Aug. 12, faces two criminal mischief charges, Class III misdemeanors.

On Aug. 11, Columbus Police Officer Jeff Uhl was dispatched at 11:22 p.m. to the 1000 block of Second Street regarding a report that the defendant was knocking at a woman’s back door attempting to gain access into the dwelling, according to a warrantless arrest affidavit.

Uhl was advised by dispatch that the woman had an active Ex Parte Domestic Violence Protection Order against Fletcher. Upon arrival, the affidavit says that the police officer walked toward the back of the house and subsequently saw the defendant running northbound away from the property.

After surrendering shortly after, kneeling on the ground and putting his hands above his head, the defendant allegedly admitted that he had a protection order against him.

During a previous court appearance, court records show that Fletcher pleaded not guilty to the filed charges. If convicted to the full extent of the law, Fletcher could face up to three months in jail, a $500 fine, or both.

In other county court news:

*Louis Rodriguez-Serrano, of Columbus, was sentenced to six months of minimally-supervised probation by Skorupa for having no proof of insurance, a Class II misdemeanor; and aiding and abetting a Class III misdemeanor. Rodriguez-Serrano was arrested in August after being picked up for the traffic violation of speeding, and subsequently charged with driving during suspension, speeding, having no valid registration, having no proof of insurance and not wearing a seat belt. The defendant’s license was suspended in April, according to court documentation.

*Ricardo Sandoval, 45, of Columbus, had his case continued until Nov. 26. Sandoval previously pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol aggravated – having a blood alcohol content of .15 or higher.

*Olga L. Bonilla-Reyes, 46, of Columbus, had her case continued to Jan. 10, 2019, where a jury trial will be held if no plea agreement is reached. Bonilla-Reyes has submitted a written not-guilty plea stemming from charges of third-degree domestic assault, a Class I misdemeanor; and criminal mischief, a Class III misdemeanor.

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

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