Three individuals were arraigned Friday morning in Platte County District Court by Judge Robert Steinke. Platte County Deputy Attorney Jose Rodriguez represented the State of Nebraska in all of the following proceedings.
Megan E. Peterson, 32, of Columbus, pleaded not guilty to four charges stemming from allegedly being in possession of methamphetamine at her local apartment while in the company of her – at the time – 2-year-old child. A firearm was allegedly in her possession at the time of her arrest, according to filed charges.
Peterson pleaded not guilty to being in possession of methamphetamine while possessing a firearm, possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, both Class ID felonies; child abuse, a Class lllA felony; and exposure of a child to methamphetamine, a Class l misdemeanor.
On Sept. 10, the filed affidavit says, an officer with the Columbus Police Department obtained a search warrant to execute a sweep of an apartment located in the 4500 block of 19th Street. Entering the apartment shortly after 10 p.m., the officer reportedly located five plastic baggies containing a crystal-like substance in a wooden box located on a bedroom floor.
The box, according to the affidavit, was unlocked and in close proximity to a toddler bed also present in the bedroom. The crystal substance was subsequently field tested and flagged positive as being methamphetamine.
Other items located in the box allegedly included empty plastic baggies, a digital scale and syringes loaded with a clear liquid. The clear liquid was field tested resulting positive as being methamphetamine, court records show.
The officer reportedly observed children’s clothing and new diapers on the floor surrounding the wooden box containing the above-mentioned drugs and paraphernalia. Several baggies located contained approximately .5 grams of the substance, according to the affidavit.
After being arrested, court records show that Peterson waived her Miranda Rights but refused to submit to a drug screen. She did, however, allegedly admit to injecting methamphetamine intravenously with her child present at the home four days prior to her incarceration.
A jury trial date is scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 4, 2019. A case status hearing is scheduled to be held at 9 a.m. Jan. 28.
Terence F. Wickham, 44, of Columbus, pleaded not guilty to two single charges contained in two case files. In case one, Wickham pleaded not guilty to being in possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, a Class IV felony. The maximum sentence that could be levied for the felony is two years in prison. In case two, Wickham pleaded not guilty to distributing a Schedule 2 hazardous substance – methamphetamine, a Class ll felony. Under state statute, the defendant could receive up to 50 years in prison with a minimum mandatory sentence of one year.
Wickham was arrested in late August after allegedly selling more than 3 grams of meth to a confidential informant. A search of his residence also yielded the discovery of meth, according to a warrantless arrest affidavit prepared by Platte County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Christopher Spale.
The defendant is scheduled for a jury trial at 9 a.m. Feb. 4, 2019.
Sarah E. Kamm, 36, of Columbus, pleaded not guilty to charges of making terroristic threats, a Class IIIA Felony; third-degree domestic assault and third-degree assault, both Class I misdemeanors. The IIIA felony carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison, 18 months post-release supervision and a $10,000 fine. The misdemeanor offense carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.
Kamm was arrested in January after allegedly making life-threatening comments to her ex-husband, according to an arrest affidavit.
The defendant is scheduled for a jury trial at 9 a.m. Dec. 3. Steinke scheduled a case status hearing to be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 26.
Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com.