A Schuyler man accused of being delinquent on more than $52,500 in child support payments over the course of a decade was recently sentenced to two years of probation by Judge Robert Steinke in Platte County District Court.
Juan Carlos Cruz, 32, in one case pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal non-support/violating a court order, a Class IV felony, punishable by up to five years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. In another case – facing the same offense – he also pleaded to three charges.
Before case amendments being made, Cruz faced 24 felony charges encompassing two case files. In the first case, court records show he accrued $18,047.17 in missed payments; his second case the grand total reportedly amassed $34,547.82. The children he’s required to support were born in 2009 and 2010.
Champaign N. McDowell, 23, of Columbus also recently learned her fate before the judge. McDowell was sentenced to 240 days in Platte County Jail after being found guilty of being in possession of a controlled substance – amphetamine/methamphetamine, a Class IV felony.
On Aug. 29, 2019, a Columbus Police officer on patrol observed the defendant driving westbound on Eighth Street, according to a warrantless arrest affidavit. The officer, court records show, knew McDowell had an active warrant out for her arrest. The officer was able to confirm she did, in fact, have an active warrant out and that McDowell was driving during a period of license suspension.
Following her arrest, court records show that during an inventory of the vehicle the officer located two zip-lock baggies containing trace amounts of a white crystal-like substance, which field tested as being methamphetamine. In the defendant’s purse, court records show police found two new needles and digital scale, which also contained residue of a powdery white substance.
McDowell has already started her jail stint; however, she is scheduled to reappear in district court for a plea agreement relating to a case where she’s charged, again, with being in possession of a controlled substance.
In other district court happenings:
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Numerous defendants are scheduled for felony arraignment on Friday.
*Joel A. Cerros, 19, of David City, is charged with conspiracy to commit a Class III felony.
*Noah D. Groves, 18, of Columbus, is charged with burglary, theft by unlawful taking, being in possession of a firearm while committing a felony and conspiracy to commit a Class II felony.
*Ezequiel Arrez Jr., 30, of Schuyler, is charged with being in felony possession of a controlled substance near a school, and being in possession of a controlled substance without tax paid.
*Lynn M. Krohn, 49, of Columbus, is charged with two counts of abuse of a vulnerable adult.
*Terisa D. Burket, 48, of Columbus, is charged with distributing an exceptionally hazardous drug.
*Alejandro Rosas, 34, of Columbus, is charged with theft by receiving stolen property.
*Brian S. Vogt, 43, of Fremont, is charged with being in possession of a controlled substance.
*Daniel McAuley, 39, of Topeka, Kansas, is charged with making terroristic threats, strangulation, second-degree assault, misdemeanor stalking and committing child abuse negligently that didn’t result in injury. In another case, the defendant is being arraigned for allegedly tampering with a witness.
Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.