Three men arraigned in District Court; two others face felonies Wednesday

Three Falls City men were arraigned in separate cases March 26 in Richardson County District Court.

Dalton W. Spinner, 19, was charged with burglary and possession of a stolen firearm, both Class III felonies, for his alleged involvement in a burglary at a residence located in the 1500 block of Morton Street in Falls City.

Spinner plead not guilty to both charges.

William L. Holbrooks, 37, was arraigned on two Class IV felony charges stemming from his arrest after a high-speed pursuit alleged to have occurred on the night of Jan. 11. Holbrooks plead not guilty to the charges of operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest and criminal mischief.

Four felony charges were filed against 71-year-old Eugene Waters, who is accused of using a gun to threaten and assault his wife during a domestic disturbance that occurred on Sept. 21, 2012 in Falls City.

Waters is charged with 2nd degree domestic assault, a Class IIIA felony, terroristic threats, a Class III felony, and use of a firearm to commit a felony, a Class 1C felony, which carries a maximum sentence of 50 years imprisonment with a mandatory minimum of five years.

Jury trials for all three cases are scheduled for June 12.

An Omaha man convicted of a prior felony was charged with three felonies last week in Richardson County Court after a February traffic stop led to the discovery of deadly weapons and illicit drugs.

Gregory M. Frederick, 41, was formally charged last Wednesday with possession of a controlled substance and carrying a concealed weapon, each Class IV felonies, and possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, a Class III felony.

Frederick was pulled over at 2:19 a.m. on Feb. 27 by Falls City Police Officer James Wason, who initiated the traffic stop after he observed a vehicle with no taillights, traveling south in the 1700 block of Harlan Street.

Soon after Officer Wason made contact with Frederick, dispatch informed Wason that Frederick’s Nebraska Driver’s License was suspended and Frederick was placed under arrest for driving during suspension.

A search of the vehicle found a black handgun, a pair of buck knives, a broken glass pipe containing a white residue believed to be methamphetamine and several miscellaneous items, including an empty hydrocodone prescription bottle not belonging to Frederick.
Officer Wason also discovered paper work addressed to Frederick, including a terms of probation document from Brown County, KS, a Douglas County, NE, appearance bond, and an Otoe County, NE, bond receipt.

Frederick was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for tomorrow (April 3) in County Court.

Also scheduled for an April 3 preliminary hearing is 44-year-old Edward R. Connolly of Falls City. Connolly appeared in County Court March 20 and was charged with strangulation and terroristic threats for his alleged involvement in a domestic disturbance.

Richardson County Sheriff’s Deputy Lewis Barker responded to a call at 1302 Lane St. shortly after 10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, and interviewed the alleged victim, who said Connolly assaulted her at his employer’s business.

The victim stated she found Connolly at his employer’s business sitting in his truck with a six-pack of beer. According to the affidavit, the victim got into the truck and began pouring the beer out, which angered Connolly, who then pulled the victim out of the truck and slammed her against the hood of the car while choking her. The affidavit also alleges that Connolly slapped the victim and threw her to the ground several times before she was able to get away and drive home.

Connolly reportedly returned home shortly thereafter. A verbal and physical altercation with the victim ensued, which led to the victim’s daughter calling 911.

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