Custer County District Court began with a bench warrant being issued Thursday, July 8. Judge Karin Noakes ordered a bench warrant for Dominique D. Dukes when Dukes, 34, of Chicago, Ill., failed to appear for scheduled arraignment, plea and sentencing. Defense attorney Michael Borders requested a continuance saying he hadn’t heard from his client. County Attorney Steven Bowers requested the bench warrant stating Dukes is the last of three co-defendants in related cases in Custer County and two other counties.
Judge Noakes ordered the warrant with a 10% of $10,000 bond. Dukes faces one count, Attempt of a Class III or IIIa Felony (forgery, first degree) with an alleged offense date of April 15, 2020.
In State v. Kenneth E. Loucks, Judge Noakes appointed Christopher Wickham when Loucks requested a court-appointed attorney. Loucks, 43 of Broken Bow faces seven charges of probation violation and is now scheduled to appear Aug. 5 at 9:30 a.m. to admit or deny allegations.
In the only other criminal case on the docket was a continuance for the Probation Violation hearing of Robyn R. Kelly, 57, of Omaha so that Kelly could be served. The hearing is continued to Aug. 5 at 9:45 a.m. In 2016, Kelly was found guilty by the court of one count, Abuse of a vulnerable adult, a Class IIIA felony.