CUSTER COUNTY— A man who is facing two counts of accused theft has had his case transferred to adult court during Custer County Court on Monday, October 29. Michael Coffman, who turned 18 in early October, is facing two separate counts that accuse him of theft in December of 2017.
The first count accuses Coffman of theft of over $5,000 worth of property, a class IIA felony, and the second count accuses him of theft of $1,500-$5,000 worth of property, a class IV felony. Judge Tami Schendt bound the case over to District Court for arraignment on December 6 at 9:30 A.M., after Coffman waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
Coffman is also facing charges in Buffalo County after he and two others escaped the YRTC facility in Kearney after assaulting a staff member.
Larry Bottorf Jr., 49 of Sargent, was arraigned on charges of alleged child abuse, a class IIIA felony, strangulation, a class IIIA felony, and 3rd degree assault, a class I misdemeanor. Bottorf Jr. elected to hire his own attorney and pre-trial was set for November 19 at 1:30 P.M. Bottorf Jr. was also released on a personal recognizance bond with a no-contact stipulation.
Acacia Lash, 31 of Broken Bow, had her case continued to January 7 at 2 P.M., due to health reasons. Lash is being accused of burglary and forgery from back in January of 2013.
Also being continued is the case of Melissa Nienaber, 27 of Broken Bow. Nienaber is currently facing alleged charges of terroristic threats and theft. Her case was continued to December 3 at 2 P.M.
Riley Royle, 22 of Broken Bow, had his case continued to December 3 at 2 P.M., after a motion for continuance was approved. Royle is being accused of terroristic threats, aggravated driving under the influence (DUI), and driving a motorcycle without a class M license.
Zachary Lopez, 21 of Callaway, had his case continued until December 19 at 2 P.M. A plea agreement had been reached previously, but the paperwork had not been completed. Lopez is being accused of making terroristic threats against another person on August 17.