Probation ordered in drug case

Friday, January 8, 2016
Clifford Stark

McCOOK, Neb. -- A McCook man originally facing multiple felonies was sentenced to probation earlier this week in Red Willow County District Court after being convicted on a charge for attempting to possess methamphetamine.

The offender, 23-year-old Clifford Stark of 711 East H Street, was originally facing two Class IV felony offenses alleging he was in possession of Alprazolam and Lisdexamfetamine, in addition to a third Class IV felony alleging possession of methamphetamine and an infraction alleging possession of drug paraphernalia.

Red Willow County Attorney Paul Wood dismissed the Alprazolam and Lisdexamfetamine charges in July. The charges against Stark were further reduced in November when the paraphernalia infraction was dismissed and the methamphetamine charge was reduced to a misdemeanor offense for attempted possession.

Stark was subsequently sentenced Monday to serve 24 months probation.

Other activity in Red Willow County District Court, Jan. 4, 2016:

* An Ogallala man, 56-year-old Lawrence A. Bryant, pleaded not guilty to a Class 3 felony offense alleging he assaulted a McCook police officer while being arrested. The case was subsequently scheduled for a motions hearing at 1:45 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2016.

* Plea agreements were reached with two men arrested on felony drug charges in November following a traffic stop near the intersection of West B Street and U.S. Highway 83. The men, 21-year-old Zachary A. Arntt of 106 S. Seventh Street and 19-year-old Ronnie Swartz, were subsequently scheduled for sentencing on March 7, 2016, at 8:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. respectively.

Both plea agreements reduced Class IV felony offenses alleging possession of methamphetamine to Class I misdemeanor offenses for attempted possession, in addition to admitting guilt to infractions for possession of drug paraphernalia.

* A plea agreement was reached with 34-year-old Kenneth C. Williams of 609 West E Street admitting guilt to a Class IV felony offense for possession of methamphetamine. Williams was subsequently scheduled for sentencing at 2 p.m. on March 7, 2016.

The plea agreement dismissed an infraction alleging possession of drug paraphernalia.

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