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Charles Tyan, 51, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday on a charge of possessing child pornography.

Tyan was charged July 30 for allegedly texting sexually explicit pictures of a minor to an acquaintance, who reported it to police, according to court records.

Even though reducing bond amounts is a relatively standard practice at arraignments, this time.Lincoln County Judge Kent Turnbull declined to do so.

“I view child pornography even worse than sexual assault,” Turnbull said. “I am not lowering your bond. Not just for you, but for anyone charged with that.”

Tyan’s charge was bound over to district court. His bond remains at $25,000.



Peter Witting was convicted of attempted possession of methamphetamine and sentenced to 90 days in jail.

Witting, 31, pled guilty in a deal with prosecutors that reduced the possession charge to a misdemeanor. A charge of possession of morphine was dropped.

Deputy County Attorney Angela Franz asked that Witting’s sentence be served at the end of his current jail term.

Witting is already serving 90 days for a July 6 conviction of attempted possession and theft of a television set from a motel room, Franz noted.

Turnbull agreed. He also told Witting that Defense Attorney Kent Florom worked out a great deal for him.

“You ended up with a misdemeanor, so you have nothing to complain about,” Turnbull said.


Jones, Jr.

Daryl Jones, Jr. waived his preliminary hearing on a charge of possession of controlled substances, and Lincoln County Judge Michael Piccolo bound the case over to district court.

However in a separate case, Jones had contested the charges that he committed a felony with a weapon, was a felon in possession of a weapon, discharged a firearm and made terroristic threats.

After testimony was heard, Piccolo said he would take the case under advisement to determine if there was sufficient evidence provided that a crime was committed.

Piccolo’s decision will determine if that case is dismissed or bound over to district court.

Jones, 30, was arrested on those charges after police investigated a July 13 report that he and an unidentified man entered a home with firearms and threatened a 53-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man, police said. 

Police said they found a bullet hole in the ceiling, allegedly from Jones’ gun.

Jones was found and arrested three days later.

He is in jail on a $75,000 bond pending Piccolo’s decision.


Three other defendants waived their rights to preliminary hearings Thursday and their cases were bound over to district court.

• Kara McCann, 22, charged with marijuana possession with intent to deliver.

• Bradley Miller, 44, two counts of theft by deception and identity theft.

• Austin Shelly, 20, possession of a concealed weapon, possession of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 8/4/2017
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