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Dist. Court begins hearing cases again

By Signal Staff

Apparently yielding to the COVID-19 pandemic, cases have been in a standstill in the Fillmore County District Court for March, April and May. Fillmore County District Court Judge Vicky Johnson plans to have the court open and operating beginning Tuesday, June 9. That said, the courtroom will be open to only court personnel, defendants and their attorneys, prosecutors and probation and law enforcement officers. It is unclear if immediate family of defendants can attend court proceedings. You are encouraged to call the Fillmore County District Court Clerk’s Office at 402-759-3811 for more information on policies.
Cases that await an arraignment or in the early stages in district court action include:
• John A. Jacobitz, 49, Fairbury, Possession of a controlled substance, May 7, 2020. A charge of Possess or use drug paraphernalia was dismissed. The Fillmore County Public Defender’s Office was assigned to the case. Fillmore County Sheriff’s Deputy Doht was the arresting officer.
• Gregory A. Meyers, 41, Geneva, Violate Sex Offender Registration Act, a Class 3A felony; Fail to report every six months, a Class 3A felony. A Nebraska State Patrol database investigation indicated Meyers failed to register in December 2019. The defendant pleaded not guilty on both counts and was to the pre-trial hearing stage.
• Eva M. Turbiville, 25, Exeter, rural Exeter, was due back in court on April 14. Turbiville’s case is an accompanying case to the one made against Aaron E. Ogren 30, Exeter, rural Exeter, which appears heading towards a jury trial.