August 23, 2014

Former Oxford resident sentenced to 15 years on child pornography charges

A former Oxford resident has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after being convicted of receiving child pornography.

Federal attorneys say 37-year-old David Baumbach will be under supervision for the rest of his life even after he is released from prison. He will be required to register as a sex offender. Also, Baumbach must pay $5,000 in restitution and attorney fees for three unidentified victims.

The state Attorney General’s Office actually broke the case when investigators in August of 2013 noticed a computer IP address that offered to share files that had been flagged in an on-going child pornography investigation. Investigators determined that the computer offered to share 812 different files, 172 of which had been classified as “notable” by law enforcement.

Investigators eventually seized a computer and numerous hard drives from Baumbach’s residence in Oxford, discovering more than a thousand files featuring child sexual exploitation.

The investigation also uncovered that Baumbach had been on parole from Colorado, where he had been registered as a sex offender after being convicted of child sexual assault.

Sterling man placed on probation after admitting he failed to register as sex offender

A Sterling man has admitted he failed to register as a sex offender when he moved, and has been placed on two years’ probation.

51-year-old Marvin Hazen made his plea in front of Gage County District Judge Paul Korslund, without an attorney.

Korslund praised Hazen for his action.

“You’ve been a standup guy on this. I haven’t seen this kind of a situation very often. In fact, I recall at arraignment impressing upon you that you may need an attorney and that you were well advised to get an attorney and that you could possibly negotiate a plea agreement. And you steadfastly said, ‘No, I want to plead guilty’ and you did that,” Korslund told Hazen in court.  “So, you have certainly taken responsibility.”

Hazen told the judge he had moved after a dispute with a roommate. He failed to register as a sex offender at his new address.

Hazen was sentenced in 2002 for incest and second degree sexual assault. He was released from prison in 2012, but has been required to register as a sex offender for life.

Doug Kennedy, KWBE, contributed to this story.

 

Feel free to call, NSP main number restored

The Nebraska State Patrol is back in business.

Actually, NSP never went out of business. Its main phone number did, though.

A cut cable cut off the main business number for the Nebraska State Patrol. NSP reports the number, 402-471-4545, and the Nebraska State Patrol non-emergency Highway Helpline 1-800-525-5555 (*55) have now been restored.

The Emergency 9-1-1 number was never affected by the outage.

Former deputy pleads not guilty to charges he lied about being shot

Former southeastern Nebraska deputy sheriff Joshua Nincehelser has pleaded not guilty to charges that he lied about getting shot while on duty.

Nincehelser faces one felony charge and three misdemeanor charges for allegedly calling in a false report of being shot during a traffic stop last year while on duty as a Richardson County sheriff’s deputy. He is accused of shooting himself and his patrol car.

Nincehelser entered the pleas in Richardson County District Court. He is charged with a felony count of criminal mischief and misdemeanor charges of false reporting; official misconduct and obstructing government operations.

A jury trial date has been scheduled for October 22nd. Nincehelser is currently free on bond.

The charges stem from June 9th, when Nincehelser reported to dispatchers, he had been shot while on duty by an unknown person, when he stopped to see if a motorist needed assistance on a county road.

The 25-year old Nincehelser is alleged to have shot himself in the arm using a weapon issued to him by the Sheriff’s Office. He is also alleged to have shot holes into his patrol vehicle and lying to investigators about another person being involved.

The report sparked a massive manhunt in southeastern Nebrasaka.

By John Nixon, KLZA

Three former prisoners returned to Nebraska; one remains to be captured

Three prison inmates released prematurely by the state have been arrested. One more remains at large.

State Corrections Director Mike Kenney has announced that Carlos McDaniel and Justin Wallace are in the custody of Nebraska Department of Correctional Services and Jerry Lopez is being held in the Douglas County jail, facing additional felony charges.

The state has been seeking 20 inmates released early, because the Department of Correctional Services miscalculated their sentences. Most were returned to prison without incident. Some, though, resisted coming in.

The final individual had been in the custody of another state, but problems with extradition prevented Nebraska from bringing him back to the state. Law enforcement hope to capture the inmate soon and return him to Nebraska.