A former southeastern Nebraska deputy sheriff, accused of lying about being shot and wounded while on duty, has appeared in court for the first time.
Former Richardson County Deputy Sheriff Joshua Nincehelser appeared in Richardson County Court Monday, facing one felony charge and three misdemeanor counts.
Nincehelser, who is from Dawson, was charged after a Nebraska State Patrol investigation of a June 9th shooting incident he reported disclosed that Nincehelser made up the story he told his supervisors.
Nincehelser claimed he had been shot and wounded by a motorist during a traffic stop.
Nincehelser waived his right to a preliminary hearing on a felony charge of criminal mischief. He was bound over to District Court for arraignment on August 19th.
Misdemeanor charges of false reporting, official misconduct, and obstructing government operations were dismissed without prejudice on a motion by special prosecutor Kale Burdick.
The charges may be re-filed.
Nincehelser is represented by attorney Bruce Dalluge.
Nincehelser, who is 25, is alleged to have shot himself in the arm; to have shot holes into is patrol vehicle and is accused of lying to investigators, saying that he was shot by a man in a car stopped on a rural Richardson County road.
By John Nixon, KLZA