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PLATTSMOUTH – Three area residents took part in Cass County District Court hearings Monday morning on drug-related charges.

Douglas County resident Kylee S. Singletary, 24, took part in the day’s first hearing. She pled guilty earlier this year to one Class I misdemeanor charge of attempted possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine.

Cass County Attorney Colin Palm told the court he was not opposed to probation for Singletary, but he said he was concerned about her recent behavior. He said Singletary had missed three scheduled drug tests during a pre-trial release program. He said she had also tested positive for drugs three other times.

Defense attorney Julie Bear told the court her client did not have an extensive criminal record and was a young person. She felt Singletary would benefit from treatment programs available through probation.

Judge Michael Smith sentenced Singletary to 12 months of probation. She must complete a chemical dependency evaluation within 30 days and obtain a co-occurring treatment evaluation. She will also be required to complete an employability program and abstain from alcohol and drugs.

Former Auburn and Shubert resident Lance A. Hays, 39, accepted a plea deal with prosecutors in the day’s second case. He pled guilty to one Class I misdemeanor charge of attempted possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine. The state agreed to reduce its original felony-level charge in exchange for the plea.

Deputy County Attorney Richard Fedde told the court an area resident spoke with probation officers and told them he felt Hays had been violating his current probation out of Nemaha County. Plattsmouth police visited Hays at a Plattsmouth address and found him with drug paraphernalia and small plastic baggies. Both items contained white residue.

Fedde said the state crime lab had not yet tested the items, but he said Hays had indicated they would confirm the presence of methamphetamine. Bear also said Hays knew investigators would discover the drug on the objects.

Hays requested to go to immediate sentencing following the plea hearing. Fedde said Hays had been previously charged with flight to avoid arrest and negligent child abuse in Richardson County. He said Hays had also been charged with driving under the influence in 2016 and had multiple driving under suspension convictions.

Judge Michael Smith followed the plea deal’s recommended sentence of one year in Cass County Jail. Hays will also be required to pay all court costs.

Red Oak, Iowa, resident Ciara L. Hebb, 19, appeared in the day’s third case. She pled guilty to one Class I misdemeanor of attempted possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine. The plea deal did not contain any sentencing recommendations.

Fedde said several local residents contacted Cass County Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 21 to complain about a vehicle exhibiting odd behavior on the road. A CCSO deputy later saw the vehicle and stopped it after the driver turned left without signaling.

Hebb was in the car at the time. The deputy spotted methamphetamine residue on a white bag that had been left in plain view. Hebb admitted she had been carrying the drug with her in Cass County.

Hebb remains free on bond. Sentencing will take place Aug. 27.

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