Three enter not guilty pleas in meth possession cases, plea on fourth pending
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
Three of the four individuals arrested in March and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance have pleaded not guilty in District Court.
Wade Ambrosek, 33, and Stephanie Way, 28, both of Haigler, appeared in District Court Tuesday, May 27 and both pleaded not guilty on all charges.
Ambrosek is also charged with possession or use of drug paraphernalia while Way is also being charged with tampering of physical evidence.
Way and Ambrosek were initially released on their own personal recognizance, provided they enter into in-patient drug treatment.
However, Ambrosek is back in custody after testing positive for meth following drug treatment, according to County Attorney Arlan Wine.
Hearings for the pair will be continued in District Court June 24, he said.
Phillip Hatton Jr., 36 of Benkelman, pleaded not guilty to felony possession of a controlled substance, felony possession of a firearm while committing a felony and possession or use of drug paraphernalia.
Wine said Hatton requested a jury trial which has been scheduled for Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. He remains free on bond.
The fourth individual, Kristi Ohrman, 32, also of Benkelman, was scheduled to appear in County Court Wednesday. She is facing the same charges as those of Hatton.
Wine said he has offered her a plea agreement but would not know the outcome until after Wednesday’s court session.
She remains free on her own recognizance due to medical issues.