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Man allegedly assaults deputy, jailer

HARTINGTON - An inmate who allegedly attempted to bite a deputy’s arm and allegedly struck a dispatcher’s face with his knee will face multiple felony charges.

The dispatcher/jailer and deputy were attempting to move Jackson Metheny, 25, Laurel, into a different cell due to Metheny allegedly destroying Cedar County jail property.

The alleged assault on Aug. 8 netted Metheny felony charges including two counts of assault by a confined person, two counts of assault of an officer, two counts of obstructing a peace officer and criminal mischief.

Metheny was being held in jail on charges stemming from an incident earlier that same day. It was reported that Metheny had entered into a rural Laurel home without permission and was in a young woman’s bedroom.

It’s alleged that Metheny knew the young woman’s parents weren’t home due to interactions via social media.

He faces misdemeanor charges of first-degree criminal trespassing and disturbing the peace from that incident.

In both arrests, deputies noted Metheny seemed confused and made statements that didn’t make sense.

At one point in his jail cell, he appeared to be having a conversation but he was alone, court documents indicate.

In other court news: - A California man picked up in Cedar County is wanted as a material witness in a murder case there more than two years ago. Miguel Villalpando, 33, may have been present during the shooting of Eric Futrell on May 4, 2020, at a Bakersfield, Calif., home. An extradition hearing in the case has been set for Aug. 31.

- Andrew J. Heller, 38, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, pleaded not guilty to charges of enticing a minor under 16 for sexual purpose and prostitution through a written arraignment. His case was continued into September. According to a criminal complaint, FBI investigators had been monitoring communications between Heller and a 14-year-old, in which Heller asked her for sex and offered to pay $200. Heller worked as a teacher and coach at Wynot Public Schools.

- Steven Habegger, 18, Antelope County Jail, waived a preliminary hearing on charges of firstdegree sexual assault, visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct, criminal child enticement, child abuse, tampering with a witness, tampering with evidence, and contributing to the delinquency of a child.

He is accused of sexual assault of a girl who was 12 years old at the time. The two met through social media and Habegger allegedly moved to Nebraska to pursue a relationship with the girl. His case was bound over to Cedar County District Court for further proceedings.

- Koby Sudbeck, 29, Hartington, faces charges of third-degree dwesmtic assault and two counts of disturbing the peace after he allegedly pushed a woman down stairs and struck her in the face, and broke her cellphone.