KEARNEY IA OCT 9 2008
– Two Youth Rehabilitation Training Center residents are being charged as adults in Sunday’s alleged attack on two employees.
Jahme Jackson, 16, faces four felonies and a misdemeanor in the incident, including attempted escape and first-degree assault on staffer Robert Schulte for allegedly hitting Schulte in the head with a sock containing a pool ball.
Chris Jones, also 16, faces three felonies and three misdemeanors, including aiding and abetting Jackson and conspiring with Jackson to escape from the facility.
The boys were charged Monday in Buffalo County Court.YRTC refused to release the boy’s hometowns, the reasons they were at the facility, or for how long.
The incident began at about 11:15 p.m. Sunday, Dennis Leonard, a lieutenant with the Nebraska State Patrol, said.Court records say security officer Jerry Moulton, 72, observed some boys acting suspiciously.
When he went to investigate ,Jackson allegedly hit him with a pool ball in sock. Moulton was hit in the side of the face near his eye.Jones then began punching Moulton, records say.
Schulte, 64, assisted Moulton, and Jackson also allegedly hit him in the face with pool ball in the sock.
Jackson and Jones then continued punching the YRTC employees.The employees were able to get away from the boys and retreated to a security office where they called law enforcement.
Once Kearney Police Department officers arrived, Jackson allegedly began punching Officer Ryan Ohri in the back of the head. Jones also tried to hit Ohri but missed, records say.
Jackson also tried to hit Officer David Stott, but missed. The boys were restrained and taken into custody.
Schulte received stitches to his head, while Moulton suffered facial fractures. They were treated for their injuries and released.
A pool ball and sock were recovered from the scene.
Five other boys were involved in the incident, although they weren’t arrested, said Jean Atkinson, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Human Services, which operates YRTC.
However, the boys face an array of punishment at YRTC, including placement in a security unit, or internal disciplinary sanctions such as seclusion, deferment, other restrictions or release.
Atkinson wouldn’t specify what sanctions the boys would receive.
Jackson is being held at the Buffalo County Detention Center on a 10 percent of $200,000 bond, and will need $20,000 to be released.
Jones is being held on 10 percent of $100,000 bond and will need $10,000 to be released.The teens are scheduled to appear in court in November.
Schulte has been employed at YRTC since 2003, while Moulton has been there since 1995.
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