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Norfolk man gets probation on explosive, drug charges

November 19, 2018

MADISON — A dispute over the sale of a pickup truck last fall led to a Norfolk man being sentenced in Madison County District Court here Friday to a term of probation.

Scott C. Pollman, 47, had previously pleaded no contest to attempted first-degree possession of an explosive device and possession of methamphetamine in relation to the September 2017 incident.

According to an arrest affidavit, Pollman filed a report at 2 p.m. with the Norfolk Police Division on Sept. 10, 2017, stating that his truck had been stolen by Shanna Schroder of Norfolk.

Officers examined a title and bill of sale for the 2004 Ford F150, showing it had been sold to Schroder by Pollman nearly two months prior for $300.

Pollman was advised his dispute was a civil matter, but he was very upset about the inaction against Schroder for taking his vehicle, the affidavit said.

Just before 10 p.m. that same day, a loud explosion could be heard in the area of 710 W. Norfolk Ave., where Schroder resides.

Responding officers determined that an explosive device had been placed underneath the driver’s side window wiper of the pickup in question.

The explosion damaged the windshield and dash of the truck, and Schroder said she strongly suspected Pollman of placing and detonating the device.

An officer recovered paper shrapnel directly under a hole caused by the explosion on the dash of the truck, and Schroder said she recognized it.

A search warrant at Pollman’s home turned up a device exactly like Schroder had described, as well as a glass pipe containing methamphetamine.

In court Friday, Deputy Madison County Attorney Matthew Kiernan said he would be making no recommendation, pursuant to a plea agreement. However, he did offer comments on the case.

“The whole thing is a little concerning. Obviously, there is a dispute over the ownership of the vehicle that was the root cause of all of this. The defendant chose to take the action he did, and he did it by placing an explosive device on the vehicle,” Kiernan said.

Pollman’s attorney, Chelsey Hartner with the Madison County Public Defender’s Office, said her client had a bad response to a situation in which he didn’t believe the police were helping him.

The explosive device in question, Hartner said, was actually just a large firework — an M-80 — which Pollman had purchased in Norfolk.

“I think the underlying issue here is clearly (Pollman’s) meth use, which he has been using for some period of time,” Hartner said.

She said Pollman admitted to using methamphetamine for the past 22 years and had been using the drug daily for the past 12 years. Though Pollman has been trying to stay clean, he had been struggling, Hartner said.

“I think a term of probation is clearly going to help him with that. … He has the ability to be productive. He works self-employed as a mechanic. He has three children, two of which are young teens, and he wants to set a better example to them moving forward,” Hartner said.

She asked the court to follow the pre-sentence investigation (PSI) recommendation for a term of probation.

When given the chance to address the court, Pollman declined.

Judge Mark Johnson noted that Pollman has a significant criminal history, including two prior felonies, one of which was a federal offense.

“The court will also so find that prior to this matter, you have two prior disturbances with this same person. … You’ve either got to stay away from this person, or you need to get a handle on your behavior.

“Maybe it’s the methamphetamine that’s prompting this behavior, or maybe it’s just you. There’s lots of people who have addictions that don’t react in this manner,” Johnson said.

He then sentenced Pollman to 30 months of specialized substance abuse supervision (SSAS) probation. Johnson also ordered Pollman to pay a $1,000 fine and court costs. Pollman must serve 90 days in jail, less credit for 12 days served, prior to the end of his probation term, unless the jail time is waived.

Johnson also sentenced others on the following charges:

Attempted possession of a controlled substance

Stephanie M. Goldman, 24, 83695 Jolene Drive, attempted possession of methamphetamine, attempted possession of hydrocodone, 18 months of probation, 90 days in jail with credit for three days served to be served prior to the end of probation unless waived, costs.

Possession of methamphetamine

Richard Coates, 54, Stanton, 24 months of SSAS probation, 90 days in jail with credit for 15 days served to be served prior to the end of probation unless waived, costs.

Theft

Haylea Frisk, 22, 407 N. 13th St., attempted theft by deception, false information, 24 months of probation, 90 days in jail with two days to be served immediately and the balance to be served prior the end of probation unless waived, letter of apology to victim, costs.

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