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Schlictemeier Pleads Not Guilty

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Alleged Drunken Driver Charged In Cyclists' Deaths

By Joe Foreman, Editor

    The drunken driver charged in a tragic  pickup-motorcycle collision last August in Harrison County that killed four motorcyclists, including three from Mills County, has pleaded not guilty.
    Andrew Schlictemeier, 21, entered a written plea of not guilty late last week on four counts of vehicular homicide. Schlictemeier is charged for his role in an accident along an Interstate 29 construction zone near the Little Sioux Interchange on Aug. 9. The motorcyclists were returning home from a rally in Sturgis, S.D.
    The Cass County, Neb., resident was behind the wheel of a pickup that struck and killed Dennis Chaney, 62, and Dale Aspedon,  49, both of Glenwood, Steven Benscoter, 62, of Pacific Junction and 48-year-old Jay Bock of Omaha.
    Accident reports from the Iowa State Patrol indicated Schlictemeier's blood alcohol level was 0.373-more than four times the legal limit in the state of Iowa.
    Court records indicate he also had traces of marijuana in his system.
    Schlictemeier’s trial has been set for Dec. 7 in Harrison County District Court. He is being held in the Harrison County Jail on $200,000 bond.