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Plea-Change Hearing Rescheduled in Hospital Threats Case

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YORK, Neb. (AP) -- A change-of-plea hearing has been rescheduled for a 31-year-old man accused of threatening personnel at Henderson Community Hospital in eastern Nebraska.

According to the York News-Times, Joseph Palensky and his attorney, Nancy Waldron, appeared in York County District Court earlier this week.

Judge Robert Steinke asked Palensky whether he was taking medication for a back injury. Palensky said yes. Then Steinke said that because Waldron had said Palensky might not be thinking clearly, Steinke wouldn't consider the plea change.

The judge delayed the matter until April 15.

Palensky has pleaded not guilty to felony terroristic threats. Authorities say he walked into the hospital on July 21, armed with a gun and knife and looking for a specific doctor. Authorities say he threatened a nurse and other workers.

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