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Edward L. Roney, 33, of Wright County, Mo., was arraigned Monday on a charge of flight to avoid prosecution in Lincoln County Court. When Lincoln County Judge Kent Turnbull asked him when he was last employed Roney replied “never.”

Turnbull assigned the public defender’s office to the case and Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Austen Leighty asked for a $10,000 bond. Turnbull said that was quite low but he would go along with that. Roney is scheduled to be back in county court on March 21.

Turnbull was surprised at the low bond request from the county attorney’s office partly because Roney has an active warrant from Missouri for failure to appear on charges of burglary, felon in possession of a firearm and armed criminal action.

Roney told the court that he has no possible way of raising any bond money.

Once his case in Lincoln County is finished and he serves any sentence from that, or pays bond, Roney could possibly be released.

If Missouri wants to extradite him they must send a Governor’s warrant to Sheriff Jerome Kramer and they will have 90 days to prove the allegations against Roney in Missouri are true and legitimate.

Then Missouri law enforcement can take him.


Cortney Lopez, 24, of North Platte, was arraigned on two counts of possession of methamphetamine and one count of illegal possession of a legend drug (Klonopin).

Lopez was arrested at 7:40 p.m. Friday at Burger King. Officers searched her belongings and found legend prescription pills. White residue located on drug paraphernalia tested positive for methamphetamine, police information officer Rodney Brown said.

Lopez is also held because she violated the conditions of her release from jail while she awaits proceedings to begin in district court, where she faces a previous possession charge.

Turnbull set her bond at $10,000 for the latest charges. Her next court date has not been set yet, as she waits to be assigned a public defender.

Lopez has been arrested more than 10 times in three years.

A legend drug is a medication that requires a prescription and can only be obtained legally from a pharmacy.

Pot from Colorado

Geoffrey J. Shimon, 25, of Greeley, Colo., faced arraignment on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of methamphetamine.

Shimon was arrested around 1:30 p.m. March 15 heading east on Interstate 80 by Nebraska State Trooper Ryan Hayes for a traffic violation.

He was found with nearly 3 grams of meth on his person, which gave Hayes probable cause to search his vehicle, where more than 8 pounds of marijuana was found.

Shimon asked for a public defender and Turnbull set his bond at $25,000.

Shimon will be back for a preliminary hearing on March 21.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 3/18/2013
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