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Edward Roney

More drugs charges have been filed against Edward Roney of Missouri, who is already charged with hit and run in a Casey’s convenience store parking lot on Rodeo Road.

Roney, 32, was arraigned Thursday by Lincoln County Judge Kent Turnbull for possession of lorazepam and alprazalam. The charges are added to the original charges that include unauthorized use of a vehicle, hit and run and carrying a concealed weapon.

Police have said that stolen items were also found in Roney’s vehicle, but he has not officially been charged with theft.

Roney was arrested May 14 after police were called to Casey’s at Rodeo and Maple on the report that Lida Weekly’s Honda Pilot was hit by another car and sustained around $1,100 in damages. The other car drove away without stopping.

When the registered owner of a suspect vehicle, a Honda Civic, was contacted, he said he sold the vehicle to Roney a few days earlier. The Honda was found on East E, and by then Roney was believed to be driving a Toyota RAV that was found that evening, along with Roney, in the 100 block of East 12th.

Police said Roney was also carrying a concealed weapon, a knife and some unidentified drugs, which turned out to be Lorazepam and Alprazalam.

Lorazepam is a strong sedative used for anxiety, insomnia and seizures. Alprazalam is a also a strong sedative used to treat anxiety and panic disorder, with muscle relaxant properties that can result in a near hypnotic state.

Roney served 13 days in mid–March for flight to avoid prosecution and he is a fugitive from both Woodward County, Oklahoma and Wright County, Missouri where he faces charges of burglary, felon in possession of a firearm and armed criminal action.

During arraignment in March, Turnbull asked Roney when he was last employed and he said “never.” At that time he told Turnbull he had no way of paying a bond anyway. Jail records show that he is held with no bond, except on the weapon charge which is $5,000, which means he cannot bond out on the other charges.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 7/19/2013
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