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Sheena Strand
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Strand in June, 2013

Sheena Strand, 26, of North Platte cussed loudly Friday as she was led into Lincoln County Court to be formally charged with two counts of escape.

Strand was convicted in June of obstructing a police officer and marijuana possession. She was given considerable time to report to the jail to serve her sentence. She was supposed to report last week, but she didn’t show.

Her failure to report to the jail merited a warrant for her arrest, Chief Deputy Sheriff Roland Kramer said. Kramer said that when someone has been sentenced and fails to show at the jail, it is considered felony escape.

It was Strand's fourth set of criminal charges of the year.

At the same time, police were looking for Strand in connection with another investigation, police spokesman John Deal said. When the cops found her and ran a routine check for warrants, they found the escape warrants and took her to jail.

Apparently upset over the situation, Strand entered the courtroom Friday with her coat pulled over her face, escorted by jailers. She was edgy. She swore at jailers as they tried to steer her to the proper chair in front of Lincoln County Judge Michael Piccolo.

“Where the *%#&** am I going? You don’t have to grab me like a *%## doll,” she said.

Seated in front of the bench, she kept the coat pulled over her face and asked “Am I going to prison?”

Piccolo waited for her to settle down and told her he could not say if she was going to prison at this time, and he conducted the arraignment. Bond was set at $20,000.

Piccolo later told the Bulletin, “That kind of behavior doesn’t bother me that much as long as things get taken care of. I could see one eye and could tell she was looking at me and listening, so it didn’t matter.”

Strand was charged in June for harboring a fugitive, Ross Rivera, at her home in the 2000 block of West Fifth. At that time, Strand tried to tell officers that Rivera was not there but they found Rivera in the bedroom. A couple weeks earlier, Strand’s ruse worked. She covered the door and Rivera slipped away before police could get inside.

Rivera was wanted for domestic assault and failure to appear.

Deal did not elaborate on what officers were investigating when they found Strand, but for now, she is back behind bars.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 12/6/2013
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