If you smoke, it's probably best not do it in front of the Lincoln County sheriff’s office.
Two smoking infractions Thursday outside the sheriff’s office led to the incarceration of two North Platte men.
In the first case, workers at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office asked Brandon C. Fowler, 28, of North Platte, to stop smoking by the front (east) doors of the building, because smoke was drifting inside the foyer, according to a sheriff’s statement.
Fowler stopped smoking for a little while but soon, he lit up again. A deputy who was coming back from the courthouse across the street told Fowler to stop smoking. Fowler became “rather verbal,” but left the property. However, a short time later he came back. He was smoking again, the statement said
Another deputy told Fowler to stop and to leave the property immediately. Fowler instead pointed out the ash trays in front of the building and called the deputy a “punk.” That spurred the deputy to arrest Fowler and charge him with second-degree trespassing and "loitering about a penal institution."
Although the sheriff's statement didn't mention it, Fowler was also charged with aggravated assault, according to jail records.
In the second case, later Thursday afternoon, a woman arrived to pick up someone who was being released from jail. A deputy walking by noticed she smelled of burnt marijuana and questioned her. The woman admitted she had smoked earlier, the statement said.
The deputy went to take a look at the woman’s car and found Roy Anderson, 26, of North Platte, waiting there. The deputy smelled more burnt marijuana and searched the car, where he found a small amount of marijuana, the statement said. He checked Anderson’s record and found he had warrants for arrest for misdemeanors.
So, Anderson was also jailed.
The sheriff’s office said there is a good solution to avoid such problems.
“DON’T SMOKE,” the statement said.