In separate cases Monday evening, a North Platte woman and a man were charged with shoplifting and assault and also with child abuse.Police spokesman Rodney Brown said the first case began around 6:30 p.m., when an officer went to Wal-Mart to investigate a report of a woman shoplifting.
The officer met with an off-duty policeman, who said he saw Pamala Youngs, 55, put food items in plastic shopping bags and walk out without paying, Brown said.
The value of the items amounted to about $600, Brown said.
Youngs was charged with shoplifting, a felony because the value of the goods was more than $500. She was also charged with child abuse because she had a 10-year-old child with her during the alleged theft.
And, she picked up another charge -- second-degree criminal trespassing -- because she previously had been banned from Wal-Mart.
At around 11:45 p.m., police went to a home in the 1200 block of S. Willow to check out a reported disturbance.
An 18-year-old woman said that Matt Nolan, 43, returned home, intoxicated. The woman said the they got into an argument and Nolan began choking her. She said he followed her outside, where he slapped her across the face.
Officers determined there was probable cause to arrest Nolan for felony strangulation, third-degree assault and child abuse, since the woman was holding a 1-year-old infant during the alleged assault.
Both Youngs and Nolan are in the Lincoln County Jail.