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A North Platte couple fought hard Saturday night, all the way into jail.

At around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, police went to at house in the 500 block of W. Ninth to check out a reported disturbance.  Resident Rhonda Frye, 55, had called to tell police that her husband, James Frye, 60, who also lives there, was being belligerent and vulgar with a child in their home.

Police spokesman Rodney Brown said officers found both Fryes intoxicated when they arrived. James Frye was verbally abusive to his wife and also to the officers, who tried to calm him down to no avail.

“Mr. Frye was asked to spend the remainder of the evening separated within the home from Mrs. Frye and the two-year-old toddler they were babysitting,” Brown said. “Mr. Frye refused to comply and continued to argue and yell with his wife in the presence of the small child.”

At one point James Frye picked up the child and carried him downstairs against police directions, Brown said, and then became aggressive towards an officer.

“He resisted an officer’s commands in an effort to handcuff him and take him into custody,” Brown said, but officers successfully took him into custody.

As officers were walking James Frye out of the house, Rhonda began pushing her husband back inside, preventing police from removing him.

Brown said Rhonda refused to stop pushing, so she too was taken into custody. 

They are both charged with resisting arrest, obstruction and child abuse, all misdemeanors.

Brown said the boy was taken to his mother.

The Fryes spent Sunday in jail and were released Monday after they each paid 10 percent of a $5,000 bond, according to jail records.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 7/28/2014
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