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Weekend police report: Drugs, hit & run, assaultsTell North Platte what you think

Law officers made a string of arrests from Friday-Sunday in and around North Platte.

Around 9:45 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, police charged Nicholas Flynn at the District 11 probation office for possession of methamphetamine.

Flynn has been under suspicion since March 19, when police helped a probation officer search Flynn’s home. They found drug paraphernalia, including a glass pipe. The pipe was sent to the Nebraska State Patrol crime laboratory in Lincoln for testing.

The results, which were only recently returned, indicated the presence of meth, police said.

Flynn was charged and released after posting the required 10% of a $5,000 bond.



At 10:13 p.m. on Friday, a North Platte police officer saw Bradley Kohl standing in the driveway of a home in the 600 block of Rodeo Rd. 

The officer knew Kohl was wanted for failing to appear in court, so he contacted him and arrested him based on the warrant.  At the time of the arrest, Kohl was also allegedly found in possession of hydrocodone pills, for which he did not have a prescription. 

Kohl was subsequently charged for possession of a controlled substance. Bond was set at $10,000.


Hit and run

At 3:49 a.m. on Saturday, an officer stopped a car that failed to stop for a flashing red light at Fourth and Willow. The vehicle was damaged and officers determined that it was involved in a hit and run earlier in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

Police said the car was driven by Brandon Fowler, whose Nebraska driver’s license is currently suspended. Police administered field sobriety tests, during which Fowler became uncooperative. Fowler refused to take a preliminary breath test as well as a post-arrest chemical blood alcohol test.  

Fowler was jailed on several charges: driving under the influence of alcohol, second offense; violation of a traffic control device; driving during revocation; open container of alcohol in the vehicle; refusal of a preliminary breath test; and refusal of a chemical test. 

Fowler was also issued a summons for possession of drug paraphernalia after a marijuana pipe was found on him.

Bond was set at $10,000.


Domestic assaults

At 3:07 p.m. Saturday, a woman reportedly was assaulted by her boyfriend, Ethan Claudson. 

The woman told police that she and Claudson got into an argument at his home, and the argument escalated. The woman said she was slapped and choked. The investigating officer saw injuries that were consistent with her statements. 

Later, officers found Claudson and took him into custody for third-degree domestic assault and strangulation. 

Claudson paid the required 10 percent of a $10,000 bond and was released from jail Saturday.


At 1:47 a.m. Sunday, police went to a home in the 3400 block of West 16th to check out a reported disturbance. They found a woman lying in the street who was apparently assaulted and injured. She was transported by ambulance to Great Plains Health for treatment. 

After an investigation, police said the woman was assaulted by her domestic partner, Jonas Luea. Luea's young daughter was allegedly present during the altercation too, so he was charged with child abuse as well as third-degree domestic assault.

His bond was set at $50,000.

The girl was released to her mother.


Prescription drug, no prescription

At 12:14 p.m. Sunday, a Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy stopped Christopher Perez for driving a vehicle with no front license plate.

The deputy smelled marijuana coming from the car, according to the sheriff’s report, and asked for permission to search the vehicle.

Perez refused, so the deputy’s “K-9” drug detection dog Zeigo was deployed, and the dog indicated the presence of an illegal substance.

A search turned up 20 oxytocin pills in the vehicle, for which Perez could not produce a prescription, the sheriff’s report said.

Perez was charged and taken to jail. His bond was set at $10,000.  


(Information from North Platte police and Lincoln County sheriff's reports.)



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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 8/4/2014
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