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Weekend police report: Three drug arrestsTell North Platte what you think
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Kevin J. Manary
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Tanya L. Barnett
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Ronald D. Gore
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Brian L. Wendorf

At around 12:45 a.m. on Sunday, a police officer saw a vehicle fail to stop at a red light near N. Jeffers and Rodeo Rd. 

The officer conducted a traffic stop and identified the driver as Kevin Manary, 50. The officer detected the odor of alcohol and saw a marijuana pipe and small baggie on the seat containing what he suspected to be marijuana.

Police spokesman Rodney Brown said that a shotgun was also found inside the vehicle.

Manary was arrested. It was one of three drug arrests during a busy weekend for police.  

Following a DUI investigation, Manary was charged with driving under the influence – second offense -- and with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Previously, Manary was charged in December 2009 with possession of a controlled substance (mushrooms) with intent to distribute -- a felony. He also served jail time on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.



Around 1:45 a.m. Saturday, a police officer on patrol saw a Dodge Intrepid with expired Nebraska license plates and pulled the car over near 16th and Bryan.

The Intrepid’s driver, Tanya Barnett, 32, recently purchased the vehicle but failed to remove the plates, police said.

During the stop, Barnett gave the officer consent to search the car. The search turned up two small, clear, self-sealing baggies containing a small amount of a substance that was methamphetamine, according to a field test.

Barnett was charged with felony possession. Her bond was set at $10,000.



Ronald Gore, 46, of North Platte was arrested Sunday after laboratory test results finally confirmed the presence of methamphetamine on drug paraphernalia that police seized back in March.

Police spokesman Rodney Brown said the paraphernalia was found during a search of Gore’s home in March. The white powder residue was sent to the Nebraska State Patrol Crime lab for testing. 

Gore was taken to jail Sunday and charged with possession of methamphetamine. He was booked and released, Brown said.

If convicted, Gore faces up to five years in prison.



Around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, police went to the Wal-Mart Super Center to check out a report of two women and a man shoplifting.

Wal-Mart staff said they watched as the trio stole several DVDs and hid them in backpacks. As the trio left the store without paying, police contacted them.  

Around 22 DVD movies, multiple school supplies, and two sets of window blinds were stolen, with a total value of $637, Brown said.

Brian Wendorf, 20, and Crystal Mora, 20 were both cited for theft by shoplifting and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A 15-year-old girl was with them. She was also cited for shoplifting.

Wendorf was taken to jail, where he is held on bonds totaling $20,000.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 8/18/2014
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