Suspect Arrested in Connection with North Platte Stabbings

david wenglerAt around 11:10 PM on June 5th Officers from the NPPD responded to a home in the 2000 block of East 2nd St. on the report that a man had been stabbed. Police learned that the assault occurred during a scuffle involving as many has five people, some of whom have not been identified. The 19 year old male vicitm, who was transported by ambulance to Great Plains Health due to an abdominal stab wound, alleged that the suspect, David Wengler, 32, brandished a 12” knife and stabbed him. The victim reported that this occurred while he was attempting to come to the aid of another 29 year old male, who the victim was with in a garage located at the residence. The 29 year old male reported being assaulted by one of two other males, who showed up with Wengler. Both victims alleged that they did not know Wengler and the two other men, or why the assault had occurred. The three suspects then fled the area.

Officers continued the search for Wengler and evidence to identify the two other suspects in this case. Then on the afternoon of June 7th Police responded to the area of the 1500 block of W. 6th Str. on the report of a suspicious man matching Wengler’s description. Wengler was located exiting the rear of a residence near there. Wengler was taken into custody without incident, transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center and jailed for Felony 1st Degree Assault, Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony and Possession of a Concealed Weapon. During the arrest process a TRS.XB Stinger, 4” knife was seized as evidence. The stabbing victim’s condition, which is thought to be non-life threatening, is unknown at this time. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

Aircraft Reported Landing Gear Unable To Deploy Before Landing In NP

police-lights-redOn 01-27-13 at 2:20 PM the North Platte 911 Center received a call that a Great Lakes Beach Craft 1900 with 17 passengers on board was unable to deploy landing gear to land at Lee Bird Field. The aircraft circled the airfield while emergency crews were dispatched and arrived at the scene. It is believed that the pilots were able to manually deploy the landing gear and the aircraft landing safely. As of 3:00 PM the passengers were being unloaded from the aircraft and no one had been transported to the hospital for treatment.

NP Man Arrested For DUI & Alleged Bumper Car Fun Ride


Benjamin Beauvais

At around 3:15 AM on January 20th an Officer from the NPPD responded to the 2300 block of W. Philip on the report of a hit and run.  Officers learned that a red two door vehicle had hit a pickup and then collided with a residence.  The suspect vehicle was last seen southbound on Buffalo Bill Ave after reportedly striking a second vehicle near the 900 block of Buffalo.  Officers were able to locate and follow fluid trail leading south on Buffalo from the scene.  Officers located the suspect driver, Benjamin Beauvais near Eugene and S. Buffalo Bill.  A red, 1994 Oldsmobile Achieva was discovered to have left the roadway and into a field south and west of the Buffalo Bill Overpass.

Following the investigation Officers determined there was probable cause to arrest Beauvais for Driving Under the Influence, 60-6,196 (1st Offense less than .15, W Mis) and 2 counts Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage accident, 60-696 (II Mis).  He was jailed at the Lincoln County Detention Center.

Damages to the residence were estimated at over $10,000.00 and the Oldsmobile was a total lose.  Police also had contact with the registered owner of the Oldsmobile, Cody Sabel, and he was cited for No Proof of Insurance.

Police Report: NP Man Accused Of Domestic Abuse

Jeremy Ray Tobey

On 1/3/13 at 10:20 AM officers responded to the 900 block of west 6th in regards to a domestic disturbance.  Upon arrival officers met with the female adult victim and adult witness.

The victim had injuries and the investigation determined that Jeremy Tobey was suspected of causing the injury to the victim who was his live-in girlfriend.  Jeremy was incarcerated for felony 3rd degree domestic assault as he had a prior conviction of the same offense.  While speaking with the victim it was also determined that a prior incident of domestic violence had occurred on 1/1/13.

It was reported that Jeremy had grabbed the victim around the throat until she reportedly blacked out.  It was reported that Jeremy had than pulled a knife out and threatened to cause injury to the victim. Jeremy was also charged with another count of felony 3rd degree domestic assault as well as terroristic threats and strangulation.

NPPD News Release: Sioux City Runaways

Cody Robert Stone

At around 05:00 on December 18th Officers from the NPPD responded to the Wal-Mart parking lot on the report of juveniles in a suspicious vehicle.

Responding Officers made contact with two juveniles exiting the store, one of which was wanted as a female runaway from Sioux City, IA.  Officers then made contact with three other juveniles and Cody R. Stone, 19, also from Sioux City.  (5 total juveniles)  Two of which, a male and female, were also reported as runaways from Sioux City.

The two female juvenile runaways had escaped a juvenile holding facility in Sioux City.  The Dodge Caravan the group had been traveling in was discovered to have been reported stolen sometime earlier by the Sioux City Police Department.

Two of the male juveniles had accompanied and additional 18 YOM, who was no longer traveling with the group during the theft.  The residence from which the van was stolen was damaged during the theft, when the 18 YO driver placed the vehicle in DRIVE instead of REVERSE, striking the home.

Following the investigation it was determined that there was probable cause to arrest Stone for Possession of Stolen Property over $1,500, 28-517 (III Fel) and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, 28-709 (I Mis).  The other five juveniles were also cited for Possession of Stolen Property.  They were eventually transported to a juvenile holding facility in Gering.

Recent Crime Reports: Theft, Guns, Drugs and Drinking…

Michael Kevin Duffy

On November 4, Officers of the NPPD responded to Wal-Mart on the report of a disturbance.  Following the investigation the suspect, Michael Duffy, 49, was arrested for Disturbing the Peace.

The following day an Officer from the NPPD responded to Wal-Mart on the report that staff had discovered Duffy had consumed liquor while in the store and had not purchased the item.  Following the theft investigation the Officer determined there was probable cause to arrest Duffy for Theft for Shop Lifting, 28-511.01, Third Subsequent Offense making it a (IV Fel) and Criminal Mischief, 28-519 (III Mis).

On November 19, and Officer from the NPPD made contact with Duffy at a residence in the 2300 block of W. 15th Street and placed him into custody for the above charges.  Duffy was processed and later released from the Lincoln County Detention Center.


Felipe Eugene Carland

On November 19, Officers from the NPPD responded to the 600 block of Rodeo Rd on the report of a disturbance.  Officers learned that a male subject was attempting to break into a residence. The complainant alleged that the intoxicated suspect, Felipe Carland was banging on the door and trying to enter.  It was also discovered that Carland had broken a window.  Carland, who suffered fresh cuts to his hand, denied breaking the window.

Following the investigation Carland was arrested for Disturbing the Peace, 28-1322 (III Mis) and Criminal Mischief, 28-519 (III Mis).  Carland was later discovered to be in possession of Clonazepam, a controlled substance and Preomethazine Hydrochloride, which requires a prescription but is not controlled.

He was subsequently cited for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 28-416 (IV Fel) and Possession of a Legend Drug, 28-1437 (III Mis).  Carland was jailed at the Lincoln County Detention Center.


At around 6 AM on November 20 Officers from the NPPD were dispatched to area of West 19thand North Buffalo on the report of a suspicious vehicle. Officers located a white, 1992 Dodge pickup parked in the roadway. The complainant/victim stated that someone may have also stole personal property from their residence.

Timothy Jones

The victim alleged that an American Indian male subject may have entered his residence and had been seen inside the victim’s vehicle. Reportedly the suspect, later identified as Timothy Jones, 25, stole approximately 150 CD’s from the vehicle. The victim stated they had driven to Casey’s, Rodeo Rd and Buffalo and there witnessed Jones in possession of the two cases of CD’s stolen from his vehicle. Jones gave the items back and an undisclosed amount of change he had reportedly stole from inside the residence. Jones then left the area.

A short time later Officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of West 6th on the report of a subject, matching the description of Jones, banging on windows. Contact was made with Jones at that location and he was taken into custody. Following the investigation Officers determined there was probable cause to arrest Jones for Burglary, 28-507 (III Fel), Theft by Unlawful Taking 28-511 (I Mis),. Timothy was cited and transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center. Theft of the pickup is still under investigation.


Kenneth Eugene Cassell

At around 11:45  on November 19, an Investigator of the NPPD conducted a traffic stop for failure to signal a lane change on a green 1997 Honda Civic 4 door driven by Stephen Marquez, 23.  Following an interview the Investigator learned that there was drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.  Subsequently, a K9 conducted a sniff search around the outside of the vehicle, which met with positive results.

A search of the vehicle was then conducted resulting in the discovery of three firearms to include two handguns and one shotgun.  Stephen a convicted felon was then placed under arrest for Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Prohibited Person (Felon) and transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center.

A passenger in the vehicle, Kenneth E. Cassell, 30, made several inconsistent statements and provided Officers with contradictory information regarding the firearms.  As a result, Cassell was placed under arrest and transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center, where he was jailed for Accessory to a Felony.


Jessie Allen Plunk


At around 1 AM Officers from the NPPD responded to Key Estates, 2300 E Philip on the report of a theft of a cell phone.  The victim alleged that the suspect, Jesse Plunk, 28 had broke in and stole a cell phone.  Officers attempted to make contact with Plunk, who fled on foot.  An Officer was able to run down the suspect, at which time he was placed under arrest for Obstruction of a Police Officer, 28-906 (I Mis) and transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center.  The theft investigation is still ongoing.

Halloween Safety Tips To Keep Halloween Sweet Rather Than Sour

Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the North Platte Police Department…


All Dressed Up:

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight and hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long.
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • Make sure to remind your children how to call 9-1-1in case of emergencies or they become lost.

Home Safe Home:

  • To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
  • Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
  • Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.


On the Trick-Or-Treat Trail:

  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
  • If your older children are going alone agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
  • Carry a cell phone for quick communication.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks. Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
  • Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
  • Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

NP Man Arrested For Assault, $5,000 Bond.. That’s Got’a Hurt


At around 4 PM on September 26th Officers from the NPPD responded to the 700 block of East Philip on the report of a prior assault.

The female victim alleged that her domestic partner and suspect, Austin M. Welch, 19, had struck her multiple times, which caused her pain and injury.  Welch had left the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement.

Following the investigation Officers determined there was probable cause to arrest Welch for Assault 3rd Degree – Domestic, 28-323 (I Mis).  Welch was then located, arrested and transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center, where he was jailed

A Few Things To Remember Regarding Campaign Signs..

The North Platte Police Department would like to remind everyone as we wrap up this year’s political campaign contest there are a few North Platte City Ordinances that must be followed when distributing campaign signs.  Beginning September 23rd signs were allowed to be erected and can be until Friday, November 16, 2012.  Those wanting to post signs must first provide the city with Sign Deposit Fee of $100.00, which in the event the depositor does not collect their signs, the deposit will be used for the purpose of the building inspector to collect all such signs and destroy them.  Deposits are refunded as long as all signs are collected prior to but not after November 16th this year.  Political campaign signs must not be placed on any city, county or state right-of-way.  There is currently no size limitation but they can not violate Clear Vision set backs on corner lots.

Citizens are also advised that it is a criminal violation to damage or steal campaign signs.  You may be cited and/or arrested for vandalism or theft if either of these occurs.  Please contact City Hall at 535-6724 and ask for Code Enforcement if you have questions or suspect a posting violation.  You may also call the police non-emergency number 535-6789 if you suspect a crime has been committed.