Man Found with Stolen Weapon During Welfare Check in NP

Warren Harlow

Warren Harlow

A 43-year-old North Platte man is facing felony charges after police found him in possession of a stolen firearm.

On August 13, officers with the North Platte Police Department responded to the report of a suicidal male in the 800 block of North Jeffers Street.

As officers were in the home, they observed a Marlin 60 .22 caliber rifle.  Because the subject in the home, a 47-year-old male, was reportedly suicidal, officers took possession of the firearm.

The weapon was processed and officers discovered that it had been reported stolen in November of 2014.

Further investigation revealed that the weapon belonged to a neighbor, Warren Harlow, a convicted felon.

Police continued to investigate, and, on August 28, made contact with Harlow and took him into custody.

He was transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center and jailed on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm, both felonies.

NP Woman Gets 3 to 6 Years for Burglary, Meth Distribution

Sara Henderson

Sara Henderson

A North Platte woman will spend the next three to six years in prison after she was sentenced in Lincoln County District Court, on Monday.

Sara Henderson appeared before Judge Richard Birch for sentencing, after pleading no contest to felony burglary and felony possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

On Valentine’s Day, a deputy with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was on patrol whey they observed a vehicle parked in a secluded area near the Scouts Rest Ranch Campground.

As the deputy approached the area in his vehicle, the suspect vehicle left the area at a high rate of speed.

The deputy eventually got the vehicle to stop near Buffalo Bill Avenue and Scouts Rest Ranch Road, and made contact with the driver, 34-year-old Sara Henderson, and a male passenger, 30-year-old Lucas Sellers.

The deputy reported smelling burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle and said Henderson admitted that there was marijuana in the vehicle.

Following a subsequent search, the deputy located the marijuana along with a large bag of what appeared to be methamphetamine.

As the deputy attempted to detain the duo, Henderson escaped, got back in her vehicle and drove off.

She was soon located hiding in a storage shed at her residence. However, Henderson was not ready to give up and had to be pepper-sprayed before she was taken into custody.

A further search of Henderson’s person revealed a large amount of meth.  Deputies also conducted a more thorough search of her vehicle and located a large amount of cash, stolen property and stolen credit cards.

Henderson was placed under arrest and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, flight to avoid arrest, obstructing a peace officer, criminal possession of a financial transaction device, theft by deception and theft by shoplifting.

Sellers was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

Several charges against Henderson were dropped after she agreed to a plea deal.

Prior to sentencing, prosecutors asked Judge Birch to give Henderson a lengthy jail sentence, saying she put her children, the public, and law enforcement at risk with her actions.

They also said that Henderson’s attitude and behavior in court, where she could be seen smiling and attempting to communicate with people in the gallery, indicated that she didn’t take the charges against her seriously.

Henderson then read a lengthy statement to the court, stating that she was aware she was heading down the wrong path and asked for a chance to turn her life around.

Judge Birch then stated that he agreed with prosecutors that the charges against Henderson were serious and warranted a prison sentence, saying anything else would depreciate from the seriousness of the charges against her.

He then sentenced Henderson to three to six years on the burglary charge and three to six years on the meth-distribution charge.

The sentences will run concurrently.



NP Man Charged with Felony Pot Possession

Timothy Dike

Timothy Dike

A 19-year-old North Platte man is facing a marijuana distribution charge after deputies attempted to find a wanted subject at a North Platte residence and located pot instead.

On August 22, deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to an unknown address, in North Platte, in an attempt to locate a wanted subject.

Deputies were given permission to search the resident by the tenant, Timothy Dike.

According to deputies, they were unable to located the subject they were looking for but did notice drugs and drug paraphernalia in plain view.

As a result, deputies conducted an extensive search of the home and located numerous items that “indicated Mr. Dike was selling drugs.”

Dike was placed under arrest and jailed at the Lincoln County Detention Center.

He’s been charged with felony possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

Deputies say the investigation is ongoing.

NP Man Accused of Having Sex with Juvenile, Being Habitual Criminal

Robert Mills

Robert Mills

A 36-year-old North Platte man is behind bars after he allegedly had sexual intercourse with a juvenile.

On August 20, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a juvenile had been sexually assaulted by an adult male.

Investigators conducted an interview with the juvenile at the Bridge of Hope Child Advocacy Center, where the juvenile stated that they had sexual intercourse with Robert Mills on at least four different occasions.

Following an extensive investigation, investigators secured an arrest warrant for Mills, charging him with 1st-degree sexual assault of a child and being a habitual criminal.  On August 23, Mills was arrested and transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center where he’s being held on ten percent of $500,000 bond

The LCSO did not indicate the victim’s age or sex.  Nebraska law prohibits anyone over the age of 19 from having sexual intercourse with anyone younger than 16.

The investigation is ongoing.

Mills has an extensive criminal record dating back to when he was a juvenile.

North Platte Man Gets 5 to 10 years for Sex with 15-Year-Old

Eric McClain

Eric McClain

A 24-year-old North Platte man will spend the next five to ten years behind bars for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

Erick McClain appeared in Lincoln County District Court on Monday for sentencing.

Last September, the North Platte Police Department opened a sexual assault investigation, after receiving a complaint from the mother of a female juvenile.

The mother alleged that her daughter and McClain, who was 23-years-old at the time, were involved in a consensual sexual relationship.

In January 2015, the girl was interviewed at the Bridge of Hope, regarding her relationship with McClain.

According to Officer Rodney Brown, the girl reported that she and McClain had sexual intercourse on multiple occasions at different locations.  The girl said she and McClain had met while she was in 8th grade.

An investigator met with McClain on January 21 and, following further investigation, determined that there was probable cause to charge McClain with felony 1st-degree sexual assault of a child.

Prior to sentencing, McClain’s attorney, Amanda Speichert, argued that McClain understood the seriousness of the charges against him and had shown remorse for his actions.

She also pointed out that a pre-sentence investigation (PSI) conducted by the District 11 Probation Office showed that McClain was a low-risk to reoffend and had no criminal record, except for a speeding ticket.

McClain then addressed the court and apologized to the court, the community, and the victim in the case.

District Court Judge Richard Birch, prior to sentencing, told McClain that he had reviewed the PSI and noted that it did indeed show that McClain was a low-risk to reoffend but stated that anything other than a sentence to the Nebraska State Penitentiary would depreciate the severity of the charges against him.

He then sentenced McClain to not less than five years nor more than ten years in the custody of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.

He must also register as a sex offender.

Nebraska law prohibits anyone over the age of 19 from having sexual intercourse with anyone younger than 16.

Man Wanted on Felony Warrants Puts NP Elementary School on Alert

Richard Keith

Richard Keith

A North Platte elementary school was put on alert Thursday afternoon after a man wanted on felony warrants attempted to elude police.

According to the North Platte Police Department, a trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol was patrolling in the city when he attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Richard Dale Keith.

Police say Keith failed to stop for the trooper and a short pursuit ensued.

Keith eventually abandoned his vehicle near Westfield Shopping Center and, as a result, officers notified staff at Cody Elementary School of the situation and placed the school on lockdown.  Police say the incident took place about an hour after students had been dismissed, but staff were still present at the school.

With assistance from the North Platte Police Department and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Keith was eventually found and was taken into custody.

He was jailed at the Lincoln County Detention Center on charges of felony operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving and criminal mischief.  Kieth also had a host of felony charges pending in both Colorado and Arizona for which he had warrants.

According to jail records, Keith is being held without bond.


Threats to Shoot Man and His Family, 2 Teens Land NP Man in Jail

Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor

A 19-year-old North Platte man is facing a felony charge after he allegedly threatened to shoot a North Platte man and his family, and two teenagers in July.

At around 1:50 p.m., on July 13, officers with the North Platte Police Department responded to a disturbance at a residence in the 1000 block of West 3rd Street.

Officers learned that multiple male subjects in a white Honda Accord had chased a vehicle to the residence.  It was reported that one of the subjects in the Accord, Matthew Taylor, had pointed a handgun at two teens, ages 15 and 16, which led to them fleeing to the home.

Once at the residence, Taylor allegedly confronted a 32-year-old man and told him that he was going to “shoot him and his family.”  Police say Taylor then made a movement toward his waistband that indicated he was retrieving a firearm.

Taylor and the other assailants then fled the area.

On August 17, at around 12:30 p.m., officers observed Taylor driving north on South Chestnut Street and conducted an investigative traffic stop near D and Chestnut Streets.

Officers made contact with Taylor and placed him under arrest.  He was transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center and jailed on charges of felony terroristic threats and 3rd-degree assault.

According to jail records, Taylor posted ten percent of $10,000 bond and was released.

Police say the handgun used in the alleged crime has not yet been recovered.

NP Woman Accused of Theft from Local Bank

Candice Valentine

Candice Valentine

A 25-year-old North Platte woman is facing a felony theft charge after she allegedly deceived a local bank.

On June 25, the North Platte Police Department opened a theft investigation after a complaint was filed on behalf of First National Bank-North Platte.

A bank employee told police that Cassandra Valentine opened an account on June 16 and, over the next three days, deposited checks totaling $2,880.

The employee alleged that Valentine then accessed those funds and withdrew them from the account.

The bank soon discovered that the checks appeared to be fraudulent.

After further investigation, police determined that there was probable cause to charge Valentine with felony theft by deception.

On August 16, Valentine was arrested for shoplifting from Wal-Mart in North Platte.  She was jailed on the shoplifting charge, as well as the theft charge from the June incident.

Valentine is being held at the Lincoln County Detention Center on a bond of ten percent of $10,000.