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.

NP Police Bust 1 Wal-Mart Shoplifter, Then Another

North Platte Police were in the right place at the right time, depending on who you ask, and busted two shoplifters at a local store.

At around 3:00 p.m., on August 16, an officer with the North Platte Police Department responded to the report of a shoplifter at Wal-Mart, 1401 South Dewey Street.

The officer spoke with store staff who alleged that 21-year-old Payton Zambito had concealed around $35.00 in store merchandise on his person, then attempted to leave without paying for it.

Following further investigation, Zambito was taken into custody and charged with shoplifting, a felony due to prior convictions.

While still at the store, the officer learned that store staff was watching another active shoplifter.

Staff reported that they observed 26-year-old Candice Valentine conceal about $40.00 worth of cosmetics in her purse, then attempt to leave without paying for them.

The officer also took Valentine into custody and placed her under arrest for shoplifting.  Valentine also has prior shoplifting convictions, which enhanced the charge to a felony.

Zambito and Valentine were both transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center and jailed.

NP Man Accused of Severely Beating Man at Cody Park Campground

Jacob Hughes

Jacob Hughes

A 25-year-old North Platte man is facing a felony assault charge after he allegedly assaulted another man.

At around 8:20 p.m., on August 15, officers with the North Platte Police Department responded to the report of a physical disturbance at the Cody Park Campground, 1601 North Jeffers.

Upon arrival, officers found a 50-year-old may lying on the ground and “severely beaten about the face.”

The man told officers that he had gotten into an argument with Jacob Hughes.

He alleged that following the argument, Hughes punched him in the face and knocked him down, then began kicking him.

Officers located Hughes and placed him under arrest.  He was transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center and jailed on a charge of felony 1st-degree assault.

Police say the victim was transported to Great Plains Health where he was treated for serious injuries.

It is not believed that the man’s injuries are life-threatening.

As of Monday morning, Hughes was being held without bond.

Rural Sutherland Man Finds Burglars in His House, Holds Them at Gunpoint

Two North Platte men are in jail on felony charges after a Sutherland homeowner found them burglarizing his house.

At around 9:30 p.m., on August 13, deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office were called to a rural Sutherland residence.  It was reported that the homeowner found two subjects in his house, removing items.

Deputies say, at the time of the call, the homeowner and his son were holding the two subjects at gunpoint.

Deputies arrived and placed the two men, identified as 27-year-old James Kohl and 26-year-old Seth Jackson, under arrest.

Both men were transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center and jailed.  They’ve been charged with felony burglary, felony possession of burglary tools and 1st-degree trespassing.

The LCSO says the investigation is ongoing.

Qdoba Gives Back to NP D.A.R.E. Program

Representatives of Qdoba Mexican Grill present Officer Rodney Brown and Chief Mike Swain of the North Platte Police Department with a check for $1,700.  Brown said the funds will go to support the North Platte D.A.R.E. drug prevention program.

Representatives of Qdoba Mexican Grill present Officer Rodney Brown and Chief Mike Swain of the North Platte Police Department with a check for $1,700. Brown said the funds will go to support the North Platte D.A.R.E. drug prevention program. (Photo by Scott Carlson)

The North Platte D.A.R.E drug prevention program got a big boost today thanks to a new eatery in the city.

On Tuesday morning, Officer Rodney Brown and Chief Mike Swain of the North Platte Police Department accepted a check for $1,700 from Qdoba Mexican Grill.

According to Brown, the money was raised when Qdoba held a “soft opening” at their new North Platte location on May 20, and will go to support the North Platte D.A.R.E. program.

“D.A.R.E. is a staple here,” said Brown.  “You hear rumors all the time on how it’s going to go away, and some communities have given up on it, but I don’t see that happening here.

“The people we deal with the most for substance abuse and violence are the ones who say they want it [the program] here.”

D.A.R.E., which was started in 1983, is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.  In North Platte, the program is offered to students in fifth grade.

Qdoba, 109 Halligan Drive, has been in operation since late May of this year.  Its management said they look forward to supporting the community of North Platte and feel the D.A.R.E. program is an excellent program to support.

 

Man Accused in NP Murder Has Charges Reduced, Released from Jail

Randy Lee Nevsimal

Randy Lee Nevsimal

A transient who had been charged with second-degree murder is now a free man after prosecutors lowered the charge against him.

According to prosecutors, Randy Nevsimal, Maybelle Collins, and David Saxton were involved in the beating death of another transient, Lonnie Sanchez.  His body was found near the South Platte River in North Platte, in an area frequented by transients, last September.

An investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office led to the arrest of the trio a short time later.

In April, Collins made a plea deal with prosecutors, and the charge against her was reduced to a misdemeanor charge of false reporting.  She was sentenced to 364 days in jail and given credit for time served.

Then, in July, Saxton pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison.

On Monday, Nevsimal was scheduled to appear in court for a status hearing, when prosecutors told the court they had an amended charge to file against him.

According to Lincoln County Attorney Rebecca Harling, her office was contacted by Saxton, who is in the custody of the Nebraska Department of Corrections.  Harling said Saxton stated that he was the only one that had participated in the actual beating of Sanchez.  He claimed that Nevsimal helped him find a tarp and conceal the body, but didn’t participate in the fatal beating.

As a result, prosecutors lowered the charge to being an accessory to a felony by concealing, a Class IV felony punishable by up to five years in prison and offered Nevsimal a deal.  He pleaded no contest.

When asked by District Court Judge Richard Birch if she had a sentencing recommendation, Harling stated that the State did not have problem with sentencing Nevsimal to time served.

Judge Birch then sentenced Nevsimal to 364 days in jail and gave him credit for 327 days already served.  With good time credit, Nevsimal was released from the Lincoln County Detention Center.

 

 

 

NP Woman Accused of Participating in Beating of Man

Jessica Castor

Jessica Castor

A North Platte woman has been charged after she allegedly participated in the assault of a 24-year-old man.

At around 12:45 p.m., on July 28, officers with the North Platte Police Department responded to the Emergency Room at Great Plains Health on the report of a man who had been assaulted.

Officers arrived and found that the man had sustained multiple injuries.  He alleged that two males and a female had assaulted him at two separate unknown locations, one inside the city limits of North Platte and one somewhere outside of them.

The victim alleged that 20-year-old Jessica Castor participated in the beating and drove the vehicle used to transport the victim to both locations.

On August 3, officers met with Castor and placed her under arrest.

Castor was jailed at the Lincoln County Detention Center and charged with felony 1st-degree assault, felony kidnapping, and felony robbery.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.  No other arrests have been reported at this time.