Woman Accused of Leading NP Police on Pursuit Arrested in Frontier County

Brandi Lyn Paz: Felony Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, Criminal Mischief, Driving Under the Influence of Liquor, Refusal to Submit to Chemical/Breath Test, Willful Reckless Driving, Felony Flight to Avoid Arrest

Brandi Paz

A North Platte woman has been charged with numerous crimes after she allegedly ran from police.

At around 9:00 p.m., on May 31, an officer with the North Platte Police Department was on patrol and observed a silver Pontiac Grad Prix traveling northbound on Willow Street at approximately 80 mph.

The officer attempted to catch-up to the vehicle, which had turned off of Willow Street and was heading eastbound.

The vehicle then went south on Jeffers, and reportedly began weaving in and out of traffic, in what police believe was an attempt to evade them.

According to police, the vehicle was forced to slow down to around 58 mph because of the construction on the Interstate 80 overpass.  After the vehicle cleared the construction zone, authorities say it continued to flee southbound on Highway 83, reaching estimated speeds of 90 to 100 mph.

Due to the danger created by the high speeds, the officer terminated the pursuit.

Then, at around 9:30 p.m., a deputy with the Frontier County Sheriff’s Office observed the vehicle speeding and conducted a traffic stop just south of the Lincoln County line.

The deputy made contact with the driver, 26-year-old Brandi Paz, who he believed to be under the influence.  However, Paz refused to submit to a breath test.

The Frontier County Deputies were transporting Paz to the Lincoln County Detention Center when she allegedly damaged the rear window of their patrol car.

They eventually arrived at the LCDC, where Paz was booked on Lincoln County charges of willful reckless driving and operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest and Frontier County charges of felony criminal mischief, refusal to submit to a chemical/breath test, driving under the influence and two counts of assault on an officer.

NP Woman Accused of Beating Other Woman with Coin-Filled Sock

Michelle Jones

Michelle Jones

A North Platte woman is facing a felony assault charge after she allegedly assaulted a woman on Sunday evening.

At around 7:00 p.m., on May 31, North Platte Police responded to the report of an assault at a residence in the 2300 block of West 13th Street.

Officers arrived and met with the 55-year-old homeowner, who stated that 48-year-old Michelle Jones, who had been told not to enter the house, entered the house anyway.

Once inside, Jones allegedly began yelling at a 28-year-old female and began beating her with a cotton sock which contained numerous coins.

Following further investigation, officers located Jones and placed her under arrest.

She was jailed at the Lincoln County Detention Center and charged with felony 2nd-degree assault.

NP Woman Charged with Domestic Assault, Assault on an Officer

jailA 30-year-old North Platte woman is facing charges after she allegedly assaulted her domestic partner and a North Platte Police officer.

At around 1:30 a.m., on May 30, officers responded to a residence in the 300 block of East 11th Street on the report of a disturbance.

Officers arrived and met with a 32-year-old male who alleged that, following an argument, his domestic partner, Melinda Reyes, had jumped on him and began punching and clawing his face.

The victim then attempted to leave and asked a neighbor to call the police.

Following further investigation, officers determined that there was probable cause to arrest Reyes for domestic assault.

As officers attempted to take Reyes into custody, she allegedly became defiant and aggressive. At one point, police say Reyes kicked an officer multiple times, causing him injury and pain.

Officers were eventually able to subdue Reyes and take her into custody.

She was transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center and jailed on charges of 3rd-degree assault on an officer, 3rd-degree domestic assault, and resisting arrest.

Also, because the assault took place in front of a one-year-old child, Reyes was charged with child abuse.

Police say two male children, ages one and two, were placed in temporary protective custody with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.



Divers Locate Vehicle Driven by Missing NP Teens in South Platte River

Authorities say the vehicle that two missing North Platte teens were in when it plunged into the South Platte River has been located.

According to Lincoln County Sheriff Jerome Kramer, divers were placed in a platform at around 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, and lowered into the river where sonar equipment had located what was believed to be a vehicle.

Kramer said the divers were able to lower down directly on top of the object and confirm that it was the vehicle that was being driven by Lexi Wiezorek.

According to Kramer, divers reported that the vehicle was completely buried and “silted in,” but a small portion of the roof and the windshield were exposed.

Kramer said a small opening in an area of the windshield allowed the diver to reach inside the vehicle, and he reported that the inside of the vehicle was completely full of silt as well.

“There is no way to retrieve the vehicle from the water until we’re able to dig it out with heavy equipment when the water level recedes,” Sheriff Kramer said.

Chief Deputy Roland Kramer said because the vehicle is 98 percent covered in sand inside and out, any attempt to pull the vehicle out would be unsuccessful because of the weight.

Chief Deputy Kramer said the National Weather Service told them earlier in the week that they projected the river would recede by June 15, however, recent rains have likely extended that date.

Authorities say the exact location of the vehicle has been marked using GPS, and will also be marked by surveyors to ensure they can easily relocate it when the river levels recede.

Officials are asking the public to stay away from the search area, and say any violators will be arrested and charged with trespassing.

The crane used in today’s operation was provided by Simon Contractors and the platform, which weighed around 3,600 pounds, was constructed by TK’s Welding.




More Unanswered Questions in Search for Missing NP Teens

After another full day of searching on Thursday, there are still no answers in the search for Lexi Wiezorek and Noah Ramos.

The search resumed on Thursday morning with renewed hope, after, late Tuesday afternoon, a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission boat armed with sonar equipment located a “suspicious object” in the river near where the car driven by Wiezorek entered the water.  However, when divers began a search of the area where the object was located, they were unable to find it.

Authorities say a private citizen arrived with a boat equipped with sonar equipment on Thursday and was able to locate an object that resembled a vehicle near the same area.  But the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says they were not able to confirm if the object was indeed a vehicle without putting divers in the water, and the treacherous conditions of the South Platte River make that a risk too great to take.

At this point, officials say that they will have to wait until the waters in the river recede before they can inspect the object further, and that may take some time.  Meanwhile, rescuers will continue to weigh their options, and friends and family members will continue to wait for answers.

Lexi and Noah have been missing since Monday night when their vehicle drove off of a washed-out road and entered the water.


Search for Missing NP Teens to Resume Thursday

After another full day of searching for Lexi Wiezorek and Noah Ramos, family members will wait another day before the search for their loved ones resumes.

Wiezorek and Ramos were driving on South River Road on Monday night when their vehicle left the washed-out roadway and plunged into the South Platte River.  They have not been seen since.

On Wednesday, volunteers, law enforcement, family members and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission scoured the river and its banks but again found no reported signs of the teens.

The Game and Parks Commission launched their sonar boat and reportedly located a “suspicious object” in the water.  However, due to decreasing daylight, rescuers were forced to delay their mission until Thursday.  Authorities say they were not able to identify what the object was, and the Post was not able to confirm the location of the object.

Members of the Lincoln County Dive Rescue Team plan to resume search activities on Thursday morning.

The North Platte Jaycees have been collecting supplies to support all involved in the search for Lexi and Noah and say food, water and paper supplies are their greatest needs at this point.

The Jaycees Hall is located at 10th and Willow Streets.


Teens Missing After Driving Into South Platte River

NDOR Releases April Fatality Toll


During the month of April 2015, sixteen persons were killed in traffic crashes on Nebraska
roadways, according to data collected by the Nebraska Department of Roads.

 These 16 fatalities occurred in 13 crashes
 None of the 14 vehicle occupants killed were using safety belts
 None of the fatalities occurred on the interstate, five happened on non-interstate highways, and
eleven took place on local roads
 Fourteen of the fatalities occurred in rural locations
 Six of the fatalities were the result of single-vehicle run-off-road crashes, including five rollovers
 One of the fatalities was a motorcyclist
 One of the fatalities was a bicyclist
 One of the fatalities resulted from a collision with a train
 There were 19 fatalities in April of 2014
 Fifty-two of the 64 vehicle occupants killed so far during 2015 were not using safety belts

Drug Investigation Leads to Felonies for 2 NP Men

Two North Platte men are in custody on felony charges following a drug investigation by North Platte Police.

According to a news release, an officer opened an illicit drug investigation at around 8:00 a.m., on May 18, after obtaining evidence of suspected drug use at a residence in the 500 block of South Cottonwood Avenue.

As a search warrant was being secured to search the home for drugs, an officer observed the renter, 33-year-old Bryan Kayser, and a 28-year-old male leave the home in a maroon Dodge pickup.

The officer conducted an investigative stop and made contact with Kayser.

The officer then noticed a marijuana pipe inside the vehicle which prompted a search.

The search revealed a loaded .380 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun with ammo and a “sizeable amount of cash.”  Officers say further investigation revealed that the gun had been stolen in April from a residence in the 2400 block of West 6th Street.

Officers then searched the residence and located around 34 grams of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia commonly used in the distribution of meth.

Kayser was transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center and jailed on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, felony possession of a stolen firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Officers then searched the bedroom of another resident, 29-year-old Jack Seals, and located an additional eight grams of methamphetamine and paraphernalia.  Seals was also jailed, and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.


NP Teens Missing After Driving into Swollen South Platte River

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Authorities are searching for two North Platte teens after they drove into the raging South Platte River.

At around 11:23 p.m., on Monday, the North Platte 911 Center received a report that a vehicle had driven into the South Platte River.

Deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and North Platte Fire and Rescue responded to the location, about one-half mile west of Buffalo Road on South River Road.

Deputies say some other teens were following a vehicle being driven by 17-year-old Alexis Wiezorek, when Wiezorek’s vehicle drove around some barricades and continued traveling on South River Road.

Witnesses said Wiezorek’s vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and drove into the river, then floated down stream.

Authorities say the witnesses tried to reach Wiezorek and her passenger, 18-year-old Noah Ramos, but were unable to.

Deputies then discovered a second accident, finding three male teenagers all injured in the roadway.

The teens, identified as 18-year-old Devan Hovden, 22-year-old Francisco Rojo and 18-year-old Garret Axtel, said they had driven into the area to look for their friends who had driven into the river.

They advised that they were traveling at around 50 mph, and could not see that the road had washed out.  They said their vehicle then enter the river.

All three were transported to Great Plains Health with non-life threatening injuries.

Deputies say the North Platte Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol, Lincoln County Emergency Management and Midwest Air conducted an extensive search of the area, but have been unable to locate Wiezorek, Ramos or either vehicle.

Officials ask that all non-emergency personnel please stay away from the South Platte River.

Citizens who travel on closed roads will be arrested for trespassing.

Deputies say drugs and alcohol may be a factor in the accident.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Tanner Christian Aston: Obstructing the Police

Tanner Christian Aston: Obstructing the Police

Nina Lorraine-Vio Green: Failure to Appear

Nina Lorraine-Vio Green: Failure to Appear

Arielle Whitney Hughes: Conditional Release Violation

Arielle Whitney Hughes: Conditional Release Violation

Bryan Lee Kayser: Felony Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent, Felony Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Bryan Lee Kayser: Felony Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent, Felony Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Jose Santos Perez: Negligient Child Abuse (No Injury)

Jose Santos Perez: Negligient Child Abuse (No Injury)

Jack David Seals: Felony Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver

Jack David Seals: Felony Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver

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