Sheriff Confirms Identities of NP Teens Pulled from River, Rules Out Foul Play

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says two North Platte teens who were pulled from the South Platte River earlier this week have been positively identified.

In a statement Friday, the LCSO said autopsies have been completed on the bodies of Lexi Wiezorek and Noah Ramos.

The sheriff’s office says the results of the autopsy positively identified both teens and ruled that their death was caused by drowning.

The statement said the investigation at the scene, examination of the vehicle and follow-up of all leads, along with the autopsy, show “without question” that the teens’ deaths were accidental.

The LCSO says the investigation into the case in now closed, and they thanked the community for their assistance throughout this ordeal.

They also offered their prayers to the families.

 

Authorities Release More Details in Recovery of Missing NP Teens’ Vehicle

Lincoln County authorities have released more details in the recovery of  a vehicle from the South Platte River.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), employees from Western Engineering brought in heavy equipment on Monday to assist with the recovery of the vehicle that plunged into the river with Lexi Wiezorek and Noah Ramos inside on May 18.

On Tuesday morning, Western employees used a large excavator and two bulldozers to construct a temporary diversion around the area where the car had been located earlier.

Authorities say once the diversion was in place, members of the Lincoln County Dive Team were able to enter the water and properly mark the car for extraction.

The LCSO says the vehicle was completely covered with over 18 inches of sand, but the excavator was able to dig along both sides of the car, allowing divers to rig a harness to the rear of the vehicle.  The operator of the excavator was then able to pull the car up and out of the river, fully intact.

Investigators from the LCSO examined the vehicle and located two bodies, believed to be Lexi Wiezorek and Noah Ramos, inside.

The bodies will be transported to the Central Nebraska Forensic Autopsy Service, in Gibbon, for examination and positive identification.

The vehicle, which was transported to an offsite facility, will be examined by LCSO investigators.

“During this nearly two-month ordeal there have been countless volunteers and several professional companies that have assisted with the extraction of the vehicle and attempted extractions of the vehicle,” the LCSO statement said.

“The people in North Platte area have pulled together to accomplish what seemed to be impossible. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office thanks them all.”

The thoughts and prayers of all of us at The Post are with the families of these two children.

 

Officials Hope to Extract Vehicle of Missing NP Teens Tuesday

Authorities have resumed attempts to remove a vehicle belonging to two North Platte teens, who have been missing since mid-May, from the South Platte River.

According to Chief Deputy Roland Kramer of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), law enforcement, volunteers and crews from Western Engineering have been at the site of the accident on South River Road since early this morning.

Officials announced last week that flows on the South Platte River had decreased and were expected to decrease more by the beginning of this week.

At this point, it looks like the flows have held true to projections, and authorities can now resume efforts to recover the vehicle.

Initially, Kramer said they were hopeful that the equipment could be put in place today, and they could begin the process of extracting the vehicle.

However, Kramer said the goal now is to get the equipment in place today and begin the extraction process first thing tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.

Kramer said the safety of the heavy equipment operators and of everyone involved is always the most important thing to consider, and it takes time to get everything into place.

According to Kramer, the goal is to get the equipment about halfway out to the location of the vehicle.  He also said there is an island near the vehicle’s location, and they would like to get some equipment onto the island as well.

Volunteer divers first located the vehicle about a week after the teens’ vehicle drove into the swollen river on the night of May 18.

Due to the high waters and swift currents of the river, authorities were forced to wait until the water subsided.

Kramer said he is hopeful they can bring closure to the families of Lexie Wiezorek and Noah Ramos soon.

 

 

NP Man Accused of Slapping, Punching, Holding Knife to Woman’s Throat

Harley Smith

Harley Smith

A North Platte man was jailed on a felony charge over the weekend after he allegedly assaulted his domestic partner.

At around 6:45 p.m., on July 5, officers with the North Platte Police Department responded to the report of a prior disturbance in the 2700 block of West 6th Street.

Officers met with a 25-year-old female who alleged that her domestic partner, 21-year-old Harley Smith, became upset and slapped her.

The female said Smith then punched here and grabbed her abdomen before holding a knife to her throat and threatening her.

A witness also told police that a three-year-old child was also present during the violence.

Officers located Smith at a residence in the 2600 block of West 8th Street and placed him under arrest.

He was transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center and jailed on charges of felony terroristic threats, 3rd-degree domestic assault and child abuse.

NP Man Accused of Stealing Cash, Credit Card Numbers from Motel Where He Worked

Conner Pitre

Conner Pitre

A 22-year-old North Platte man is facing a felony theft charge after he allegedly ran a theft scheme at a local motel where he worked.

On June 24, an officer with the North Platte Police Department responded to the Oak Tree Inn, 451 Halligan Drive, in regards to a suspected employee theft.

The officer met with management, who alleged that over the past month, they had received several calls from prior guests indicating that their credit cards had been charged for an extra night at the Oak Tree.

According to police, management began looking into the claims and discovered that Conner Pitre, an employee, was responsible for all the transactions.

Through their investigation, police learned that, when a customer would pay cash for a room, Pitre would pocket the money.  He would then allegedly use a credit card number from a different guest to pay for the room.

On July 3, officers made contact with Pitre in a parking lot in the 1100 block of South Jeffers Street and took him into custody.

It’s estimated that Pitre took between $500 and $1,000, making the crime a felony.

Pitre was jailed at the Lincoln County Detention Center.

Authorities May Attempt Extraction of Missing NP Teens’ Vehicle Next Week

It’s been just over a month since Lexi Wiezorek and Noah Ramos went missing after their car plunged into the swollen South Platte River but, there may be renewed hope in bringing closure to the families.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said, “As of June 30, 2015, the South Platte River has seen a decrease in water flows.”

Officials say the vehicle is still in an area where the water is fairly deep, but they expect water flows to decrease significantly by the end of the week.

At this point, the LCSO says the plan is to attempt to extract the vehicle on Monday or Tuesday of next week, provided the projections for the river flows hold true.

They say they are considering several different options for removing the vehicle, and the option they select will depend on what happens with the water.

According to the statement, it appears that heavy equipment will be the best option for removal, but that could change.

The safety of recovery workers is of the utmost importance to the LCSO as they work toward resolving this incident for the sake of the families involved.

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NP Police: Toddler Reported Missing Found Sleeping in Her Home

north_platte_patchA 2-year-old North Platte girl is safe after giving her family quite a scare on Monday afternoon.

At around 4:00 p.m., on June 29, officers with the North Platte Police Department responded to the report of a missing child in the 200 block of South Chestnut Street.

Police say family members reported that the child had wandered off, wearing only a Pull-Up.

Officers and family members searched the home and the child was found unharmed, sleeping in a bedroom of the residence.

 

NPPD Releases Stats from Nebraskaland Days Celebration

The North Platte Police Department has released enforcement stats from the two weeks of the Nebraskaland Days celebration.

Officer Rodney Brown said calls for service were down this year compared to last, but says that may be attributed to the increased presence of the Nebraska State Patrol and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.  Brown said grants made it possible for these agencies to have an increased presence at this year’s celebration.

The following is a breakdown of calls for service comparing this year’s celebration to last year’s:

neland days 2015 crime stats

 

Calls for Service at WWA

6/17/2015 20:55 WILD WEST ARENA, 2800 W CHARLIE EVANS DR NORTH PLATTE NE 69101 CITIZEN ASSIST CLR – CLEARED SCENE

6/20/2015 23:25 WILD WEST ARENA, 2800 W CHARLIE EVANS DR NORTH PLATTE NE 69101 MIP 400 – ARRESTED ADULT/CLEARED

6/21/2015 0:01 WILD WEST ARENA, 2800 W CHARLIE EVANS DR NORTH PLATTE NE 69101 MIP 400 – ARRESTED ADULT/CLEARED

6/26/2015 19:54 WILD WEST ARENA, 2800 W CHARLIE EVANS DR NORTH PLATTE NE 69101 CITIZEN ASSIST 603 – CLOSED BY OFFICER-NARRATIVE

6/26/2015 20:36 WILD WEST ARENA, 2800 W CHARLIE EVANS DR NORTH PLATTE NE 69101 MIP 450 ARRESTED JUV/CLEARED

6/26/2015 21:21 WILD WEST ARENA, 2800 W CHARLIE EVANS DR NORTH PLATTE NE 69101 MIP 400 – ARRESTED ADULT/CLEARED

6/26/2015 21:28 WILD WEST ARENA, 2800 W CHARLIE EVANS DR NORTH PLATTE NE 69101 MIP 400 – ARRESTED ADULT/CLEARED

6/26/2015 21:39 WILD WEST ARENA, 2800 W CHARLIE EVANS DR NORTH PLATTE NE 69101 MIP 400 – ARRESTED ADULT/CLEARED

6/26/2015 21:55 WILD WEST ARENA, 2800 W CHARLIE EVANS DR NORTH PLATTE NE 69101 MIP 450 ARRESTED JUV/CLEARED

6/26/2015 23:09 WILD WEST ARENA, 2800 W CHARLIE EVANS DR NORTH PLATTE NE 69101 ASSAULT ON OFFICER- 3RD DEG 400 – ARRESTED ADULT/CLEARED

6/26/2015 23:52 WILD WEST ARENA, 2800 W CHARLIE EVANS DR NORTH PLATTE NE 69101 DISTURBING THE PEACE AND QUIET 603 – CLOSED BY OFFICER-NARRATIVE

6/27/2015 19:04 WILD WEST ARENA, 2800 W CHARLIE EVANS DR NORTH PLATTE NE 69101 MIP 400 – ARRESTED ADULT/CLEARED

6/27/2015 19:51 WILD WEST ARENA, 2800 W CHARLIE EVANS DR NORTH PLATTE NE 69101 MIP 400 – ARRESTED ADULT/CLEARED

6/27/2015 20:07 WILD WEST ARENA, 2800 W CHARLIE EVANS DR NORTH PLATTE NE 69101 MIP 400 – ARRESTED ADULT/CLEARED

6/27/2015 22:27 WILD WEST ARENA, 2800 W CHARLIE EVANS DR NORTH PLATTE NE 69101 ESCORT- ALL OTHER CLR – CLEARED SCENE

6/27/2015 22:52 WILD WEST ARENA, 2800 W CHARLIE EVANS DR NORTH PLATTE NE 69101 ESCORT- ALL OTHER CLR – CLEARED SCENE

6/27/2015 23:36 WILD WEST ARENA, 2800 W CHARLIE EVANS DR NORTH PLATTE NE 69101 DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE 400 – ARRESTED ADULT/CLEARED

6/28/2015 0:12 WILD WEST ARENA, 2800 W CHARLIE EVANS DR NORTH PLATTE NE 69101 MIP 450 ARRESTED JUV/CLEARED

6/28/2015 1:32 WILD WEST ARENA, 2800 W CHARLIE EVANS DR NORTH PLATTE NE 69101 H&R W/ PEDESTRIAN 750 – OPEN/INVEST SUSPENDED

6/28/2015 1:57 WILD WEST ARENA, 2800 W CHARLIE EVANS DR NORTH PLATTE NE 69101 FOUND PROPERTY 700- OPEN

6/28/2015 12:37 WILD WEST ARENA, 2800 W CHARLIE EVANS DR NORTH PLATTE NE 69101 FOUND PROPERTY 700- OPEN

Curtis Woman Accused of Slapping NPPD Officer at the WWA

Megan Lynn Romshek: Felony Assault on an Officer, Obstructing the Police

Megan Lynn Romshek

A 25-year-old Curtis woman is facing assault charges after she allegedly slapped a North Platte Police Officer.

At around 11:10 p.m., on June 26, officers at the Wild West Arena, 2400 North Buffalo Bill Avenue, were attempting to assist a highly intoxicated female who required medical attention.

According to police, a friend of the subject, Megan Romshek, became belligerent and defiant toward the officers as they tried to help the intoxicated female.

Police say Romshek continued to interfere and an officer attempted to restrain her.

At this point, police say Romshek slapped the officer in the face.

Romshek was placed under arrest and transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center, where she was jailed on charges of 3rd-degree assault on an officer and obstructing an officer.