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City woman gets six months in jail on drug charges

July 25, 2018 GMT

A 22-year-old Columbus woman was sentenced to six months in the county jail Monday morning for attempted drug possession in connection with a December incident in which methamphetamine, syringes and other drug paraphernalia were found by her mother at the family home.

Platte County Court Judge Frank Skorupa ordered Champaign McDowell to serve 184 days in jail for attempted possession of a controlled substance, a Class I misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The judge gave the city woman credit for 17 days already served in jail.

A Columbus Police investigation began with a Dec. 22 report from a 15th Street residence in which a mother and her daughter were involved in a verbal argument with McDowell leaving in her mother vehicle before authorities arrived.

The mother reported that her daughter owns a BB handgun stored in her bedroom that she had pointed in her mother’s direction and pulled the trigger multiple times, allowing the unloaded gun to cycle but not fire.

McDowell, according to Officer Scott Hanis’ probable cause arrest statement, was attempting to intimidate her mother. The mother, the office wrote, said her daughter told her “don’t think I won’t unload this thing on (ya) a**.”

The mother’s other daughter arrived on the scene and reported having concern for her sister and worried that she may have a real gun and will harm her mother, Hanis wrote.

Later that night, the mother called police to report that she found drugs and drug paraphernalia in her daughter’s room, wrote the officer, adding that the woman’s daughter had never helped pay any bills in the household.

McDowell, who had been free on bond since early this year, was self-represented during Monday’s sentencing hearing.

In other court news:

*Two suspects were arrested Sunday for backpacks containing methamphetamine and marijuana packaged for delivery when Platte County sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene of a rollover accident at the intersection of 520th Street and 400th Avenue.

The Nebraska State Patrol and Madison County Sheriff’s office also responded to the scene of the accident.

Driver Davion Seizys, 27, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and driving under suspension. Marriah Schmitz, 25, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

When officers arrived at the accident scene, Platte Deputy Samuel Avila found that Seizys, who was transported to Columbus Community Hospital, was driving the van on a suspended driver’s license, which led to a search of the vehicle.

Jim Osborn is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at jim.osborn@lee.net.