Crime Briefs, April 7

April 7, 2018 GMT

Man arrested after explosive was found in his home in Stratton

A man was arrested Friday after law enforcement found an improvised explosive device in a Stratton home.

A press release from the Nebraska State Patrol said troopers, the K-9 unit, hazardous device technicians and Hitchcock County sheriff’s deputies were acting on a warrant for a residence in Stratton when they discovered the device.

The 51-year-old resident was involved in a legal dispute with the village of Stratton, reports said, and had previously threatened to harm or kill a village official. Investigators were told that one threat mentioned use of an improvised explosive device.

The device found was consistent with information that law enforcement was given, the press release said. The patrol’s bomb squad rendered the device safe, and the man was arrested. He was jailed on suspicion of possession of a destructive device and threatening to use explosives.


Woman arrested on suspicion of distributing meth

A North Platte woman was arrested Thursday and is suspected of distributing meth, police said.

About 11 a.m., police and the CODE drug task force responded to a residence in the 500 block of East 12th Street, reports said. The female resident was suspected of selling meth. Officers were granted a search warrant for the house, which smelled of marijuana, they said. The woman’s 4-year-old child was also present.

Police said the living conditions in the house were poor, and drug paraphernalia was in easy reach of the child. Some of the items had meth residue, police said.

The Department of Health and Human Services was called and took the child.

The 34-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of drug distribution and child abuse.