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Police reports: marijuana, dangerous pots, methamphetamine, firearms, trespassing

North Platte police pulled a suspected meth dealer off the streets and arrested several suspected felons in late July.

A few arrests stem from bizarre occurrences.

Drugs, firearms

At 9:17 a.m. on July 20, police obtained a warrant to search a van registered to 42-year-old Anthony Loftus.

The pickup was already in custody due to a theft investigation which began on July 11, police spokesman Rory Little said. During the search, officers found two firearms and a large quantity of methamphetamine.

According to a police affidavit, a 12-gauge single-shot shotgun and a 22-gauge shotgun were found, along with approximately 30 grams of methamphetamine.

Loftus was arrested on Wednesday July 27 and charged with possession of methamphetamine, drug distribution and possession of firearms during a drug transaction. His bail is set at $500,000 for distribution and $25,000 for other costs.

Delivery of pots

At 10:11 a.m. Friday, July 29, police attended a shipping terminal in the 2200 block of E. Philip and picked up a package containing just over 10 pounds of marijuana.

The following Monday, August 1, the police acted as the delivery company and dropped off the package on the porch of the designated address in the 2300 block of E. Philip. Then they kept watch.

Destin Dominguez-Martinez

Soon, resident Destiny Dominquez-Martinez, 46, removed the package from the porch and walked inside, police spokesman Rory Little said.

Little said Martinez left in a vehicle a little later. The police stopped her car and took her into custody.

A search warrant was obtained for the house that Dominguez-Martinez left. The pot packet would have been there, along with some marijuana paraphernalia. Dominguez-Martinez was later charged with possession of more than a pound of marijuana as well as distribution, and taken to Lincoln County Jail.

Wreck leads to meth

At 10:16 a.m. on July 31, police attended E. Fourth and Bryan’s home to verify a two-vehicle accident.

One of the drivers was Ransley Foust, 23, whose driver’s license is suspended. Foust was also driving someone else’s car. The owner was notified of the sinking, came to the scene and asked officers to search the car, according to the police report.

Ransley J. Foust

The search revealed a small bag of a crystalline substance that was methamphetamine according to the results of a test taken later. Foust claimed ownership of the bag and was taken into custody without further issue. He was held without bond pending a court appearance.

Dangerous pan

At 6:15 p.m. on July 31, police attended the 1000 block of E. Ninth to verify a reported disturbance. After officers arrived, an alleged victim said 27-year-old Broc Barker hit them in the head with a saucepan, causing injuries.

Pitcher AR. Barker

Officers found a reason to arrest Barker, but when they tried to handcuff him, he fought back. After the fight, Barker was arrested and jailed in the Lincoln County Jail. He is charged with domestic assault, use of a weapon and resisting arrest. A check of his records also revealed that he was wanted at Belmont Co. Ohio.

Barker’s bail was set at $25,000 for the North Platte charges, according to sheriff’s records.

Other arrests from early July:


At 7:16 p.m. on July 25, an officer on patrol in the 800 block of Eugene Avenue noticed a parked vehicle with an occupant. The occupant was Todd Wickware, 52.

Wickware was wanted on a previous charge. He was arrested and taken to Lincoln County Jail and charged with receiving stolen property worth $5,000 or more.


At 1:48 p.m. on July 16, police attended a house in the 600 block of N. Adams, where days earlier the resident had told Jon-Jay Caudillo to leave and not return. This time, Caudillo was reportedly in the garage when the police were called.

The officer confirmed that Caudillo had been banned from the property, found him in the garage, and charged him with trespassing.

The following day at 11:31 a.m., police attended the Flying J Travel Center to verify another trespassing complaint.

Management told the officer that a man had been escorted off the property days earlier by law enforcement and told not to return. However, the man, identified as Terry Barthel, returned.

Police say they confirmed Barthel was banned from the company on July 13. Barthel, who is listed as homeless, was charged with trespassing.

refrigerator raid

At 6:44 p.m. on July 19, police attended a home in the 1700 block of E. Fifth to verify a trespassing complaint. They met a homeowner who said he had returned from an out-of-town trip to find Amanda Merrill and Logan Johnston inside their home. The resident said Amanda used to live with them well over a year ago, but they kicked her out and she was not invited back.

Police found that Merrill and Johnston had searched the refrigerator and ate food there. They were both charged with burglary.

Merrill is being held on a $12,500 bond. Johnston’s bail is much higher — $100,000 — according to sheriff’s records, according to county records.

Burglar accused of having a collar

At 8:21 a.m. on July 18, a police officer saw Daniel Smith in the 900 block of S. Tabor. The officer knew Smith was wanted for theft and burglary, so he tried to contact him. Instead, Smith ran to the Autumn Park housing estate.

The officer gave chase and quickly found Smith hiding behind an air conditioning unit and arrested him without further issue. He faces two counts of burglary, possession of burglary tools, a second offense of theft under $500, possession of a weapon by a prohibited person and failure to appear in court. He is being held in jail with bonds totaling $35,000.

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