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Weekend police: Counterfeit $50 bill, stalkingTell North Platte what you think
Photo by Lincoln County Detention Center
Savannah A. Welsh
Photo by Lincoln County Detention Center
Briano Parra-Munoz
Photo by Lincoln County Detention Center
Kenneth E. Cassell

Police arrested a young North Platte woman Monday and charged her with passing a counterfeit $50 bill at the Pump and Pantry at Halligan and Newberry.

It was one of a series of attempts to pass off counterfeit $50 bills in North Platte, police spokesman John Deal said.

This case began at 10:07 a.m. on Dec. 8. Police were told a woman entered the convenience store and paid for merchandise with the bogus bill.

The woman received change and left, but afterwards the clerk looked closely at the bill and suspected it was counterfeit, and called the police. Deal said an officer responded and verified that the bill was counterfeit. 

Other businesses in town received counterfeit $50 bills during this time period, and police were investigating to see who passed them. Deal said numerous people were questioned and Savannah Welsh, 23, emerged as the prime suspect at Pump and Pantry.

A warrant was issued for Welsh’s arrest and officers tried to find her but heard she left town, Deal said. 

On Monday, Jan. 30, an officer saw Welsh in a 2000 Chevy Malibu near H and York, Deal said. The car was pulled over.

Welsh was arrested without incident. She is held on a $25,000 bond.

Previously, a counterfeit $50 bill showed up at Starting Gate Liquors in North Platte on Jan. 18, leading to the arrest of Aaron Thomas, 38, of North Platte.

The store staff said Thomas paid with the $50 bill on Jan. 13. Police connected that bill to the home of Jennifer Davis of North Platte, where two similar counterfeit $50 bills were found on Dec. 28.

All three of those bills had the same serial number, Deal said.



On Saturday Jan. 28 at 12:10 a.m., officers went to the 600 block of W. 11th to check out a report of a man trying to break into a home.

As they arrived, they saw a man take off running, and chased him on foot. The chase ended near the Family Dollar at 500 Rodeo Road when the suspect got his clothes tangled in a fence as he tried to jump it.

He was taken into custody without further incident and identified as Briano Parra-Munoz, 20. 

Residents at the home said that they heard a clanking noise outside their 16-year-old daughter's bedroom.  The daughter wasn't home and when the resident looked out, they saw the intruder prying off a piece of wood that was bolted to the bedroom window, so they called police.  

The window had been boarded up because Parra-Munoz previously damaged it, Deal said. Police said he refuses to leave the daughter alone.

Officers found bolts that were removed and the board had pry marks that matched up with a bent screwdriver found near the fence where Parra-Munoz was collared. Deal said the screwdriver looked like it was bent from the prying. 

Also, footprints in the snow by the window matched Parra-Munoz shoes, Deal said. 

Parra-Munoz was charged with burglary, possession of burglar tools, stalking (enhanced to a felony based on prior conviction) and resisting arrest.

Parra-Munoz has previously served 234 days in jail for two separate incidents of stalking. This time, his bond was set at $100,000.


Glass pipe

Kenneth Cassell, 34, was arrested Sunday, Jan. 29 and charged with meth possession. The charge stemmed from a glass pipe that police found in Cassell’s pocket on Nov. 24.

On Nov. 24, at 11:49 a.m., a North Platte resident told police Cassell tried to sell them drugs. Cassell was seen walking near Fifth and Mills and when he was contacted, police found a glass pipe commonly used to smoke meth in his pocket, Deal said.

The pipe was sent to the Nebraska Crime Lab for further testing. When the results eventually returned to North Platte, it confirmed that there was meth residue on the pipe.

On Jan. 29, an officer saw Cassell walking near Wendy's and arrested him, charging him with possession of a controlled substance. By then, he was also wanted for contempt of court, according to sheriff’s records. Bond was set at $1,500.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 1/31/2017
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