On Thursday, July 23 at 5:08 p.m. police responded to reported hit and run in the 1900 block of West First St.

It was reported that a black pickup hit a blue 2009 Chevy Impala that was parked unoccupied on First St.

The black pickup left the scene and traveled to the north side of town via the Buffalo Bill overpass. The pickup lost a wheel near Rodeo and Emory and became inoperable, police said.

Officers contacted the driver and lone occupant, identified as Beau Bagnell.  Bagnell displayed indicators of being under the influence of drugs, according to the police report. A drug recognition expert with the police helped in the investigation.

Also, police determined the black 1999 Chevy Silverado driven by Beau had hit the parked vehicle causing an estimated $4,000 in damage.

Bagnell was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, third offense, leaving the scene of an accident and refusing chemical testing.


Alleged shotgun shooter

A suspect was placed in the Lincoln County jail on July 23, charged with shooting a shotgun at a house in North Platte about two weeks earlier.

According to the police report, at 8:41 a.m. on Friday, July 10. an officer took a report of a home in the 700 block of East 10th that was damaged by shotgun blasts. Residents of the area reported hearing possible gunfire at around 3 a.m. One resident had surveillance cameras of the street that showed a vehicle drive by and fire several shots.

Police canvassed the area and found a home with fresh damage that was consistent with shotgun blasts. Officers found shotgun pellets and wadding in the area as well.

The home contained several occupants when it was hit by the gunfire. The homeowner was reportedly asleep and not awakened by the shots.

According to the police report, a woman who was dating a man who lived at the home had just moved out and police suspected the broken relationship could be a motive for the shooting.

Officers met with several individuals and were able to determine that probable cause existed to charge Brandon Basnett with discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling, police said. Basnett was an acquaintance of the woman who had moved out, and he was found in McCook. The McCook police helped contact Basnett and recovered a shotgun, the suspected weapon.

On July 23, Basnett was brought back to Lincoln County, incarcerated in jail, charged with firing a weapon, use of a weapon and criminal mischief. He is held without bail, according to Lincoln County sheriff’s records.