Beatrice Police arrest pair at local motel on drug, child abuse violations

BEATRICE – Beatrice Police accompanying Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services officials during a welfare check of children arrested two adults, at a local motel Thursday night. 

An officer entering a motel room to check living conditions and food for the children, were told a male was hiding in the bathroom because of a protection order violation. Police were aware of a recent domestic assault arrest of the man involving the renter of the room.

Police contacted 37-year-old Christopher Clayton, who was found to be in possession of a syringe with suspected methamphetamine.  Police also found a second loaded syringe, and a fabric bag containing a plastic bag of suspected meth.

Clayton was arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and child abuse.

Officers also arrested 37-year-old Lindsay Ellis for similar violations.   Police recovered from a purse several baggies of white residue and a syringe with suspected meth. 

Police said a juvenile was in the motel room during the time both adults were there, who would have had access to the syringes.

Lindsay Ellis