Broken Bow Man Accepted Into Problem Solving Court; Warrant Issued On Failure To Appear

COURT— It was a short criminal day in Custer County District Court on Thursday, June 24. Ryan Campbell, 23 of Broken Bow, was arraigned on a single felony charge following a plea deal. As part of the plea deal, if Campbell pled guilty to the lone felony, the other charges would be dismissed and he would be admitted to the North Central Nebraska Problem Solving Court.

Campbell pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine (Class IV Felony) and was admitted to problem-solving court. Campbell’s sentencing was deferred pending the completion or termination from problem-solving court.

Judge Karin Noakes told Campbell, “This is a good opportunity. We’ve had a lot of success with this program.” Campbell’s attorney, Michael Borders, said his client has been very positive about the opportunity.

If Campbell is able to complete the program, the charges will be dismissed, but if he fails out of problem-solving court, he will be sentenced to the felony and could face up to two years in prison and be fined up to $10,000.

According to Custer County Attorney Steve Bowers, Campbell was arrested after Broken Bow PD received word that someone was doing drugs near the Broken Bow Swimming Pool. After BBPD arrived they found Campbell in a vehicle where the odor of marijuana was detected. After a search, officers found THC, edibles, and a dollar bill that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Luis Valdez, 24 of Broken Bow, was scheduled to appear for a status hearing regarding a single alleged charge of possession of a controlled substance-THC (Class IV Felony). According to Bowers, Valdez was supposed to be considered for problem-solving court, but they were having a difficult time trying to locate him. Valdez’s attorney, Michael Borders, admitted to the court he had not heard from his client for some time.

Judge Noakes then granted the request for a bench warrant with the bond set at 10% of $5,000.