KEARNEY – An Indiana man has been convicted after more than 10 pounds of marijuana were found in the vehicle he was driving.
Benjamin Rodway, 52, of Jeffersonville, Indiana, pleaded no contest in Buffalo County District Court to possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute (marijuana). In exchange for his plea, charges of possession of marijuana more than one pound and possession of a controlled substance were dismissed.
A no contest plea is neither an admission nor denial of guilt, but the plea is treated the same as a guilty plea. The sentencing is set for Feb. 17.
Around 7 p.m. July 20, a Kearney Police Department officer stopped a vehicle for speeding five miles east of Kearney on Interstate 80. The officer became suspicious of criminal activity when he contacted the driver. A KPD police service dog, Bane, indicated the odor of drugs coming from inside the vehicle.
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During a search, police found a duffel bag in the trunk that contained 10.54 pounds of suspected raw marijuana, THC concentrate and LSD. The driver, Rodway, was arrested.
FAVE 5: Kearney Hub's Ashley Bebensee shares her memorable stories from 2022
The most memorable stories from any year are the tales of people, or animals, who leave a positive impact on those around them. In 2022, it was heartwarming when volunteers from across the country came to Pioneer Village in Minden to breathe life back into the small-town museum. Also memorable was when the residents of Bertrand rallied behind a local family after a tragic car accident critically injured their son.
Animals will always make it to the top of any of my lists, so I couldn't help but include the story of a senior dog who was reunited with her owners after 10 years apart and a mini therapy horse who is making a difference for people of all ages.
These are the five stories I enjoyed the most in 2022.
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To a layman, the carousel looked like a lost cause. But fellow volunteers wanted to see the carousel restored to its former glory.
This scene was just a drill, but the exercise provided realistic training in mass casualty and triage for emergency first responders.
Pet owners are encouraged to have their pets microchipped and to keep the information updated no matter how long a pet is missing.
Former Kearney Hub News Editor Kim Schmidt contributed to this report.