June 3, 2023

Dawson County Journal

Dawson County, Nebraska

Kearney man arrested in Lexington motel room Tuesday night

    Several law enforcement agencies converged at the Comfort Inn in Lexington last night.  Around 9:00 pm Tuesday, a Lexington Police officer observed a person standing outside the main entrance who had an active warrant out of Buffalo County.  The officer and a Nebraska State Patrol Trooper were unable to locate the subject at that time.   Shortly before 11:30 pm the subject, identified as 27-year-old Clifton Dedrick of Kearney, was reported to be on foot in the motel area and armed with a handgun.   

    Around that time, Kearney Police received information that Dedrick sent text messages to someone saying he was threatening to destroy the State Patrol’s building in Lexington.  

    More officers from both agencies and Dawson County Sheriff’s Office were summoned by the trooper and a plan was made to surveil the Comfort Inn and State Patrol office.   According to the arrest affidavit, an officer learned that Dedrick was in a room at the Comfort Inn across from the State Patrol office.  . Troopers evacuated the occupant of an adjacent room before attempting to make contact with Dedrick.   Multiple law enforcement attempts were made to contact Dedrick in his motel room.  Around 2:50 am Wednesday, officers then breached the door and made contact with Dedrick who was lying on the bed with a loaded 9mm handgun next to him on the nightstand.   Dedrick then complied with the officer’s orders to walk back to them and he was taken into custody and booked in the Dawson County Jail on an initial charge of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person and outstanding warrants..

    Dedrick was arraigned in Dawson County Court Wednesday morning on a Felony charge of Possession of a Firearm By a Prohibited Person.  If convicted Dedrick would be sentenced from 3 years to 50 years imprisonment.  Bond was set at 10% of $500,000 and his next hearing was set for November 14, 2022 at 11:00 am in Dawson County Court.

   Following a jury trial in Buffalo County District Court in March of this year, Dedrick was found guilty on two of four charges of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person.  Dedrick had been released on bond at the time.  A condition of his bond was to not possess any firearms. A few days after the verdict, Dedrick allegedly failed to report to the Buffalo County Jail in connection with another case and an arrest warrant was issued for him.     

Source: Nebraska Regional News