Deputies arrested a woman Tuesday on multiple warrants after a known friend of hers showed up for court.
At around 10 a.m. Tuesday, a person known to associate with 20-year-old Melissa Schmidt-Goertzen of Beatrice went through the courthouse screening station on the third floor.
A special services sergeant and special services deputy at the courthouse were aware of three arrest warrants for Schmidt-Goertzen.
The associate was screened before entering the court area, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.
The sergeant and deputy notified a Gage County sheriff’s office investigator that they believed the person would meet up with Schmidt-Goertzen after court.
The investigator and another deputy observed the associate enter an apartment building in the 800 block of Ella St. at around 10:40 a.m.
They then made contact with Melissa Schmidt-Goertzen at the apartment and took her into custody without incident on the three Gage County arrest warrants. She was transported to the Gage County detention center by the road patrol deputy and booked into jail.
The sheriff’s office website lists her in custody for four counts of shoplifting, operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, no operator’s license and attempt of a class 4 felony.