Two Persons Arrested, Following West Beatrice Standoff

BEATRICE – A standoff ended at around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in west Beatrice, with the arrests of a male and female.

The incident, which began at around ten a.m., prompted Beatrice Police to block off a more than a block in each direction from West Court and Sumner Street.

Police Chief Bruce Lang says officers had received information that two people were in a house at 601 West Court, who had active warrants for absconding parole.

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Lang says both persons were arrested without further incident.  Neither person was armed.

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Several Beatrice Police and Gage County Sheriff’s officers wearing tactical gear and carrying semiautomatic rifles were seen in the area.   The house where the two people were occupying is in the southwest corner of the intersection, across the street from a convenience store.

Lang says police asked some nearby residents to leave while the incident was going on, while others remained in their homes.  The Beatrice Community Preschool is located a few blocks to the southwest of the scene.

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Lang says the situation ended well.   Traffic resumed on West Court and side streets, shortly after the arrests.

The two persons arrested are identified as 37-year-old Andrew Spiehs and 35-year-old Kayla McBride, on fugitive from justice warrants.  Spiehs was paroled in July of 2016, after serving a prison sentence for burglary and two counts of theft from Nemaha County and an attempted arson conviction from Douglas County.  McBride was paroled March 21st, after serving a prison sentence for burglary, drug possession, attempted drug distribution and theft, from Scottsbluff County.  Both were being held in the Gage County Jail.

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