Family Violence Targeted

Sarpy County teamed up with hundreds of other departments in the nation this week to help put a bull's eye on suspects wanted for family violence.

The warrants ranged from domestic assault; to child abuse; to failure to pay child support.

Last year's version of this nationwide sweep netted nearly 800 arrests and the Sarpy County Sheriff's office tells us that their efforts Wednesday had better results than expected.

Over the years, we've been invited along to follow local teams who are on the hunt for local fugitives. The most violent offenders, the most dangerous ones, make the top of the list.

On Wednesday, Sarpy County teams did their own sweep, targeting those with outstanding warrants in the category of family violence.

Tara Muir, who runs the Domestic Violence Council, said, "It sends a message to the whole community that we're not going to let you get away with it. We have to hold them accountable in any way we can."

Of the 49 active warrants, the Sarpy County Sheriff arrested 13 people.

Lank Thomas of Papillion was wanted for domestic assault intentionally causing bodily injury. Investigators booked Nathan Pease of Bellevue on domestic assault charges. Authorities say a witness called them when he allegedly saw Pease hit his girlfriend and throw her to the ground.

Several people in Sarpy County were under arrest for not paying child support. There was an arrest for child abuse. Casaundra Oliver was booked into the Sarpy County jail for that.

Muir said, "Often, if there's been domestic violence in a relationship, that's another tactic is to hold back on child support. To sort of make her suffer without thinking of the impact on the kids."

Deputies say violent offenders are targeted all year long but this sweep, that is done by 200 law enforcement agencies nationwide, is a public reminder that domestic violence remains a social problem. This is the 11th year for the nationwide event.

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