Lawry: Police Not Authorized To Search Home, Take Gun
Will Fight Search In Court
Gretna, NE - Fired Gretna City Administrator Colleen Lawry says police had no right to search her home and take her handgun.
She's facing a misdemeanor gun charge after retired Bellevue Police Chief John Stacey lent her the gun several months ago. Stacey also is facing a gun charge. Under state law, a person can't sell, lease, rent or transfer a handgun to someone who doesn't have a certificate.
In court papers filed Thursday, Lawry argues that police had a search warrant to look for a Kel Tec handgun. The tip reportedly came from an unnamed source who was "unreliable." Instead of finding the Kel Tec handgun, officers found a Taurus handgun--and seized it even though she says they were "not authorized" by the search warrant to take it.
She also says she did not give them permission to enter her Gretna home--and that any evidence they found not be allowed in her case.
A hearing on the motion is set for August 8th.
Lawry will be arraigned Monday morning on two unrelated felony theft charges.
Reported by Kathy Sarantos Niver, firstname.lastname@example.org