Oklahoma fugitive arrested by Beatrice Police, on drug and weapon counts
BEATRICE – Beatrice Police arrested a man wanted on an Oklahoma warrant, after observing his truck traveling on North 6th Street with a malfunctioning headlight just before midnight, Sunday. The truck was stopped by an officer near Sixth and Sargent Road.
An officer running a record check showed an active felony warrant for 46-year-old Michael Loviscek, of Lawton, Oklahoma. A search of the truck has also led to other charges.
During a search of the vehicle, police found suspected drug residue in a self-seal bag and on two pipes found in the center console. Police also seized a nine-millimeter handgun with five rounds loaded in the magazine. They also found a digital scale on the floor in back of the passenger seat, and a red draw string bag on a rear seat with a box of zipper bags and a case containing a digital scale.
The red bag also allegedly held a clear gallon-sized bag of a white crystalline substance. Police said the bag containing a crystalline substance located in the center console field-tested as methamphetamine…and both bags were being sent to a Nebraska State Patrol lab for further testing.
Loviscek was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing or distribution of a controlled substance, possession of over 140 grams of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, possession of a weapon during commission of a felony, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm during a drug violation and possession of drug funds. Police said Loviscek has been convicted of a felony in Oklahoma.
Police also arrested two other persons Sunday in a separate investigation of a disturbance at an apartment complex on east Ella Street. 49-year-old Tamitha Styers of Beatrice and 51-year-old Robert Hillard of Lewiston were arrested for possession of a controlled substance, suspected to be methamphetamine.
Police said Hillard also had an active arrest warrant for him, issued in Pawnee County.