On Wednesday, 9/13/2017, just before 1 a.m., a Franklin County deputy was performing routine patrol in the city limits of Gerald. The deputy observed a red unlicensed passenger car in the parking lot of a local laundromat. The deputy approached the vehicle and observed a juvenile male asleep in the backseat with no adults around. The deputy observed the trunk of the vehicle open, and later learned another juvenile male was asleep in the trunk. The deputy looked inside the laundromat for adults, but did not see any. A short time later, an adult male emerged from the laundromat bathroom. The deputy learned a female was still inside the bathroom and had locked the door. The deputy announced his presence, and the female exited the bathroom. Prior to her exit, the deputy could hear the female tampering with the toilet. The deputy searched the bathroom, and located a syringe needle containing a clear liquid substance believed to be a controlled substance floating inside the toilet tank. Upon searching further, additional drug items and a suspected controlled substance were located in the bathroom. The female identified herself as the mother to the juveniles asleep in the vehicle. Both adults were placed under arrest, and the Children's Division was contacted regarding the juveniles. An application for criminal charges was forwarded to the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. The female is identified as Christina N. Crook, a 36 year old female from Nebraska. A warrant was issued for her arrest for felony possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child with a $25,000 bond. The male is identified as Fred A. Kohl, a 42 year old male from Nebraska. A warrant was issued for his arrest for felony possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia with a $25,000 bond.
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