Five people were cited Tuesday after Lincoln police investigators found more than 2 ounces of methamphetamine in a room at a downtown hotel.

Police went to the hotel in an attempt to locate Danielle Hill, 28, on an arrest warrant for possession of marijuana of 1 ounce or less. They learned earlier she was staying with Corry Starks, 32, according to court documents.563250a63ea8b_image

Officers were at the hotel around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, talking to staff, when they saw Jared Mutchie, 27, and Zachary Olson, 26, leaving. Investigators wrote in a probable cause affidavit that they knew Olson had a history of allegedly selling and using meth and other drugs.

Olson told investigators he was at the hotel to celebrate his last evening of freedom before a sentencing hearing the next day. Officers found 7.4 grams of meth in two baggies and $1,126 in his pockets, documents say.

Investigators then asked hotel staff to call Starks, who came to the lobby. Starks agreed to talk to officers and corroborated that he had purchased two hotel rooms for Olson’s celebration. Starks told investigators he wasn’t sure what they’d find in the rooms, other than a firearm he was holding for a friend. He also said he warned Hill that police were at the hotel before coming downstairs, and she left, documents say.

Officers went to the rooms to confirm Hill had left. They found Elizabeth Reddish, 22, and Renae Choma, 31, with two children, ages 7 and 11, documents say.

Starks invited investigators into his room and consented to a search, documents say. He gave investigators a loaded Springfield XD semi-automatic pistol with extra ammunition. Investigators said they found 16.2 grams of methamphetamine in the kitchen and 35.5 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale and baggies in the office area of the room, documents say.

Reddish told police she was staying in the hotel room, but denied having anything to do with the drugs and said she felt uncomfortable about the children being present.

All but Mutchie were cited on suspicion of child neglect. Olson, Reddish and Starks were cited on suspicion of intent to deliver meth within 1,000 feet of a school. Everyone with the exception of Choma was also cited on suspicion of possession of money to be used in violating a drug statute.



  1. KC says:

    What’s with meth users bringing their kids to hotels, seriously? I’ve traveled a lot over the past year and kids (including babies!) are increasingly in hotels where drug activity is being operated by hotel management and friends. It’s gross and completely negligent, not to mention unfair to these kids.