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(Neb)-Chadron Escapee From Work Camp Captured, Brothers Also Arrested

By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/09/2017 03:15 PM
CHADRON - A Chadron man who walked away from the state Work Ethic Camp in McCook nearly 11 months ago was arrested Wednesday night in Chadron while hiding in a home owned by his two brothers.

      Arrested along with 37-year old Charles Canaday were his brothers, 31-year old Del and 27-year old Gage, who were charged with accessory to a felony and possession of methamphetamine. The younger Canadays remain in the Dawes County jail while Charles Canaday is being held in the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center.

      Charles Canaday  was serving 6-to-24 years for multiple burglary, theft, and criminal mischief from 4 central Nebraska counties when he left the McCook facility, often called the prison boot camp or work camp, last Dec 21st with another Dawes County man, 20-year old Andrew Russell.

       Russell was captured a few days later in South Dakota, but Canaday remained at large. Chadron Police Lt Rick Hickstein says local officers looked for him unsuccessfully on multiple occasions before a recent tip led to social media postings indicating Canaday was hiding at his brothers' home.

       Hickstein says a search warrant was obtained and the Nebraska State Patrol SWAT team responded to his request for assistance in serving the warrant. It was the SWAT team members who found the hiding Canaday, but they also observed several items related to drug activity.

       Chadron police obtained a second search warrant based on drugs and officers from both agencies seized several grams of suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and multiple firearms. The younger Canaday brothers were arrested at that time.

       While the prison sentences Charles Canaday was serving at the time of his arrest were for crimes in central Nebraska, he also had an open Dawes County case stemming from a high-speed, 3-county, 2-state police chase In Sept 2016 that ended with his arrest on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

       The pursuit began when Canaday nearly hit one of 2 Chadron officers trying to arrest him for parole violation as he was leaving a Chadron residence. Chief Tim Lordino said afterward that it was "very lucky" no one was hurt.

     Local authorities did not file charges from the chase because Canaday was headed back to prison following revocation of his parole, but one week after Canaday left the ethics camp Dawes County Attorney Vance Haug did file 2 felony counts - operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, and felony use of a deadly weapon - as well as a misdemeanor charge of no operator’s license.

      Haug says he hasn't been able yet to closely review the report on Canaday's Wednesday night arrest, so he doesn't know if any new charges will be filed as a result of it. He also says he hasn't decided if he will actively pursue the charges from the chase or wait to see the result any charges resulting from Canaday's escape last December.


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