NEBRASKA CITY – An Illinois woman, who has become a beacon light for people working to put past convictions behind them, is charged in Otoe County with felony possession.

Lisa Creason, 49, of Decatur, Ill., is credited for raising awareness in a movement to overturn laws that bar felons from working as a nurse and other jobs.

In a 2020 opinion piece published by The Center Square, Austin Berg commends Creason’s contributions as a nurse during the Coronavirus pandemic, after rebuilding her life and raising her children.

A teenage crime had prevented her from getting a nursing license, but, with Creason’s help, that law was overturned in 2016. 

Her story is the subject of a 14-minute documentary and she told a Nebraska state trooper she was traveling  in Nebraska to view a screening of the film.

The state trooper told an Otoe County judge he stopped a car driven by Creason for speeding on Highway 2.

The trooper said Creason did not produce paperwork regarding a rental vehicle. An arrest affidavit says Creason gave the trooper permission to search the rental vehicle. It does not say she gave permission to search her purse, where the trooper says  methamphetamine was found on March 7.

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