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SEATBELTS HELP TEENS AVOID SERIOUS INJURY IN COUNTY ROAD ROLLOVER
June 14, 2019
Just after 2:05 p.m. on Friday afternoon the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to and investigated a one vehicle rollover injury accident that sent three teen passengers to the hospital for treatment.  The accident of occurred when Emily Nemec, 16, of Norfolk lost control of her eastbound car on 844th Road about 2 miles northeast of Woodland Park and it entered the north ditch and rolled onto its top.  Three 14 and 15 year old passengers in her vehicle were transported to FRHS by Hoskins/Woodland Park Rescue.  Nemec declined medical treatment on scene.  Seatbelts are believed to have been in use and prevented more serious injuries.  Speed and driver inexperience are considered contributing factors and Nemec was cited for a Provisional Operators Permit violation and Careless Driving.  The vehicle is considered a total loss.


SCENE OF ROLLOVER ACCIDENT N.E. OF WOODLAND PARK

 

NORFOLK MAN IS ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD
June 12, 2019
The Stanton County Sheriff’s office has arrested a 68 year old Norfolk man on sexual assault charges.  David Langan was arrested on Tuesday on alleged multiple counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child following an investigation into the unlawful acts that were recently reported, but occurred several years back on numerous occasions at a Woodland Park residence.  Langan remains in custody pending the posting of a $250,000.00 bond and faces more than 20 years in prison if convicted.


DAVID LANGAN

STANTON MAN APPEARS IN COURT ON MOTOR VEHICLE HOMICIDE CHARGE
June 11, 2019

On Monday in Stanton County Court, a 19 year old Stanton man appeared for his initial court appearance on a misdemeanor Motor Vehicle Homicide charge in connection to the May 6th death of James Hoff, 63, of Norfolk.  Ried Krutz was charged following an investigation into the fatal accident on Hwy 24, East of Norfolk by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office.  Krutz appeared with his attorney and is now scheduled to return to county court for a pre-trial conference in August.

SHERIFF'S OFFICE ASSIST NORFOLK P.D. IN PERIMETER AFTER SUNDAY SHOOTING
June 9, 2019

The Stanton County Sheriff's office assisted Norfolk P.D. on Sunday morning with several units helping set up the initial perimeter in the 800 block of Koeningstein Avenue in central Norfolk following a shooting in that area about 9:30 a.m. this morning and a barricaded suspect. Sheriff's units were relieved by other law enforcement later in the morning and returned to patrol duty in Stanton County.


SHERIFF'S OFFICE ASSIST IN SECURING SUSPECT PERIMETER

SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES INJURY ACCIDENT IN STANTON ON SATURDAY EVENING
June 9, 2019
At about 6:20 p.m. on Saturday, the Stanton County Sheriff's office responded to and investigated a two-vehicle accident at 16th and Gumwood in Stanton that sent one 17 year old driver to the hospital with a possible head injury. The accident occurred when a southbound car driven by Drew Chase, 15, and a eastbound car driven by Kalisha Simmons, 17, both of Stanton collided in the middle of the intersection. Simmons was taken to FRHS by ambulance with a possible head injury. Seatbelts were not in use and the investigation is being continued by the Sheriff's office.


SCENE AT 16th AND GUMWOOD IN STANTON

LINCOLN MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY WARRANT OUT OF IOWA
June 6, 2019
On Thursday morning at about 4:40 a.m. the Stanton County Sheriff's office arrested a 18 year old Lincoln man when he was observed in downtown Stanton coming out of an alley. Thane Kuenning was contacted and found to have an active felony warrant out of Woodbury County, Iowa for a Drug Violation. He was taken into custody and jailed pending a extradition hearing.

Also as a result of the investigation into Cody Murphree and his arrest in Pilger on Sunday by the Sheriff's office on gun charges, he will be charged with the armed robbery of a Casey's store last week in Wayne. Murphree has confessed to the armed robbery following an investigation by the Sheriff's office and Wayne Police Department. Murphree has also been connected to a stolen pickup that was taken last week in Pilger and found earlier this week destroyed by fire in western Stanton County near Norfolk.

AREA MAN SENT TO PRISON ON THEFT AND GUN CHARGES
June 3, 2019
On Monday in Stanton County District Court a 32 year old Allen man was sentenced to three years in prison following his conviction for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm.  Keith Newman was sentenced by District Judge Mark Johnson and was also given a one year prison sentence for Felony Theft to be served concurrently.  Newman was arrested back in March of 2018 by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office after they responded to a house break-in in progress North of Pilger.  Newman was arrested in possession of several firearms that he had just stolen from the Pilger residence, along with a stolen vehicle taken the night before from a Norfolk car dealership.  A co-defendant Lakyne Faimon, 21, of Allen was sentenced earlier to probation for her involvement in the thefts.

In a Seperate court case, Mike Scott, 59, of Stanton plead guilty to a Possession of Methamphetamine charge. He was arrested in January of this year by the Sheriff's office following the service of a search warrant at his residence in Stanton. Scott was then sentenced to Probation for 24 months and ninety days in jail.

Also pleading guilty to charges of a probation violation on a sex offender registration violation and Attempted Delivery of Marijuana was Elliott Anderson, 20, of Woodland Park and will be sentenced in July. He was arrested back in 2017 and 2018 by the Sheriff's office.

 

FOUR ARRESTED AND ANOTHER ONE SOUGHT ON DRUG AND GUN CHARGES
June 3, 2019
Just before 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon the Stanton County Sheriff’s office arrested a 25 year old Pilger man on 4th Street in Pilger for Driving during Suspension, Obstructing a Police Officer and a Lancaster County Arrest Warrant for Theft.  Cody Murphree was jailed following his arrest and following further investigation into Murphree’s activity, a search warrant was obtained for his residence in Pilger.  During the service of the search warrant by the Sheriff’s office, a stolen firearm from Pierce County was recovered along with methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia and also second firearm.   Murphree now faces additional felony charges of being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Theft by Receiving for possessing the stolen firearm from Pierce County.  During the search of the residence Daniel Randall, 24, Pilger was found hiding in a crawl space under the residence.  Randall was also charged with Obstructing a Police Officer, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.  Also arrested at the residence were Kathleen Ransen, 43, Pilger and Jason Jensen, 42, Pilger.  Ransen faces charges of Obstructing a Police Officer, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.  Jensen faces Possession of Methamphetamine and Obstructing a Police Officer charges.  All four remain in jail pending bond.  A fifth person is being sought by the Sheriff’s office, Laura Damon, 34, of Creighton.  She is being sought for a felony charge of Possession of Methamphetamine.  Anyone with knowledge of her location is asked to contact the Sheriff’s office.  A large quantity of suspected stolen property was also recovered from the residence.  A second search warrant was served at the residence later in the night by the Sheriff’s office and Wayne Police Department in regards to a recent armed robbery in Wayne. UPDATE: Laura Damon was arrested Monday afternoon by the Sheriff's office and has been charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.


DAMON


MURPHREE

Left to Right: Jensen, Randall, Ransen

SHERIFF'S OFFICE PROVIDES BICYCLE SAFETY AND RODEO THIS PAST WEEKEND
June 2, 2019
The Stanton County Sheriff's office conducted a bike safety program and rodeo for about 15 Stanton kids this past weekend with assistance from the Stanton Library. The Stanton Health Center provided a location for the fun event that was directed by Deputies Matt Gartner and Michael Petersen. This is the second year that the Sheriff's office has done this program and looks forward to more participants next year. The library provided some prizes for the kids in attendance.


PHOTOS FROM SATURDAY'S BIKE SAFETY RODEO IN STANTON

STANTON WOMAN INJURED AFTER FREAK ACCIDENT WITH HER OWN CAR
May 31, 2019
At about 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to and investigated a car/pedestrian accident in the 1000 block of Ivy Street in Stanton.  Injured when she was trying to re-enter her vehicle and it slipped in gear was Judy Bates, 61, of Stanton.  Bates was knocked to ground and it appears the vehicle ran over her leg(s) and continued across Ivy Street and came to rest after striking a brick building across the street.  Bates was then transported to FRHS by ambulance for treatment of injuries.  The main street in Stanton was blocked for about 20 minutes as the scene was cleared.


SCENE ON IVY STREET AFTER ACCIDENT FRIDAY

NORFOLK MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOLLOWING VEHICLE PURSUIT EARLIER THIS MORNING
May 31, 2019

At about 4:30 a.m. this morning the Stanton County Sheriff’s office attempted to stop a car on Hwy 35 near Woodland Park that was observed speeding northbound at 82 mph.  The vehicle fled when emergency lights were activated and continued North on Hwy 35 into Wayne County and then turned off the highway into the Beverly Hills residential addition and continued to flee through the narrow gravel roads and then fled back onto Hwy 35 and then eastbound on 846th Road, where he then drove back into Beverly Hills through yards, before the driver jumped from the moving car while still in gear and ran.  The vehicle continued striking a parked pull camper on Hillbilly Drive.  Five other occupants inside the vehicle were detained and a search for the driver Cody Ausdemore was undertaken in the area using thermal imaging.  At about 7:10 a.m. a male matching the description of Ausdemore was observed inside the Nucor Steel property near the main parking lot.  Ausdemore was discovered hiding in a water filled ditch and was taken into custody at gunpoint by the Sheriff’s office.  He now faces a plethora of charges in both Stanton and Wayne County that include multiple traffic violations, Driving During Suspension, Operating a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest, Willful Reckless Driving, Criminal Trespass and also a Felony Probation Hold out of Madison County for Possession of Methamphetamine and False Imprisonment.  Ausdemore is in jail pending the setting of a bond. The detainees were not charged at this time and no injuries were reported.


CODY AUSDEMORE

CREIGHTON WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DRUG VIOLATION JUST EAST OF NORFOLK
May 30, 2019
Just after 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday night the Stanton County Sheriff's office arrested a 39 year old rural Creighton woman on felony drug charges following a traffic stop on Hwy 275, just East of Norfolk. Rowena Moreland was arrested on charges of Driving During Suspension, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. A second female, Jo Scott, 24, of Winnetoon was cited for Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. Moreland remains in jail pending the posting of bond.


Moreland

FIVE ARRESTED FOR DRUG VIOLATIONS IN STANTON FOLLOWING PHYSICAL DISTURBANCE
May 27, 2019
On Sunday evening at about 6:20 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to a disturbance at a residence in the Stanton Trailer Court.  Upon investigating the scene, illegal drugs were located and a subsequent search of the residence and suspect vehicles resulted in locating Methamphetamine, Marijuana and a large assortment of Drug Paraphernalia.  As a result of that discovery the Sheriff’s office arrested five people on drug related charges.  Aricka Divis, 29, of Stanton, Nicholes Stewart, 30, of Stanton, Kristen Bliss, 23, of Norfolk, Linda Chavez. 25, of Norfolk and Pete Lundahl, 26, of Wayne.   All five face felony drug possession charges and were booked at the Sheriff’s office and have July court dates. Both Divis and Lundahl also face assault charges for the initial disturbance call.  Two firearms were also seized from the residence.


Left to Right: (Top) Divis, Bliss, Stewart,(Bottom) Lundahl, Chavez

SOMETIMES THERE IS MORE TO BEING A SHERIFF THEN PUTTING ON A UNIFORM EVERYDAY
May 26, 2019
Being the Sheriff can be difficult and very stressful at times. But, spending time with family is always important and here Sheriff Unger got to do so with his two oldest granddaughters this past weekend at their year end dance recital.



Sheriff Unger and granddaughter's Harper and Hunter

PURSUIT ENDS WITH A ROLLOVER AND ARREST OF TWO FOR MULTIPLE CHARGES
Just after 2:10 a.m. on Tuesday morning ( May 21) the Stanton County Sheriff’s office was involved in a vehicle pursuit that began on Hwy 15 South of Pilger, after a speeding vehicle refused to stop and accelerated away west onto county roads.  The suspect vehicle travelled west towards Stanton on county roads and then made its way on to the Golf Course Road southeast of Stanton and then began to travel back East towards Hwy 15.  The vehicle left the Golf Course Road onto 570th avenue where the driver lost control and the vehicle left the roadway rolling and coming to rest against a tree.  Both the driver and a passenger were extricated from the wreckage by the Sheriff’s office and Pilger Fire and Rescue.  The driver Charles Loughman, 28, of Norfolk declined medical treatment at the scene and the passenger Nathaniel Herbel, 25, Homeless was taken by Pilger Fire and Rescue to FRHS in Norfolk for treatment.  The vehicle was found to have fictitious plates and believed to have been stolen earlier in the night from a Norfolk residence.  Drug violations were also suspected as drug paraphernalia and suspected methamphetamine were found in the vehicle.  Both Loughman and Herbel face charges of Theft by Receiving and Loughman faces additional felony charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest-3rd offense, Willful Reckless Driving, Driving During Suspension, Possession of Controlled Substance and speeding.  Both men are convicted felons and Loughman was convicted back in 2012 of Operating a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest in Stanton County after leading the Sheriff’s office on a high speed chase from Norfolk to North of Pilger in a reported stolen vehicle.  The emergency response to the pursuit and accident scene was hampered by the Hwy 57 Bridge South of Stanton still being closed due to flooding.  Clarkson Rescue and Norfolk Fire/Rescue also assisted.

 

SCENE ON 570th AVENUE JUST OFF THE GOLF COURSE ROAD

 

Charles Loughman

 

WOODLAND PARK WOMAN SENT TO HOSPITAL AFTER ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT

May 21, 2019

On Monday night at about 10:20 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff's office responded to and investigated a one vehicle accient that sent a 35 year old Woodland Patk woman to the hospital with possible internal injuries.  Elizabeth Kemling was eastbound on East Benjamin Avenue when she lost control of her vehicle turning onto North Eastwood  and entered the east ditch striking a culvert.  She was taken to FRHS by Hoskins/Woodland Park rescue for treatment.  Seatbelts were in use at the time of the accident.

 

FOUR DIFFERENT WARRANTS SATISFIED FRIDAY BY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

May 17, 2019

On Friday the Stanton County Sheriff’s office arrested four different individuals on outstanding warrants during several separate investigations.  The first was Cody Ausdemore, 28, Homeless who was arrested at Maskenthine Lake on an outstanding Madison County Arrest Warrant and local drug charges after he was found in possession of marijuana and methamphetamine.   He was also taken into custody on a Probation detainer out of Madison County.  He later attempted to flee from custody at the Sheriff’s office and was arrested for an additional charge of Resisting Arrest and was tased during that incident.  He was taken to FRHS in Norfolk by ambulance for treatment.   In a separate incident his brother, Zachary Ausdemore, 30,  who is also homeless was taken into custody by the Sheriff’s office and Cuming County authorities after he was located hiding in Cuming County on a Madison County Arrest warrant for Burglary.  He was also attempted to flee and was tased during his arrest.  He declined medical treatment at the scene and was jailed in Madison County.  Then Friday night at about 11:30 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office arrested two Iowa men on felony warrants that were just issued for their arrest out of Fremont County, Iowa.  Tristen Braunschweig, 22 and Zachary Clark, 22 of Hamburg, Iowa were taken into custody at a Stanton residence hiding in a rear bedroom.  They are facing multiple charges in Iowa of Trafficking in Stolen Weapons, Theft and Burglary. Braunschweig was also arrested on a Dawson County Arrest Warrant for Theft (4 counts).  Both men were jailed in the county jail pending an extradition hearing later this month.

          CODY AUSDEMORE               ZACHARY AUSDEMORE

 

 

                                               ZACHARY CLARK                    TRISTEN BRAUNSCHWEIG

 

NORFOLK WOMAN ARRESTED ON 12 OUTSTANDING WARRANTS

May 16, 2019

On Thursday afternoon at about 2:50 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office arrested a 30 year old Norfolk woman on multiple arrest warrants at a Woodland Park residence. Lacey Cox was taken into custody after she was observed at a residence and then went back into the residence when confronted by law enforcement. Cox was arrested on a Stanton County Arrest Warrant for Disturbing the Peace and a drug violation, a Dodge County Arrest warrant for Resisting Arrest and ten Madison County Arrest Warrants for Theft related charges.  She also faces an additional new charge in Stanton County of Obstructing a Police Officer during her arrest. She is currently being held in the Madison County jail pending the posting of bond.

LACEY COX

 

NORFOLK WOMAN ARRESTED FOR FORGERY AND THEFT BY DECEPTION

May 15, 2019

On Wednesday the Stanton County Sheriff’s office arrested a 20 year old Norfolk woman on Forgery and Theft charges regarding the forging of paychecks from a Stanton employer.  Angel Monroe was arrested following an investigation into the incident and is scheduled to appear in court next month.  Additional charges are possible.

ANGEL MONROE

 

NORFOLK MAN ARRESTED ON SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION VIOLATION

May 14, 2019

On Monday afternoon the Stanton County Sheriff’s office arrested Rodney Schantz, 51, of Norfolk on a Sex Offender Registration Violation and Probation Violation.  Schantz was released after posting bond and is scheduled to appear next month in court.

 

CAR-DEER ACCIDENT SENDS ONE DRIVER TO HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT

May 8, 2019

On Tuesday night at about 10:30 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office responded to and investigated a car/deer accident that sent the 21 year old driver to the hospital.  The accident on Hwy 275 about six miles East of Norfolk.  Jordyn Bowers of rural Stanton was westbound on the highway when she struck a deer crossing the roadway.  Bowers was taken to FRHS by ambulance for treatment following the accident.  Seatbelts were in use and airbags deployed and the vehicle is considered a total loss.

 

BOWERS VEHICLE WAS TOTALED IN COLLISION WITH DEER

On Tuesday afternoon about 5:35 p.m. the Sheriff's office investigated a two-vehicle accident

at the intersection of Hwy 35 and East Benjamin Avenue near Woodland Park that sent one driver to the hospital by ambulance with minor injuries following the rear end accident.

 

WOODLAND PARK MAN ARRESTED FOR SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY VIOLATION

May 6, 2019

On Monday afternoon the Stanton County Sheriff’s office arrested a 20 year old Woodland Park man on a felony Sex Offender Registration Violation(s).  Elliott Anderson was taken into custody after failing to properly register and A Probation Violation and is currently being held in the county jail pending the posting of a cash bond.  Anderson is a on the registry for a previous arrest by the Sheriff’s office for Possession of Child Pornography.    

ELLIOTT ANDERSON BOOKING PHOTO

 

NORFOLK MAN CITED FOR UNLAWFUL ACTS WITH FARM ANIMAL

May 6, 2019

On Monday afternoon the Stanton County Sheriff’s office cited a Norfolk man on charges of indecent acts with an animal following an investigation into the alleged unlawful physical/sexual contact with a farm animal at a rural farm location, East of Norfolk not owned by the suspect.  The suspect is scheduled to appear in court next month. The suspect name is not being released due to concerns about possible mental health issues that will be addressed in court proceedings.

 

ACCIDENT ON HWY 24 CLAIMS ONE LIFE AND CRITICALLY INJURES ANOTHER

May 6, 2019

At about 6:52 a.m. on Monday morning the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to and investigated a two vehicle accident on Hwy 24 about two miles East of Norfolk that claimed the life of one driver and critically injured the other driver.  The accident occurred when a westbound pickup driven by Ried Krutz, 19, of Stanton crossed the center line for yet unknown reasons and collided nearly head on with an eastbound SUV driven by Jim Hoff, 63, of Norfolk.  Hoff was pronounced dead at the scene and Krutz was extricated from his wreckage by Stanton and Norfolk Fire and taken to FRHS by Norfolk Fire and Rescue.  The Krutz pick did roll after the collision and both vehicles came to rest in the south ditch.  Seatbelts were not in use by either party and airbags did deploy.  Highway 24 was closed for about 2 ½ hours as the scene was investigated and cleared.  An autopsy has been ordered on Hoff and will be undertaken Tuesday in Omaha.  The investigation is being continued by the Sheriff’s office.  Stanton County Emergency Management also assisted at the scene with traffic control.

KRUTZ PICKUP AFTER EXTRICATION

 

HOFF VEHICLE OFF HWY 24

 

WOODLAND PARK MAN ARRESTED AFTER FAILING TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

April 30, 2019

On Tuesday afternoon the Stanton County Sheriff’s office arrested a 37 year old Woodland Park man on felony charges of failure to register as a Sex Offender.  Michael Buzbee was taken into custody following an investigation into his activity.  Buzbee had been living in the area for more than 8 months and had failed register as a sex offender since absconding from his lifetime registry in Johnson County, Texas back in 2016.  Buzbee is currently being held in the county jail pending the posting of bond.

BUZBEE BOOKING PHOTO

 

SECOND SET OF SKELETAL REMAINS FOUND NEAR ELKHORN RIVER

April 28, 2019

For the second time in just over 30 days, the Stanton County Sheriff’s office has recovered human skeletal remains along the Elkhorn River.  The remains were found Saturday afternoon several miles southeast of Stanton along the river.  They appear to have been washed out of the Elkhorn River during last month’s historic flooding in the area.  The first set of remains found last month southwest of Stanton are currently being analyzed by the Forensic and Anthropology division of a large Southern university.  The human remains found on Saturday will also be taken for analysis in hopes of identifying them.  The Sheriff’s office currently has two open local missing person cases from many years past and has also been contacted by numerous law enforcement agencies with missing person cases regarding the discovery last month.  The remains found on Saturday are not those of Scott Goodman who was washed away in Norfolk last month during the flooding.

 

 

NORFOLK WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP

April 21, 2019

A 52 year old Norfolk woman was arrested Saturday night about 8:00 p.m. on felony drug charges after she was stopped on Hwy 275 about eight miles East of Norfolk for Careless Driving.  Pamela Willems was taken into custody after Methamphetamine, Marijuana and other Drug Paraphernalia was found in her possession.  She was

later released on bond and has a courtdate next month.

.

WILLEMS BOOKING PHOTO

 

HIGH SPEED LEADS TO DWI ARREST

April 19, 2019

At about 1:40 a.m. on Friday morning the Stanton County Sheriff’s office arrested a 43 year old Norfolk man for Driving While Intoxicated-3rd offense after he was clocked speeding at 102 mph in a 60 mph zone on Hwy 35 near Woodland Park.  Jason Mason was taken into custody after failing field sobriety test and later failed a chemical breath test at the Sheriff’s office.  Mason was charged with Speeding, Reckless Driving and DWI-3rd offense.  He was released from custody after posting a $10,000.00 bond and is scheduled to appear in court next month.

 

BEWARE OF ONGOING SCAMS-ALWAYS CONFRIM WITH AUTHORITIES

April 4, 2019

The Stanton County Sheriff's office is asking the public to again be aware of phone related scams using stories of you owe money or a grandchild has been arrested and needs cash to get out of jail.  Federal agencies and most law enforcement agencies do not use phone communication to obtain cash payments.  If in doubt, you should contact the Sheriff's office or your local law enforcement to check on validity of the phone inquiry.  Many phone calls are made by "Spoofing" the phone numbers and making it look as it came from a local number or agency, and payment to any agency should never be done by purchasing payment or game cards as requested by the scammers.  Several recent scams have recently taken place in the county resulting in the loss of several thousand dollars and authorities were not notified until it was to late.  One recent scam in Stanton was stopped by the Sheriff's office just before the payment was made by an elderly victim.

 

TWO SENTENCED TO LONG JAIL TERMS IN COUNTY JAIL (NO APRILS FOOL)

April 1, 2019

In Stanton County District Court a 28 year old Hoskins man was sentenced to 364 days in jail following his conviction for Driving While Intoxicated-4th offense and an additional 90 days in jail for Operating a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest.  Cody Schnabel was arrested by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office following a high speed pursuit that began near Woodland Park and ended up North of Pilger following the crash of the suspect pickup.  Schnabel was also ordered to pay a $1000.00 fine and had his driver’s license revoked for fifteen years.

George Livingston, 32, of Holdrege was sentenced to 9 months in jail following his conviction and upholding of an appeal for Third Degree Assault.  He was arrested last year by the Sheriff’s office following an assault at a Woodland Park residence that hospitalized the victim.

 

BEEMER WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DWI-HER .BAC FOUR TIMES THE LEGAL LIMIT

April 1, 2019

On Sunday afternoon at about 6:15 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office arrested a 56 year old Beemer woman for DWI-2nd offense (above .15%BAC).  Karla Knobbe was arrested just east of Pilger on Hwy 275 after she was observed driving on the shoulder of the highway.  She was transported to the Sheriff’s office after failing sobriety test and then a breath test showed her blood alcohol limit was more than 4 times the legal limit.  Knobbe was released on bond and is scheduled to appear in court later this month.

 

25 YEAR OLD STANTON MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY SEX OFFENDER VIOLATION

March 27, 2019

Earlier this week the Sheriff's office arrested a 25 year old Stanton man at his residence after he failed to register as a sex offender as required by law.  Michael Herlick was taken into custody and jailed following an investigation into his failure to register.  He has been living in Stanton for sometime before being arrested.  He later posted a cash bond and was released pending his first court appearance next month.  A search warrant was also executed on his cell phone and additional charges are possible as that investigation continues.

 

MICHAEL HERLICK

 

CLARKSON MAN ARRESTED ON SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION VIOLATION

March 27, 2019

On Wednesday the Stanton County Sheriff’s office arrested a 45 year old Clarkson man on a sex offender registration violation that occurred in Stanton County earlier.  Christopher Phillips was taken into custody following an investigation into his alleged violation and later released on bond with a court date next month.  Phillips faces up to three years in prison if convicted of the

offense.

CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS

 

HUMAN REMAINS FOUND ALONG ELKHORN RIVER TUESDAY NIGHT

March 27, 2019

The Stanton County Sheriff’s office is investigating the discovery of human remains that were located southwest of Stanton along the Elkhorn River on Tuesday evening.  The remains are believed to have been washed out of the Elkhorn River during recent flooding and appear to have been in the water for an extended period of time.  An additional ground search of the area was undertaken on Wednesday morning and the investigation will continue with assistance of forensic experts.    The remains are not those of a missing Norfolk man recently washed away by a flash flood in Norfolk.

SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS INVESTIGATING DISCOVERY OF HUMAN REMAINS

 

 

THREE ARRESTED FOR DRUG VIOLATIONS AFTER DISTURBANCE AT RURAL STANTON RESIDENCE

March 25, 2019

At about 12:55 p.m. on Monday afternoon the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to a disturbance call at a residence about six miles Northwest of Stanton where they arrested three males on charges of Disturbing the Peace, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Hashish Oil.  The disturbance was between three roommates and had become physical and included one subject displaying a knife during the altercation.  Christian Dunn, 21, Joshua Finley, 21, and Ethan Fischer, 23, all of rural Stanton were released from custody with an initial court appearance next month on the above charges.  A very large quantity of various drug paraphernalia and other related items were seized during the investigation. 

LARGE ASSORTMENT OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AND CONTRABAND SIEZED ON MONDAY

 

SHERIFF'S OFFICE ASSIST IN ARREST OF WANTED SUSPECT IN MADISON COUNTY

March 23, 2019

The Stanton County Sheriff's office assisted Madison County deputies in locating and arresting a wanted 35 year old suspect who fled from them on a motor scooter and foot just west of the county line Saturday afternoon.  Justin Lawson was taking into custody after about a 3 hour manhunt along the Elkhorn River near Andy's and Pufahl's lake.  Lawson was wanted on a warrant out of Cedar County and was armed with a handgun during the incident.  A state patrol helicopter assisted in locating him hiding from authorities in the wooded area.  Lawson was taken to FRHS in Norfolk for treatment before being jailed with new charges as well.

 

ACCIDENT NORTH OF WOODLAND PARK ON HWY 35 SENDS MOTHER AND CHILDREN TO HOSPITAL

March 22, 2019

At about 3:15 p.m. on Friday afternoon the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to and investigated a two vehicle traffic accident that sent a mother and her two small children to the hospital.  The accident occurred at the intersection of Hwy 35 and 845th Road about two miles North of Woodland Park when a northbound pickup driven by Anthony Anderson, 19, of rural Hoskins, passed a vehicle that was slowing for a turning SUV and the pickup struck the turning SUV as it was turning off Hwy 35 in the rear causing both vehicles to leave the roadway.  The driver of the SUV, Mayra Negrete, 30, Norfolk, and her two small children ages 4 and 2 were transported to FRHS by Hoskins/Woodland Park Fire and Rescue.  Seatbelts and proper child safety seats were in use along with airbag deployment in the SUV.  Stanton County Emergency Management assisted with traffic control at the scene.

 

SCENE OF ACCIDENT AT INTERSECTION OF Hwy 35 AND 845th ROAD

 

TWO SEMI ACCIDENT AT HWY 275 AND HWY 15 JUNCTION CLOSES HWY 275

March 20, 2019

On Wednesday at 2:55 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to and investigated a two semi truck accident that closed part of Hwy 275 for more than two hours.  The accident occurred when a semi pulling a closed trailer driven by Vipan Kumar, 35, of New York City turned into the path of a westbound semi pulling a liquid tanker carrying fertilizer driven by Trev Rawhouser, 25, of Columbus at the intersection of Hwy 275 and Hwy 15 near Pilger.  Kumar was treated at the scene by Pilger Fire and Rescue and declined transport.  The Semi driven by Kumar completely blocked the Hwy for about 45 minutes and then the highway was limited to one lane traffic for about 1 ½ hours as a hazmat team from Norfolk Fire assisted on the scene with leaking fertilizer that was pumped to another tanker.  Traffic was very heavy at the intersection due to closed roadways and bridges and at one point stretched for nearly two miles to the east.  Seatbelts were in use at the time of the accident.  Stanton County Emergency Management assisted with traffic control.

SCENE ON HWY 275 NEAR PILGER ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

 

STANTON AREA ROADS HAVE BEEN SEVERELY DAMAGED BY FLOODING

March 14, 2019

Area county roads have been severely damaged by flooding and the Hwy 57 bridge is closed due to failure of the south embankment.  It could be weeks before some roads are repaired or reopened.  Emergency services South of Stanton are going to be affected and Pilger, Clarkson, Leigh and Madison Fire and Rescue will be responding and assisting with emergency calls south of the closed bridge.

SCENE OF HWY 57 BRIDGE COLLAPSE SOUTH OF STANTON

HWY 24 BLOCKED BY WATER AND DEBRIS JUST EAST OF NORFOLK

834th ROAD SOUTHWEST OF WOODUCK REC AREA

 

TWO RESCUED FROM VEHICLE WASHED OFF ROADWAY IN S.W. STANTON COUNTY

March 13, 2019

At about 9:28 p.m. on Wednesday night the Stanton Sheriff’s office responded to a U-Haul and Camper that had been washed off the roadway on 559 Avenue about 5 miles northeast of Creston with both occupants still trapped inside with water running into the cab of the truck. Contact was made with the male and female occupants at the scene using cell phones and both occupants advised they were not injured, other than being wet and cold.  Both occupants were rescued about one and half hours after they were washed off the roadway from inside the truck cab by members of the Sheriff’s office, Stanton and Madison Fire using a large fire truck to travel in the running water that completely covered 559th avenue up to three feet in depth.  The northbound U-Haul truck was tilted on its side in deeper water in the west ditch with the camper also washed completely off the road as well.  Both occupants, Michael Fowler, 27, and Amanda Rivera, 45, were transported by ambulance to FRHS for treatment of possible hypothermia.  Norfolk Fire also responded with a water rescue team to the area.  Several spots in the area ditches were filled with more than five feet of water.  Travel had not been recommended on all county roads earlier in the day.  Both Fowler and Rivera were later cited for Attempted Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

SCENE ON 559th AVENUE IN S.W. STANTON COUNTY

 

ACCIDENT AT HWY 57/32 JUNCTION SENDS TWO TO HOSPITAL

March 13, 2019

On Wednesday afternoon at about 4:15 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to and investigated a two vehicle accident that sent a mother and her daughter to the hospital for treatment.  The accident at the intersection of Hwy 57 and Hwy 32, eight miles South of Stanton occurred when a westbound semi-tractor trailer driven by Michael Thompson, 60, of Gilman, Iowa pulled into the path of a northbound car driven by Kelly Olmer, 30, of Creston.  Both Olmer and her 23 month old daughter were transported by ambulance to FRHS. Fog was very heavy in the area at the time of the accident.  Seatbelts and airbags did deploy in the Olmer vehicle and it is considered a total loss.  Thompson declined medical treatment.  The intersection was partially blocked for about 45 minutes as the scene was cleared.

OLMER VEHICLE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HIGHWAY INTERSECTION

 

WET WEATHER AND HIGH WATER CAUSE HAVOC ON STANTON COUNTY ROADS

March 13, 2019

Wet weather and high water have caused serious issues for Stanton County roads, especially gravel roads throughout the county.  Several vehicle also left highways in the county after hydroplaneing in water on the highways. 

834th Road East of 558th Avenue

 

LINCOLN MAN SENT TO PRISON FOR THREATS

March 4, 2019

On Monday in Stanton County District Court a 37 year old Lincoln man was sentenced to two years in prison by Judge Mark Johnson on a charge of Terroristic Threats.  Kyle Kirstine was given the prison sentence following his arrest last fall in Woodland Park by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office.  Kirstine had threatened to harm a family member at a Woodland Park residence.

Kyle Kirstine

 

TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON HWY 275 SENDS THREE WOMEN TO HOSPITAL

March 1, 2019

On Friday afternoon at about 2:10 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to and investigated a two vehicle accident on U.S. Hwy 275 about three miles East of Norfolk that sent three women to the hospital.  The accident occurred when a pickup driven by Toni Prince, 46, of Osmond turned from a private drive into the path of an east bound car on Hwy 275 driven by Eva Thelen, 16, of Pilger.  Both drivers were taken to FRHS along with a 21 year old passenger in the Thelen car who was extricated from the wreckage by Norfolk Fire and Rescue.  None of the injuries appeared to be serious and seatbelts and airbags were in use and are credited with lessening injuries.   Prince is a rural mail carrier and was on her route at the time of the accident.  Both vehicles were considered total losses and the eastbound lanes of the highway were closed for about 45 minutes as the scene was cleared and investigated.

ACCIDENT SCENE ON U.S. HWY 275 EAST OF NORFOLK

 

FUGITIVE FOUND HIDING IN RAFTERS OF ATTIC AT STANTON RESIDENCE

February 27, 2019

At about 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening the Stanton County Sheriff’s office arrested and jailed a 29 year old former Stanton man on felony charges after he was found hiding in the attic rafters of a Stanton residence.  Gary Meyer was taken into custody after a brief search for him inside the residence and was wanted on a felony warrant issued in Lancaster County for a Revocation of Post Relief Supervision back in September 2018.  Meyer also was arrested on two misdemeanor Platte County Arrest warrants and faces local charges of Obstructing a Police Officer in his arrest and Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia.  Meyer is believed to have been hiding at this location for a significant period of time

 

Gary Meyer

 

HOME OF SHERIFF'S DEPUTY VANDALIZED IN THREATENING MANNER

February 24, 2019 

On Sunday morning just after 1:00 a.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to a report of a brick being thrown thru the window of the Woodland Park home of an on-duty Sheriff’s deputy where his wife and two small children were present while he was working.  Within several minutes footprints were located by the Sheriff’s office and followed directly to a residence about two blocks away at 1807 North Eastwood in Woodland Park.  There contact was made with Cory Haase, 40, of Woodland Park and Jeffrey Ronnfeldt, 35, of Pierce who both appeared to be intoxicated.  A disturbance ensued and led to Ronnfeldt being tased and both he and Haase were arrested on alleged charges of Obstructing a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest.  Ronnfeldt was also charged with Terroristic Threats for verbal threats towards law enforcement and both were jailed pending the posting of cash bonds. Officers from the Madison County Sheriff’s office, Norfolk Police Division, State Patrol and Sioux City Night Patrol responded to the help an officer call.  A search warrant for 1807 North Eastwood was secured and a search was undertaken at that residence.  During the service of the warrant a pair of tennis shoes matching the tread of the footprints in the snow were recovered hidden in the ceiling and are known to belong to Haase.  He was also then additionally charged with Terroristic Threats and Criminal Mischief for causing the damage and terrorizing the innocent family members.  Haase was currently out on bond on numerous felony charges in both Stanton and Madison County, as his family continues to post his significant cash bonds.  Damage to the deputy’s residence is estimated to be several hundred dollars and fortunately no one was hurt at the deputy’s home.

 

TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON HWY 24 SENDS THREE TO HOSPITAL

February 23, 2019

On Saturday afternoon just after 4:15 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to and investigated a two vehicle accident that sent three people to the hospital.  The accident occurred when a westbound car driven by Juan Ayala-Borboa, 22, of Norfolk  and an eastbound car driven by Landon Brand, 25, of Stanton collided on Hwy 24 about five miles west of Stanton.  Brand was transported from the scene to FRHS by Stanton Fire with possible head injuries and Ayala-Borboa and a female passenger were transported by Norfolk Fire with minor injuries.  Road conditions and weather conditions at the time were very poor with white out conditions and limited visibility.  Seatbelts were in use and airbags did deploy.  The State Patrol and Stanton County Emergency Management also assisted at the scene.

 

SCENE ON HWY 24 SATURDAY AFTERNOON

 

DRIVER IN MONDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT LIFE FLIGHTED TO SIOUX CITY HOSPITAL

February 18, 2019

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Monday night the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to and investigated a one vehicle accident that sent a rural Pilger woman to a Sioux City, Iowa hospital for treatment of possible head injuries.  The accident occurred on Hwy 275 about two miles West of Pilger, when an eastbound SUV driven by Amanda Beerbohm, 23, left the roadway crossing the westbound lane into the ditch on the north side of the highway where she continued in the ditch and crossed over 572nd avenue rolling at least once before coming to rest in a cornfield about 100 yards off the roadway.  Beerbohm was extricated from the wreckage by Pilger Fire and Rescue and then transported from the scene by LifeNet medical helicopter to Sioux City.  It was unclear if seatbelts were in use and the highway was blocked for about 20 minutes for the helicopter landing zone.

BEERBOHM IS FLOWN BY HELICOPTER TO SIOUX CITY

 

PRISON SENTENCES HANDED OUT IN DISTRICT COURT

February 4, 2019

On Monday in Stanton County District Court the following sentences were handed out including prison sentences for two men by District Judge Mark Johnson.

 

Paul Lovell, 60, formerly of Norfolk was sentenced to 12 to 24 years in prison following his conviction for First Degree Sexual Assault.  He was arrested last year following an investigation by the Sheriff’s office into the assault that occurred several years earlier at a residence in Stanton and involved a juvenile female and was not reported until last year.

 

Seth Bossard, 37, of Norfolk was sentenced to 18 months in prison following his felony conviction for Domestic Assault.  He was arrested last year by the Sheriff’s office following an investigation into the assault on a county road  near Woodland Park that left a woman hospitalized.  Bossard had recently failed to show for sentencing while out on bond and was again taken into custody with tips from the public leading to his location.

 

Also sentenced to 270 days in jail for felony theft was Christopher Smith, 33, of                    Houston, Texas.  Smith and a co-defendant were arrested last September by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office for the theft of a new camper from the Off Road Ranch just East of Norfolk.  The camper was recovered and returned to the owners.  The co-defendant Kayleigh Betcke, 19, also of Houston was sentenced to pay a $10,000.00 fine for felony theft.  She also was arrested at that time on a felony warrant from Harris County, Texas and is awaiting extradition to Texas.

 

Sentenced to 30 days in jail and 24 months of probation for Third offense Driving While Intoxicated was Dale Graae, 40, of Norfolk.  Graae was arrested last May by the Sheriff’s office on Hwy 275 East of Norfolk.   Given a 90 day jail sentence as part of 24 months of probation on a conviction for Operating a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest was Mike Temme, 30, of Pilger.  He was also arrested last May by the Sheriff’s office North of Pilger following a pursuit where he crashed his pickup in an open farm field.  Alcohol was a factor in this incident and a DWI charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

                                    Paul Lovell                                                                           Seth Bossard

 

VERY HIGH TEST IN DWI ARREST ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Febraury 4, 2019

On Sunday afternoon at about 5:00 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office arrested a 62 year old West Point man for Driving While Intoxicated South of Pilger on Hwy 15 where the suspect Daniel Franzluebbers tested nearly four times the legal limit of .08% bac.  Franzluebbers has two prior convictions for DWI and will have his first court appearance next month.  

Daniel Franzluebbers

 

FOG PROBABLE FACTOR IN SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

February 3, 2019

Just before 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to and investigated a two vehicle accident that sent one passenger to the hospital with possible neck injuries.  The accident occurred when a vehicle driven by Arlene Miller, 85, of Stanton pulled onto Hwy 24 from 17th Street in Stanton into the path of an eastbound pickup driven by Aaron Henrickson, 34, also of Stanton.  A passenger in the pickup, Jena Henrickson, 30,  of Stanton was removed from the wreckage and transported to FRHS by ambulance.  Five people including three children in the pickup were not injured in the collision, where seatbelts and multiple airbag deployments are credited with preventing further injuries.  Poor visibility at the time due to heavy fog is considered a contributing factor in the accident.  The Miller vehicle is considered a total loss and the highway was blocked for about 45 minutes as the scene was investigated and cleared.

 

SCENE OF SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT ON WEST EDGE OF STANTON

 

WIND CAUSES HAVOC IN BLOWING TRUCK OFF HWY 35

January 28, 2019

On Monday morning just after 5:00 a.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to and investigated a one vehicle accident on Hwy 35 near N.E. Industrial Highway, North of Woodland Park.  The accident occurred when a northbound Frito-Lay truck was blown completely off the road due to high cross winds.  The driver who was restrained, reported minor injuries but declined medical treatment.  The truck was considered a total loss.

FRITO-LAY TRUCK BLOWN COMPLETELY OFF ROADWAY

 

MISSING STANTON MAN FOUND DECEASED IN MASKENTHINE LAKE

January 24, 2019

At approximately 11:30 a.m. Thursday morning the body of a Stanton man was recovered from Maskenthine Lake, North of Stanton.  Eddie Myrick, 55, was last seen on Sunday afternoon riding his motorcycle on the ice of the lake and was reported missing around 5:30 p.m. to the Stanton County Sheriff’s office.  An extensive ground search was undertaken and an aerial search of the lake with a drone was done on both Sunday night and Monday morning.  No sign of Myrick was located, but aerial footage showed several areas of interest on the lake.  Wednesday afternoon an aerial search with a drone indicated physical evidence on the lake and an ice rescue team from Hadar Fire and Pilger Rescue located the helmet of the missing person encased in ice.  Due to darkness all efforts were suspended until Thursday morning and it was then that the body of Myrick was recovered by dive rescue teams from Hadar and Yankton.  Myrick’s body was removed from the scene and an investigation is currently being completed by the Sheriff’s office into his death which will be treated as a traffic fatality due to the motorcycle operation on the lake, unless other circumstances are discovered.  Alcohol may have been a contributing factor.  The family of Myrick and Sheriff’s office wishes to thank everyone who was involved in the search and recovery of Eddie.   Special thanks to Hadar Fire, Pilger Rescue and Yankton Search and Rescue.  Other agencies assisting were Stanton Fire, Stanton County Emergency Management, and the LENRD.

SHORELINE WHERE RECOVERY OPERATIONS SET UP THURSDAY MORNING

 

SEVERAL SENT TO JAIL IN STANTON COUNTY COURT

January 22, 2019

On Monday in Stanton County Court the following men were given jail sentences following their arrest earlier by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office.  Dylon Blath, 20, Norfolk was sentenced to ninety days in the county jail following his conviction of Attempted Possession of Methamphetamine.  The following individuals were all sentenced to seven days in jail for Driving While Intoxicated.  Tommy Nelson, 22, of Oakland, Shane Knapp 49, of Scottsbluff, Dustin Maggio, 21, and Bronc Temple,19, both of Norfolk.  All the inmates were also ordered to pay fines and cost in the amount of $450.00 and $617.00.

 

TWO MEN CHARGED IN BURGLARY FROM OVER A YEAR AGO

Janaury 22, 2019

Two area men made their first appearance in Stanton County Court after recently being charged with Burglary and Criminal Trespass by the Stanton County Attorney’s office.  Cory Haase, 40, of Woodland Park and Damian Anderson, 28, of Norfolk were charged following a yearlong investigation by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office into the break-in of the County Line bar at the Off Road Ranch just east of Norfolk where an ATM was taken.  Both men are next scheduled to appear on February 12th for a bond hearing and further arraignment.

 

STANTON MAN IS REPORTED MISSING AT MASKENTHINE LAKE

January 21, 2019

Stanton County authorities have suspended a water search for a missing Stanton man after evaluation of the ice conditions with highly trained cold water rescue/recovery representatives from Yankton County and Lincoln Fire.  An extensive area search on the ground in and around Maskenthine Lake last night and this morning showed no signs of Eddie Myrick, 55, of Stanton or his motorcycle.  Evidence recovered through the use of a drone showed motorcycle tire tracks and indicates an area in the lake that had disturbed open water, but is unsafe at this time to search further due to thin ice. Myrick was observed on the ice Sunday afternoon on his motorcycle.  Family has been made aware of the situation and are dealing with this to the best that anyone can under the circumstances.  The family did wish to thank everyone who assisted in the search and for their efforts to try and locate Eddie. Maskenthine Lake is currently closed and will remain closed for an indefinite period of time to all, except authorized officials. 

MASKENTHINE LAKE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED-NO ADMITTANCE IS ALLOWED

 

EARLY MORNING SEARCH WARRANT LEADS TO SEVERAL DRUG ARREST BY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

January 17, 2019

Just after midnight on Thursday morning the Stanton County Sheriff’s office executed a search warrant at 309 Sherwood Lane in Woodland Park and arrested two adults and one juvenile on drug related charges.  Kentrell Monroe, 27, of Woodland Park was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Ecstasy), Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Nebraska Tax Stamp Violation, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia.  Marlana Kirk, 30, of Omaha was charged with Aiding and Abetting Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.  A 17 year old Male was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia.  A large quantity of Ecstasy was recovered from the residence along with a significant amount of cash, marijuana and other paraphernalia.

                                         MONROE                                                                           KIRK

**UPDATED INFORMATION**

The Stanton County Sheriff’s office has arrested another person in connection to a search warrant served earlier this date in Woodland Park.  T’Vyon Gully, 16, of Fort Dodge, Iowa was arrested on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Ecstasy) with Intent to Deliver, No Nebraska Drug Tax Stamp.  Gully was also arrested on a Webster County, Iowa arrest warrant for Absconding parole and had been on the run since last August after escaping from a facility in Waterloo, Iowa.  Gully is currently being held in the Juvenile Detention Center in Madison.

 

 

TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON HWY 275 COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE

January 12, 2019

On Saturday afternoon at about 2:30 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to and investigated a two vehicle accident at the Hwy 275 and Hwy 15 junction two miles east of Pilger.  The accident occurred when a car driven by Hugh Jager, 57, of Wayne turned east into the path of a westbound van on Hwy 275 driven by Jackie Eichenberger, 40, of Yankton, SD.  Both drivers and a passenger in the Jager car declined medical treatment at the scene by Pilger Rescue.  All the occupants were very fortunate not to have suffered serious injuries as both vehicles were considered total losses.  Seatbelts and airbags are credited with lessening any potential injuries.  The accident blocked part of the highway for about one hour as the scene was investigated and cleared.  Stanton County Emergency Management and Wisner Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

 

Scene of Accident on Hwy 275 at the Hwy 15 Junction

 

SHERIFF'S OFFICE ASK FOR HELP LOCATING FELON WANTED ON WARRANT-IN CUSTODY

January 10, 2019

The Stanton County Sheriff's office is asking the publics help in locating a wanted felon who failed to show for sentencing on a felony Domestic Assault this past Monday in Stanton County District Court.  Seth Bossard, 37, of Norfolk is being sought on a felony warrant and could be considered dangerous.  Bossard is a white male and is about 6'3, 220 lbs and his current location is unknown.   Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's office at (402) 439-2212 or contact your local law enforcement agency. 

 

                                                 BOOKING PHOTO OF SETH BOSSARD IN SPRING 2018

**Bossard was taken into custody on Friday and will now be sentenced on Feb 4th and the Sheriff's office really appreciates the public's help in locating Bossard**

 

 

TWO AREA MEN ARRESTED THURSDAY MORNING

January 10, 2019

On Thursday morning the Stanton County Sheriff's office and Norfolk Police Division arrested two local men on Burglary warrants that had just been issued in Madison County.  Cory Haase, 40, was taken into custody in Woodland Park and Michael Ronnfeldt, 38, was taken into custody in Norfolk.  Both were transported to the Madison County jail with bond set in the amount of $200,000.00 each.  Both men are currently out on bond on theft related charges.

                                                HAASE                                         RONNFELDT

 

DISTRICT COURT IS BUSY MONDAY MORNING

January 7, 2019

On Monday in Stanton County District Court the following sentences and pleas were accepted by District Judge Mark Johnson.  Austin Murphy was sentenced to 270 days in jail following his conviction for Third Degree Sexual Assault after his probation was revoked.  Murphy was arrested in 2017 by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office following an investigation into the sexual assault of a 15 year old female in rural Stanton County.  Sentenced to 24 months of Intensive Probation for a Possession of Methamphetamine charge was Donald Detlefsen, 50, of Stanton.  Detlefsen was also ordered to serve ninety days in jail as part of his probation.  He was arrested last year by the Stanton Sheriff’s office following the service of a search warrant at his Stanton residence.  Entering guilty pleas were Kyle Kirstine, 37, Norfolk to a felony charge of Terroristic Threats.  He was arrested back in November by the Sheriff’s office at a Woodland Park residence after threatening to kill a female during a disturbance.  Cody Schnebel, 27, Hoskins entered a guilty plea to a felony 4th offense Driving While Intoxicated and also to Operating a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest.  He was arrested back in October after leading the Sheriff’s office on a high speed pursuit from near Woodland Park to North of Pilger where he wrecked his pickup.  Both men will be sentenced in March.  Also a 40 year old Woodland Park man, Cory Haase had his bond revoked on a felony Theft charge and was jailed pending the posting of an additional $5,000 cash bond.  Haase had been arrested several times while out on bond, which were violations of his initial cash bond.

 

 

FIREARMS SEIZED DURING SEARCH WARRANT AND SUSPECT IN JAIL

January 6, 2019

On Saturday at about noon the Stanton County Sheriff’s office executed a search warrant at a residence ten miles southeast of Stanton that resulted in the arrest of a sixty year old Stanton man on charges of being a felon in possession of firearms.  Ivan Salmons is currently being held in the county jail pending the posting of a cash bond.  Four rifles were located and seized as a result of the search warrant in the possession of Salmons. 

  IVAN SALMONS

 

STANTON MAN INJURED IN ATV ACCIDENT

December 28, 2018

At about 3:15 on Friday afternoon the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to and investigated an ATV accident that sent a 42 year old Stanton man to the hospital for injuries he received.  Ryan Kander was travelling north in a farm field off 829th Road about 10 miles northeast of Clarkson working with cattle when he lost control of the ATV he was operating due to a mechanical failure and it rolled ejecting him to the ground.  Kander was transported by Clarkson Rescue to FRHS in Norfolk for treatment of possible internal injuries.

                                                Scene of ATV Accident North of Clarkson

 

SHERIFF'S OFFICE ASKED TO INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE SCAM AT PILGER VILLAGE OFFICES

December 21, 2018

The Stanton County Sheriff’s office is investigating an alleged scam involving public funds from the Village of Pilger.  The investigation is being undertaken to try and identify who may be responsible for any deception that has led to loss of a significant amount of money from the Village of Pilger public funds and also to try and determine if there was any public malfeasance by any Village employees.  The Nebraska Attorney General’s office has also been asked to assist in the investigation and federal authorities will be contacted for assistance as some of the spent funds were delivered outside of the United States.

 

COOPERATIVE INVESTIGATION WITH MADISON S.O. LEADS TO ARREST

December 20, 2018

The Stanton County Sheriff’s office recently assisted the Madison County Sheriff’s office in arresting four individuals on charges of Burglary for their alleged involvement in two seperate rural Madison County burglaries.  The arrest followed a cooperative investigation by the Sheriff’s offices into recent criminal incidents in the Norfolk area.  Arrested were Cory Haase, 40, of Woodland Park, Michael Ronnfeldt, 38, of Norfolk, Earl Workman, 48, of Norfolk and Mandy Board, 33, of Stanton.  Additional arrest and charges are possible as the investigation continues.

 

LARGEST DRUG SEIZURE EVER IN STANTON COUNTY LANDS MINNESOTA WOMAN IN JAIL

December 16, 2018

On Saturday evening at about 7:00 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office arrested a 28 year old Minnesota woman on felony drug charges in the largest seizure of Methamphetamine in Stanton County history.  Nicole R. Kroells of Norwood Young America, MN was arrested following a traffic stop on Hwy 15 about nine miles South of Pilger for speeding.  She was found to be in possession of approximately five (5) pounds of suspected methamphetamine that was recovered hidden inside the interior of the vehicle covered with food product to disguise the odor.  She was enroute to Minneapolis from Phoenix and is a previously convicted felon with drug convictions.  Kroells faces felony charges of Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver and failure to have Nebraska Drug Tax Stamp.  The street value of the seized drugs is estimated at more than $100,000.00.  Kroells is currently incarcerated pending her first court appearance.

BOOKING PHOTO OF NICOLE KROELLS

Approximately 5 pounds of Manufactured Mehtamphetamine Seized Saturday Night

 

STANTON WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES AND FOR ALLEGED CHILD ABUSE

December 13, 2018

On Thursday the Stanton County Sheriff’s office arrested a 33 year old Stanton woman on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) and Child Abuse following an investigation into the allegations.  Mandy Board remains in jail on other felony charges and will make her initial court appearance next month.  Her children were placed in protective custody with the Department of Health and Human Services.   The investigation into the incident is still ongoing.

Mandy Board

 

WAYNE MAN ARRESTED FOR DWI WITH A VERY HIGH TEST

December 13, 2018

On Wednesday morning at about 8:45 a.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office arrested a 21 year old Wayne man for Driving While Intoxicated on Hwy 35 near Woodland Park.  Tommy Nelson was taken to the Sheriff’s office where he provided a breath sample that was nearly four times the legal limit of .08% BAC.  Nelson was charged with Driving While Intoxicated +.15% and an Open Container of Alcohol Violation.  Nelson was released from custody after posting a cash bond.

 

COLUMBUS MAN IN CUSTODY ON FELONY THEFT CHARGES

December 12, 2018

A 25 year old Columbus man is in custody on felony Theft charges following a joint investigation by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office and Columbus Police Department into the theft of a trailer from Stanton in October that was later recovered in Columbus.  Brandon Salyers was arrested earlier this week following the issuance of an arrest warrant for his arrest.

Brandon Salyers

 

FIVE ARRESTED FOLLOWING SEARCH WARRANT SERVED IN STANTON

December 11, 2018

On Tuesday morning just before 8:00 a.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office executed a search warrant at a residence in the Stanton mobile home park in Stanton that resulted in the arrest of five people on drug related charges.  Arrested on a charge of Possession of Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) with intent to deliver was Angela Timm, 44, of Stanton.  Michael Scott, 58, of Stanton was arrested on charges of Possession of Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Daniel Jensen, 45, Battle Creek was also arrested for Attempted Possession of Methamphetamine and a Dakota County Arrest Warrant for Possession of Controlled Substance along with a Probation Violation.  Heather Vargas, 40, of Norfolk for Possession of methamphetamine.  Jessi Jensen, 31, of Stanton for Attempted Possession of methamphetamine and a probation violation.  A large quantity of drug paraphernalia was also seized during the service of the warrant.  Several of those arrested remain in jail pending the posting of bond.

Drug arrests

SUSPECTS ARRESTED ON TUESDAY

 

LOVELL TO BE SENTENCED FOR FIRST DEGREE SEXUAL ASSAULT

December 10, 2018

On Monday afternoon in Stanton County District Court a 60 year old former Norfolk man was found guilty of First Degree Sexual Assault by District Judge Mark Johnson after entering a no contest plea to the charge.  Paul Lovell faces up to fifty years in prison when he is sentenced in February.  Lovell was arrested this past April by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office following a lengthy investigation into the assault of a juvenile female at a Stanton residence several years earlier.  Lovell has been in jail since his arrest and remains in custody.

 

MADISON MAN IS VERY FORTUNATE IN VEHICLE ROLLOVER ACCIDENT

December 8, 2018

On Friday Night just after 8:00 p.m. the Sheriff's office responded to and investigated a one vehicle rollover accident on 558th Avenue about six miles southeast of Norfolk.  The accident occurred when a southbound pickup driven by Doug Siecke, 77,  of rural Madison left the county line road and entered the east ditch and rolled onto its top in a water filled ditch.  Siecke was trapped inside the wreckage and later removed by Norfolk Fire and Rescue.  He was treated on the scene, but declined medical transport.   The Madison County Sheriff's office assisted at the scene.

NORFOLK FIRE/RESCUE WORKS TO FREE SEICKE FROM WRECKAGE

 

 

DISTRICT COURT SENTENCES HANDED OUT

December 3, 2018

On Monday in Stanton County District Court the following sentences were handed out along with several guilty pleas entered.  Sentenced to 18 months in prison was Ryan Leiting, 36, of Norfolk for Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine).  Leiting was arrested back in January following the service of a search warrant at a rural residence southwest of Stanton by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office.  Two co-defendants were already sentenced for their involvement.  Ryan Wohlman, 38, of Norfolk was sentenced to 4 to 8 years in Prison following his conviction for Driving While Intoxicated-4th offense and Driving during Suspension.  He was arrested back in June by the Sheriff’s office on Old Hwy 8 just East of Norfolk.   Benjamin Hill, 43, of Carroll was sentenced to 180 days in jail following his conviction for a 3rd offense Drunk Driving-Refusal and Possession of Marijuana.  He was arrested earlier this year on Hwy 35 by the Sheriff’s office.  Jacqueline Jacobs, 48, of Norfolk was sentenced to 180 days in jail on an Attempted Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) charge when she was arrested last December in Woodland Park by the Sheriff’s office.  Meghan Bayne, 33, of Norfolk was sentenced to 30 days in jail and a $1000.00 fine following the revocation of her probation on an original charge of Attempted Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine).  She was arrested earlier this year by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office near Norfolk.  Also sentenced to a year in jail after his probation was revoked was Dallas Smith, 22, of Norfolk.  Smith was on probation for Criminal Mischief after his arrest by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office in 2016 along with two co-defendants in a string of vandalisms to cars and building windows with a BB gun in Woodland Park and Norfolk.  Sentenced to 24 months of Probation for Driving While Intoxicated and given a $500.00 fine was Janie Heiderman, 23, of Woodland Park.  She was arrested earlier this year just East of Norfolk on Hwy 275 by the Sheriff’s office.  Entering a guilty plea to Operating a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest and an alcohol violation was Mike Temme, 29,   of Pilger.  He was arrested back in May by the Sheriff’s office following a pursuit North of Pilger on Hwy 15 and county roads.  He will be sentenced in February.  Also entering no-contest pleas to Felony Theft were Kayleigh Betcke, 19, and Christopher Smith, 33, both of Texas.  They were arrested by the Sheriff’s office back in August following the theft of a camper trailer from the Off Road Ranch that was later recovered on Hwy 275.  They both will be sentenced in February.

 

 

SLICK ROADS CAUSE ONE VEHICLE TRUCK ACCIDENT-MINOR INJURIES

November 29, 2018

Just after 11:00 a.m. on Thursday the Stanton County Sheriff's office responded to and investigated a one vehicle accident on 842nd road about six miles East of Norfolk.  The westbound dump truck was travelling on the minimum maintenance road when the 58 year old driver lost control due to wet/slick road conditions and the truck left the roadway and rolled onto its side.  The driver was treated on scene by EMS and declined medical transport.  Seatbelts were in use.

Scene on 842nd Road

 

PURSUIT ON HWY 275 LEADS TO ARREST AND LARGE MIP PARTY BROKEN UP

November 24, 2018

On Friday night at about 11:00 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office arrested a 43 year old Yankton, South Dakota man following a brief pursuit with his eastbound Ford Taurus on Hwy 275 and then 568th Avenue Northeast of Stanton.  Dustin Alstadt was taken into custody after he refused to stop and was also found to have a suspended license.  Alstadt was jailed, pending the posting of bond on charges of Driving During Suspension and Operating a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest, Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) and a McCook County, South Dakota felony warrant.  His initial court appearance is scheduled for next month.

 

ALSTADT BOOKING PHOTO

 

On Saturday morning at about 1:00 a.m. the Sheriff’s office responded to a report of an underage drinking party at a residence southwest of Stanton.  As a result of that investigation, more than 20 citations were issued for Minor in Possession/Consumption of Alcohol and the party host was cited for Aiding and Abetting Minor in Possession/Consumption of Alcohol.  One 18 year old was also cited for Possession of Marijuana. The youngest cited were 15 years of age.

 

AREA MAN ARRESTED FOR DWI FOR THE EIGHTH TIME

November 12, 2018

On Monday morning just after 2:00 a.m. The Stanton County Sheriff’s office stopped a vehicle on Hwy 24 about two miles East of Norfolk for driving on the shoulder.  The driver Mark Ackerman, 49, of Norfolk was found to be under the influence of alcoholic liquor and was arrested for DWI, Driving on the Shoulder, Refusal of a Preliminary and Chemical Test and Open Container of Alcohol Violation.  Ackerman has seven prior convictions for DWI and has an initial court appearance next month in Stanton County Court.

 

FIRST SNOWFALL CAUSES HAVOC ON COUNTY ROADWAYS

November 9, 2018

Friday mornings snowfall kept the Sheriff's office busy with numerous calls of vehicles in the ditch and several accidents on the slick roadways.  No injuries were reported in any of the accidents and one driver declined treatment from Pilger Rescue after she lost control of her vehicle on Hwy 15 South of Pilger.

Scene of Accident South of Pilger on Hwy 15

 

SHERIFF'S OFFICE DISPOSES OF DRUGS AND OTHER ILLEGAL CONTRABAND

November 6, 2018

The Sheriff's office completed their annual purge of contraband and evidence no longer needed for court cases.  Approximately 30 cases of beer and other alcoholic liquors were destroyed along with numerous pounds of Marijuana and other seized controlled substances.  The contraband was disposed of through a court order.

Senior Deputy and Evidence Officer Jeremy Goeken and Sheriff Unger displaying contraband being disposed of

 

HEIDERMAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOLLOWING DWI/FLIGHT TO AVOID CONVICTION

November 5, 2018

On Monday in Stanton County District Court a 32 year old Hoskins man was sentenced to 270 days in prison following his conviction on charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Operating a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest.  Jeremy Heiderman was originally arrested back in June by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office following a high speed chase that started near Woodland Park and went through Wayne County and ended near Randolph.

 Also entering a no-contest plea to felony charges of Possession of a firearm and felony theft was Keith Newman, 31, of Allen, NE.  Newman will be sentenced early next year and faces a mandatory minimum of three years in prison on the charges.  He was arrested back in March by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office when they responded to a break-in in progress at a rural residence north of Pilger.  Newman and a female accomplice were found in possession of stolen firearms and other stolen property including a vehicle stolen the night before from a Norfolk car dealer.  His co-defendant has already pled guilty and will be sentenced next month.

 Tucker Lanz, 22, of Stanton entered a not guilty plea to a charge of Manslaughter and his jury trial was set to begin in January.  He faces up to twenty years in prison if convicted in the death of Hunter Hetzler who was killed last May in rural Stanton County.  He was charged following the investigation by the Sheriff's office into the death.

Roman Jennings, 24, of Madison was given a $4500.00 fine following his conviction for a Sex Offender Registration Violation earlier this year in Woodland Park.  He was arrested by the Sheriff's office following an investigation into his failure to register.  He remains in custody on numerous felony charges from a June arrest on Hwy 275 where a Sheriff's deputy was injured  during that arrest.

Brooke Hanson, 21, of Norfolk was given a $500.00 fine on a reduced Possession of Marijuana charge.  She was originally arrested earluer this year by the Sheriff's office with more than a pound of Marijauna during a traffic stop on Hwy 275.

 

ACCIDENT LEADS TO DWI ARREST EARLY HALLOWEEN MORNING

Oct 31, 2018

The Stanton County Sheriff’s office arrested a 20 year old Norfolk man early Wednesday morning about 7 miles southwest of Stanton following a vehicle crash on 833rd Road.  Alexander Gries was arrested on charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving, Minor in Possession/Consumption of Alcohol, Open Container of Alcoholic Liquor and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.  Gries fled the area on foot and was located by law enforcement after a search for him was undertaken by the Stanton Sheriff’s office, Nebraska State Patrol and Madison County Sheriff’s office.  Gries faces an initial court appearance later this month.

 

DRIVER ARRESTED ON NUMEROUS CHARGES INCLUDING DWI FOLLOWING CHASE

Oct 30, 2018

Just after 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday night the Stanton County Sheriff’s office was involved in a high speed vehicle pursuit when a pickup refused to stop when it was clocked speeding on 844th Road near Woodland Park.  The pursuit lasted for about 16 miles on county roads and ended about seven miles North of Pilger in Wayne County when the pickup crashed into a ditch attempting to make a turn.  Cody Schnebel, 27, of rural Hoskins was taken into custody at the scene and faces numerous charges including Driving While Intoxicated 3rd offense, Driving During Revocation, Speeding, Willful Reckless Driving, Operating a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest and Open Container of Alcohol Violation.  Schnebel is currently being held in the county jail pending the posting of bond.  A loaded firearm was recovered in his vehicle at the time of his arrest.  Schnebel was treated at the scene and medically cleared by Pilger Rescue.

 

SCHNEBEL VEHICLE AFTER IT CRASHED INTO DITCH

CODY SCHNEBEL

 
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