Colorado man in protective custody after he attacks another man in rural Stanton County
March 11, 2014
On Monday night just after 9:00 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office took into custody a 41 year old Colorado man after he physically attacked a rural Stanton County man on a closed road southeast of Madison. The incident occurred when the Colorado man was observed near a vehicle on the closed road by a local resident and when the resident went to check on the man, he was attacked and grabbed by the throat and neck. He attempted to flee and was again accosted by the Colorado man who attempted to choke him by the throat as he tried to get into his pickup and drive away. The local man was able to flee in his vehicle and contacted authorities. When the first deputy arrived the man became confrontational and refused to cooperate. When additional help arrived, he continued to be aggressive and was physically restrained and taken into custody. He was then taken for a mental evaluation at a local hospital. The investigation is continuing and it is unclear why the Colorado man was in the isolated area of Stanton County as he has no known connection to this area.
Several Felony Arrest over the weekend
March 10, 2014
The Stanton County Sheriff’s office has arrested two people on Felony Theft charges following an investigation into the theft of a computer from a residence near Woodland Park in January. Tony Hartford, 47, of Woodland Park and Megan Thompson 27, of Norfolk were arrested at their residences and are scheduled to appear in court next month. The computer was recovered as part of the investigation. The Sheriff’s office was assisted by the Norfolk Police Division.
Also on Sunday evening the Sheriff’s office arrested a transient that was walking along Hwy 24 near Stanton on an outstanding Henderson County, Texas arrest warrant for Felony Theft. Terry Wayne Holloway, 44, who was currently living at the Norfolk Mission was taken into custody and jailed awaiting extradition back to Texas.
Early Monday morning the Sheriff's Office arrested a David Kinnan, 31, of Norfolk on suspicion of Felony Drunk Driving. Kinnan was arrested on charges of DWI-3rd offense, more than .150 bac. Kinnan was arrested on Hwy 24 about three miles east of Norfolk He is currently in jail awaiting the posting of a cash bond.
Local Girl escapes serious injury with use of seatbelts
March 7, 2014
On Friday morning just after 8:00 a.m. the Sheriff's office investigated a one vehicle rollover accident just east of Stanton on Old Hwy 8. Muryam Kouatli, 15, was eastbound on Old Hwy 8, when she lost control of the SUV she was driving and it left the roadway and rolled several times. She was wearing a seatbelt that is credited with preventing serious injuries. She was later taken for medical treatment by family members.
Kouatli vehicle lays on its side in a field off Old Hwy 8
Sheriff Mike Unger recognized by Nebraska National Guard
March 2, 2014
Sheriff Mike Unger was recently recognized by the Nebraska National Guard for his support of the Guard and especially SSG Michael Petersen of the Norfolk based National Guard unit who also is a full time Stanton County Sheriff's deputy. Unger received a framed award recognition from a civilian representative of the guard for faithfully supporting Deputy Petersen in his military career and obligations, along with the entire National Guard and U.S. military.
Sheriff Unger recognized by Nebraska National Guard
Two sentenced for Theft related charges in District Court-Third enters guilty plea
March 3, 2014
On Monday in Stanton County District Court a 40 year old Norfolk man was sentenced to 12 months of probation after his conviction for Felony Theft. Chad Heffner was given the sentence following his guilty plea. Heffner was arrested last fall by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office following an investigation into the theft of property from a farm place southeast of Stanton. The stolen items were recovered and returned to the owner.
Also in court a 63 year old Stanton man, Ernie Mastny was sentenced to pay fines and cost of $635.00 following his conviction on a misdemeanor charge of Theft by Receiving stolen property after he entered a No-Contest plea. Mastny was arrested last May by the Sheriff’s office following the investigation of two work trailer thefts in Stanton. Some of the stolen property was located at the Mastny residence southwest of Stanton. Two others in the case have received prison sentences for the theft of the trailers and tools inside. All the stolen items were recovered during the investigation at various locations in Stanton and Madison County.
Trevion Richardson, 21, of Norfolk also entered a guilty plea to a charge of Attempted Third Degree Assault of a Peace Officer. Richardson was arrested last July following a disturbance on a county road just east of Norfolk, when he became belligerent and bit a deputy on the hand. Richardson will be sentenced next month.
SHERIFF UNGER AND DEPUTY GOEKEN HONORED AS STANTON RESCUE EMT'S OF THE YEAR
February 17, 2014
Sheriff Mike Unger and Deputy Jeremy Goeken were recognized this past weekend as Stanton Rescue EMT's of the year for 2013. For Unger it was his third time receiving the award and Goeken is the only EMT to receive the award more than once besides Sheriff Unger. Deputy Goeken was also recognized with a lifesaving award for performing CPR and reviving a fall victim last year. Unger was also re-elected as the Stanton Rescue Captain for the next two year term.
Jeremy and Sheriff Unger receive their awards from Stanton Rescue Co-Captain Shawnette Tomka
SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATE'S EARLY MORNING FATAL ACCIDENT
February 16, 2014
On Sunday morning the Sheriff's office investigated a one vehicle traffic accident that claimed the life of a 34 year old rural Wisner man. Darin Gentrup was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on 576th Avenue about four miles southeast of Pilger. Gentrup had been southbound when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. The accident is believed to have occurred around midnight and was discovered about 6:40 a.m. by a passerby on his way to work. Alcohol and speed are believed to have been contributing factors and seatbelts were not in use.
Walthill Woman arrested for multiple charges after she initially refuses to stop
February 12, 2014
On Wednesday morning at about 12:50 a.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office arrested a 23 year old Walthill woman on multiple charges after she was clocked speeding 84 in 65 mph zone just east of Norfolk and refused to stop. Tatayannah Zephier was finally stopped near Pilger on Hwy 275 where she was found to be intoxicated and also had an unrestrained four year old child in the vehicle. Zephier was arrested on charges of Driving While Intoxicated (+.15), Reckless Driving, No valid Driver’s License, Obstructing a Police Officer, False Reporting and Child Abuse. The child was placed with the Health and Human Services and Zephier was jailed pending the posting of bond.
ARREST MADE IN MONDAY EVENING THEFT
February 11, 2014
On Tuesday afternoon the Stanton County Sheriff’s office arrested a 35 year Woodland Park man on theft related charges following an investigation into the theft of around fifty gallons of gas and other items from a rural Norfolk farm place near the Nucor steel mill on Monday evening. Cory Haase was arrested following the recovery of all the stolen gas and other items at his residence. Haase is scheduled to appear in Stanton County Court next month on charges of Theft, Criminal Trespass and Criminal Mischief.
THURSDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL WITH HEAD INJURY
February 6, 2014
On Thursday afternoon just after 3:00 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office investigated a two vehicle accident that sent a 32 year old Norfolk man to the hospital with a possible head injury. Eric Siecke was transported to FRHS in Norfolk by Madison Rescue for his injuries following the accident about six miles southeast of Madison. The accident occurred when a southbound pickup driven by Siecke on 558th Avenue began to back up and was struck by a second southbound pickup driven by Andrew Brabec, 38, of Madison. Brabec was treated at the scene for facial injuries by Madison Fire and Rescue. Neither driver was wearing seatbelts and both pickups are considered to be total losses.
Also on Thursday evening at about 6:40 p.m. the Sheriff’s office investigated a second injury accident on the north side of Stanton on Hwy 57 when a southbound pickup driven by Walter Kerbel, 42, of Stanton left Hwy 57 and struck a piece of equipment when he swerved to miss a semi and trailer that was backing off Hwy 57 into a private business. Kerbel was treated at the scene by Stanton Rescue for possible neck and head injuries but declined transport to the hospital. Seatbelts were in use by Kerbel and airbag’s did deploy in his pickup.
Seicke was backing up in white pickup and struck by Brabec pickup on 558th Ave near 825th Road
DISTRICT COURT SENTENCE AND PLEAS
February 3, 2014
On Monday in Stanton County District Court a 48 year old Battle Creek man was sentenced to a prison term of 24 to 36 months for his involvement in the theft of two trailers in Stanton back in May of last year. Kevin Mendenhall was given the sentence by District Judge Mark Johnson. Mendenhall was arrested shortly after the thefts by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office along with Mark Kuehn of Stanton who is serving an eleven year sentence for his involvement in the thefts. A third co-defendant in the case, Ernie Mastny, 62, of Stanton is awaiting trial on his alleged involvement.
Also in District Court an 18 year old Norfolk man entered a guilty plea to Burglary and will be sentenced in April. Sean Taylor formerly of Stanton entered the plea after he was arrested last October by the Sheriff’s Office following an investigation into the break-in of a Stanton business where money was taken.
In separate theft case two men from the West Point area pled guilty to theft charges for their involvement of a rural break-in south of Pilger in 2012. Casey Burger, 22, of Snyder and Aaron Ellinghausen 21, of West Point entered guilty pleas to a theft charge and will be sentenced in April. Both men along with two other defendants, who are still awaiting trial, were arrested by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office following an investigation into the theft of items from a rural farm place on several occasions.
SHERIFF UNGER FILES FOR RE-ELECTION AS STANTON COUNTY SHERIFF
Jan 16, 2014
Sheriff Mike Unger has filed for re-election in his bid for a seventh term as Stanton County Sheriff. Unger has been Sheriff since 1993 and has more than 32 years of law enforcement experience and looks forward to the challenge of continuing as the Stanton County Sheriff. "I enjoy the job and working for the people of Stanton County and even though some days I might question that desire, I really want to continue the dedicated work and efforts I have undertaken as your Sheriff". Unger is currently the second longest serving Sheriff in the history of Stanton County since the office was created in 1867.
SEATBELTS CREDITED WITH LESSENING INJURIES IN ROLLOVER ACCIDENT
January 2, 2014
On New years Day at about 12:40 p.m. the Sheriff's office investigated a one vehicle rollover accident about nine miles southwest of Stanton. The accident occurred on 562nd Avenue, when a southbound pickup driven by Andrew Wurdeman, 22, of Wayne lost control due to icy road conditions and left the roadway and entered the west ditch and rolled onto its top into a dry creekbed. Wurdeman and a passenger were treated a tthe scene by Stanton Rescue personnel. Seatbelts were in use and are credited with lessening their injuries. The pickup is considered a total loss.
ROLLOVER ACCIDENT SENDS FOUR TO HOSPITAL WITH INJURIES
December 21, 2013
Late Friday evening the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office investigated a one vehicle traffic accident that sent four area young people to the hospital for injuries they suffered in a one vehicle rollover accident about ten miles northeast of Stanton on 844th Road. The accident occurred just after 11:00 p.m. when an eastbound Ford Explorer driven by Anthony Ahlman, 23, of Wayne left the county road and entered the north ditch striking an embankment and then rolled onto its top about twenty yards off the roadway and about forty feet down the sloping embankment. Ahlman and three teenage passengers were taken to FRHS in Norfolk by rescue units from Winside, Hoskins/Woodland Park and Stanton with various injuries. One passenger, Megan Kocmich, 18, of Norfolk was ejected from the wreckage and the other two passengers Brandon Carpenter, 17, Wisner and Halle Hoehne, 17 of Stanton along with Ahlman were restrained by seatbelts which are credited with saving them from severe injuries. The vehicle is a total loss.
Ford Explorer landed on its top after rolling down embankment
PENDER MAN RECEIVES JAIL SENTENCE AFTER JURY CONVICTS HIM OF THEFT
December 19, 2013
A 57 year old Pender man has been sentenced to two sixty day jail sentences in the county jail following his convictions on charges of Theft by Unlawful taking and Criminal Trespass. Rick Gatzemeyer was arrested earlier this year by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office following an investigation into the theft of materials from outside the Stanton VFW. Gatzemeyer pled not guilty to the charges and was found guilty last month by a Stanton County jury following the one day jury trial. His elderly mother was also found guilty by the same jury of aiding and abetting theft and was given a fine for her involvement.
NEW YORK MAN ARRESTED AFTER CHILD PORNOGRAPHY INVESTIGATON
December 19, 2013
Following an investigation between the Stanton County Sheriff’s office and Orange County New York authorities an 18 year old Blooming Grove, NY man has been arrested on child pornography related charges. Timothy Ryerson was arrested and faces the felony charges in New York after he was found to have contacted an 11 year old Stanton county female and enticed her into providing him naked photos of herself using social media. Ryerson is currently on probation for enticement related sex offenses in the past. The investigation is continuing to see if there are any other victims connected to this case.
MADISON COUNTY MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY WARRANT
December 18, 2013
Early Wednesday morning a 27 year old rural Norfolk man was arrested on a felony warrant out of Holt County after a brief vehicle pursuit into Norfolk, after he was observed by the Sheriff's office driving on Hwy 35 and known to have an active arrest warrant. Monte Sorrells was taken into custody with assistance of the Norfolk Police Division at a Norfolk apartment complex and jailed at the Norfolk jail awaiting his return to Holt County.
NORFOLK MAN ARRESTED AFTER WOMAN FOUND TIED AND BOUND
December 15, 2013
On Saturday afternoon at about 2:15 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office arrested a 42 year old Norfolk man on charges of False Reporting and False Imprisonment. The Sheriff’s office responded to a rural Norfolk residence to check on the welfare of a female and upon arriving were advised by Kevin Broberg that she wasn’t there and was in the hospital. It was determined that she was inside the residence and after gaining entry, the female was found to be unresponsive and was physically restrained with her hands and feet tied and bound. The female who is a companion of Broberg was taken to FRHS by Norfolk Rescue for treatment. Broberg was taken into custody and placed in the Pierce County jail.
In an unrelated arrest, the Sheriff’s office arrested a 35 year old Stanton man on Sunday evening in downtown Stanton after he was found to be a fugitive from justice. Jacob Mahnke was arrested on a Jackson County, MO arrest warrant for felony theft. He also was jailed in the Pierce County jail and awaits an extradition hearing later this week.
NORFOLK MAN SENTENCED ON FELONY THEFT CONVICTION
December 2, 2013
A 28 year old Norfolk man was sentenced to a jail term on Monday following his conviction on a Felony Theft by Receiving charge. Michael Ronnfeldt was given 90 days in the county jail following his conviction. Ronnfeldt was arrested back in May following the service of a search warrant at his then Woodland Park residence by the Sheriff’s office. Stolen property taken from a rural Madison County burglary was recovered at that time. The stolen property was returned to its rightful owner.
NORFOLK MAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE FELONIES FOLLOWING INVESTIGATON
November 27, 2013
The Stanton County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 23 year old Norfolk man on several felony charges following an investigation into a stolen vehicle earlier this week from a Woodland Park residence. Kody Bromley was arrested on charges of Theft by Unlawful Taking for stealing an SUV from a Woodland Park driveway after he disposed of another stolen vehicle from Madison county near Woodland Park and attempted to set it on fire with gasoline that he allegedly stole after breaking into a storage garage near Woodland Park. Bromley also faces charges of attempted Arson, Burglary and a Parole violation. He remains in custody at the Madison County jail.
WOODLAND PARK MAN ARRESTED AFTER HE FLEES ON FOOT
November 26, 2013
An 18 year old Woodland Park man was arrested this past week after he was observed in Woodland Park and was known to have an active arrest warrant out of Madison County (Drug Violation) and another warrant out of Stanton County for Failure to Appear. Dylan Schommer fled on foot when confronted by a Sheriff's deputy and then ran and forced entry into a residence, where he attempted to hide. He was physically restrained and taken into custody on the two warrants and also charged with Obstructing a Police Officer.
ARREST MADE IN THREE BURGLARIES IN STANTON
November 6, 2013
The Stanton County Sheriff’s office has arrested a 17 year old Stanton man on charges of Burglary. Sean Taylor was taken into custody on Tuesday following an investigation into the burglary of a residence in Stanton on Monday and a Stanton business on two occasions in October. Taylor was arrested following an investigation into the unrelated incidents were money was taken. He was cited and released to his parents. He faces three counts of Burglary and one count of criminal mischief.
Earlier this week in Stanton County District Court, a 48 year old Kansas man Kevin Mendenhall was found guilty of Felony theft charges after he entered a no-contest plea in District Court. Mendenhall was arrested by the Sheriff’s office back in May along with Mark Kuehn formerly of Stanton in the theft of two work trailers in Stanton. Kuehn was convicted for his involvement and is serving a prison sentence. Mendenhall remains in custody waiting his sentencing early next year and he faces up to 20 years in prison. A third suspect, Ernie Mastny, 62, of Stanton is still awaiting trial on his charges.
ACCIDENT ON HWY 15 SENDS ONE TO SCHUYLER HOSPITAL
October 26, 2013
On Saturday afternoon at about 2:00 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office investigated a two vehicle traffic accident that sent a 35 year old Lyons man to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after his vehicle struck a semi tractor trailer on Hwy 15. The accident occurred on Hwy 15 about 8 miles northeast of Clarkson when the semi driven by David Semerad, 46, of rural Howells pulled across Hwy 15 on 825th Road into the path of southbound vehicle driven by Nathan Kiester. Kiester was taken to the Schuyler hospital by Clarkson Fire and Rescue. Seat belts and airbag deployment are credited with lessening the injuries. The Kiester vehicle is considered a total loss and the Highway was blocked for about one hour as the scene was investigated and cleared.
NORFOLK MAN KILLED IN FEEDLOT ACCIDENT AND STANTON MAN INJURED
October 22, 2013
The Stanton County Sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate the death of a 53 year old Norfolk man who was killed Monday afternoon after he was struck and buried by a large falling silage pile in an open silage pit at Fore Quarters feedlot east of Norfolk. Matthew Winkelbauer was killed and pronounced dead at the scene and a 60 year old co-worker Weldon Marotz Jr., of Stanton, was seriously injured in the accident that occurred at about 3:00 p.m. Marotz was initially taken to FRHS by Norfolk Rescue and later taken by Life Net medical helicopter to an Omaha hospital. Winkelbauer was the owner/operator of Fore Quarters that is located about three miles east of Norfolk off Hwy 24. The deceased was taken to Douglas County Hospital in Omaha for a post-mortem examination.
THREE MORE ARREST IN BURGLARY INVESTIGATION-SEEK THEFT SUSPECT
October 21, 2013
The Stanton County Sheriff’s office arrested three more suspects in an ongoing Burglary investigation from 2012 this past weekend. Casey Burger, 22, of Snyder was arrested on Burglary, Theft and Criminal Trespass charges and Robert Schneider, 22, of rural Dodge and Brandon Ellinghausen, 20, of West Point were arrested on Aiding and Abetting Burglary and Possession of Stolen Property. A fourth suspect was arrested last week and additional arrest are possible. All four men are scheduled to appear in court in December.
The Sheriff’s office is also actively pursuing a 23 year old Norfolk man regarding his alleged involvement in an attempted theft at a rural location last week southeast of Norfolk where the property owner fired on him and a second suspect who has been arrested. Zachary Gotschall is being sought after he fled on foot from the area and is believed to be in the Norfolk area. Anyone with information on him is asked to contact the Sheriff’s office at (402) 439-2212.
TWO FORMER STANTON RESIDENTS MAKE THEIR WAY THRU FEDERAL COURT
October 21, 2013
Two Stanton residents who were arrested in January of this year are making their way through federal court on Felony drug conspiracy charges related to their drug possession and trafficking. Courtney Sieber, 27 and David Codina, 33, were arrested by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office and SNARE drug task force at a residence in Stanton and later indicted in federal court. A search warrant was also served at the Stanton location and methamphetamine, a large amount of cash and two handguns were recovered during that search. Sieber has already entered a guilty plea to her charges and she will be sentenced later this year. Codina is making his way through the system after a court hearing last week confirmed the search was legal. He faces trial early next year. Both defendants remain in federal custody.
Stanton County Sheriff's Office Recognized as "Hometown Heroes"
West Point man Arrested for Burglary and Two Others Are Identified as Suspects
October 13, 2013
The Stanton County Sheriff’s office has arrested a 21 year old West Point man on Burglary charges following a lengthy investigation into a rural farm burglary South of Pilger that occurred in 2012. Aaron Ellinghausen was arrested after he was identified as a suspect and some of the stolen items were recovered. Ellinghausen also was also in possession of other stolen items from the burglary at the time of his arrest and two additional suspects have been identified and efforts are underway to locate them. The rural location was entered on several occasions by the suspects with items removed each time. Ellinghausen faces a November court appearance on two counts of Burglary and Criminal Trespass.
One Arrested and One Sought after Attempted Theft (SEE UPDATE ABOVE)
October 12, 2013
On Friday evening at about 7:30 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to a report of shots being fired during a break-in in progress at a rural location southeast of Norfolk. It was found that a property owner had confronted at least one person on his property attempting to steal items from the property when they began to flee and he fired a warning shot. A perimeter was set up around the area and a search for the suspect(s) was undertaken by the Sheriff’s office with assistance from the Madison County Sheriff’s office, Nebraska State Patrol and a K-9 unit from the Madison Police Department. After about two hours a suspect was located about two miles north of the scene and he was taken into custody. The male is identified as Juan Saul Ruelas, 39, of Norfolk he was arrested on charges of Attempted Theft and Criminal Trespass. He is currently being housed in the county jail. A second suspect was identified as taking part and also fleeing on foot and is actively being sought by Stanton County authorities.
Kuehn is given a lengthy prison sentence
October 7, 2013
On Monday afternoon in Stanton County District Court, Mark Kuehn, 39, of Stanton was sentenced to more than ten years in prison following his conviction and sentencing for two theft related charges from May of this year. Kuehn was arrested in May by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office following an investigation into the theft of two construction trailers on consecutive nights in Stanton. A majority of the property was recovered during the investigation. Kuehn was given a sentence of three to five years on one count and a consecutive ten years on the second count which included an Habitual Criminal charge that requires that he will serve at least 11 ½ year before being eligible for parole. Kuehn still faces criminal charges in Thurston and Cuming County in connection to his escape from the Thurston County jail in August. Kuehn was sentenced by District Judge James Kube.
Three from Norfolk arrested in connection to attempted residential Burglary near Woodland Park
October 4, 2013
On Thursday night the Stanton County Sheriff’s office arrested three Norfolk residents on Theft related charges. At about 10:00 p.m. the Sheriff’s office responded to a break-in, in progress at a Woodland Park residence. The suspects fled in a vehicle and were later contacted in Norfolk. They were found in possession of stolen property from the residence and taken into custody. Luis Samano, 17, was arrested for Attempted Burglary, while Dylan Schomer, 18 and Manuel Reeves, 17, were arrested for Aiding and Abetting Attempted Burglary. All three are scheduled for a November court appearance.
Two Area men arrested in sperate Theft cases
October 3, 2013
The Stanton County Sheriff’s office has arrested two men on theft related charges following two separate incidents. This past weekend the Sheriff’s office arrested Lewis Bamberg, 45, of Stanton for the Theft of a motor vehicle and Terroristic Threats after he took a vehicle from a Stanton residence after allegedly threatening a juvenile for the keys of the vehicle. Bamberg also faces a Driving during Suspension charge and he is currently being held in the county jail. He has a lengthy criminal history, including the prior theft of a motor vehicle from Stanton last year.
On Wednesday the Sheriff’s office arrested Brad Tuttle, 46, of Norfolk on theft related charges from a farm place near Woodland Park. Tuttle was identified as a suspect in the case and was later found in possession of stolen items when he attempted to sell them at a Norfolk business. He also faces a criminal trespass charge and is scheduled to appear in court next month.
TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON HWY 275 NEAR PILGER SENDS TWO TO HOSPITAL
September 27, 2013
At about 8:10p.m. on Friday night the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office investigated a two vehicle accident that sent a Norfolk couple to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The Accident occurred at the Hwy 275 and Hwy 15 Wayne junction east of Pilger when an eastbound Ford Explorer driven by Brandon Bergmeier, 21, of Beatrice turned north off Hwy 275 into the path of a westbound Chevy SUV driven by Jody Whitten, 52 of Norfolk. Whitten and her passenger, Bill Whitten, 56, of Norfolk were removed from their vehicle by Pilger Fire and Rescue and transported to FRHS in Norfolk. Bergmeier was treated at the scene by Pilger Rescue. Seatbelts were in use by all the occupants and is credited with lessening the severity of injuries. Both vehicles are considered a total loss and the highway intersection was closed for about an hour with traffic re-directed around the scene as the wreckage was removed.
Whitten Vehicle ended up in the westbound lanes after collision
TWO NORFOLK MEN GIVEN JAIL SENTENCES
September 19, 2013
On Thursday in Stanton County Court a 20 year old Norfolk man was sentenced to nine months in the county jail after being convicted of Driving while intoxicated and Operating a Motor vehicle to Avoid Arrest. Andrew McKinley was sentenced for his actions on the early morning hours of July 29th when he fled from Norfolk Police and then from the Stanton County Sheriff’s office at speeds of more than 120 mph on Hwy 275 until he was finally stopped and taken into custody east of Pilger. It was during this pursuit that Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger was injured when his patrol vehicle left the roadway and rolled onto its top. He continues to recover from injuries he received in that rollover. McKinley also had his driver’s license revoked for one year.
Also sentenced to jail on a Theft conviction was Michael Randles, 21, of Norfolk. He was just arrested by the Sheriff’s office for a Theft of audio related items from a rural Norfolk address. He was sentenced to 120 days in the county jail following his no contest plea.
TWO NORFOLK MEN ARRESTED IN SEPERATE THEFT CASES
September 17, 2013
The Stanton County Sheriff’s office has arrested two Norfolk men on Theft related charges in separate incidents. Michael Randles, 21, of Norfolk was arrested following an investigation into missing property from a residence just east of Norfolk. Randles was arrested after he was connected to the theft and some of the property stolen was recovered from a Norfolk location. Randles is currently in the Madison County jail and scheduled to appear in court later this week. Also arrested in a separate Theft case was Chad Heffner, 40, of Norfolk. Heffner was arrested following an investigation into a missing antique tractor from a rural location, southeast of Stanton. The tractor was recovered at a Norfolk business where it was sold for cash. Heffner faces Theft and Trespassing charges for his actions. He is scheduled to appear in Court in October.
TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT CRITICALLY INJURIES ONE DRIVER
September 5, 2013
On Thursday morning at about 7:25 a.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office investigated a two vehicle accident that critically injured a 52 year old rural Stanton man. Kurtis Marotz was south bound on the Ridge Road about nine miles North of Stanton when his pickup was struck at the intersection of 845th Road by a westbound pickup driven by Tony Schwartz, 33, also of rural Stanton. The collision forced the Marotz pickup off the roadway where it rolled and Marotz was ejected. He was taken directly from the scene by Life Net medical helicopter to Creighton Medical Center in Omaha with possible spinal and internal injuries. Schwartz was treated at the scene by Stanton Rescue. Seatbelts were not in use and the Marotz pickup is considered a total loss.
Stanton Rescue members treat an injured Kurt Marotz at the scene
FARM ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIFE OF HOWELLS FARMER
September 3, 2013
On Tuesday morning at about 10:30 a.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office investigated a farm accident that claimed the life of a 77 year old rural Howells man. George Baumert was fatally injured when he was struck and run over by a tractor on his farm about four miles northeast of Clarkson. Baumert was working alone with the tractor when the accident occurred and was found shortly after by a neighbor and then transported to the Schuyler hospital by Clarkson Rescue where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Services for Baumert are pending with Stokely Funeral home in West Point.
PRISON SENTENCE GIVEN TO FORMER STANTON MAN AND TWO OTHERS ALSO SENTENCED
September 3, 2013
On Tuesday in Stanton County District Court a 27 year old Elkhorn man was given a prison sentence after being found guilty of three counts of Third Degree Sexual Assault. Joey Wehner was sentenced to one year in prison on each count with the last two to run concurrently and consecutive to the first conviction. Wehner was charged following an investigation by local authorities into the past assaults of a juvenile female in Stanton when Wehner lived in Stanton. Wehner will have to register as a sex offender when he released from prison.
Also sentenced in District Court was Joseph Hoffart, 27, of Norfolk was sentenced to 180 days in jail following his conviction for Aiding and Abetting Theft by Unlawful Taking. Hoffart was arrested earlier this year by the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office following an investigation into the theft of materials from a residence in southeastern Stanton County. A co-defendant was sentenced to prison for his involvement. Also sentenced was Samantha Koenig, 26, of Stanton to 12 months probation and seven days in jail along with 300 hours of Community Service following her conviction for Second Degree Forgery (a Class IV Felony). She was arrested this spring by the Sheriff’s office following an investigation onto forged checks in the Stanton and Norfolk area. Judge Mark Johnson presided over the sentencing.
TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON MONDAY MORNING SENDS FOUR TO THE HOSPITAL
September 2, 2013
On Monday morning at about 9:30 a.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office investigated a two-vehicle traffic accident at an unmarked intersection about six miles northwest of Howells that sent four people to area hospitals for treatment. The accident occurred at the intersection of 824th Road and 575th Avenue when a Northbound pickup driven by Jonathan Davis, 24, of rural Howells collided with a eastbound car driven by Renee Utemark, 39, of rural West Point. Utemark and passenger Chase Utemark, 17, were taken by Howells and Clarkson rescue units to the Schuyler hospital. Two additional passengers in the Utemark car, Katie Sindelar, 33, of Lincoln and McKenzie Smeal, 16, of Snyder were taken to the West Point hospital by Howells and Clarkson rescue units. Seatbelt use and full airbag deployment in the Utemark car is credited with lessening the injuries of those transported to the hospitals. Davis declined treatment at the scene. The Utemark vehicle was considered a total loss.
SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATING 37 YEAR OLD MAN'S DEATH
August 30, 2013
The Stanton County Sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate the death of a 37 year old transient who was found dead Wednesday morning at a residence in the Country Village trailer court near Woodland Park. Todd Dunkel originally of Valentine died sometime that morning and his body was taken to the Douglas County Hospital in Omaha where an Autopsy was performed on Thursday morning. Authorities are awaiting the results of the post-mortem examination and for toxicology results to determine the cause and manner of death.
SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVOLVED IN PURSUIT THAT ENDS IN NORFOLK
August 30, 2013
A 19 year old Sioux City, IA man is in custody after leading law enforcement on a high speed chase through three counties on Friday afternoon at about 2:30 p.m. Brendan Brown formerly of Norfolk was arrested after he initially fled from a Wayne County deputy near Winside and fled at high speeds south on Hwy 35 towards Norfolk. At the Wayne/Stanton County line on Hwy 35, Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger attempted to deflate the fleeing vehicles tires with a spike system, but the fleeing Cadillac swerved to the shoulder to avoid hitting the spikes at more than 100 mph. Brown continued south into Stanton County at high speeds and into the Hwy 35 construction zone with Wayne and Stanton County Sheriff’s units in pursuit into Madison County. Brown then continued on Hwy 35 into the City of Norfolk where the pursuit was terminated due to the high speeds and high traffic congestion. Shortly after this Brown who had continued west on Norfolk Avenue crashed into a building in the northwest corner of Second and Norfolk and then fled on foot through an alley to the west where he was taken into custody by Norfolk Police. He faces charges in all three counties of Operating a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest and Willful Reckless Driving, along with charges of Driving during Suspension and Expired In-Transits. The initial attempt to stop him was for Speeding and Improper Passing. He was taken to the Madison County jail after his arrest.
**Mark Kuehn is captured in Norfolk**
August 22, 2013
A 39 year old Stanton man that escaped from the Thurston County jail in Pender has been taken into custody by Norfolk Police. Mark Kuehn was taken into custody around 5:00 p.m. on Thursday in a residential area of east Norfolk. He was then transferred to the custody of the Stanton County Sheriff’s office and taken to a Nebraska state correctional center for holding. Kuehn had been held in the Thurston County jail on Stanton County charges after he was recently found guilty of two Felony Theft charges and also faces an additional sentence for being a habitual criminal. He also was arrested on a Thurston county warrant for Escape and being a Habitual Criminal. It is suspected that Kuehn stole a vehicle in Beemer, Nebraska earlier in the day and travelled to Norfolk. Kuehn advised after his arrest that his intent was to return to the Stanton area in several days after the heat was off his escape. Kuehn has an extensive criminal history and has been a fugitive in the past.
Stanton School Girl injured in Car/Pedestrian Accident in Stanton
August 21, 2013
On Wednesday afternoon at about 3:45 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office investigated a car/pedestrian accident that sent a 5 year old Norfolk girl to the hospital for treatment. Emma Bernhardt was taken to FRHS by Stanton Rescue for treatment of minor injuries after she was struck by an eastbound car driven by Sara Bohac, 15, of Stanton near the Stanton Middle School in Stanton. Bernhardt ran in front of the Bohac car and was struck by the front of the car and thrown to the ground. No citations will be issued in the accident.
Stanton Man Escapes from Thurston County Jail in Pender
August 21, 2013
Mark Kuehn, 39, of Stanton escaped early this morning from the Thurston County jail where he was being held awaiting sentencing on several Stanton County felony cases. Kuehn escaped during the early morning hours and was last seen wearing his orange jail jump suit and no shoes. He has numerous connections and there is always the possibility he could return to his home area. He should be considered very dangerous and possibly armed. He faces new additional felony charges in Thurston County and has an extensive criminal history. All residents are encouraged to take extra safety precautions by locking all doors and vehicles. Anyone with information or possible sighting should call 911 immediately. Kuehn is 5'3 and about 140 pounds and was last known to have a moustache and goatee along with short brownish hair.
Norfolk Man injured during altercation and fall from moving semi-tractor
August 16, 2013
The Stanton County Sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate an altercation that seriously injured a 60 year old Norfolk man. Patrick Prather suffered a serious head injury when he fell or jumped from a moving semi-tractor on Northeast Industrial Highway near the Nucor Steel mill. Prather was standing on a semi being driven by Christopher Koenig, 23, of Madison when he fell and struck his head on the highway. Prather was treated at the scene by Norfolk Fire and Rescue and was then taken directly from the scene by Life Net medical helicopter to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa. No citations were issued at this time in the incident.
Scene of the Prather injury
Two enter pleas to felony related Theft charges
August 7, 2013
Mark Kuehn, 39 of Stanton entered guilty pleas to two felony theft charges in District Court and will be sentenced in October. He was arrested in May by the Sheriff's office following an investigation into the separate thefts of two work trailers in Stanton that were filled with tools. He also faces additional time in prison on an enhanced Habitual Criminal charge. Two codefendants are still awaiting trial for their alleged involvement. Michael Ronnfeldt, 22, of Norfolk entered a guilty plea in District Court to a Theft by Receiving charge and will be also sentenced in October. He was arrested following the service of a search warrant at his Woodland Park residence by the Sheriff's office, earlier this spring and property taken from a Norfolk business was recovered during the search. The Madison County Sheriff's office assisted in that investigation.
SHERIFF UNGER INJURED DURING PURSUIT-SUSPECT IS CAUGHT AND JAILED
July 29, 2013
The Stanton County Sheriff’s office has arrested a 21 year old Norfolk man after he led authorities on a high speed pursuit early Monday morning that started in Norfolk and ended just east of Pilger on U.S. Hwy 275. Andrew McKinley was taken into custody on multiple charges after he fled from Norfolk Police for several traffic violations. He then was observed by a Sheriff’s deputy travelling east on Hwy 275 in the wrong lanes of travel, travelling east in the westbound lanes. He nearly struck the deputy head on and then continued to flee at high speeds in the wrong lanes before the vehicle left the four lane expressway and continued east. Deputies were able to get the vehicle stopped near Pilger and McKinley was taken into custody on charges of Willful Reckless Driving, Driving While Intoxicated and Operating a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest. During the pursuit, Sheriff Mike Unger was injured when his patrol unit left a county road east of Stanton and struck an embankment and rolled landing on its top. Unger was attempting to get to a position in front of the fleeing vehicle to deploy a tire deflation device when he lost control of his marked patrol unit. Unger was trapped in the wreckage and was extricated from the vehicle by Stanton Fire and Rescue and taken to FRHS in Norfolk where he was treated and released for a possible neck injury and treatment for a concussion and eye injury. A passenger in the McKinley vehicle, Genaro Merino, 22, of Woodland Park was also cited for a drug violation. McKinley is currently jailed in the county jail.
ACCIDENT AT HWY 32 and HWY 57 JUNCTION CLAIMS LIFE OF 51 YEAR OLD WOMAN
July 21, 2013
The Stanton County Sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate a two-vehicle traffic accident on Sunday evening that claimed the life of one passenger and critically injured two others. The accident at the Hwy 57 and Hwy 32 junction occurred at about 7:00 p.m. 8 miles South of Stanton when a westbound car driven by James Pfeifer, 53, of rural Clarkson pulled into the path of a southbound pickup driven by Cole Beyke, 19 of Stanton. Pfeifer was critically injured and taken to FRHS by Stanton Rescue. His wife, Peggy, 51, was killed in the accident and pronounced dead at the scene. Their daughter Hannah, 21 was critically injured and was taken directly from scene by Life Net medical helicopter and taken to Mercy medical center in Sioux city, IA. All three Pfeifer’s had to be extricated from the wreckage by Stanton Fire using the “Jaws of Life”. Beyke was taken to FRHS by Leigh Rescue for treatment. Seatbelts were in use by all the occupants and the highway intersection was closed for about 1 ½ hours as the scene was investigated and cleared.
Pfeifer's were extricated from this vehicle-Beyke pickup is in the background
SUBJECT CITED FOR BITING A SHERIFF'S DEPUTY
July 20, 2013
On Thursday evening the Stanton County Sheriff’s cited a 20 year old Norfolk man for assaulting a Sheriff’s deputy after they responded to a disturbance call on Grandview Avenue near the Old Norfolk Rendering Works. Trevion Richardson, 20, of Norfolk was involved in a physical altercation with another male at that location who had fled and when Richardson was contacted by deputies, he bit down on the hand of one deputy and refused to let go until he was physically restrained. He was found to have suffered earlier injuries and was then taken by Norfolk Fire and Rescue to FRHS for treatment where he later assaulted a Nurse in the Emergency Department and was taken into custody by Norfolk Police and booked into the Norfolk jail. Richardson faces a charge of Felony Third Degree Assault on a Police Officer. Deputies also cited Ashley Lindahl, 21, of Norfolk for Third Degree Assault at the scene for an earlier assault that occurred in Woodland Park last weekend and had been looking for her for several days. Richardson had been cited for Third Degree Assault in that incident as well and now faces two separate assault charges in Stanton County. The deputy was not seriously injured and declined medical treatment at the scene.
On Saturday afternoon July 20th, the Sheriff's office responded to a call of an unresponsive male at Maskenthine Lake along with Stanton Rescue. There they found Christian Wood, 31, of Omaha who appeared to be under the influence of drugs. He subsequently refused to cooperate and was taken into custody on charges of Obstructing a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest. He was treated at the scene by Stanton Rescue and was later released from custody on a bond with a courtdate in August.
SHERIFF UNGER ATTENDS TRAINING IN WASHINGTON D.C. AREA
July 15, 2013
Sheriff Mike Unger recently returned from a CEO training sponsored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, VA. He was selected to attend the training and completed the training with 50 other law enforcement executives from across the United States. The training and travel expenses were completely paid for by U.S. Department of Justice. The center is the national resource and assistance center for all missing and exploited children in the United States and a valuable asset in locating and returning endangered children and young adults.
Two Norfolk men are arrested on theft charges
July 1, 2013
The Stanton County Sheriff’s office has arrested two Norfolk men in connection with the theft of a vehicle and other miscellaneous vehicle parts on several occasions from a rural Stanton County location East of Madison. Bo Johnson, 26, and Joseph Hoffart, 27, were arrested following an investigation into the Thefts in June. The vehicle and some of the stolen items have been recovered as a result of the investigation. Both men face Theft and Criminal Trespass charges with court appearances in August.
Stanton Couple injured in Hwy 24 accident
June 30, 2013
On Sunday morning at about 9:30 a.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office investigated a two vehicle accident that injured two Stanton residents. The accident occurred on Hwy 24 near Crown Road when a westbound vehicle driven by Larry Nutter, 76 struck the rear of a fertilizer trailer being towed by a pickup. Both Nutter and his wife, Ellen Nutter, 64 suffered head injuries and were taken to FRHS by Stanton and Norfolk Fire&Rescue units. The driver of the pickup Randy Anderson of rural Norfolk declined medical treatment at the scene. Seatbelts did not appear to be in use and the Nutter vehicle is considered a total loss. The accident closed Hwy 24 two miles east of Norfolk for about one hour as the scene was investigated and cleared.
EMS AND FIRE EXTRICATE THE VICTIMS ON HWY 24
Hooper man sentenced on Sexual Assault
June 20, 2013
On Thursday in Stanton County Court a 65 year old Hooper man was sentenced following his conviction for Third Degree Sexual Assault. Steven Sprick was sentenced to a term of probation for one year and seven days in jail, along with a $500.00 fine. He was arrested last fall by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office following an incident involving a juvenile female at a FFA high school event near Stanton. Sprick is also required to register as a sex offender.