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ACCIDENT ON HWY 35 SENDS ONE TO THE HOSPITAL
July 22, 2014
On Tuesday afternoon at about 4:15 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office investigated a one vehicle traffic accident that sent a 35 year old Norfolk woman to the hospital. The accident occurred when a southbound 1952 Dodge pickup driven by Crystal Von Kampen left Hwy 35 near North Industrial Highway and entered the west shoulder and struck construction debris in the construction zone area. She was removed from the vehicle by Hoskins/Woodland Park Fire and Rescue and taken to FRHS for treatment. Seatbelts were not in use and the accident remains under investigation.
RURAL LEIGH MAN DIES IN FARM RELATED ACCIDENT
July 18, 2014
The Stanton County Sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate the apparent farm related death of an 87 year old rural Leigh farmer. Edwin (Eugene) Bohac was found dead in a water tank on property his family farmed about 9 miles southwest of Stanton. The preliminary investigation reveals that he died of an accidental drowning while working around the water tank and falling into the tank. His funeral services are pending with Schultz-Vogel-Johnson Mortuary in Stanton.
NORFOLK MAN SENTENCED TO COUNTY JAIL TIME FOR LYING
July 8, 2014
On Tuesday in Stanton County Court a 43 year old rural Norfolk man was sentenced to thirty days in the Stanton County jail following his conviction for False Reporting during a December 2013 incident at his residence east of Norfolk. Kevin Broberg was given the jail sentence for lying to law enforcement about the location and condition of his girlfriend Keisha Spears who was found in the residence by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office to be unresponsive and physically restrained and tied with rope. Ms. Spears was later found dead at this same residence in April of this year and her death remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s office. Post-Mortem and toxicology results are still pending in connection to her death.
TWO KILLED IN TORNADOS THAT STRIKE RURAL STANTON COUNTY AND PILGER
June 17, 2014
Tornados that stuck just west and north of Stanton and directly into Pilger have caused the deaths of two people including a child from injuries they sustained in the weather event. Several houses and farmplaces were destroyed around Stanton Monday afternoon and that led to hospitialization of nearly ten people. The direct impact on Pilger led to the death of 5 year old Chalista Dixon who was killed near main street and 74 year old Clarkson man who was killed in a traffic accident that was caused by the tornadic weather east of Pilger on Old Hwy 8, along with numerous other injuries including life threatening injuries to the mother of the deceased five year old who is currently being treated at an Omaha hospital The Sheriff's office in cooperation with numerous other agencies are continuing to manage the event and provide the best possible service to victims of the tragic storms.
A scene from the devastation to Pilger caused by the Monday afternoon F-4 Tornado
TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT SENDS TWO TO THE HOSPITAL WITH INJURIES
June 6, 2014
On Friday morning just after 6:30 a.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office investigated a two vehicle traffic accident that sent two people to a Norfolk hospital for treatment. The accident occurred when a northbound pickup on 568th Avenue driven by Rusty Martens, 21, of Pilger pulled into the path of a westbound car on U.S. Hwy 275 driven by Sandra Ostrand, 67, of Pender. Both drivers were then transported to FRHS for treatment of injuries. Seatbelts are credited with lessening their injuries and airbags did deploy. The accident occurred about 13 miles east of Norfolk.
EMS AND RESCUE WORKERS MOVE ONE OF THE VICTIMS TO STANTON AMBULANCE
ACCIDENT SENDS ONE TO THE HOSPITAL AND LEADS TO HIS ARREST
June 1, 2014
On Saturday evening at about 6:30 p.m., the Stanton County Sheriff’s office investigated a one vehicle accident that sent a 24 year old Norfolk man to the hospital. Kaleb Messier was driving eastbound on 843rd Road about 9 miles northeast of Stanton, when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a grove of trees. Messier was taken by Stanton Rescue to FRHS for treatment of possible injuries. Messier was also cited for 2nd offense Driving While under the Influence and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Seatbelts were not in use and his vehicle was considered a total loss.
THREE FATALITIES ARE IDENTIFIED
May 22, 2014
The Stanton County Sheriff’s office has positively identified the victims of the Tuesday morning accident on Hwy 15 that left three dead. The driver of the eastbound SUV was Elaine Schmid, 59, of Norfolk and the passenger in her vehicle was her husband David Schmid, 67, of Norfolk. The driver of a northbound semi that was killed was Derek Wrase, 53, of Joice, Iowa. The driver of the southbound semi Brandon Wolf, 27, of Fremont remains in ICU at UNMC in Omaha in critical condition.
THREE KILLED IN ACCIDENT AT INTERSECTION OF HWY 15 AND 32
May 20, 2014
The Stanton County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the Tuesday morning accident that claimed three lives and critically injured a fourth victim. The accident was reported just after 9:00 a.m. at the Hwy 15 and Hwy 32 intersection in Southeastern Stanton County. The accident occurred when an eastbound SUV on Hwy 32 drove into the path of a southbound semi hauling grain on Hwy 15 and was struck broadside. The impact pushed both vehicles into a northbound semi hauling an empty tanker. The northbound semi and SUV burst into flames and the northbound semi driver and two occupants in the SUV were killed. The driver of the southbound semi, Brandon Wolf, 27, of Fremont suffered life threatening injuries when the cab of his semi separated from the chassis and was thrown into the East ditch. Wolf was partially ejected from the cab and was pulled out of the wreckage by a witness to the accident. Wolf was initially taken to St. Francis hospital in West Point by Clarkson Rescue and then transferred by medical helicopter to UNMC in Omaha. The three fatalities have been tentatively identified and their next of kin notified. Positive identification may take several days as they were all burned beyond recognition. The Sheriff's office has undertaken efforts to locate and obtain dental records of the deceased. At the time of the accident a Nebraska Departments of Roads crew was performing maintenance on the stop signs for eastbound traffic at the intersection. The highways in both directions were closed for most of the day as the scene was investigated and cleared.
COURT SENTENCES IN DISTRICT COURT
May 12, 2014
On Monday in Stanton County District Court the following men were sentenced by District Judge Mark Johnson. Joshua Hollum, 35, of Yankton was sentenced to one to two years in prison on separate counts of Burglary and Theft. Hollum was arrested back in 2012 by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office following an investigation into a residential burglary near Pilger where more than $10,000.00 in property was taken. Most of the property was recovered and returned to the owner. Sentenced to sixty days in jail on a charge of Attempted Possession of Methamphetamine was Jeremy Vaughn, 35, of Nebraska City. He was arrested earlier this year by the Sheriff’s office north of Stanton following a traffic stop. Chad Dietz, 34, of Stanton was found guilty of failure to register as a sex offender after he was arrested last fall by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office in Stanton. Dietz was given a $350.00 fine and ordered to remain in compliance.
TWO NORFOLK MEN ARRESTED ON THEFT CHARGES
May 5, 2014
Two former Stanton residents Jacob Christianson 22, and Tanner Schmidt, 20, were arrested following an investigation into the theft of property from a Stanton residence. The stolen property was recovered during the investigation and both men face a June 5th court date.
NUMEROUS MINORS CITED ON ALCOHOL AND MARIJUANA CHARGES
April 29, 2014
The Sheriff's office cited approximately 20 youths this past weekend after responding to a report of an under age drinking party in Stanton. The youths age 14-17 were found in the residence to be consuming alcoholic beverages and smoking marijuana. A large quantity of alcohol and marijuana was recovered at the scene. Most of the teens were from Norfolk and were all released to parents and have a court date scheduled for June.
Friday Morning Accident sends one to Hospital-Alcohol related
April 18, 2014
The Stanton County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate an early Friday morning accident on Hwy 24 that sent a 22 year old Norfolk man to the hospital. David Dartmann was eastbound on Hwy 24 about six miles West of Stanton when he struck a deer on the roadway and lost control of his vehicle before entering the south ditch and striking a power pole. Dartmann was extricated from the wreckage and transported by Stanton Rescue to FRHS for treatment of head injuries. Alcohol was considered a contributing factor in the accident and Dartmann was cited for Driving While Intoxicated. Seatbelts were not in use and airbags did deploy. Stanton Fire and Stanton County Public Power assisted at the scene of the 1:40 a.m. accident.
Dartmann Vehicle after it came to rest
DEATH BEING INVESTIGATED
April 17, 2014
The Stanton County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the death of a 39 year old female at a residence in the 3200 block of East Norfolk Avenue early Thursday morning. The Sheriff’s Office and Norfolk Rescue personnel were dispatched to the location just after 4:00 a.m. in response to a 911 call. The female was found deceased and her body has since been removed for a post-mortem exam in Omaha. The residence has been the scene of law enforcement calls for service in the recent past. Thursday afternoon after notification of all next of kin, the deceased has been identified as Keisha Spears of Norfolk . The cause and manner of death are still unknown and further information will hopfully be available after the autopsy on Friday morning.
Scene of Death Investigation Early Thursday Morning
COURT SENTENCES IN DISTRICT COURT
April 7, 2014
On Monday in Stanton County District Court the following individuals were sentenced by District Judge Mark Johnson. Kody Bromley, 24, of Norfolk was sentenced to 18 to 36 months in prison on a felony theft conviction. Bromley was arrested last fall by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office for the theft of a motor vehicle from a Woodland Park residence. LeLand Heinhold, 51, of Pilger was sentenced to 9 months in prison following his conviction for Driving While Intoxicated-2nd offense and Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test. He was arrested last year by the Sheriff’s office and is serving this sentence concurrent to a Cuming County prison sentence. Trevion Richardson, 21, of Norfolk was sentenced to 20 days in jail following his conviction for Attempted Assault on a Peace Officer. He was arrested last fall by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office, east of Norfolk at a disturbance, where he bit a Sheriff’s deputy on the hand while being taken into custody. Sean Taylor, 18, of Norfolk was sentenced to thirty days in jail and 12 months of Probation following his conviction for Burglary. He was arrested last fall by the Sheriff’s office for the break-in of a Stanton business where money was taken. Also sentenced to 12 months of probation for Theft were Aaron Ellinghausen, 21, of West Point and Casey Burger, 22, of Snyder were arrested last fall by the Sheriff’s office following an investigation into the theft of property from a rural Pilger residence.
SEATBELT USE MOST LIKELY SAVES TEENAGERS LIFE
April 6, 2014
On Saturday afternoon just after 5:00 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office investigated a one vehicle rollover accident just east of Pilger on a county road that sent a 17 year old rural Pilger girl to the hospital. Christine Brahmsteadt was east bound on Old Hwy 8 when she lost control of her SUV and it left the roadway and rolled several times. She was taken by Pilger Rescue to St. Francis Memorial hospital in West Point with possible internal injuries. Seatbelts were in use and are credited with saving her life. The vehicle was totaled in the accident. Brahmsteadt was enroute to the Wisner-Pilger H.S. prom in Wisner.
il BBrahmsteadt SUV about one mile east of Pilger on Old Hwy 86, 2014
Leigh School bus rolls on county road northwest of Leigh-Four taken to hospital for treatment
April 4, 2014
The Stanton County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate a school bus accident on Friday morning that sent two rural Stanton County girls to a Norfolk hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The accident occurred at about 8:00 a.m. about nine miles northwest of Leigh on 827th Road. The Leigh community school bus was being operated by Gary Brabec,63, of rural Leigh when he lost control of the east bound bus and it slid off the roadway and rolled onto its side about four feet down into a creek bed. The two girls age 8 and 9 were seated in the middle of the bus that was loaded with 20 students enroute to Leigh. The girls were extricated from the bus and taken by rescue to FRHS in Norfolk. Two students was treated at the Leigh elementary school for possible injuries and were going to be taken for further treatment by her parents. Brabec declined medical attention at the scene. The uninjured students were taken from the scene by local residents in personal vehicles. Rescue units from Leigh, Madison and Stanton responded to the accident scene. Life Net also responded to the scene, but did not land.
LEIGH SCHOOL BUS ROLLED ONTO ITS SIDE
Woman injured in accident in City of Stanton
March 29, 2014
On Saturday Afternoon about 3:50 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office investigated a two vehicle traffic accident in Stanton at the intersection of 6th and Ivy that sent a 25 year old Columbus woman to the hospital with possible back injuries. Sonya Cox was westbound on Ivy Street when her vehicle was struck broadside by a northbound car driven by Julianna Mai, 22, of Pilger. Cox was taken to FRHS by Stanton Rescue. Mai failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection and was not injured. Seatbelts were in use as well as airbag deployment in the Cox vehicle.
Restraints credited with lessening injuries in One Vehicle Rollover
March 24, 2014
On Monday morning the Stanton County Sheriff's Office investigated a one vehicle traffic accident on 834th Road about seven miles southwest of Stanton. Leva Bonsell, 22, and her 9 month year old son were taken to FRHS in Norfolk for treatment after her eastbound car left the county rolled and rolled. Restraints and a child safety seat were in use and are credited with lessening the injuries to both. The vehicle is a total loss.
Bonsell Vehicle off 834th Road
Stanton Woman Injured in Rollover Accident
March 22, 2014
On Saturday morning at about 8:50 a.m., the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office investigated a one vehicle accident that injured a 38 year old rural Stanton woman. Jennifer Carley was eastbound on 834th Road about four miles southwest of Stanton when she lost control of her pickup and entered the north ditch and rolled. Carley was transported to FRHS by Stanton Rescue. Seatbelts were not in use and the pickup is considered a total loss.
Stanton Rescue personnel at the scene of the Carley accident
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
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
SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATING 37 YEAR OLD MAN'S DEATH
**Mark Kuehn is captured in Norfolk**
Norfolk Man injured during altercation and fall from moving semi-tractor
Scene of the Prather injury
Two enter pleas to felony related Theft charges
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