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FORMER STANTON MAN ARRESTED FOR THEFT
January 26, 2015
A former Stanton man, Andrew Norton, 24, has been arrested on charges of Theft after an investigation by the Sheriff's office into the theft of property from a rural farm residence southeast of Stanton. Norton allegedly took the property and sold it. He is scheduled to appear in court in February.
NUMEROUS MINORS CITED FOR ALCOHOL VIOLATIONS AT LARGE PARTY
Janaury 20, 2015
On Monday night just after midnight the Stanton County Sheriff’s office cited more than 30 minors on alcohol related violations after they encountered a large underage drinking party in the 100 block of Cottage Drive in Woodland Park. The minors who are all age 18 to 20 were cited for Minor in Possession/Consumption of Alcohol and several were also cited for marijuana possession. The four residents of the house that hosted the party were also cited for allowing the minors to consume alcohol on their property.
CAR THEFT SENDS MAN TO PRISON AND ANOTHER AWAITS SENTENCING FOR THEFT
January 5, 2015
On Monday in Stanton County District Court with Judge James Kube. Jasen Werner, 41, formerly of Norfolk was given an additional sentence of 90 days in prison in connection to the theft of a motor vehicle in rural Stanton County last Labor Day weekend following his arrest by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office. Werner is already in prison serving a sentence of 20 months to five years in connection to the theft of the car at a residence just east of Norfolk. The car was taken from a residence, a short distance from where another car that had been stolen in Norfolk was recovered later that day.
In a separate car theft, Shawn Sulley, 38, of Stanton entered a guilty plea to a felony charge of Theft in connection with stealing a car from a Stanton residence last year. He was arrested by the Sheriff’s office after being found in possession of the stolen vehicle. He faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced in March.
HOUSE FIRE IN STANTON ON SUNDAY MORNING PUTS FAMILY OUT
January 5, 2015
On Sunday morning at about 3:30 a.m. Stanton Fire and Rescue responded to a house fire in the 1200 block of Gumwood that has displaced a family of seven. The fire appears to have been electrical and caused signifigant smoke and some water damage to the home's main floor. No one was injured and assistance from the American Red Cross was solicited for the family. The Sheriff's office also responded to the scene of the early morning fire.
HOUSE FIRE IN WOODLAND PARK SENDS FOUR TO HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT
December 27, 2014
On Saturday morning just after 11:00 a.m. a house fire in Woodland Park at 2001 North Eastwood sent four occupants to the hospital for treatment of possible smoke inhalation. The fire started in a back bedroom and caused fire damage to that room and smoke and water damage throughout the residence. The two adults and two children were taken to FRHS by Hoskins/Woodland Park Rescue. The Stanton County Sheriff’s Office and Stanton County Emergency Management assisted Hoskins/Woodland Park Fire at the scene.
ACCIDENT SENDS WOMAN TO HOSPITAL DUE TO ICY ROADS
December 26, 2014
On Friday evening at about 5:00 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office investigated a one vehicle accident about five miles east of Madison on Hwy 32 that sent a 59 year old rural Leigh woman to the hospital. Debra Stepan was eastbound on Hwy 32 when she lost control due to icy road conditions and rolled into the ditch. She was taken to FRHS by Madison Rescue. She was wearing a seatbelt and her vehicle was considered a total loss.
Stepan Pickup on its top
ACCIDENT WITH TWO SEMI'S SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL AND CLOSES HIGHWAY
December 24, 2014
The Stanton County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate an accident this morning that sent one driver to the hospital and closed the Hwy 15 and Hwy 32 intersection for hours. The accident occurred when a westbound semi pulling a load of pigs pulled into the path of a southbound semi and trailer hauling grain. The southbound semi struck the westbound trailer in the trailer and crashed through injuring the driver. Mark Hyatt, 55, of rural Norfolk was taken to the West point hospital for treatment. The driver of the westbound semi, Scott Brester, 39, of Howells, declined medical treatment at the scene. The west bound semi was carrying about 175 pigs with about 25 that were killed or put down after the accident. The accident still has the highway closed as of 1:00 p.m. and three large wreckers were working to clear the wreckage. A fire was quickly extinguished in the westbound semi after the accident. Rescue crews from Howells and Clarkson also responded to the scene and assisted area neighbors in rounding up numerous pigs that had fled from the wreckage. The junction is about 8 miles northeast of Clarkson.
Hyatt was the driver of this red semi-tractor and taken to the West Point hospital
BATTLE CREEK MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MOTOR VEHICLE HOMICIDE
December 9, 2014
On Tuesday in Stanton County Court a 26 year old Battle Creek man entered a guilty plea to a charge of Motor Vehicle Homicide (Class I Misdemeanor) for a September accident that claimed the life of Marcus Kamrath, 24, also of Battle Creek. Trey Finkral was charged following an investigation into the accident by the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office at Hwy 15 and 835th Road South of Pilger. The accident also injured Finkral and three others in the two vehicle accident. Finkral faces up to one year in jail and a $1000.00 fine when he is sentenced in February.
WYNOT MAN ENTERS PLEA IN COURT TO FELONY CHARGES
December 1, 2014
On Monday in Stanton County District Court an area man entered a guilty plea to felony charges. John Suing, 41, of Wynot entered a guilty plea to Attempted First Degree Sexual Assault of a Minor. He faces up to fifty years in prison when he is sentenced in February. He was arrested this fall by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office following an investigation into the assault of a 15 year old near Woodland Park. Suing was on probation and was a registered sex offender who met his victim via social media.
SHERIFF UNGER COMPLETES TRAINING IN NEW YORK CITY
October 4, 2014
Sheriff Mike Unger recently completed a Specialized Forensic training program at the New York City Chief Medical Examiner's office. Sheriff Unger was selected as one of forty attendees for the the advanced training from all over the country. The training specialized in crime scene and death investigation using the latest forensic tools and knowledge. This was the second time that Sheriff Unger was selected and attended the specialized training in NYC. All the cost for the training and associated cost were paid for by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Area man arrested after fleeing from Law Enforcement in Norfolk and Stanton County
October 4, 2014
On Saturday morning just after midnight the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 34 year old Stanton man on several charges after he failed to stop for law enforcement and fled in his vehicle. Richard A. Ahlman was involved in a disturbance in Norfolk and when Norfolk Police attempted to have contact with him, he fled in his vehicle and refused to stop and was last seen leaving the city limits. He was then observed on Hwy 24 just East of Norfolk and again he refused to stop and continued into Stanton and led authorities through residential streets before he was stopped and taken into custody. Ahlman faces charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving and Operating a motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest. Charges are also possible in Madison County and he remains in the county jail pending the posting of bond.
Norfolk man arrested following High Speed Pursuit
September 28, 2014
The Sheriff's office arrested a 36 year old Norfolk man following a high speed pursuit on Sunday afternoon at about 5:00 p.m.. Jessie Ahlmann was speeding westbound on Hwy 24 about three miles West of Stanton when a Sheriff's deputy attempted to stop him and he fled at high speeds on his motorcycle. He continued west refusing to stop and then turned North on 560th Avenue and continued North for about four miles across Hwy 275 before he was stopped and taken into custody. He faces charges of Speeding, Willful Reckless Driving, No Motorcycle License and Fictitious Plates. He was jailed and later posted a cash bond. Efforts are being undertaken to determine if the motrcycle may be stolen.
ALCOHOL INVOLVED IN INCIDENT INJURING STANTON MAN
September 24, 2014
The Stanton County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate an early morning incident involving alcohol that left a 31 year old Stanton man hospitalized. Rodney Olson was apparently injured when he was struck by a vehicle he had been a passenger in at Maskenthine Lake and was taken to FRHS for treatment of injuries about 12:30 Wednesday morning. The driver of the vehicle Jesse Prusa, 31, of Stanton was arrested on charges of Driving While Intoxicated-2nd offense and not having a valid driver’s license. He is currently being held in the Pierce County jail.
14 YEAR OLD STANTON JUVENILE ARRESTED FOR SEPERATE BURGLARIES
September 23, 2014
The Sheriff’s Office arrested a 14 year old Stanton male on Burglary charges. The juvenile was arrested in connection to a residential burglary earlier this week in Stanton where money and drug paraphernalia was taken and also for a break-in at the Stanton swimming pool this past June. The juvenile was released to the custody of his parents. The money and drug paraphernalia taken earlier this week has been recovered.
GOOD SAMARITAN CRITICALLY INJURED CHANGING TIRE ON HWY 275
September 14, 2014
On Sunday night just before 7:00 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office and Madison County Sheriff’s Office investigated a three vehicle accident on U.S. Hwy 275 near the county line just east of Norfolk that critically injured a 57 year old Pilger man and sent two others to the hospital for treatment. The accident occurred when a westbound car driven by Nick Beckman of Norfolk struck Jeffrey Bethards of rural Pilger as he was changing a tire of a van on the highway. Bethards was thrown into the roadway and suffered a severe leg and head injury. He was taken directly from the scene by medical helicopter to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Two females that were also taken to FRHS by Norfolk Fire and Rescue for treatment of minor injuries. Beckman was treated at the scene and prior to striking Bethards, he struck Bethards car that was parked behind the van and also side swiped the van with the flat tire after hitting Bethards. Bethards had stopped and was changing the tire as a Good Samaritan when he was struck.
EMS ATTENDS TO ONE OF THE FEMALE VICTIMS
ONE KILLED AND FOUR INJURED IN HWY 15 ACCIDENT SOUTH OF PILGER
September 12, 2014
The Stanton County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate a two-vehicle traffic accident Friday night that claimed the life of a 24 year old Battle Creek man and sent four others to hospitals. The accident occurred just before 7:00 p.m. at the intersection of Hwy 15 and 835th Road when an eastbound car on 835th Road driven by Trey Finkral, 25, of Battle Creek failed to stop for a stop sign and drove into the path of a northbound car driven by Joseph Burrows, 18, of Wayne. After the vehicles collided the Finkral car continued into the east ditch and rolled once before coming to rest. A passenger in the Finkral car, Marcus Kamrath, 25, of Battle Creek was trapped in the wreckage and was extricated by Stanton Fire and Rescue and later taken by medical helicopter from the scene to FRHS in Norfolk where he was pronounced dead on arrival. A second passenger in the Finkral car, James Bonner, 25, of rural Lindsay was ejected from the wreckage into a cornfield and was taken from the scene by a second medical helicopter to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha with critical head injuries. Finkral and Burrows and a passenger in the Burrows car, Charles Krueger, 18, of rural Norfolk were all taken to FRHS for treatment of injuries By Stanton and Wisner Rescue units. Alcohol was a factor in the accident and Finkral was cited for suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated and additional charges are possible following the completion of the investigation. Seatbelts were in use by the occupants of the Burrows car and unknown in the Finkral vehicle. Both vehicles are a total loss and the accident closed Hwy 15 for about two hours.
EMS AND FIRE EXTRICATE AND TREAT VICTIMS IN FATAL ACCIDENT
OMAHA WOMAN ARRESTED ON NUMEROUS CHARGES AND WARRANTS
August 22, 2014
The Stanton County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 24 year old Omaha woman on numerous charges following an investigation into a theft from a Woodland Park residence. Mayra Rodriguez was arrested Thursday evening on charges of theft and faces additional charges of Forgery and Criminal Impersonation for checks she forged in area counties. She was also taken into custody on four outstanding arrest warrants from Douglas and Sarpy County. She is currently being held in the county jail.
ONE CAR ROLLOVER SENDS TEEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH INJURIES
August 19, 2014
On Tuesday morning at about 7:45 a.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office investigated a one vehicle rollover accident that sent the 17 year old driver to a Norfolk hospital. The accident occurred when a westbound car driven by Natasha Vanness-Hauf, of rural Norfolk left 845th Road about two miles northeast of Woodland Park and entered the ditch, grazing a power pole and then rolling into a corn field. She was located by a passerby who notified authorities and she was then taken to FRHS by Hoskins-Woodland Park Rescue for treatment of injuries. Seatbelts were not in use and it is unclear if she was ejected from her ve hicle or not. The vehicle is a total loss.
ONE CAR ACCIDENT SENDS CLARKSON WOMAN TO SIOUX CITY HOSPITAL
August 13, 2014
On Wednesday afternoon at about 2:25 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to and investigated a one vehicle accident three miles south of Stanton on Hwy 57 that sent a 60 year old rural Clarkson woman to a Sioux City hospital. The accident occurred when Glenda Bourek lost control of her southbound car and it left the roadway and rolled. Bourek who was trapped upside down in the vehicle was extricated by Stanton Fire and Rescue after about twenty minutes and taken directly from the scene by Life Net medical helicopter to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City for treatment of possible internal injuries. The accident blocked part of Highway 57 for about 45 minutes. Seatbelts were in use and the vehicle is a total loss.
EMS WORKS TO FREE BOUREK FROM THE WRECKAGE
STANTON MAN GIVEN JAIL SENTENCE FOR ASSAULT ON DEPUTY
August 12, 2014
On Tuesday in Stanton County Court a 50 year old Stanton man was sentenced to nine months in jail following his conviction on charges of Disturbing the Peace and Resisting Arrest. Lyle Widhalm was sentenced by Judge Michael Long for an incident in January of this year in Stanton where Widhalm resisted arrested following a disturbance call at his residence and he allegedly assaulted a sheriff’s deputy by grabbing the deputies groin area. A second person involved in the incident Dina Fendrich, 49, of Stanton recently was released from jail for her involvement in the disturbance that night.
SHERIFF'S OFFICE HELPS RAISE AND DONATES MONEY TO TORNADO RELIEF
August 12, 2014
The Stanton County Sheriff's office opened an account at the Stanton State Bank right after the June 16th tornadoes that devastated Pilger and rural Stanton County. The account which was closed on July 31st raised more than $32,000.00 and the monies were recently distributed to those that lost their residences in rural Stanton County and the Village of Pilger government operations. More than $1200.00 was also raised during Pilger Days when Sheriff Unger allowed himself to be tasered during a public demonstration. Those funds were given directly to the Pilger Fire and Rescue and the Stanton West Tornado relief fund.
TWO DRIVERS INJURED IN HWY275/HWY 15 ACCIDENT
August 4, 2014
Just after 11:00 a.m. on Monday morning the Stanton County Sheriff’s office investigated a two vehicle accident at the Hwy 275 and Hwy 15 junction northeast of Pilger that sent both drivers to the hospital for treatment. The accident occurred when a southbound jaguar driven by Melodee Younts, 63, of Wayne was stopped for traffic at the intersection and was struck from behind by a southbound van driven by Kendal Escalante-Osorio, 31, of Lincoln. The impact spun the jaguar around onto the raised median and the van ended up in the west ditch. Both drivers were taken to FRHS by Wisner Fire and Rescue. An airbag did deploy in the van and seatbelts were in use. Escalante-Osorio was cited for not having a valid driver’s license.
WYNOT MAN ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT OF 15 YEAR OLD TEEN
July 28, 2014
On Monday the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 41 year old registered sex offender from Wynot on charges of First Degree Sexual Assault involving a 15 year old victim. John Suing was taken into custody Monday afternoon following an investigation into the alleged assault on Sunday evening that occurred near Woodland Park. He is currently being held in the Pierce County jail on several felony charges including a Probation Violation. Suing is believed to have initially contacted the victim using social media. Additional charges are possible as the investigation continues and items recovered from Suing are examined. The Cedar County Sheriff's Office Assisted in the investigation. Suing is being held on $500,000 bond at this time.
CLARKSON MAN INJURED IN ATV ACCIDENT NORTHWEST OF CLARKSON
July 23, 2014
The Stanton County Sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate a four-wheeler accident on Wednesday morning that seriously injured a 26 year old rural Clarkson man. Joshua Gall was northbound on 570th Avenue just north of the 825th Road intersection about 5 miles northwest of Clarkson, when he lost control of his ATV and it entered the ditch and rolled ejecting Gall. He was taken to FRHS in Norfolk by Clarkson Rescue for treatment. Gall was not wearing a helmet at the time of the 11:00 a.m. accident.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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"
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.
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
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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