The Stanton Register not only was named the top newspaper in its division on Thursday, but the newspaper was named the second best in the entire state of Nebraska.
During Thursday’s Nebraska Press Association awards, the Register was recognized as runner-up in the sweepstakes category. The Register was second to only the Antelope County News, which is also owned by Pitzer Digital. The Pitzer Digital newspapers went 1-2-3 in the state with the Knox County News named the third best in Nebraska.
Among the dozens of awards for the Register were the Omaha World-Herald Community Service Award, which recognized the community of Stanton for its effort to save their local newspaper.
A full list of awards will be posted later today.
On Wednesday night just before 11 p.m., the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to and investigated a one vehicle rollover accident that sent a 16 year old Norfolk girl to the hospital for treatment of injuries she received in the accident.
The accident occurred when the SUV being driven by Isiah Ames, 19, of rural Hoskins lost control as he turned from 844th Road to 562nd Avenue, northeast of Woodland Park causing the SUV to enter a ditch and roll. Ames and two other teenage passengers were treated at the scene by Hoskins/Woodland Park rescue and a 16 year old female passenger was transported to FRHS for treatment.
Speed was a contributing factor and Ames was cited for Reckless Driving. Seatbelts were not in use and the vehicle is considered a total loss.
On Monday in Stanton County District Court a 31 year old Columbus man was sentenced to two separate prison terms following his conviction of third offense DWI-Refusal and Possession of Methamphetamine. Caleb Bloomberg was sentenced to 2 years in prison for the drug violation and three years for the DWI and also given a $1,000. fine and had his driver’s license revoked for 15 years. He was arrested last year on Main Street in Stanton by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office.
A female co-defendant pled earlier to a marijuana possession charge. Also entering a guilty plea to a third offense DWI was Ethan Johnson, 31, of Norfolk. He was arrested last August by the Sheriff’s office north of Stanton and will be sentenced in August. Also pleading guilty to a drug violation was Joshua Deiterman, 32, of Stanton. He entered a guilty plea to an attempted Drug Tax Stamp violation. He was arrested last fall after the service of a search warrant at his Stanton residence, where marijuana plants were found growing in his basement. A co-defendant is currently serving time in the county jail as a result of his arrest during that search warrant.
Also felony warrants were issued for Joshua Knight, 31, of Columbus and Courtney Greening, 23, of Council Bluffs after they both failed to appear on separate drug cases last year following their arrest by the Sheriff’s office.
On Friday morning the Stanton County Sheriff’s office arrested Robert Kment Jr, 46, of Stanton on an arrest warrant for three Counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and two counts of Sale of Tobacco/Electronic nicotine without a license to persons under age 19 and one count of Sale of Tobacco without a License.
Kment was booked at the Sheriff’s office on the charges and later released after posting a $5,000 bond. Kment was charged following a three month investigation by the Sheriff’s office and Stanton County Attorney’s office into the alleged unlawful sale of electronic vape (tobacco) devices to students at the Stanton Middle/High School. A search warrant was undertaken earlier this spring at the Kment residence and more than 400 vape cartridges were seized by the Sheriff’s office. Also facing charges in this case are Jennifer Kment, 40, Stanton on three counts of Aiding and Abetting Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.
Also charged as adults after a court hearing moved their cases to adult court are Tylor Kment, 17, of Stanton with Sale of Tobacco without a License (2 counts), Contributing to Delinquency of a Minor (2 Counts), Attempted Possession of Controlled Substance (THC) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Taylor Wehrle, 17, Stanton is charged with two counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and one count each of Sale of Tobacco to a Minor and Sale of Tobacco without a license.
A Fremont man is in custody after attempting to evade law enforcement late Friday night and leading them on a pursuit that was at times 130 mph.
According to the Stanton County Sheriff's Office, just before midnight the Stanton County Sheriff’s attempted to pull over an eastbound Mercedes on U.S. Hwy 275 about four miles west of Pilger for a traffic violation. The Mercedes refused to pull over and accelerated away at high speeds. The Mercedes continued eastbound on Hwy 275, nearly striking an SUV at the Hwy 275/Hwy 15 junction due its reckless driving.
The Mercedes continued to flee at high speeds through Wisner, Beemer and into West Point where he turned onto side streets trying to elude pursuing units. The driver then re-entered Highway 275 and again proceeded eastbound out of West Point where his vehicle was spiked with a tire deflation device by the State Patrol, according to law enforcement.
The fleeing Mercedes continued a couple more miles east before coming to a stop. The driver, Benny P. Morales, 22, of Fremont was taken into custody on charges of Speeding 130/65, Driving under the Influence, Window Tint Violation, Willful Reckless Driving, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia and an Open Container Violation. A male passenger, Cameron Christofferson, 22, of Omaha was cited for Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia.
Morales remains in jail pending the posting of a cash bond. The Nebraska State Patrol and West Point Police Department assisted in the arrest.
As one of the most sought after interns from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Brian Beach had plenty of offers for internships this summer.
But he wanted to work with a specific newspaper — the Antelope County News, which means he'll also be spending time in Stanton this summer.
“As I was looking for newspaper internships for the summer, my journalism professor at UNL recommended that I get in touch with Carrie Pitzer at the Antelope County News. I ended up with several internship opportunities, but I chose to work for the Pitzer Digital papers because of their professionalism,” he said. “Awards are not everything, but I was especially impressed with the newspaper’s record of ‘Best Weekly Paper’ awards from the Nebraska Press Association.”
Beach is a junior at UNL and majoring in journalism. He is also a varsity cross country and track athlete for the Huskers.
Beach said he’s excited to experience living in a small town for the summer. He’s staying in Neligh and will write for the three Pitzer Digital newspapers — Antelope, Knox and Stanton.
“Most newspaper jobs available for recent graduates are in smaller communities, but being from the Kansas City area, I do not have any experience living in small towns,” he said.
In just his first couple of days, Beach already has been introduced to rural America. He had the opportunity to climb a grain bin on Monday while working on his first agriculture story.
Beach said he’s enjoying the small-town life.
“One of the biggest differences I have noticed is that here in Antelope County, everybody knows everybody in town. Even the UPS delivery guy recognized me as the new guy at Pitzer Digital, something that would never happen in my home metropolitan area of 2 million people,” he said.
Beach will spend 11 weeks at the ACN, covering a variety of story types, including hard news, features and sports. He’ll also have a hand in page design and social media.
"I am hoping to gain some experience in just about every part of the newspaper business from page layout to interview skills — something that would be much harder to get at a big city daily newspaper,” he said. “I would really like to improve my photography and social media skills, which will be increasingly important in journalism's digital age.”
The Stanton County Sheriff's office has arrested a wanted Norfolk man on Felony charges. Solomon Partee was taken into custody on Tuesday
morning at about 8:30 a.m. He was booked on felony assault/strangulation charges and is being held on a $250,000 bond.
Sheriff Mike Unger said he appreciates the publics help in helping him be located.
The Stanton County Sheriff’s office is asking for public assistance in locating a 32 year old Norfolk man who is wanted on felony charges in Stanton County. Solomon E. Partee was last known to live on North 2nd Street in Norfolk and a warrant has been issued for his arrest on charges of Third Degree-Domestic Assault, felony Strangulation and Terroristic Threats.
He is being sought after an investigation by the Sheriff’s office into an assault on Wednesday at a Stanton residence. Partee is also currently out on bond on felony drug charges and is described as a black male, 5’7, 150 pounds and last known to have long hair. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s office at (402) 439-2212 or your local law enforcement.
It was unanimous.
As of Monday morning, Stanton County is officially a Second Amendment Sanctuary. The commissioners voted 3-0 to pass the resolution, which “affirmed that the right of an individual keep and bear arms as protected by the Second Amendment.”
For more on the discussion and the full resolution, please pick up this week’s Stanton Register.
On Saturday night around 11 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office had contact with a vehicle that was trespassing on private property about two miles east of Norfolk, just off East Norfolk Avenue.
During the contact, Jacqueline Hoover, 50, of Norfolk and Richard Coates, 57, of Stanton were found to be in possession of methamphetamine. Both were arrested on the felony drug charges and booked at the Sheriff’s office. Both also faces charges of criminal trespass, open container of alcohol violations, and Coates also was found in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Hoover is also currently facing trial on a possession of methamphetamine arrest from last Christmas day in Stanton where a search warrant was served by the Sheriff’s office.