A one-half mile perimeter remains in place Tuesday afternoon on 846th Road on the Stanton and Wayne County line, according to Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger.
At about 11:45 a.m., assistance was requested for a hopper on fire that was carrying 14 to 15 ton of sulfur, or dry fertilizer. The Pilger Fire Department was the first to respond with mutual aid from Stanton, Winside and Wayne fire departments, along with the Hazmat team from Norfolk.
Unger said it's believed that the first began due to a tire malfunction on the truck. There were no injuries, and the perimeter was set as a precaution as the fertilizer continues to smolder.
About 40 minors — ranging in age from 15 to 20 and mostly identified as students of Northeast Community College — were cited for underage drinking Saturday night, according to the Stanton County Sheriff's Office.
At about 10 p.m., officers located what appeared to be a large underage alcohol drinking party at a residence on 843rd Road — about seven miles northwest of Stanton. The investigation resulted in about 40 minors being cited for Minor in Possession of Alcohol and the three party host were cited for Aiding and Abetting MIP, according to Sheriff Mike Unger.
Several youth ran from the location into nearby fields and about ten vehicles were towed from the scene and impounded after their operators refused commands to return to the residence. A large quantity of alcoholic beverages were seized from the residence.
The Sheriff’s office wishes to remind everyone that underage drinking is illegal and will be strictly enforced by this office.
At about 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday the Stanton County Sheriff’s office stopped a vehicle on Hwy 275 about five miles East of Norfolk for a traffic violation, The driver, Shawnessy Sulley Jr., 21, of Norfolk was contacted and later asked to exit his vehicle when he suddenly put the car and sped away westbound at speeds of nearly 90 mph with other traffic present on the highway.
During this time as he was pursued by two Sheriff’s units when he threw drug contraband out the car window that was later recovered. The Sulley vehicle suddenly blew a rear tire and slowed and Sulley jumped from the car’s front passenger window as the car still was in motion and gear. He then ran northeast from the area of South Eastwood and Hwy 275 as the vehicle careened into the north tree line off Hwy 275.
Sulley lost his shoes as he ran into a wooded area and a perimeter was established as soon as possible with assistance from the Norfolk Police Division, Madison County Sheriff’s office and NSP. An exhaustive search was conducted using drones and the NSP Air Wing and K-9 units. Sulley has an extensive criminal history dating back to his youth and was just released from jail, after a drug conviction in Douglas County.
Sulley, a white male, was last observed wearing no shoes, a White T-Shirt and Blue Shorts, with dreds in his hair and multiple tattoos and should be considered dangerous due to his unlawful behavior. He faces felony charges of Possession of more than a Pound of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver, Operating a Motor Vehicle To Avoid Arrest, Tampering with Evidence, No Drug Tax Stamp and additional charges of Willful Reckless Driving, Resisting Arrest, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia.
Sulley has numerous contacts in Norfolk and the Stanton area. Anyone seeing him is asked to contact your local law enforcement by calling 911. The Sheriff’s office appreciates the quick help of our law enforcement partners and the public for their help and understanding.
On Thursday night at about 9 p.m., the Stanton County Sheriff’s office stopped a vehicle on U.S. Hwy 275 near the Hwy 57 junction, North of Stanton. During that contact the driver Robynn Hebda, 40, of Omaha was found to have a felony warrant for her arrest out of Douglas County. A passenger who initially gave a false name, Tausha Whitman 25, Elkhorn, was found to have an active Madison County felony warrant.
Both woman who are convicted felons were placed under arrest and the subsequent investigation revealed that they were in possession of nearly one pound of methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia.
Whitman was also found carrying a concealed handgun and that firearm was stolen in Omaha. Both females were booked at the Sheriff’s office on numerous felony charges that include Possession of Methamphetamine with intent to deliver, No Drug Tax Stamp, Felon in Possession of Firearm, Criminal Impersonation and Possession of a stolen firearm. Both woman were jailed pending the setting of bond. The methamphetamine seized was intended to be delivered to Norfolk.
A thunderstorm, which included a tornado warning in Stanton County last night, led to multiple situations for first responders.
Stanton County Emergency Management is reporting that the Stanton Fire & Rescue responded to a corn crib fire with the Clarkson Fire Department. Power lines were also down as Stanton County Public Power District worked through the night on that and tree removal.
More details will be added as more damage is accessed.
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.