At about 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to and investigated a one vehicle rollover accident on 838th Road near 559th Avenue, southeast of Norfolk. The accident occurred when the northbound SUV failed to negotiate a right turn in the roadway and lost control rolling onto its top. The 17 year old driver and his fifteen year old passenger were wearing seatbelts that are credited with preventing serious injury. Both declined medical treatment from Norfolk Fire who also responded to the scene. The SUV was considered a total loss. Speed was considered a contributing factor.
Also sentenced to 12 months in prison for a Probation Violation was Leland Heinhold, 57, formerly of Pilger.
He was arrested earlier for Felony operation of a Motor Vehicle To Avoid Arrest and given probation which he violated. He was arrested on an arrest warrant by the Sheriff's office in Wisner earlier this year after attempting to flee after jumping out of a window of a residence he was hiding at.
Due to those violations, he was ordered to serve a prison sentence.
A 60-year-old Norfolk man was ordered to begin his prison sentence after his appeal was denied and his sentence upheld by the Nebraska Supreme Court.
Louis Grutell was earlier sentenced to 18 to 36 months in prison following his conviction for Fourth Offense aggravated DWI. Grutell was convicted by a Stanton County jury and appealed their decision.
Grutell was originally arrested by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office in February 2017, just east of Norfolk off Hwy 24. Grutell was transferred to the custody of the Nebraska Department of Corrections on Monday morning.
On Sunday afternoon at about 3:15 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office took a wanted fugitive into custody after he was found hiding at a residence southeast of Stanton. Derrick Haywood was arrested on a Stanton County Arrest warrant for Burglary, Possession of Burglar Tools and Criminal Trespass.
Haywood was wanted on the warrant after failing to appear for arraignment in Stanton County Court. He was originally arrested with a female accomplice by the Sheriff’s office back in October of 2019 for a break-in at the Pilger Pride convenience Store in Pilger.
The Sheriff’s office learned that that Haywood was hiding in the rural residence and permission was given to enter the residence. Forced entry was made into the residence and Haywood was found hiding between mattresses and other items in an upstairs bedroom.
Haywood was uncooperative at that time and was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. Haywood was jailed on a $100,000.00 bond and faces new felony charges for the drug violations and Resisting Arrest.
School districts across the state must work collaboratively with their teachers and other school staff to ensure a safe and successful school year, according to the Nebraska State Education Association (NSEA).
“Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, seeking input from school staff through local education associations is more important than ever before,” said Jenni Benson, president of the 28,000-member NSEA. “NSEA has been meeting with members and has been in contact with multiple groups to produce guidelines for reopening schools that are best for Nebraska students, families and school staff.”
Significant study, outreach and discussion led to recommendations from NSEA’s Continuous Learning and School Safety Committee that are being released this week, according to Benson.
Tim Royers chairs NSEA’s Continuous Learning and School Safety Committee. That committee’s recommendations prioritize health and safety for all students and staff, as well as long-term strategies for student learning and educational equity.
“Our goal was to determine the best practices for opening schools safely and supporting distance learning as needed,” said Royers, a teacher at Millard West High School. “We know that educators will return to school soon and many are concerned about their safety and the safety of their students amid the coronavirus pandemic. We strongly encourage every local education association to use this information to engage school district administration about the safe re-opening of classrooms.”
Royers said it is critical that educators have a seat at the table and are part of the decision-making process.
On Monday, Dr. Bob Rauner, president at Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln and a member of the Lincoln Public Schools Board of Education, participated in a Facebook Live with Benson and Royers to talk about the recommendations. Also participating were NSEA Executive Director Maddie Fennell and NSEA Director of Advocacy Trish Guinan. The event reached more than 24,000 people and generated more than 400 comments and questions.
Rauner stressed the importance of wearing masks to help prevent the spread of the virus.
“I asked our medical community about wearing masks to help prevent the spread of this virus and – in one week – 124 physicians signed on to a list supporting wearing masks. I’ve never gotten doctors to agree to anything – let alone that fast. There is really no debate from the medical community on the benefits. Wearing masks in schools is a good idea, obviously with limitations.”
Since early March, Rauner has regularly been posting YouTube videos to provide information and answer questions about COVID-19.
“This guidance was crafted in response to educator concerns about returning to school and the most effective ways to ensure student success, whether it is in-person classroom instruction or remote learning,” said Fennell. “We stand ready to support the needs of students, educators and communities. The input of educators is critical to the planning of safely reopening Nebraska schools.”
NSEA is also a member of the Nebraska Child Health and Education Alliance. NCHEA, which also has representation from the Nebraska Association of School Boards, Children’s Hospital, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and others, is also working to provide health safety measure guidance for school districts, according to Fennell.
There is a risk for all types of severe weather in the area between 7 pm Tuesday and 4 am Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Hail, Wind, and a possible Tornado in Northeast Nebraska are all possible late tonight and into the early morning hours. See the map above for the Storm Prediction Outlook mapping.
Heat index values could reach into the 95 to the 102-degree range for a few hours this afternoon.
Scattered severe thunderstorms will be possible from this evening into tonight. Chances are highest from about 7 pm to midnight across northeast Nebraska, but storms could spread into the rest of the area. The main hazards are expected to be damaging winds, hail, lightning, and locally heavy rain.
On Saturday at about noon the Stanton County Sheriff’s office had contact with a mother and her son at a Woodland Park residence regarding a Protection Order Violation. The Protection Order was issued against the son, forbidding any contact with his mother, due to previous acts/threats of violence.
A subsequent investigation revealed the son, Kyle Kirstine, 38, was illegally at the residence and further was in Possession of Marijuana and Methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia, as well as a Probation Violation.
The mother, Debra Udell, 59 was also arrested for Obstructing a Police Officer and Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia. Kirstine was jailed for his violations and Udell was later released from custody. Both were given court dates in August to appear.
Kirstine was arrested last year at the same residence for threatening to kill his mother and later served a jail sentence for that offense, and previously served a prison sentence for a similar offense committed in Stanton County.
Stanton will celebrate the Fourth of July with a bang this year because the fireworks are a go Saturday, July 4. Fireworks will begin at about 10 p.m.
The public is encouraged to attend the fireworks at the Stanton County Fairgrounds. No parking areas will be marked. Those attending are asked to follow the current Directed Health Measure and to practice social distancing.
Those wanting to donate to offset costs may send a check to the Stanton Fire & Rescue at PO Box 20, Stanton, NE 68779.
A 32-year-old Norfolk woman was arrested Thursday night by the Stanton County Sheriff's office on outstanding felony warrants from three Nebraska counties. Schuyler Calderon (Teboe) was taken into custody near Maskenthine Lake Recreation Area, north of
Stanton around 6:30 p.m.
She was later jailed at the Madison County jail on felony warrants from Madison, Washington and Butler County. She was also cited for an alcohol violation at the recreation area.
Thirty-eight student graduated from Wisner-Pilger High School on Saturday.
The graduates were Titus Bales, Landon Beaver, Jaden Berlin, Ellie Boyer, Ashley Brahmer, Ian Breitkreutz, Makenzies Brown, Terry Dimon, Lewis Dorris, Daria Robles, Zoilo Flores-Rodriguez, Shelby Gaunt, Adam Good, Christian Good, Cole Hawk, Selma Hegge, Colby Heller, Tijs Heuvelmans, Kylee Horst, Callie Jackson, Cole Jacobsen, Karrin Jindra, Dylan Kneifl, Gavin Lampman, Chela Lauck, Dylan Ludwig, Erin McGuire, Kaleb Meyer, Rachel Otten, Alexis Parker, Justin Pieper, Caden Schweres, Brandon Sindelar, Trevor Styskal, Jessica Svoboda, Wellington Vasquez-Ajtun and Aspin Waterman.
Erin McGuire was valedictorian, and Cole Jacobsen was salutatorian.
Students from Pilger were Landon Beaver, Ellie Boyer, Colby Heller, Karrin Jindra, Dylan Kneifl, Gavin Lampman, Rachel Otten and Wellington Vasquez.