A 13-year-old male was taken into custody early Sunday morning after allegedly stealing a vehicle from a Norfolk residence.
According to the Stanton County Sheriff's Office, an officer stopped a vehicle on Highway 35 near Woodland Park. The vehicle was being operated by the 13-year-old, who was found to have stolen the vehicle from a Norfolk residence. The juvenile was taken into custody and later released to his parents. The vehicle was returned to the owners.
The juvenile faces formal charges of theft and no operators license in both Stanton and Madison County.
A one-vehicle accident shut down Highway 275 for about an hour late Friday night after a Pilger man crashed into a bridge, causing an estimated $30,000 of damage to the bridge. The driver, who was not seriously injured, was arrested on DWI charges.
Just before 11 p.m., the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to and investigated a one vehicle accident that shut Highway 275 completely down for about one hour. The accident occurred when a westbound SUV driven by Jose Garcia-Ramirez, 26, of Pilger drove off the roadway and struck the guard rail approach to the Humbug bridge just West of Pilger on Hwy 275 causing severe damage to the bridge approach.
Garcia-Ramirez was treated at the scene by Pilger Rescue and declined medical transport. He was found to be under the influence of alcoholic liquor and was arrested for Driving While intoxicated (above .150% BAC), Reckless Driving, and No Operators License. Garcia-Ramirez was wearing a seatbelt and numerous airbags deployed in the SUV preventing serious or fatal injuries. Damage to the guardrail and bridge approach is estimated at over $30,000.00 and the SUV is a total loss.
Garcia-Ramirez was jailed pending the posting of a cash bond. Stanton County Emergency Management also responded to the scene to help with traffic control.
A Howells man was arrested near Pilger on Friday morning on his fifth DWI offense.
On Friday morning at about 1:50 a.m., the Stanton County Sheriff’s office stopped a southbound vehicle speeding on Hwy 15 about 3 miles South of Pilger. The driver, Lance Pfeifer, 32 of rural Howells was found to be intoxicated and had a suspended Kansas driver’s license.
Pfeifer was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, Driving During Suspension, Open Container of Alcoholic Liquor and Speeding. Pfeifer was found to have four prior convictions for DWI and was released after being booked on those charges and posting a $10,000.00 bond.
The Elkhorn Logan Valley Health District reported an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday afternoon.
The health district, which serves Stanton, Madison, Cuming and Burt County, has 19 new cases in the last three days. The total positive case count is at 527, which is up from 508 on July 27.
Just one new case was reported in Stanton County. Madison County has nine new cases, Cuming County has six new cases and Burt Count has three new cases.
Total positive cases in the district is now at 527. Total recoveries is 441. The active case count for the district is 80, up from 61 on July 27.
A husband and wife — both of whom were wearing helmets — were transported after striking a deer with their motorcycle early Saturday morning.
According to the Stanton County Sheriff's Office, just after 1:05 a.m. on Saturday morning they responded to and investigated a motorcycle/deer accident on Hwy 24 about four miles west of Stanton. The accident occurred when a westbound motorcycle driven by David Burgess, 52 struck a deer as it crossed the highway.
The collision ejected Burgess and his 39 year old passenger, Jessica Burgess onto the roadway and into the south ditch. They were both transported by ambulance to FRHS for treatment. Helmets were in use and prevented more serious injuries. The deer was killed in the accident.
Stanton Fire and Rescue also responded to the accident.
The NSAA is preparing to begin the 2020 fall sports season as currently scheduled. First practices for football, volleyball, cross country, girls golf, boys tennis, and softball are set to begin August 10th.
The health and safety of our student participants, coaches, and officials has been our priority as we work to provide activities for our member schools. This will not change, and modifications may have to be made. Please be understanding and flexible as we continue to try to navigate through this pandemic. We will continue to work with the Governor’s office, Nebraska Department of Education, and the local health departments to make the best decisions for your students and our member schools.
To be able to start our activities on time we must be leaders when it comes to best practice, it is a recommendation of the NSAA that schools should:
Drew Molacek and Cody Carlson have also excelled in high-pressure situations.
Whether it was on the football field or in the classroom, the Stanton graduates always stepped up as leaders. Both have traded in their pads and cleats for scrubs and masks as they stand firmly on the frontlines of COVID-19 as traveling nurses.Drew on the east coast and Cody on the west.
“It’s stressful. Yeah, super stressful right now,” said Drew, who has spent the last year in Los Angeles. “But it’s rewarding, too. I definitely feel like I’m making difference.”
Drew, who graduated from Stanton in 2006, may be making more of an impact than he realized. He’s also serves as a mentor for Cody, who graduated from Stanton in 2014. Cody said he was inspired by Drew and his older brother, Zach Molacek, to earn a nursing degree and now travel.
“I always looked up to Zach and Drew,” Cody said. “As I looked into being a traveling nurse, I asked Drew a lot of questions and he helped a ton. He’s definitely been huge in me doing this.”
Drew admitted he’s always followed in his older brother’s footsteps. Zach earned his undergraduate in applied human and sport physiology at Wayne State College
“I’ve always done what Zach as done,” said Drew, who is the son of Dan and Kim Molacek. “Nursing felt like it would be a good career for me, so I went for it.”
But when Zach turned right to become a nurse anesthetist, Drew went left — literally — and spent two years working the pit with NASCAR legend, Hendrick Motorsports, in Charlotte, N.C.
He went to an NFL tryout in Omaha, where 85 athletes were invited to a tryout in Charlotte to be part of the NASCAR pit crew. Drew was one of just a handful offered a job.
“I knew about NASCAR, but I never dreamed I’d be given the opportunity to be on a pit crew. But it was lug nuts and changing tires,” Drew said. “They wanted athletes who could learn the job. Every second in the pit is 20 seconds off a lap, so speed is huge.”
Drew said he loved the experience. Still, he had dreams of nursing and started applying at schools about 18 months into working for Hendrick. He was accepted into the Remington College of Nursing in Orlando. After graduation, Drew opted to become a traveling nurse, rather than a staff nurse.
“I enjoy experiencing different places, towns, all the different foods,” Drew said. “I just get to experience a lot more places through this.”
Drew said being a “single guy with no pets” may make it easier for him for the profession since contracts are 3 months at a time. However, he’s spent the last year in L.A. and doesn’t plan to leave for a while.
“I was in the Bay Area, but I’ve been in L.A. now for the last year. I think I’m going to stay in L.A. for a while,” he said. “I love the mountain biking and hiking. I can drive two hours and be in the mountains for skiing.”
Drew said he leaves the stress at the ICU. The activities help him forget about his patient load, which he said is a very somber job because it includes the sickest of sick COVID patients. But on his off days, he can relax and enjoy life. With the current situation, he’s very cautious and wears a mask everywhere, except on the trails.
“I’m miles from anyone. It’s total isolation, which is great,” Drew said.
Cody has spent the last few months as a traveling nurse, most recently at Stamford Hospital in Fairfield County, Connecticut and is preparing to move to the Pennsylvania to continue working on the east coast. He is the son of Dean Carlson and Jane Carlson and is married to Jaden Estes.
Cody went to the University of Nebraska-Kearney to study nursing and played football for two years before focusing on nursing.
“That was the most important,” Cody said. “It’s a tough program, so I played football for two years and then focused on nursing.”
Cody earned his nursing degree through UNMC and immediately began working as an ICU nurse at CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney. Like Drew, Cody wanted the opportunity to travel the country and work in the nursing field. Being a traveling nurse has also allowed both to have a higher income.
Cody said his contract this spring in Connecticut, which was his first as a traveling nurse, began as that area was just starting to see a decrease in COVID numbers, and by the time he left last week, the number of patients on ventilators had normalized. Ironically, he left Kearney just as that area was seeing an increase in cases.
“Being a traveling nurse has been a great experience,” Cody said. “I’d recommend the opportunity to others and encourage them to consider being a traveling nurse if it fits into their lifestyle.”
Due to current health and safety concerns, Post Prom at Stanton Community Schools has been modified and will not be held at the YMCA.
Rather, it will be in the lobby area of the school, immediately following the dance. A pizza party will be offered to all those who attended prom, and the senior prize drawing will take place also.
A 64-year-old Norfolk man was lifeflighted with serious injuries after a tractor rollover accident on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Stanton County Sheriff's Office.
The accident happened at about 5:20 p.m. on 566th Avenue about ¼ mile North of the Hwy 275/57 junction (Spurville).
The accident occurred when a southbound John Deere tractor, driven by Brian Brovont, left the county road and entered the west ditch, rolling down a steep embankment landing on its side.
"Brovont was extricated from the wreckage and flown directly from the scene by Life Net medical helicopter to a Sioux City, Iowa hospital," the press release stated. "Restraints were not in use and the tractor suffered severe damage."
Stanton Fire and Rescue and Stanton County Emergency Management also responded to the scene. Highway 275 was closed to traffic for about 20 minutes as the helicopter landed in the middle of the highway.
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.