A Stanton man was arrested Friday morning after allegedly attempting to punch an offers.
According to the Stanton County Sheriff's Office, officers stopped a vehicle at 3:15 a.m. for a traffic violation. During the contact the driver exited the vehicle and began to walk away, refusing to stop.
Roosevelt Woodall, 31, of Stanton was detained at which time he attempted to strike the deputy in the face with a closed fist and was taken to the ground, where he too continued to resist, according to the sheriff's office. Woodall was later booked on a felony charge of Attempted Assault on an Officer, Resisting Arrest, Obstructing a Police Officer and a Window Tint Violation.
He remains in the county jail pending the posting of a $20,000.00 bond.
At about 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to a disturbance at a residence in Stanton that resulted in the arrest of two men on various charges.
James Kuehn, 50, of Stanton was arrested for third degree assault, disturbing the peace, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Jon (Eric) Karpowich, 54, of rural Stanton was arrested for disturbing the peace, aggravated DWI (Above .150% BAC.), open container of alcohol violation. Karpowich had a blood alcohol on the scene of over four times the legal limit.
Karpowich has three prior DWI convictions, but due to when they occurred ,they cannot be used against him. Both men were released from custody on bond after being booked at the Sheriff’s office.
LaWanda Novotny’s voice cracked with emotion. It’s been a tough year, and it became even more difficult at Stanton Health Center when COVID-19 officially breached its perimeter late last month.
“This is rough on families,” said Novoty, who has been an LPN at the facility for 20 years. “This isn’t the way it’s supposed to be at the end of their loved one’s lives. You’re supposed to be able to come in and say your goodbyes. They’re not able to do that, so this is rough.”
The positive cases of the coronavirus continue to rise in Stanton County. Monday’s numbers from the Elkhorn Logan Valley Health Department indicate there are currently 222 active COVID-19 cases and 372 total positive cases since March.
Public numbers show there have been no deaths in the county related to the virus. But many say that’s not accurate. As the virus continues to force a quarantine at the Stanton Health Center, employees need a morale boost, according to the center’s board.
That’s why they reached out to the community for help.
“After fighting hard to keep COVID out for 9 months, it has reached our building,” the board said in a statement. “Our employees are giving their all to help our residents get the care they need and deserve. They are putting in extra hours and putting their own health at risk.”
A Wish List tree has been placed at First Nebraska Bank and Stanton Hardware with ornaments for the employees. Community members can select an ornament from the trees and show appreciation to the workers through their wish list, which may include a favorite snack or another minor, yet very meaningful, tidbit about them.
Community members are asked to drop off the wish list items to Stanton Hardware by December 21.
As expected, Stanton is answering the board’s call to rally around the health care workers and embrace them with support. Dozens of ornaments have already been claimed.
Novotny said she never expected the community to reach out like they have to support the staff, but she appreciates the kindness now more than ever.
“I was shocked when I heard the community was doing this,” she said. “It’s really tough right now, and we appreciate everyone’s support and understanding, especially the families. They have been very supportive.”
Beth Petersen, who is in accounts receivable at the facility, has worked at the center for nearly 22 years. She was quick to say others at the facility who need the support more than she. Still, Petersen admitted the situation is tough for all employees, and she, too, appreciates the kind words and support of the community.
“I spend time in the office and stay distanced from people,” she said. “It’s been difficult for everyone, and we’re always thinking about it. This is a very nice thing the community is doing for staff.”
Novotny, who has lived in Stanton County her entire life, said having both families and the community support them during this very difficult time means so much more than anyone knows.
“Times are rough right now, and we’re doing our best,” she said. “The support of the community makes a big difference in staff morale. When you feel like someone out there cares about what you’re going through, it means so much.”
Stanton siblings facing drug charges after an incident in downtown Monday morning, just before noon.
According to the Stanton County Sheriff's Office, an SUV was seen failing to yield to a pedestrian on 10th Street in Stanton. During the traffic stop drug paraphernalia was located and subsequently syringes and methamphetamine was located in the possession of the front seat passenger.
Taken into custody on the felony drug charge was Clifford Wheatley, 30, of Stanton. The driver Tatyana Wheatley, 28, of Stanton was cited for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and released. Clifford Wheatley remains in jail pending the posting of a bond.
A Pilger couple escaped a house fire late Friday night after being woken by a passerby.
According to the Stanton County Sheriff's Office, a house was fully engulfed in fire and two people still believed to be inside the residence on 575th Avenue Southeast of Pilger. The couple inside who were asleep were awaken by passerby’s, who were able to get them to exit the residence before it became fully engulfed.
Pilger Fire and Rescue responded and quickly asked for mutual aid from Wisner and Stanton Fire. The residence burned for more than two hours before being brought under control and is a total loss. No injuries were reported and fire crews remained on scene until early Saturday morning.
A fund has been set up for the Gene Sateren family at Midwest Bank in Wisner. Donations can be mailed to Sateren House Fire Fund, c/o Midwest Bank, PO Box 629, Wisner, NE 68791.
Three people were transported to the hospital after an accident Friday morning in Stanton County.
Just after 5:30 a.m.., the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to and investigated a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Hwy 32 and 560th Avenue, about five miles East of Madison that sent three people to the hospital for treatment.
The accident occurred when a northbound SUV, driven by Shawn Sawyer, 49, of rural Madison pulled out from a stop sign into the path of an eastbound SUV on Hwy 32 driven by Armando Mendoza, 44, of Madison. Both drivers and a passenger in the Mendoza vehicle were transported to Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk by Madison Rescue Units.
Seatbelts were in use and airbags did deploy and are credited with preventing more severe injuries, according to the Sheriff's Office. Both vehicles are considered a total loss.
Driving past the Stanton Health Center, the Christmas decorations don’t immediately seen. After all, they’re not facing the highway because the decorations aren’t for those passing by.
“It’s not the highway we’re decorating for, it’s for the residents,” said Jeff Flood, who spearheaded a massive community Christmas decoration project that has literally lit up Stanton’s nursing home area. “There are areas you can’t see from the road that are pretty good size that have a lot of lights. They face the residents.”
Flood, who is the second generation to work at the facility, came up with the idea for the resident lights while hanging decorations outside. He enlisted the help of his wife, Jenn, who is the cheer and dance sponsor at Stanton Community Schools. Her students jumped on board to help collect both decorations and funds. The focus, Flood said, has been entirely on making this a project for the residents.
“The residents are really excited about it. They enjoyed watching us put up the decorations and couldn’t wait until it got dark, so they could see them light up. That’s why we did it. It makes everyone feel good to help a little.”
Due to the COVID-19 situation and Directed Health Measures, the facility isn’t allowing visitors. Residents must remain in their rooms.
For Arynn Spence, a Stanton sophomore, she wanted to help decorate because of her mom, Kim, who runs Shear Country. Kim Spence spent much time working at the facility before COVID struck in March.
“My mom loves the ladies and guys out there who she always saw every week, but she hasn’t been able to go since COVID,” Spence said. “Knowing how much it meant to her to see them in the windows and being happy, that really made me want to help more.”
As everyone decorated, Spence said she and her mom, along with others, had conversations with residents through the windows. One resident in particular, lit up while watching the process.
“She was really happy when she found out we were decorating it for the residents to look at,” Spence said. “You could really see the joy in her face as we talked about it.”
April Johnston, who is the facility administrator, said Flood approached her about the project, and she immediately approved it. She said it has exceed any expectations she had for the decorations.
“He took the reins on this,” Johnston said. “Jeff did the advertising and reached out to everyone. I’m impressed we have this number of items. He went above and beyond to ensure these residents are having some type of normalcy through all of this.”
Johnston said while she’s impressed with the amount of decorations up — and Flood said even more are coming — she’s not surprised by Stanton’s reaction to the project. The people of Stanton, she said, support one another, especially in tough times.
“One thing I have learned about the Stanton community is that it comes together in a time of need,” Johnston said.
Flood said decorations have come from friends and family, as well as strangers. Funds donated have been spent at Stanton Hardware and Menards, both donated even more decorations.
And every decoration placed has the same requirement: It must face the resident windows. Looking at the lights, Flood remains in awe by the project.
“It’s turned into much more than I thought it would be,” he said proudly. “It’s heartwarming people are doing this.”
A Clarkson man was critically injured Sunday morning in a one-vehicle accident.
According to the Stanton County Sheriff’s office, law enforcement responded to and investigated a one vehicle accident around 6 a.m.
The accident occurred when an eastbound car on Hwy 32 driven by Kenneth Saxton, 32, lost control for unknown reasons and went through the Highway 15 intersection and rolled into the north ditch landing back on its wheels.
According to the sheriff's office, Saxton was removed from the wreckage and transported to the West Point Hospital by Howells Rescue and later transferred to UNMC in Omaha for treatment. Seatbelts did not appear to be in use. The vehicle was a total loss.
The Stanton one-act team wasn't shy about its goal: The Mustangs wanted to qualify for state. For the seniors, it was their last chance.
On Wednesday, that goal was reached as Stanton was crowned winner of the C1-2 district, beating out Homer, Guardian Angels Central Catholic, Oakland-Craig, Ponca, Tekamah-Herman and Wakefield.
The last time the Mustangs qualified for state was when the seniors were in the eighth-grade.
Click here for more photos from the district performance.
Look for more on Stanton's performance of "That's Not How I Remember It" both online and in next week's edition of the Stanton Register.
The little girl smiled.
And it was the best Christmas present her daughter could have given her mother. After a tough year, the mother was happy just to see her daughter smile to open a few gifts — gifts that were made possible thanks to the generosity of the Stanton community and the Tree of Caring.
“What she told me was, ‘My little girl was able to go back to school with a smile on her face. She had new clothes and the toy she wanted most of all,’ ” said Pastor Linda Mohr of the New England Congregational Church. “It’s hard for kids to see others get all of these wonderful gifts, and if we weren’t able to help, some of these families wouldn’t have that experience.”
The program, which was started in 1989, rotates between six churches and gathers gifts and food for families in Stanton who have applied for assistance during the holidays. The Tree of Caring is filled with about 30 ornaments, each with a couple of items for a child. It also includes their age and size to help if the gift requested is a toy or clothing item.
Located at Stanton Hardware this year, owner Pat Larson said she’s proud to play a small part in helping a family in need.
“The community of Stanton is wonderful, and I’m happy to help by having the tree here,” Larson said. “It arrived on Friday and was full of ornaments. There was a rush of people to get them. Some said they always take an ornament. Others missed out last year and want to help.”
As of press time, less than a dozen ornaments remained on the Tree of Caring. Larson said she hopes all will be spoken for to ensure everyone requesting assistance has a merry Christmas.
Karen Petersen, who is helping spearhead the program this year, said the Tree of Caring is much more than Christmas gifts.
Those who apply will also receive a box of food and toiletry items.
“The school is really a lot of help with collecting food for families,” Petersen said.
The Stanton FBLA organized the school’s food drive, which collects items at the pre-school, elementary and high school.
Adviser Karla Renn said there is a competition among advisory groups to bring the most items, with a winning group from grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. This year winners will be treated to Casey’s breakfast pizza during their advisory.
The Stanton National Honor Society helps sort and pack boxes for distribution in the community.
“They do such a great job. The kids have been doing this for so long they know exactly what to do,” Petersen said. “We’re thankful to have the support of the school and community.”
Mohr said food boxes are located throughout the community as well, and the banks donate ham to be included for families. The Tree of Caring also has a fund set up at First Nebraska Bank. The fund helps families all year long.
“Sometimes families can’t pay their utilities and ask for help,” she said. “We have a fund for that, so once we determine the need, we can assist. If the fund gets low — and it sometimes does — we ask our parishioners for help. They always step up.”
Mohr said one of the most incredible aspects of the program is how the entire community and churches work together for one another.
“Though our theology isn’t the same, the churches come together for this,” she said. “It takes a community to care for a community. We may be miles apart on Sunday morning, but we come together to help with the Tree of Caring.”