Five individuals were sentenced in District Court this month on multiple different counts.
Matthew Beard appeared in front of Judge James Kube first on one count of disturbing the peace, a class 3 misdemeanor. Beard was sentenced to a fine of $250.00 with a court cost of $230.68.
Christopher Brady was sentenced next on one count of attempted driving during a period of revocation, a class 1 misdemeanor. Judge Kube sentenced him to serve 18 months of probation, 90 days in jail, credit for 5 days previously served. He is also required to pay fines of $90.00 for chemical testing, court cost $148.00, $30.00 probation administrative enrollment fee, and a monthly programming fee of $25.00 a month.
Joshua Bell was sentenced in District Court for two different counts: 3rd Degree Assault, a class 1 misdemeanor, and possession of a controlled substance - methamphetamine, a class 4 felony. On count one, Bell was sentenced to 6 months in the Department of Corrections, and 18 months for count two. He was credited for 139 days previously served. After release, Judge Kube also sentenced him to 9 months of post release supervision. Bell is required to attend and successfully complete a moral reconation program, an anger management program, as well as a crime victim empathy program. Finally, Bell must pay a fine for court costs of $148.00 and $45 for chemical testing.
Eric Edwards was sentenced by Judge Kube under one count of strangulation, a class 3A felony, and count two of 3rd degree assault, a class 1 misdemeanor. Edwards was sentenced to two years in the Department of Corrections on count one, and one year for count two served concurrently. He was credited 94 days previously served. Judge Kube also sentenced him to 18 months post release supervision with fines of $90.00 for chemical testing, $148.00 court costs, and a $30 administrative enrollment.
Andrew Paulsen was the fifth individual to be sentenced in court. Check out the individual story for more details.
Emotions were high in the courtroom as a Tilden man was sentenced in District Court for an incident that included dragging the Neligh Police Chief with his vehicle.
Andrew Paulsen was sentenced on Wednesday to serve no less than two years and no more than four in the Nebraska Department of Corrections for attempted assault of a peace officer.
On the stand, Police Chief Mike Wright testified with details of the assault but also said he has forgiven Paulsen, who had to be tased during the arrest.
“I forgive him,” Wright testified. “Honestly, I don’t believe his intent was to cause me any harm that day. But, he did. But, like I said, I do forgive you and I don’t hold it against you. And you just really need to figure out what is going on.”
According to court documents, on June 16, Paulsen entered the Casey’s General Store located in Neligh to discuss a personal topic with the mother of his children, who was working at the store at the time. After the discussion did not end in the way he had wanted, Paulsen proceeded to cause a disturbance in the store forcing management to ask him to leave twice.
He then exited the building where a manager at the store witnessed him bending over near her vehicle and then heard the sound of air escaping from the tire. Management then proceeded to contact local law enforcement.
The affidavit said Wright was notified by dispatch of the incident in which he located Paulsen and initiated a traffic stop. Upon the stop, Wright asked about the incident at Casey’s in which Paulsen admitted to being there but denied any type of disturbance.
The stop began to escalate when Wright received confirmation from Sheriff Bob Moore at Casey’s that the tire was damaged beyond repair as well as a confirmation of two witnesses from the incident. After confirmation, Wright asked Paulsen to step out of the vehicle because he was under arrest for criminal mischief and disturbing the peace.
Paulsen became upset, began yelling and started his vehicle in attempt to flee the scene. Hoping he could defer the situation, Wright leaned into the driver’s side window the vehicle reaching for the ignition; however, he was unable to cause any impact in stopping Paulsen from fleeing.
When asked on the stand, Wright explained that his intentions were to defer the situation as quickly and peacefully as possible to keep himself and other safe. At the time, he chose to hang on because the consequences of letting go could have lead to more harm.
Wright admitted that his initial reaction was to reach down for him service weapon; however, he explained that he is extremely grateful that he chose another option.
“At that point, that was an option because whatever his intentions and reasons where, my life was in danger as well as the public,” Wright stated.
Wright was able to gain control of the steering wheel causing the vehicle to cross the lane of traffic. Finally, Wright was able to use his Taser to subdue Paulsen and bring the vehicle to a stop. Deputy Lyle Juracek and Deputy Dan Hallock assisted Wright in the arrest, transporting him to Antelope County Jail.
Wright received minor scrapes, bruising, as well as pain in his upper back, right arm, and right knee from the accident.
Paulsen was sentenced on three different counts after four others were dropped since the incident. On count 1, Attempted Assault on a Peace Officer in the 2nd Degree, a class IIA felony, Paulsen was sentenced to an indeterminate term of no less than 2 years and no more than 4 years. On count 2, Criminal Mischief, a class III misdemeanor, he was sentenced to 90 days. Paulsen received another 90 days for his 3rd count, a class III misdemeanor of Disturbing the Peace.
Each sentence was ordered to be served consecutively in the Nebraska Department of Corrections.
Two local girls have been fortunate enough to earn the honor being named to the 2017 Nebraska Music Educators Association All-State Choir.
Clearwater’s Allison Kerkman and Neligh-Oakdale’s Wynter Fulsaas were both named to the honor choir this past week. The two are joined by a long list of some of the top vocalists in the state.
Kerkman, a senior at Clearwater Public School, was named to the all-state choir as an Alto I. She is the daughter of Kelly and Amy Kerkman of Clearwater.
Fulsaas, a senior at Neligh-Oakdale, earned a spot on the all-state list as an Alto II. She is the daughter of Delayne and Angie Fulsaas of Oakdale.
A new 36-room senior living campus will offer independent living cottages, assisted living apartments and memory care private suites. These will provide comfortable retirement living options that allow seniors to age in place through care provided by a compassionate and skilled care team.
Country Lane Retirement Village, located at 1203 E. Hynes St., will have an open house on Oct. 27 from 1-6 p.m. and Oct. 28 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Bob and Bernadine Walnofer family found there was a need for more retirement options in the O’Neill area, so they decided to build this home. They turned their passion for family into a passion for seniors in their retirement years.
For more information call 402-500-0568, or visit countrylaneretirement.com or Facebook.
Students from all across the area, including Neligh-Oakdale, Clearwater, Orchard and Verdigre, made their way to Neligh last week for some hands on scientific learning.
ESU 8 hosted an elementary science olympiad on Thursday and Friday at the Neligh Legion. The event was open to fourth through sixth graders and was designed to give the students a chance to explore science and work on open-based problems in a fun way.
“The olympiad is a chance to give elementary kids the opportunity to explore science, be scientists and work on some inquiry-based problems,” said Heidi Rethmeier of ESU 8. “This year we have new science standards, so this was also a good opportunity to introduce both students and teachers to those.”
In total, there were 108 kids that took part in the olympiad. 58 were part of the day on Thursday while the other 50 had their time in Neligh on Friday.
There were a number of events on the day. Grain bin chemistry was a course that talked about the various processes that can occur and cause explosions within bins. Sink or float was essentially a game of educated guessing, where the students were challenged to determine whether an object would sink or not based on its density in relation the water’s density. Slow-motion science gave kids a chance to see scientific processes in slow-motion to get a better vision of the reactions occurring.
Photos for the Antelope County News’ 4th Annual Halloween costume contest will be taken Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Neligh Legion.
There will be three age divisions (0-3, 4-7, 8+) with three prizes for each division courtesy of sponsors State Farm Insurance-Melissa Smith, Carhart Lumber and Two Rivers Irrigation/Carquest.
Winners will be chosen by readers through online voting.
On Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Sheriff’s Dept and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 14th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Take your pills for disposal to the Antelope County Law Enforcement Center at 1102 L St, Neligh, NE. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last April, Americans turned in 450 tons of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds—more than 4,050 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 28 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.
There is a container at the Law Enforcement Center that is there at all times if you can’t make it on the 28th. If you have questions, call the Sheriff’s Dept at 402-887-4148.
Thriftway Market in Neligh and Tilden is hosting a HUGE 7-hour anniversary sale on Friday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Neligh's location is celebrating 17 years while Tilden is at 19 years.
Among the anniversary deals are 80% lean ground beef tubes for $1.79 per lb each (limit 2), Best Choice ketchup 24 oz for 36 cents (limit 1), Best Choice soda 12 pack for $1.36, Best Choice Flour 5 lb for 79 cents (limit 1), USDA Choice Whole or Ribeye $6.99 per lb, Best Choice mustard 20 oz for 36 cents, Best Choice marshmallows 10 oz for 36 cents, bananas 36 cents per pound.
Thriftway reserves the right to limit quantities and no rainchecks will be given.
This post does not guarantee these prices during the sale or after.
County Government day brought students from local schools to the Antelope County Courthouse.
County Government day brought students together to learn more about our local government. To begin the day, students gathered in the courthouse for prayer, the pledge of allegiance, and introductions to the county officials. Judge Donna Taylor and the students then recited their oath of office, and split up into groups.
Students were able to take a tour of the office in the courthouse, as well as learn more about each position. To finish the day, individuals 'appointed' participated in a mock trial assisted by attorney Jeffrey Doerr and Judge Donna Taylor.
After devastating natural disasters around the world, most notably multiple hurricanes, several local churches came together to raise money for relief efforts and chose the Orphan Grain Train to assist with dispersing the funds.
Organize in 1992, the Orphan Grain Train has sent nearly 3,000 semi-loads worldwide. One 40-foot ocean-going freight costs between $5,000-$19,000 to ship. The organization sent 208 shipments in 2016-17, including 107 to foreign countries.
The Orphan Grain Train sent more than 100 shipments domestically, which costs less in freight. The average cost to ship a box of donated goods is $11.
Besides raising money for freight, the organization has a large wish list for assistance, beginning with volunteers. As for supplies, they ask for cloth and disposable diapers, layettes and stuffed toys for infants.
They also seek medical equipment and supplies (bed and bath linens, sheets, disposable gowns and gloves, prosthetic limbs, walkers, wheelchairs, crutches, canes). As for hygiene supplies, they ask for sanitary products for women, toothbrushes, towels, bar soap and combs.
School supplies are also needed, including backpacks, coloring books, crayons, new pens and pencils, writing paper, notebooks and sports equipment such as soccer balls.
Clothing is a common donation. They seek new underwear for all sizes and ages. Clean and wearable shoes, along with clothing.
For more information on donations, call 402-371-7393 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To contribute by credit card, go to www.ogt.org.