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Following a police pursuit and crash, a former Royal man was arrested early this morning after allegedly stealing a vehicle and firing shots at the victim.
Adam Carlson, 36, of Omaha and formerly of Royal, has been identified as the man responsible for an armed robbery and carjacking where several shots were fired at the victim, according to a press release from the Stanton County Sheriff's Department. The incident allegedly occurred on Tuesday evening near Loveland, Iowa.
"Carlson was pursued at that time by Iowa authorities into Omaha, where he fled on foot from near 13th and Cass and was not located," the release stated. "A female accomplice was arrested at that time for robbery."
At about 2:40 a.m. Thursday, a second pursuit began in Norfolk when an SUV was observed speeding. It was then found to have fictitious plates when a Madison County deputy attempted to stop the vehicle on East Omaha Avenue.
The driver refused to stop the vehicle and entered Stanton County on Highway 275 where the Stanton County Sheriff’s office also became involved in the pursuit.
The SUV continued east on Highway 275 and then turned south onto Highway 57. As the SUV neared Stanton, tire deflation spikes were deployed on the highway by the sheriff’s office. The SUV struck the spikes and continued into Stanton.
"The vehicle continued south on 10th Street as its tires disintegrated, driving through the Stanton trailer court and onto private property, before the SUV drove into a tree and a deep creek ravine," the release stated. "The lone driver fled on foot into the creek and was taken into custody about 10 minutes later as he was found hiding along the creek by members of the Stanton and Madison County Sheriff’s office."
Carlson was medically-cleared by EMS at the scene and jailed. He was wanted on a felony warrant for absconding parole, and now faces numerous charges, including Speeding, Willful Reckless Driving and felony Operation of a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest-2nd offense and Habitual Criminal. Carlson now also faces felony charges in Iowa.
"Electronic equipment found in the SUV is being checked to determine if it is stolen," the release said. "Carlson was in prison on his last sentence on theft and weapons charges out of Holt County. The SUV Carlson was driving is considered a total loss."
One person was life-flighted following a two-vehicle accident near the intersection of Highways 14 and 20 on Thursday afternoon.
According to the Antelope County Sheriff's Department, a 2013 Chevy Equinox driven by 25-year-old Tyrell J. Hinton was on Highway 14 going south when it failed to yield the right away and pulled out in front of a 2005 Chrysler 300 that was eastbound on Highway 20.
Hinton was ejected during the accident and life-flighted to CHI Health Immanuel in Sioux City.
Danny D. Petersen Sr., 48, was driving the Chrysler 300 with passenger Carmen M. Petersen, 51. Neligh-Oakdale Jaw of Life removed the driver from the vehicle. Both occupants were transported to Antelope Memorial Hospital in Neligh and one was later transported to an Omaha hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to police.
The accident remains under investigation by the Antelope County Sheriff’s Department with reconstruction assistance by the Nebraska State Patrol and Neligh Police Department. Also responding were fire departments from Royal, Orchard, Brunswick and Neligh, as well as rescue squads from Orchard and Neligh.
The Nebraska Department of Transportation also assisted with traffic.
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This story has been updated.
The Royal Alumni was held June 1 at the Royal Auditorium with 32 alumni and guests in attendance.
The alumni banquet began with a social hour, followed by the dinner.
Pictured for the Class of 1944 is Vivian Parish, Eloise Bartch Johnson, and Myrtle Blair, celebrating 75 years.
Pictured for the Class of 1949 is Ardella Jensen Brandt, celebrating 70 years, and Class of 1946 is Norma Jones.
Everett Meyer is pictured for the Class of 1969, celebrating 50 years.
Our fallen heroes were honored Monday during Memorial Day services at Royal.
The Orchard American Legion Post provided the color and honor guard were on hand for the ceremony. Pastor A.J. Turner addressed the audience after Kaci Wickersham and Avery Cheatum performed the National Anthem.
The Orchard High School band was on hand providing music.
A cold, snowy Sunday made for a perfect day on Grove Lake with 41 teams participating in the annual Royal Fire Department Ice Fishing Tournament.
Derek Thiele and Eric Allemang took home the top prize with 16.33 pounds. Justin Brandt and Brock Belik were second with 12.82 pounds while Jeff Macke and Rick Brandt were third with 11.31.
Biggest trout went to Austin Hilker at .69. Wade Frederick caught the largest blue gill at .71. Abe Meyer had the largest perch at .52 pounds. The largest crappie went to Nate Kathol at .77 pounds. There was no largest bass.
Max Hieter of Royal, 75, was the oldest fisherman. Dakota Vellek of Verdigre was the youngest male and Jaelyn Shaver was the youngest female.
1. Derek Thiele & Eric Allemang, 16.33; 2. Justin Brandt & Brock Belik, 12.82; 3. Jeff Macke and Rick Brandt, 11.31; 4. Spencer Volden & Nate Kathol, 10.93; 5. Mark Retting & Wade Frederick, 8.61; 6. Taylor Williby & Brandon Salpas, 8.14; 7. Adam Cooper & Travis Cooper, 8.01; 8. Spencer Strope & Tanner Hart 7.82.
A fiery collision between two semis on the Royal Road early Wednesday evening led to one person being transported to a local hospital.
Officials from the Antelope County Sheriff’s Department said two tractor trailers were southbound on 519th Avenue south of Royal around 5 p.m. The first semi was attempting to pull into Morrison Farms, and the second truck was passing the first semi when the collision occurred at the intersection, according to officials.
The semi that was pulling into the entrance caught fire after impact. Royal and Orchard Fire Departments responded and extinguished the blaze.
One of the drivers was transported by Orchard Rescue to Antelope Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The incident remains under investigation. No other details are available at this time.