An afternoon school bus and semi accident on Hwy 121 was a close call for local resident Roger Schieffer, of Crofton as reported by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 10.
Schieffer who was turning south onto Hwy 121 from the Crofton High School’s north entrance did not see an oncoming semi, which was pulling a flatbed trailer driven by Myron Schmidt, of St. Helena.
As Schieffer turned south onto the highway the school bus he was driving struck one of the tires on the rear of the flatbed trailer. No passengers were on the bus at the time of the accident. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts and no injuries were reported. Damage to the school bus was undetermined at the time of the accident however, the trailer received $250.00 worth of damage to the one rim.
Other reports received include an erratic driver heading north on Hwy 14 from Antelope County on Oct. 6. The deputy observed the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle driven by Dylan Henson of rural Niobrara. Mr. Henson’s license was suspended and revoked. Henson was issued a citation for Driving Under Suspension, Reckless Driving, Improper Passing, Driving Left of Center, and No Bill of Sale.
On the morning of Oct. 10 the Knox County Sheriff’s Office investigated a car and deer accident. Diane Schumacher, of Wausa was traveling south on Hwy 121 in a 2012 Toyota 4 door sedan. Schumacher had just passed the Hwy 12 and Hwy 59 junction when a deer ran out of the east ditch heading west. Schumacher hit the deer, totaling her car. Schumacher was the only person in the car and was wearing a seatbelt. The front and side airbags deployed and no injuries were reported.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office was notified at approximately 4:40 p.m. Oct. 11 of an accident that occurred at the intersection 882 Rd and 543 Ave just north of Bloomfield. The deputy arrived on scene and found a maroon 1998 GMC Sonoma in the west ditch of 543 Ave with damage to the box on the driver’s side rear and both diver’s side tires damaged. The stop sign on the west side of the intersection was lying on the ground and had been struck. It appeared that the vehicle was east bound on 882 Rd, crested the hill, was unable to stop and went into the ditch striking the county stop sign in the process. The scene was investigated. The register owner, Shon Abraham of Creighton, was contacted and interviewed.
Abraham confirmed he was the driver and the vehicle had brake failure. Charges are pending for No Insurance and Failure to Report a Property Damage Accident.
On Oct. 15 around noon, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle in the south ditch about one half of a mile west of Creighton, on Hwy 59.
Upon the deputy’s arrival, no one could be found around the vehicle and it was apparent that it had traveled thru two fences before coming to a stop on farm ground owned by Duane Fanta. The vehicle was a 1984 blue Van belonging to Ted Tauber of Winnetoon.
Contact was made with Tauber who then came to the scene. Tauber stated that the accident occurred around midnight and that contact was made with Joe Fanta about the accident at that time, which was verified.
Tauber stated that he was traveling west and fell asleep prior to the accident. The van received minimal damage and four fence posts were knocked over. Tauber was the sole occupant and was wearing a seatbelt.
10-4-2017 Jacqueline Goodteacher, 51, Santee,I. DUS-2nd, II. No Proof of Insurance, Santee Sentence
10-4-2017 Davida Henry, 26, Santee, I. Possession of Meth- ingestion, II. Contempt of Court, Santee Sentence
10-5-2017 Koda Wabasha, 18, Santee, I. Failure to Appear- Santee Warrant, II. Failure to Pay-Dakota Co. Warrant
10-9-2017 Joseph Hrbek, 22, Verdigre, Burglary- 2 counts
10-9-2017 Adam Denney, 30, Santee, I. Contempt of Court-Failure to Appear, II., Drug Paraphernalia, III. Possession of Controlled Substance, IV. Refusal of chemical test
10-12-2017 Evan Johnson, 18, Santee, I. Failure to Appear- 3 counts, Santee Warrant
On September 30, 2017 the Knox County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a red International mixer grinder missing from a friend’s house which is located behind the Country Cafe in Niobrara, NE. Savannah Avdoyan of Yankton, SD stated that the mixer grinder was parked at a friend’s house and was last known to be there about two weeks ago. The mixer grinder did not work and was used for storing deer food. It also had a flat tire when last seen. The value of the mixer grinder is about $50.00.
On October 1, 2017, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office investigated a burglary of a business in rural Knox County. Elite Diesel located at 87471 544 Ave, Wausa, NE, was broken into sometime during the early morning hours of October 1, 2017. The suspects gained entry to the building by smashing a window on the southeast corner of the building. The suspects then removed approximately $15,000 worth of Snap-On, Cornwell, Matco, and Dewalt tools from the toolbox. Tire tracks indicate that the suspects left the parking lot and drove north on 544 Ave. Photographs were taken at the scene and evidence was collected.
9-29-2017 Taylor Parks, 24, Creighton I. Hunting Violation- Closed Season Bobcat
(Knox Co. Sentence)
9-29-2017 Donald Rodgers, 52, Bloomfield I. Driving Under Suspension
(Knox Co. Sentence)
10-1-2017 Dillon Denney, 25, Santee I. Possession of Meth
Four Knox County bands marched in the annual Lions Club Parade in Norfolk on Saturday with Wausa claiming runner-up honors in the Class D division.
Also marching from Knox County were Bloomfield, Verdigre and Creighton bands.
Avera Creighton Hospital and Care Centre of Creighton conducted a disaster drill this past Wednesday in efforts to keep law enforcement, fire department and area rescue squads on their toes. The scenario involving a bus carrying senior citizens and a couple in a personal vehicle colliding on a bridge 5 miles north of Creighton. Involved in the accident were several passengers in both vehicles requiring medical assistance and a possible fire.
At the scene, rescue personnel from Creighton, Bloomfield and Verdigre attempted to provide assistance to the injured on site prior to utilizing ambulance service to transport victims to Avert Creighton. Additionally, LifeNet from Faith Regional Health Services made an appearance to simulate life flight services for the critically wounded.
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A rural Bloomfield, NE man is facing criminal charges following an accident with injuries that wasn’t reported southwest of Wausa, NE on Sunday morning September 17, 2017. Reese J. Wilson 20, of 54396 897 Rd. Bloomfield, NE admitted to being the driver/ owner of a 1995 Jeep Wrangler that entered the ditch and rolled, just west of the intersection of Hwy 121 and 873 Rd. Two passengers, whose names are withheld because of their age, were injured. One was privately transported to the Plainview Hospital and transferred by medical personnel to a Sioux City, IA hospital, because of injuries. The other was treated at Avera Creighton Hospital on September 18, 2017. A third passenger was not injured. The Sheriff’s Office was made aware of the accident by a parent of one of the injured minors. Charges are being forwarded to the Knox County Attorney asking that Wilson be charged with Failure to Report an Injury/Accident and Obstructing an investigation. The County Attorney is also being asked to review other possible charges.
On September 22, 2017 the Knox County Sheriff’s Office arrested Robert Wabasha of Santee on a Cedar County Warrant for driving under suspension and speeding. A deputy observed Robert Wabasha driving himself to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office to bond out another subject. Robert Wabasha was issued a citation for driving under suspension and transported to Cedar County for the warrant.
9-22-2017 Aleah Medina, 23, Santee
I. Contempt of Court- Failure to Pay
II. Proabtion Violation- Santee Warrant
9-22-2017 Lavara Weddell, 44, Santee
I. Failure to Appear
II. Contempt of Court
III. Contempt of Court
IV. Failure to Appear
V. Contempt of Court-Santee Warrant
9-22-2017 Sonny Phillip Redowl, 30, Santee
I. Obstructing Police
II. Possession THC- ingestion
III. Possession Meth ingestion
IV. Possession Amp ingestion
9-24-2017 Joshua L. Hytrek, 20, Creighton
I. Fraud- 2nd degree 3 counts Knox Co. Warrant
FARMERS STANDING UP FOR RURAL NONPROFITS IN NEBRASKA - PROGRAM SEEKS TO AWARD MORE THAN $3 MILLION IN 2018
The Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities Program Gives
Local Farmers a Chance to Help Their Communities
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (Aug. 1, 2017) – Nonprofit organizations help rural communities thrive, and farmers in nearby counties have the opportunity to help local organizations. Through the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, Nebraska farmers can enroll for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a local eligible nonprofit organization.
New this year, all farmers are now eligible to enroll in the program, as long as they meet the requirement of being 21 years old and actively engaged in farming at least 250 acres or more. The Grow Communities program will award more than $3 million to nonprofits across rural America in 2018.
These funds are being used to provide support to a variety of rural nonprofit organizations that reflect the makeup and character of their local communities, including food banks, emergency response organizations, youth agriculture programs and many others. Since the program began in 2010, the Grow Communities program has awarded more than $26 million in donations. In Nebraska alone, more than 700 monetary donations have been made to local to local nonprofits toward causes positively impacting farming communities.
“Through the years, we have seen this program impact countless local communities, and we are proud to partner with farmers on this initiative to continue supporting nonprofit organizations important to them,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “Because of farmers’ commitment to the Grow Communities program, their donations have provided vital support to organizations that make a lasting impact in local communities throughout the U.S.”
Nebraska farmers can easily enroll in the Grow Communities program from now to Nov. 1, 2017. Online enrollment, as well as a complete list of program rules and eligibility information, can be found at www.GrowCommunities.com or by calling 1-877-267-3332 toll-free.
About America’s Farmers
The America’s Farmers campaign highlights the importance of modern US Agriculture through communications and community outreach programs that partner with farmers to impact rural America. To learn more, visit America’s Farmers at www.AmericasFarmers.com.
About the Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund atwww.monsantofund.org.
Due to an expansion, the Knox County News has an immediate opening for a full-time reporter to cover local news in digital and print. Use of social media is a large part of our coverage philosophy as well.
This individual will cover hard news, features, sports and education. This will include photography and video opportunities with training to include production of video for online and television, should the right candidate show the skill and desire to learn.
The paginator / reporter will use Adobe Creative Suite to design and deliver sharp, clean pages for print publications quickly and efficiently, write clever headlines and cutlines that capture the stories and hook readers and proof all stories and items on the pages.
This candidate must be a stickler for details, especially for accuracy and legality, and will be ultimately responsible for completion of the online and print publication of each story. The paginator / reporter will also maintain the local community and sports beat with stories and photos, as well as other reporting assignments given by the publisher and/or editor.
This is a general job overview and not a detailed job description.
Please send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) announced today that her staff will be holding local office hours in Knox and Antelope counties on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. These office hours serve as a convenient opportunity for constituents to meet personally with Senator Fischer’s staff to receive help with casework and other issues at the federal level.
Tiffany Settles, Senator Fischer’s constituent services representative and outreach coordinator, will be holding local office hours at the times and locations below:
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Creighton Public Library
701 State Street
Creighton, NE 68729
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. CT
Neligh Public Library
710 M Street
Neligh, NE 68756
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT
On September 12, 2017 the Knox County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car cow accident located about three and one-half miles west of Verdel, NE on Hwy 12. The driver, Megan Leasure of Verdigre stated that she was traveling east on Hwy 12 in her 2012 Nissan Altima when she hit a cow.
Megan Leasure stated that she did not see the cow because the sun was in her eyes. The cow, after being hit, walked off to the north and was not found at the time of the investigation. Two area farmers were contacted and came to the scene to try and locate the cow. Seatbelt was in use. Driver airbag did deploy. Damage to the car and cow is undetermined. The car was towed due to damages.
On September 12, 2017 the Knox County Sheriff’s Office received a report of copper wire being stolen from an irrigation system no longer in use and being torn down. Kent Pavlik of rural Verdigre, NE discovered the wire missing from his irrigation system on the morning of September 12, 2017. About 250 feet of wire was taken sometime during the night of September 11, 2017 or early morning hours of September 12, 2017.
The irrigation system is located about one tenth of a mile east of the 881 Rd and 518 Ave intersection on the north side of 881 Rd. The vehicle involved in the theft left the field traveling east. A value to the stolen wire is undetermined at this time. Evidence and photographs were taken at the scene of the theft.
On 09/13/17 at 0711hrs Janet Lederer of Plainview was southbound on Hwy 13 near the intersection of 875rd when the vehicle became unresponsive to her control and she began to brake. It is believed that the driver’s front wheel may have blown. While braking, the vehicle was pulled into the northbound lane of Hwy 13 where it collided with a trailer of a northbound vehicle that was being driven by Jesse Hibbs of Mission, South Dakota. Hibbs, who was driving a Ford Bronco and was pulling a utility trailer, had attempted to move out of the way and was off the east side of the roadway but the trailer was still out into the roadway and was struck.
Lederer’s vehicle, a 2013 Kia SUV, air bags deployed as a result of the collision and coasted down the road a short ways and came to a stop in the roadway. Hibbs was able to drive to the intersection of Hwy 13 and 875rd and pull off the road. Lederer was transported to Avera Creighton Hospital by the Creighton Ambulance and treated for minor injuries, while Hibbs and his passengers were unhurt. Both the trailer and the Kia SUV had to be towed from the scene due to damages. Accident investigated on scene by Knox County Deputy.
9-14-2017 Waylon Wabasha, 41, Santee I. Contempt of Court-Failure to Pay
II. Failure to Appear- Probation Review
Knox County leaders recently met and learned about the history of the Santee Sioux Nation and Ohiya Casino.
Members of the Leadership Class of 2017 met on September 13 at the Ohiya Casino where they heard about the Tribal Enterprises from Lee Ickes, Business Operations Manager and Danielle Redowl, Business Finance Manager.
Additionally, Thelma Thomas with the Ohiya Casino spoke to the history of the Santee Sioux Nation and the Ohiya Casino. The group also learned of the Tribal Programs.
The day featured a tour of the entire Ohiya Casino Resort followed by a discussion about “Leadership Styles” with Plainview’s City Administrator Michael Holton. The day concluded with a tour of the Tatanka Golf Club.
The goal of Leadership Knox County is to identify potential leaders in each community across Knox County and help them to engage in leadership positions. Ultimately, we hope the program will act as a catalyst to allow for more community and economic development to happen across Knox County.
For more information about the program, contact the Knox County Development Agency at: 402-288-5619 or email@example.com.