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In December, while watching the news, community member Dick Williams saw the disturbing story about the horses that were seized in Jefferson County. Because of his love of animals, he decided to act. He spoke to a friend and said, “We need to raise money to help feed the horses.” With the help of a few friends, Dick went to several businesses in Fairbury and asked them if a jar could be held at their business to help collect money to aid the horse rescue. Being filled with excitement, Dick reminded his friends that they needed to pick up the jars by saying, “Got to feed the horses!” You could see the passion in his face as he gathered the jars. Dick proudly collected over $200.00 from the community for the cause. Sherriff Nels Sorensen from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office appreciates how Dick stood up and did something for the horses. Sorensen also states the horses are in better shape than they were six weeks ago. The horses have all received veterinarian care, and much needed feed. All of their conditions have improved. There are four horses remaining at the property in Plymouth that are waiting to go to their new home. Thanks to Dick, the community, and the Epona Horses Rescue, the horses are receiving the attention they need. Dick sincerely says thank you to all the businesses and to the Fairbury Community for their support in his fund raising project.  

NEWS RELEASE THE JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS SEPTEMBER 29 AT THE EAST PARKING LOT OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER AT 606 3RD STREET, FAIRBURY, NE 68352 Fairbury, NE – On September 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Law Enforcement Center at 606 3rd Street, Fairbury, NE. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Last April, Americans turned in 552,161 pounds—276 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,600 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners. In its four previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 1.5 million pounds—nearly 775 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. Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.  


Recently TransCanada Corporation made a $5,000 donation to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. According to Sheriff Nels Sorensen the money will be used to purchase equipment for general law enforcement and the Emergency Response Team (ERT). "We are putting the ERT team together for incidents that we may encounter and need a little more specialized training to handle. TransCanada was kind enough to consider us and we got the grant from them and we greatly appreciate it. They are a good partner in the community," Sorensen said. TransCanada representative Jason Brockman, an area technician, is shown presenting the $5,000 check to Sheriff Sorensen. Robert Latimer, a community relations specialist for TransCanada, stated that TransCanada is committed to playing a role in improving lives and building better communities where they live, work and conduct business. (Journal-News photo by Vicki Check) 

On Monday at the Fairbury Fire Hall representatives of TransCanada Corporation made a $5,000 donation to Jefferson County’s Rescue Truck 17. Fairbury resident Shirley Bender had put in for the grant after her husband, Brian, a member of the rescue squad, told her that the aging unit was in serious need of some equipment. The recent donation from TransCanada will help purchase that equipment. The donation will go toward the purchase of a new air bag system to replace the nearly 20 year old system that the truck currently uses. TransCanada representatives Jason Brockman, an area technician, and Robert Latimer, a community relations specialist, were on hand to present the check. “We have employees who live in Fairbury and the surrounding areas and at TransCanada we are committed to playing a role in improving lives and building better communities where we live, work and conduct our business,” Latimer said. “We’ve previously given to the Steele City Community Center/Fire Hall, Blue Valley Community Action for their food bank, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. As a business in the community we are glad to give back in many ways.” All of the department heads present at the check passing were grateful for the TransCanada contribution and agreed they are always in need of donations in order to update equipment. Pictured, left to right, Nels Sorensen, Jefferson County Sheriff, Shirley Bender, Joe Grubbs, Ambulance Manager, Robert Latimer, TransCanada Community Relations Specialist, Jason Brockman, TransCanada Area Technician, Kenny Krause, Rural Fire Chief, Eric Voss, Fairbury Fire Chief, Joe Parker, Fairbury City Administrator and Chad Sprunk, Fairbury Chief of Police. (Journal-News photo by Vicki Check) 

At approximately 0700 the 18th of May 2012 officers of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant for drugs at the residence of James Jay Rasmussen. Officers located items consistent with the manufacture of Methamphetamine. These items were rendered safe to collect as evidence and disposed of by certified meth lab technicians. Rasmussen 50 yoa was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and Manufacture of Methamphetamine. Officers are still attempting to contact a female subject believed to be involved in the manufacture of Methamphetamine. Assisting the Sheriff’s Office were the Fairbury Rural Fire District, Ambulance District #33, Jefferson County Emergency Management, Public Health Solutions and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. On the morning of the 21st of May 2012 at approximately 0900 the female subject involved in the incident turned herself into the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. That subject is Beth A. Bush, 43 yoa was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Manufacture of Methamphetamine, and exposing a child to Dangerous Drugs. Bond was set for Rasmussen at $100,000.00 10% and Bush is being held with out bond to be brought before the court. Rasmussen was release Monday morning after posting bond.  

A court hearing the afternoon of the 22nd culminated an investigation of nearly 1 ½ years with a plea to theft and official misconduct. These charges stem from an incident at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Former Deputy Sheriff Keith Fisher had been investigated by the Nebraska State Patrol for theft of funds from the Jefferson County Jail account over a period of three years. Deputy Fisher was allegedly using Jail funds to purchase clothing and equipment for himself without authorization. When this was discovered Fisher employment was terminated. The investigation was turned over to the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol. On July 19th 2011 Fisher was arrested on a felony theft warrant by officers of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. He posted 10% of 10000.00 and was released from jail that same day. A jury trial had been scheduled for Jefferson County District Court on May 23rd 2012. On May 22nd 2012 Fisher entered pleas of No Contest to one count of misdemeanor theft and one count of official misconduct. Judge Paul Korslund ordered a presentence investigation and sentencing is scheduled for 27th of July at 1:30pm. 

On April 28th 2012 between 10 am and 2 pm in the west parking lot of Jefferson Community Health Center 2100 H Street, Fairbury. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Jefferson Community Health Center will collaborate in the Third National Take Back Initiative coordinated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. This national take-back day will provide a unified opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to Law Enforcment officers for destruction. This one day effort will bring national focus to the issue of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse. This program provides an opportunity for law enforcement, prevention, treatment and the businss communities to collaborate and establish a safe collection site for all Americans, regardless of where they reside. The program is anonymous and all efforts will be made to protect the anonymity of individuals disposing of medications. No questions or requests for identification will be made. All material that is collected will be incinerated.  

At approximately 1726 the 29th of October 2011, Jefferson County Communications received a call of a two vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 8 and State Spur 48A. The caller advised that the other vehicle involved in the crash fled the scene. Emergency crews were dispatched to the crash site. Upon arrival emergency personnel found 4 victims in the vehicle that had remained at the scene. This vehicle was a 2009 Jeep Compass driven by Suzanne Huerta 56 yoa of Omaha, NE. Vehicle # 1 was a 2009 Jeep Compass and it was west bound on Highway 8. Vehicle #2 was a 2002 Honda 4dr and it was northbound on State Spur 48A, it failed to stop at the stop sign, was turning right and crossed the center line of Highway 8 and struck Vehicle #1 in the left side with Vehicle #2 left front corner. The vehicle that fled the scene was described as a silver vehicle, and upon investigation it was determined that it was a silver Honda with Oklahoma license plates, and was driven by a white male and it was east bound on Highway 8. This vehicle has sustained considerable left front end damage. An area broadcast was given and a Deputy Sheriff with the Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle at Highway 8 and Highway 99. The vehicle had been involved in a single vehicle roll over accident and the driver of the vehicle was found to be deceased at the scene. His information is being withheld pending notification of relatives, and will be released by Pawnee County. The four victims in the Jeep were transported to Jefferson Community Health Center by ambulance where they were all treated and released with minor injuries. Restraints were in use and a number of the air bags deployed in the Jeep which resulted in less injuries to the victims. The investigation is continuing and is a cooperative effort between the Pawnee County and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Offices. Emergency services responding to the scene were Jefferson County Ambulance District #33, Jefferson County Rescue, Steele City Fire, Diller Fire and Rescue, Plymouth Fire and Rescue  

At approximately 0715 the 4th of June 2011 Jefferson County Communications received a call of a possible break in at Side Treks bar in Harbine. An officer of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded and found that the bar had been forcibly entered overnight. At approximately 0730 the 4th of June 2011 Jefferson County Communications received a call of a possible break in at Behrends Service in Diller, NE. An officer of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded and found that the front door of the business had been kicked in. A small amount of money was taken. Later in the morning a call was received from Farmers Coop in Diller that they had an amount of money removed from the business. Upon investigation forced entry could not be detected. All the incidents remain under investigation. Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.  

On June 2nd 2011 from 4pm to 8 pm deputies from the Gage and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office conducted a vehicle check point at the county line on U. S. Highway 136. A total of 435 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 234 vehicles on the Gage County Side and 201 vehicles on the Jefferson County side. Numerous citations, warnings and repair cards were issued. These included 2 citations for Driving during suspension, 2 citations for Possession of Marijuana less than an ounce, and one arrest for Possession of a controlled substance. Sheriff’s Offices were assisted by the Gage County MAPS Coalition, SECC criminal Justice students and (MADD) Mothers against Drunk Driving. Funding for the joint venture was provided by the Gage County MAPS coalition and the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety.  

Arrest Made in Fairbury Homicide (Fairbury, NE)- Investigator’s with the Nebraska State Patrol in conjunction with the Jefferson County Attorney, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Lincoln Police Department have arrested a Fairbury woman in the death of her husband. Susan Dejong, 54, Fairbury, is lodged in the Jefferson County Jail on a charge of 1st Degree Murder for the Friday, March 11, 2011 death of her husband, Thomas Dejong, 52, Fairbury. Just before 4:00 p.m., Friday, Fairbury Rescue responded to a 911 call from a female requesting medical assistance for an unresponsive male at 55930 Highway 136, approximately nine miles west of Fairbury. The male, Thomas Dejong, 52, Fairbury was transported by ambulance to Fairbury Community Health Center. He was then transferred by ambulance to Bryan LGH-West in Lincoln. Dejong, who appeared to have been severely beaten, was treated for multiple blunt force trauma to the head, torso and limbs. He was pronounced dead shortly before midnight on Friday, March 11, 2011. Around 7: 00 a.m., Saturday, March 12, 2011, NSP investigator’s arrested Susan Dejong, 54, Fairbury on a charge of 1st Degree murder. Susan Dejong was taken into custody at the Lincoln Police Department where she had been undergoing questioning. She was then transported and lodged in the Jefferson County Jail. Results of an autopsy are pending. ### Deb Collins Public Information Coordinator Nebraska State Patrol  

On the morning of the 7th of February 2011 the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Fairbury Police Department and the Joint Fugitive Task Force served 5 outstanding Drug arrest warrants. The Fugitive Task Force is made up of Officers from the Nebraska State Patrol and the U.S. Marshal’s Service. The Sheriff’s Office served 2 drug warrants on Feb. 2nd and the Fairbury Police Department served 1 drug warrant on the 2nd and another on the 6th. The warrants for the subjects were for Drug related offenses. These warrants stemmed from investigations by the Rural Apprehension Program Task Force over the last 22 months. Those arrested, charges and when they were arrested. David S. Fentress, 20 yoa, of Fairbury, NE Possession with intent to Deliver Controlled substance, ( Feb. 2) Amy L. Barker, 31 yoa, of Fairbury, NE. Possession with intent to Deliver Controlled Substance (Feb 2) Steven D. Boomgaarn Sr. 51 yoa, Fairbury, NE Possession with Intent to Deliver Controlled Substance (Feb 2) Shanon Branson, 35 yoa, Fairbury, NE Aiding and Abetting a Felony (Feb. 6) Michael D. Blake, 38 yoa, Alexandria, NE Possession with Intent to Deliver controlled substance. (Feb 7) Trampes L. McCardle, 24 yoa, Fairbury, NE 3 cts Possession with Intent to Deliver Controlled Substance. (Feb 7) Roger A. Roland, 46 yoa, Fairbury, NE 2 cts Possession with Intent to Deliver Controlled Substance (Feb. 7) Jan V. Henderson, 41 yoa, Fairbury, NE Possession with Intent to Deliver Controlled Substance (Feb. 7) Jeanie Kearn, 34 yoa, Fairbury, NE Possession with Intent to Deliver Controlled Substance. (Feb. 7) Frederic P. Edmundson, 46 yoa, Hanover, Ks. Possession with intent to Deliver Controlled Substance. (Feb 7) Edmundson turned himself in at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Christopher M. Chambers,25 yoa, Lincoln, NE 2 cts Possession with intent to deliver controlled substance. (Feb 7) in Lincoln. The following were released on a Personal recognizance bonds. Shanon Branson, Michael D. Blake, Roger A. Roland, Jan V. Henderson, Frederic Edmundson and Jeanie Kearn. Released on Bond was Trampes L. McCardle, 10% of 5000.00 Those still in custody at the Jefferson County Jail are Steven Boomgaarn Sr. David S. Fentress, and Amy Barker. Chambers is awaiting transport from Lancaster County Jail to Jefferson County. The RAP Drug Task Force is supported by grant #09-DA-307 awarded by the Nebraska Crime Commission. The RAP task force receives 75% of its operating costs from a grant from the Federal Government amounting to $91,300.00. The local agencies supply the remaining 25% of the operating costs from local dollars amounting to $30,434.00. Agencies from the following counties are involved with the task force; Saunders, Polk, Merrick, Hamilton, York, Seward, Jefferson, Thayer and Fillmore. The Nebraska State Patrol is a member of RAP. RAP has been in continuous operation since 1990.  

On December 29, 2010 Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Deputies as well as members of the Fairbury Police Department, Fairbury Rural Fire, Jefferson County Ambulance District #33 and Jefferson County Emergency Management were called to the area of Buckley Creek Recreation Area near Reynolds Nebraska in reference to a possible methamphetamine lab that was discovered. Upon arrival an abandoned methamphetamine lab was discovered and was dismantled by Methamphetamine Lab Technicians from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Fairbury Police Department. After two months of investigation, and with the assistance of the Marysville Kansas Police Department and the Marshall County Kansas Sheriff’s Office charges are being sought against one individual. Christopher J. Anderson formerly of Fairbury Nebraska was arrested on separate drug charges by the Marysville Kansas Police Department. During their investigation, the Marysville Kansas Police Department contacted the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office about a possible link to Christopher J. Anderson and the methamphetamine lab discovered near Buckley Creek Recreation Area. After further investigation Christopher J. Anderson is being charged in Jefferson County Nebraska on the charges of Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Pseudoephedrine with Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Possession of Anhydrous Ammonia in an Unlawful Container, Theft, and Criminal Mischief.  

At approximately 1530 the 29th of December 2010 Jefferson County Communications received a call of suspicious material that could be used in a meth lab at the Buckley Creek Recreation Area east of Reynolds, Ne. An officer of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and upon investigation determined that this was a working methamphetamine lab site. Lab protocol was initiated and several agencies were dispatched to the scene. Those agencies were Fairbury Rural Fire District, Jefferson County Ambulance District 33, Jefferson County Emergency Management, Fairbury Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Lab Technicians from the Fairbury Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office secured the area and obtained evidence. With assistance and direction from the Nebraska State Patrol an environmental disposal unit was dispatched from Des Moines Ia. The scene was cleaned up and all units were cleared from the area at 0100 on the 30th of December 2010. This is the first operational lab that has been dismantled in Jefferson County for some time. We encourage the public to contact law enforcement with suspicious activities or sightings of components that could be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.  

On the 18th of December 2010 at approximately 1223 Jefferson County Communications received a call of a multi vehicle accident just west of Jansen on Highway 136. Emergency services responded to the incident. Upon arrival 3 vehicles were found to be involved in the crash. Vehicle #1 was a 1992 Nissan Sentra 4dr driven by Brandon Reinke 18 yoa of Beatrice, Ne. Vehicle #2 was a 2008 Mercury Sable 4dr driven by Barbara Schoenrock 69 yoa of rural Fairbury, Ne. Vehicle #3 was a 2010 Chevy Equinox Utility driven by Linda Bauer 45 yoa of Fairbury, Ne. Vehicle #1 was west bound on Highway 136. Vehicle #1 was attempting to make a pass on a west bound vehicle and Vehicle #1 went out of control, crossing the center line and was struck nearly head on by Vehicle #2 which was east bound on Highway 136, Vehicle #3 which was also east bound was unable to avoid the collision of the two vehicle’s and struck the rear of Vehicle #2. Vehicle #3 then went into the south ditch and struck an embankment. Vehicle #1 came to rest in the roadway and Vehicle #2 went into the south ditch. The driver of Vehicle #1 and a passenger Cole Williams were transported to Jefferson Community Health Center for non life threatening injuries. Williams was release, Reinke was admitted for observation. The driver of Vehicle #2 was also transported to Jefferson Community Health Center with non life threatening injuries and was also admitted for observation. The driver and passenger of Vehicle #3 were not injured. Restraints were in use in all vehicles, air bags deployed in Vehicle’s 2 and 3. All vehicles are considered a total loss. Weather conditions were very poor at the time of the crash and did contribute to the cause of the crash. Emergency services responding to the incident were Jansen Fire, Diller Fire and Rescue, Jefferson County Ambulance Dist. #33, Jefferson County Rescue and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.  

Estaletta Jones Presented Respect For Law Award For Years Of Service
The Fairbury Optimist Club has named Jefferson County Law Enforcement Center Communications Supervisor Estaletta Jones, the recipient of the Fourth Quarter Respect for Law Award. The honor was given in recognition of her dedicated service to the people of Jefferson County and the City of Fairbury. Jones had held this position since 1978. Sheriff Nels Sorensen stated, "She is a loyal and valued employee, Estaletta has been here a long time; she came with the building." According to club president Judith Kluge, "In her 32 years of service, Estaletta has dispatched officers and rescue personnel to assist citizens of Jefferson County with little acknowledgement, possibly being responsible for saving countless lives. She may very well be the best "Friend of Youth' in an emergency situation." Each quarter, the Fairbury Optimist Club recognizes and outstanding individual in law enforcement with a certificate and gift, as a means to inspire respect for law among young people. (Story by Vicki Check, Fairbury Journal News, 11-24-2010) 

Five automated external defibrillators (AEDs) were recently placed with Sheriff Nels Sorensen and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office by Public Health Solutions District Health Department (PHSDHD). These AEDs will be placed in the sheriff's cruisers; allowing for greater response capabilities for emergency personnel in Jefferson County. Sheriff Sorensen commented that this will allow all of the cruisers to be equipped with AEDs. "The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is very happy to receive the five AED's which came to us though the work of Public Health Solutions and Jefferson County Emergency Management," Sorensen said. "These five units along with the three units that we received on a grant five years ago will place an AED in each of our patrol units" The AEDs were purchased through a Rural Access to Emergency Devices (RAED) grant that Public Health Solutions District Health Department received from the US Health Resources and Services Administration of the office of Rural Health. PHSDHS is the local health department that serves the citizens of Jefferson County as well as Fillmore, Gage, Saline and Thayer. The purpose of the RAED grant is to reduce the death rate from heart attacks in rural areas by increasing the number of people who recognize the early warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and are prepared to intervene as a bystander. In collaboration with the Jefferson County Emergency Manager, John McKee, EMS units, law enforcement, health care providers, elected officials, citizens and the Cornhusker Council of the American Red Cross, PHSDHD was able to determine where to place these AEDs for greatest effectiveness. To help educate the general public about the early warning signs of SCA and the importance of bystander intervention PHSDHD in collaboration with the Cornhusker Council of the American Red Cross will be offering CPR classes in the future. For further information you can contact PHSDHS at 1-888-310-0565 and ask for Sharon Clouse. Even though they will have the new equipment, Sheriff Sorensen hopes they do not have to use them. "We hope that the AEDs will be a piece of equipment that we carry around and do not have to use, but we will have them and be able to respond and deploy them if needed," Sorensen said. "Many times Sheriff's Officers are in the area of larger gatherings, emergency calls and sometimes arrive sooner than the ambulances. We continue to look for ways to better serve the people of Jefferson County." (Story by Vicki Check, Fairbury Journal News 11-24-2010) 

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