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Thu
10
Dec

Update to escapee story

On December 5, 2015, at around 04:25 a Deputy with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office made a traffic stop on a vehicle just east of Fairbury Nebraska on Highway 136. During the course of the investigation the K-9 Drug Dog was deployed and illegal narcotics were discovered inside of the vehicle. The vehicle was occupied at the time of the stop by two individuals identified as Ameretta M. Trusler and Andrew Santiago of Omaha Nebraska. Both subjects were arrested and during further investigation, the male subject Andrew Santiago managed to escape custody of the deputies while still handcuffed and barefoot. Ameretta M. Trusler remained in custody.

Wed
09
Dec

Holiday Open House

Jay Peterson, a local financial advisor for the financial services firm Edward Jones, invites residents to attend a holiday open house from 2 - 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11 at 516 E Street, Fairbury. Refreshments will be served.

Date: 
Friday, December 11, 2015 - 2:00pm
Wed
09
Dec

T.C. Blood Drive Dec. 28

The Tri County Area blood drive will be at the Plymouth Community Center on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015 from 12:30-6:30 p.m.
To schedule an appointment please contact Andrea at 402-656-5115. Walk ins welcome.
All presenting donors will receive a free gift.
Date: 
Monday, December 28, 2015 - 12:30pm
Wed
09
Dec

Drunken Melee Results In Attempted Murder Charges

A Fairbury woman is facing serious charges after a drunken incident over the weekend. 
Mercedes M. Morrison, 23, of Fairbury, was arrested on Dec. 6, for Alleged Attempted 2nd Degree Murder (2 Felony), Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony (2 Felony), Terroristic Threats (3A Felony) and 2nd Degree Domestic Assault (2 Felony).
On Dec. 6, at approximately 4 a.m., the Fairbury Police Department was dispatched to a residence in the 900 block G Street reference a female subject that had tried to stab a male subject. Officers were informed that the female subject left the residence on foot and the male subject was at a neighbor’s house calling for help. While officers where heading to the scene, they located the female subject a short distance from the residence. The female subject was detained without incident while officers went to the scene. Officers identified the female as 23-year-old Mercedes Morrison.
Wed
09
Dec

Traffic Stop Leads To Manhunt

A traffic stop early Saturday morning resulted in a search for a captured person who escaped custody.  
At approximately 4:25 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, a traffic stop was made by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office that led to the arrest of Andrew Santiago and Ameretta Trusler, both of Omaha.
Chief Deputy Matthew Schultz explained Santiago’s escape and capture.
“He was pulled over and arrested,” said Schultz. “He got out of the patrol car and ran off. There was a vehicle stolen from the area and he used it to get to a residence in Fairbury. That had to be after 8 o’clock in the morning.”
Schultz explained that there was a report of someone matching his description in the area at the high school. The area was promptly searched and cleared because there was a basketball clinic at the school.
Wed
09
Dec

Holiday Spirit


One-year-old Cooper Alsman is a little shy around Santa Claus at the annual visit by St. Nick on Dec. 4. Alsman and hundreds of other youngsters visited Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Jefferson County Courthouse as part of the Festival of Trees.
Wed
09
Dec

Courthouse Renovation Bids Tabled

The bids are in for the courthouse reconstruction project, which puts it one step closer to being finished.
The project has been progressing slowly since it began approximately two and a half years ago at the behest of the fire marshal, who emphasized the necessity of complying with the fire code. At the county commissioners meeting on Tuesday, the commissioners reviewed the bids that were submitted.
Two construction companies, Lacey Construction in Wahoo, Neb. and Cheever Construction in Lincoln, submitted their bids along with the projected date for the renovation work to be completed.
Cheever Construction submitted a bid for $1,542,000 with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2016. Lacey Construction proposed that they could complete the project by Nov. 18, 2016 for the cost of $1,711,000.
Wed
09
Dec

Parents Needed To Make One-to-One Work

On Dec. 21, parents of students at Fairbury Jr./Sr. High School must attend one of two informational sessions, which will provide information about the new Chromebook Initiative that will provide each student a Chromebook for educational purposes, in order for their student to receive the device.
This initiative will help provide students in grades 7-12 with access to information on demand, according to Karen Dux, technology integration specialist at Fairbury Public Schools. She believes that this will be an important action that will help students and teachers alike.
“This is going to be a great tool for the kids to use,” said Dux. “The teachers are learning right along with the students, and it’s going to cause them to really think differently about teaching and learning.
Wed
09
Dec

You Drink, You Drive, You Lose Crackdown

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the nationwide “You Drink and You Drive, You Lose” crackdown which will be beginning on Dec. 18, 2015 and ending on Jan. 3, 2016. 
During the period, increased patrols will be made possible due to a grant through the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS). This grant will allow deputies to work extra time in order to increase the enforcement of traffic laws and specifically increase patrol for DUI enforcement. The extra time worked by deputies will then be paid by the NOHS.  
With the goal of increasing DUI enforcement, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office hopes to decrease the number of injury accidents that occur in the county.
The Sheriff’s Office will be taking a Zero-Tolerance stance on all alcohol violations during this time period.
 
Wed
09
Dec

Santa Letters

The Fairbury Journal-News will be printing letters to Santa Claus in the Dec. 23 edition. 
Any youngster wanting to send Santa a letter is welcome to send their correspondence to: PO Box 415, Fairbury, NE., 68352 or drop off at the Journal-News office at 516 Fifth Street in downtown Fairbury.
The deadline is Dec. 14 at 5 p.m.
 

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