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Dissolutions

Kimberly D. Robbins and Gary R. Robbins.

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Court Report

Wade. J. Loseman, of Fairbury: Operation of an ATV without license/insurance in May 27 incident, class 3 misdemeanor.

Ashley N. Brethouwer, of Wymore: Driving under suspension in July 2 incident, class 3 misdemeanor.

Tiona M. Bstandig, of Fairbury: Driving under suspension in June 29 incident, class 3 misdemeanor; possession or use of drug paraphernalia, infraction.

Colby S. Moellenberndt, of Fairbury: DUI - .15+ or refusal with one prior conviction in July 27 incident, class 1 misdemeanor; willful reckless driving, class 3 misdemeanor; operation of a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, class 4 felony.

James C. Erickson, of Fairbury: Driving under suspension in July 8 incident, class 3 misdemeanor.

Curtis J. Howell, of Fairbury: Driving under suspension in July 8 incident, class 3 misdemeanor.

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Traffic Report

Arthur F. McCarthy, of West Des Moines, Iowa: CMV-brake violation; no registration; stop or yield sign violation, $225 in fines.

Ramona R. Young, of Fairbury: Speeding 76-45, $200 fine.

Steven H. Cordis, of Ohiowa: Speeding 58-40, $125 fine.

William H. Summers, of Beatrice: Speeding 74-60, $75 fine.

Laura L. Fossler, of Beatrice: Speeding 39-25, $75 fine.

Spencer A. Walters, of Shickley: Speeding 81-60, $200 fine.

Christopher L. Troxel, of Fairbury: Stop or yield sign violation, $10 fine.

Miles D. Bruce, of Fairbury: Speeding 60-45, $75 fine.

Jacob L. Noel, of Tobias: Speeding 71-60, $75 fine.

Eli D. Fox, of Grand Island: Speeding 60-30, $200 fine.

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Sheriff's Report

July 31: Michelle R. Parde, of Beatrice, was driving a 2010 Dodge west on Highway 136 a half-mile east of Harbine when the vehicle collided with a deer. Damages were estimated at $2,500.

Aug. 2: Report of a motorcyle colliding with a deer east of Fairbury.

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Police Report

July 31: Report of two dogs running loose in the 1500 block of F Street.

July 31: Report of a theft in the 1400 block of Maple Street.

July 31: Report of a theft from a vehicle in the 2000 block of I Street.

July 31: Report of a civil disturbance in the 900 block of B Street.

Aug. 1: Report of a male cited for driving under suspension in the 1300 block of C Street.

Aug. 1: Report of a possible protection order violation in the 600 block of E Street.

Aug. 2: Report of shoplifting in the 600 block of C Street.

Aug. 2: Report of a civil matter in the 900 block of C Street.

Aug. 3: Report of a child custody matter referred to a private attorney in the 1200 block of G Street.

Aug. 3: Report of a welfare check in the 1500 block of K Street.

Aug. 3: Report of a domestic disturbance in the 800 block of 3rd Street.

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You Drink-You Drive-You Lose

The Fairbury Police Department will be participating in the nationwide You Drink & Drive You Lose crackdown which will begin on Aug. 16 and ends Sept. 2.

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 officers 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 officers will then be paid by NOHS. With the goal of increasing DUI enforcement, the Fairbury Police Department hopes to decrease the number of injury accidents which occur in the city.

The Fairbury Police Department will be taking a Zero-Tolerance stance on all alcohol violations during this time period.

At the conclusion of the You Drink & Drive You Lose crackdown, it is hoped the DUI rate will decrease and in turn decrease the number of injury accidents.

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Buffalo County Records Warrant Turns Into Steele City Drug Arrest

At approximately 1 p.m. on Aug. 12, members of the Jefferson County Emergency Response Team assisted the Buffalo County Sheriffs Office in the service of a Buffalo County Search Warrant inside Jefferson County.

The warrant (served to discover financial records) was served at 102 East Main Street in Steele City on a camper trailer owned by Shawn R. Erpelding.

Items were found inside the camper, in plain view, which Erperlding is prohibited from possessing.

Erpelding was placed under arrest for possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person and a Jefferson County search warrant was obtained for the camper, a trailer and the out buildings where the trailer was parked.

A Jefferson County search warrant was served and additional items were located.

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Margaret Grotelueschen

Margaret Marge Grotelueschen, 92, of Fairbury, formerly of Columbus, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at the Gardenside L.T.C. in Fairbury.

She was born Dec. 26, 1920, in Wisner, Neb., to Otto W. and Amelia (Hoefs) Raabe. She attended St Johns Lutheran Day School and graduated from Wisner High School. She also took classes at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and Concordia College in Seward. She taught in rural schools in Cuming County and at St. John Lutheran School, rural Columbus.

On June 29, 1945, she was united in marriage to Melvin A. Grotelueschen in Wisner. They moved to Columbus after Melvin got out of the service.

She was an active, charter member of Peace Lutheran Church. Marge and Melvin made many calls to people inviting them to come to church with them. She also was a member of the Womens Guild at church and the V.F.W. Auxiliary.

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Herman Freese

Herman E. H. Freese, 94, of Plymouth, died at his home on Friday morning, Aug. 9, 2013.

He was born on July 28, 1919 on a farm in Jefferson County near Plymouth and graduated from Plymouth High School.

He attended the Lincoln Airplane Flying School and upon completion was sent to Fort Crook in Omaha for a physical, and then on to Fort Leavenworth where he met with various officers for military placement. He joined the United States Air Force and spent eight weeks in training at the St. Louis Robertson Aviation School where he specialized in the repair and maintenance of propellers and governors for B17 bomber engines. He served in Scotland and England.

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Junior Bartels

Junior Emil Bartels, 87, passed away on Aug. 7, 2013 at Bryan East Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was one of three children in the family.

He was born to Emil August Bartels and Hannah (Schafer) Bartels on Apr. 1, 1926, at Tobias, Neb.

While growing up, Junior attended Zion Lutheran School and Tobias High School. He farmed in the Tobias area his entire life.

He was married to Dorthy Mae Garbers of Columbus, Neb., on June 1, 1947. Five children were born to this union.

He served on the county and state FSA boards. He was also a lifelong member of the Zion Lutheran Church, serving as an elder, trustee, school board member, and LLL member.

His hobbies included gardening, especially sweet corn, and antique tractors. He was proud to be born on April Fools Day, as he enjoyed collecting and redistributing jokes, and he was a real master of practical jokes.

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