The top story in Jefferson County in 2013 was the saga of former Fairbury Police officer Stanly Colby and how he drove off in a Fairbury Police cruiser while on duty and was arrested in Lincoln County.
In the Fairbury Journal-News Sept. 18 edition the headlines and story read:
Police Officer Steals
No one is sure if this kind of thing has ever happened before.
Saturday, Sept. 14, Fairbury Police Officer Stanly Colby was arrested in Lincoln County for stealing a police cruiser.
The arrest happened about six miles south of North Platte, at mile marker 68 on U.S. Highway 83 near Lone Star Road. Reports indicate Colby, 40 years old, was wearing his uniform at the time of the arrest.
During the chase, Colby apparently avoided spike strips used in a failed attempt to stop the cruiser.
Colby was believed to have been distraught and heading to the McCook area at the time.