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Court & Cops

Police Report

March 6: Report of possible gun shots on the east side of the square.

March 3: Report of a theft from a grocery store.

March 2: Report of a theft from Radio Shack.

March 10: Report of criminal mischief in the 1200 block of A Street.

March 9: Report of criminal mischief in the 1000 block of A Street.

March 10: Report of criminal mischief in the 600 block of B Street.

Sheriff's Report

March 3: Assisted Nebraska State Patrol with search warrant.

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Maintaining quality education in Nebraska's schools By Steven Cain, Nebraska News Service

LINCOLN--Trying to help struggling schools get back on track without the government becoming too involved in the schools is a tough balance to strike, said Sen. Greg Adams of York.

On March 15, the Nebraska Legislature's Education Committee heard testimony on a plan to provide struggling Nebraska schools with assistance to get back on track.

The bill, introduced by Adams, a former high school teacher and chairman of the committee, calls for a new classification system to determine which schools are struggling, as well as introducing measures to help those schools.

Although Adams does not expect his bill to pass this year he said he introduced it to prompt discussion.

Nebraska's school rating system needs to take multiple measurements into account, Adams said, rather than just a simple snapshot of graduation rates.

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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.

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Week in review By Krista Vogel, Nebraska News Service

LINCOLN - Senators decided to set aside one controversial issue - immigration - until next year, but they debated and passed several other bills from March 7 through 11.

LB 185: The Transportation and Telecommunications Committee heard testimony March 7 for a bill that would eliminate front license plates. Sen. Tony Fulton of Lincoln introduced the bill and said he feels that a rear license plate is adequate for law enforcement reasons.

LB 105: On March 9, senators advanced a bill introduced by Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala that would require boat and watercraft operators to complete a boating safety course. Under this bill, any person born after December 31, 1985, would be required to complete the course to operate a boat; the current law states that boat operators under 18 must take the course.

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Viola and Christoph Wiegert

Viola Wiegert 94 & Christoph Wiegert 95 both of Fairbury, NE, passed away Thursday, March 10,2011 at Heritage Care Center in Fairbury.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 14, 2011 at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Charles Schmidt officiating. Burial will be in the Fairbury Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Grace Lutheran Church. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.

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Evelyn Nolte

Evelyn Nolte 81 formerly of Daykin, NE passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at Heritage Care Center in Fairbury.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 12, at Immanuel Lutheran Church at Daykin, NE, with Pastor Paul Beyer officiating. Cremation will follow the services. Memorials are suggested to ASCERA Care Hospice or the Parkinson's Association. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.

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Jefferson County's "Timeless Traditions" Theme Embraces 200 Years Of County Fairs

This year will mark the 200 year history of county fairs nation-wide. To honor this milestone, the Jefferson County Fairboard has announced the 2011 fair theme, "Timeless Traditions."

The dates for this year's fair is July 14-17.

The Richard's Amusement and Carnival will be on the fairgrounds all four days of the fair.

The race track will be screaming with action Friday and Saturday night during the Fair.

The country music group, The Sherwin and Pam Linton Show has been re-contracted for the grandstand Sunday, July 17 at 7 p.m. and they have an all new show planned.

Other activities planned include new contests with the mechanical bull, Hypnotist Mike Prochnow and four full days of horse related activities in the horse arena.

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Fairbury Man Arrested For Sexual Assault Of A Child

A 38 year old Fairbury man is jailed in Jefferson County on Child Sexual Assault, Child Abuse and Child Pornography charges.

The man, whose name is not being released in order to protect the victim, was arrested without incident at his Fairbury home Thursday afternoon, March 3..

The Nebraska State Patrol Technical Crimes Unit served a search warrant on the suspects residence in Fairbury, after a computer owned by the man was found to contain images depicting child pornography. During the subsequent investigation it was determined the suspect was also sexually abusing a minor child who resided with him. The minor child was removed from the home and placed in protective custody. An infant was allowed to remain in the custody of its mother.

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Saturday Morning Fire Claims Home Of Young Fairbury Family

A young Fairbury family is currently out of a home after an early morning house fire on March 5.

At 5:37 a.m. Jefferson County Communications received a call of a house fire at 1020 C Street.

The first responder arrived on scene at 5:39 a.m. Occupants, Jon Gouin, Jeorgia Kleinbohl and six-month old Berlyn, escaped the house while heavy smoke was coming from it.

Eighteen firefighters from Fairbury City and Rural Departments attacked the fire and vented the roof of the house to extinguish the fire.

The cause was determined to be electrical and started in a wall in the baby's bedroom. There were no smoke detectors in the home.

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Cuts To Local Governments Gets Final Approval

By Emily Nohr

Nebraska News Service

A bill that would cut state aid to cities, counties and natural resource districts now sets on the desk of Gov. Dave Heineman for consideration.

On March 4, senators voted 36-9 to advance LB 383 to final approval.

The bill, which was introduced by Sen. Abbie Cornett of Bellevue on behalf of the governor, would save the state about $44 million over the course of two years.

Heineman said at a Revenue Committee hearing in January that he believes local governments are capable of dealing with the loss and could consider implementing salary freezes to make up for losses. The state aid also makes up a small percentage of their total budget, he said.

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