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Wife Arrested In Fairbury Homicide

A rural Jefferson County woman who is suspected of violently beating her husband at their home last Friday afternoon, is under arrest. The 52-year-old man died a few hours later.

According to Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins, Susan Marie DeJong, 54, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of the first-degree murder of Thomas DeJong, 52. This morning, Susan DeJong appeared in Jefferson County Court in front of Judge Patrick McArdle for a bond hearing. Linda Bauer, Jefferson County Attorney, asked the Judge for DeJong to be held without bond. McArdle agreed and ordered DeJong to appear March 23 at 9 a.m. DeJong's two sons, Jim Pratt of Lincoln and Alex Smart of South Dakota sat in on the bond hearing. Seated next to DeJong in court was Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy attorney James Mowbray who will be representing her. After reading DeJong her rights Judge McArdle asked her is she understood. She quietly replied "yes."

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Wife Arrested In Fairbury Homicide

A rural Jefferson County woman who is suspected of violently beating her husband at their home last Friday afternoon, is under arrest. The 52-year-old man died a few hours later.

According to Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins, Susan Marie DeJong, 54, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of the first-degree murder of Thomas DeJong, 52. This morning, Susan DeJong appeared in Jefferson County Court in front of Judge Patrick McArdle for a bond hearing. Linda Bauer, Jefferson County Attorney, asked the Judge for DeJong to be held without bond. McArdle agreed and ordered DeJong to appear March 23 at 9 a.m. DeJong's two sons, Jim Pratt of Lincoln and Alex Smart of South Dakota sat in on the bond hearing. Seated next to DeJong in court was Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy attorney James Mowbray who will be representing her. After reading DeJong her rights Judge McArdle asked her is she understood. She quietly replied "yes."

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ATV Ban At Crystal Is Revived, City Council Grants Approval

The Fairbury Board of Public Works has agreed with the Fairbury City Council: ATV's should be banned at Crystal Springs.

Last night Fairbury city leaders amended an ordinance that called for the elimination of the use of all terrain vehicles, utility-type vehicles, snowmobiles and motorcycles without license plates (typically off-road bikes) at the local recreation area.

The action comes on the heels of a recommendation by the local utility board calling for the ban.

Council members overstepped their bounds two months ago when they took the initiative to ban certain types of sports vehicles at Crystal Springs. But because the Board of Public Works is responsible for the upkeep and running of the park by ordinance, only they can make such a recommendation. Still, the final decision to enact any BPW recommendation must come from the council.

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Council OK's New Police Officer, Seeks Clarity On Information Flow

Members of the Fairbury City Council approved the hiring of a new police officer on Tuesday. Stanly Colby of Alda will be joining the force, bringing the local department back to full strength.

Colby is a native of Wauneta and was certified as a law enforcement officer in 1996. He became a certified forearms instructor in 1999.

But despite giving unanimous support for Colby's hiring, some on the city council were questioning what they felt was a lack of protocol in getting information out to the city council before Tuesday's vote.

Fourth Ward councilman Joshua Vossler said he felt the safety committee, the group which forwards recommendations on police personnel, should have had information on the candidate out to the full council sooner.

"We basically got this information in our packets tonight," he said. "I would have liked a little more time and information to study this over."

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From Teen To Felon, With Touch Of A Button...SEND

Parents, do you realize how quickly your child can go from typical teen to felon? In a push of one button...SEND

"Sexting" is unknowingly leading teens to the illegal trade of child pornography. The bigger problem is that it isn't being produced by "the stranger", it is being produced with cell phones by the teens themselves.

This new word on the scene is a combination of "texting" and "sex". "Sexting" is done via text messages through the cell phone. The conversations can even include sending sexually explicit images taken by the cell phone and sent to the other party.

As if keeping tabs on teenage sexual behavior hasn't become difficult enough, teenage sexual trends have now gone mobile.

Studies have show that half of all 12 year olds have cell phones, and 1 in 5 children admit they are doing things on the internet or on their phone that their parents would not approve of.

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Vehicle Rollover North Of Fairbury Restraints In Use, Air Bags Deployed

At approximately 6:03 p.m. Tuesday evening, Jefferson County Communications received a call of a two vehicle accident just south of Superior Deshler on Highway 15, six miles north of Fairbury.

Kim C. Thomas, 56, of Fairbury was driving a 2008 Dodge Magnum south bound on Hwy 15 and Lisa Svoboda, 45, of Bruno was driving a 2002 Ford pickup northbound on Hwy 15.

"The Thomas vehicle crossed the centerline and struck the Svoboda vehicle which caused it to roll over and it came to rest in the road way," Jefferson County Sheriff Nels Sorensen said. "The Thomas vehicle came to rest in the east ditch."

Svoboda was transported to Jefferson Community Health Center by Jefferson County Ambulance Dist. #33 for minor injuries.

Restraints were in use in both vehicles and air bags did deploy.

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2011 Copacabana Schedule

6:00 Junior High Band

"Jamaica Farewell"

"Classic Cartoon Capers"

"That Good old Rock and Roll"

"The Cup Of Life"

6:15 Kristen Jensen - Vocal Solo White Horse"

6:19 Christian Lufkin - Piano Solo "The Entertainer"

6:21 Zach Harris - Vocal Solo "Here I Am To Worship"

6:26 Class of 2015 - Instrumental "The Pink Panther Theme"

6:30 Adam Umland - Vocal Solo "I Loved Her First"

6:34 Junior High Choirs

"Disney Movie Magic"

6:50 Gavin Ragland - Vocal Solo "Folsom Prison Blues"

6:54 Craig Maschmann - Guitar & Vocal Solo "Remembering Sunday"

6:59 Percussion Ensemble "Stinkin' Garbage"

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2011 Copacabana Schedule

6:00 Junior High Band

"Jamaica Farewell"

"Classic Cartoon Capers"

"That Good old Rock and Roll"

"The Cup Of Life"

6:15 Kristen Jensen - Vocal Solo White Horse"

6:19 Christian Lufkin - Piano Solo "The Entertainer"

6:21 Zach Harris - Vocal Solo "Here I Am To Worship"

6:26 Class of 2015 - Instrumental "The Pink Panther Theme"

6:30 Adam Umland - Vocal Solo "I Loved Her First"

6:34 Junior High Choirs

"Disney Movie Magic"

6:50 Gavin Ragland - Vocal Solo "Folsom Prison Blues"

6:54 Craig Maschmann - Guitar & Vocal Solo "Remembering Sunday"

6:59 Percussion Ensemble "Stinkin' Garbage"

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Two Injured In Saturday Morning Crash

A two vehicle accident Saturday morning diverted traffic and sent two people to the hospital with injuries.

At 8:59 a.m., Macy Hevelone, 17, of Fairbury was crossing the intersection of Hwy 15 and 27th St. in Fairbury, heading east, when she collided with Don Welch, Jr., 45, of Beatrice.

Hevelone was driving a 1991 Oldsmobile east on 27th St. and Welch was driving a 1997 Ford truck north on Hwy 15. Welch described seeing the Hevelone vehicle crossing the intersection and he tried to swerve to the right to avoid it. The two collided in the intersection and Welch's vehicle came to rest in the east ditch. The Hevelone vehicle was whipped around and came to rest in the southbound lane of Hwy 15.

Emergency crews were called to the scene and both Hevelone and Welch were transported to Jefferson Community Health Center by Jefferson County Ambulance Dist. #33.

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Dist. 8 To Save On Bus Transportation, Renews Contract With First Student

The District 8 School Board unanimously approved to enter into a new 5-year contract with First Student to have them provide the bussing service for the district.

Four companies originally were interested in bidding, however three companies were present at the bid opening session, Mid States School Bus, Illinois Central School Bus and First Student, the district's current provider.

At Monday night's meeting, the two closest bidding companies had representatives on-hand to answer questions the board may have had.

The board had previously scored each company on a matrix of factors including the ability to provide satisfactory bus service with a safe and up-to-date fleet, past experience and qualifications in managing school bus service in the mid-west, ability to provide trained management and staff, financial advantage to the district and work effectively with district administration.

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