All of the firearms stolen from a Fairbury business recently have been recovered. Charles W. Abbott, 18, of Fairbury and a 15-year-old juvenile are in custody.
"On September 25 the Fairbury Police Department received information of the whereabouts of the firearms that were stolen from American Family Insurance in Fairbury Nebraska on September 11," Police Chief Chad Sprunk said. "Officers went to the area where some of the firearms were being hidden and located a majority of the firearms buried underground along the river located in Fairbury."
According to Sprunk, officers were provided information that one of the suspects carries a firearm on his person and made threats against another person if they told anyone about the burglary.
By Charlie Litton and Renee Pflughaupt, Nebraska News Service
LINCOLN-Since Phase I of TransCanada's Keystone pipeline went into service in eastern Nebraska in June 2010, it is difficult to find a county or town official who has anything bad to say about it.
But tracking down the economic benefits of TransCanada's Phase I pipeline-and by extension, the proposed Keystone XL project-presents a larger challenge. Most of the financial windfall from TransCanada is largely temporary. The economic picture is further clouded by a controversial analysis that proposes large numbers critics say are overinflated and impossible to verify.
A discussion that was started by Fourth Ward Fairbury City Councilman Joshua Vossler two weeks ago regarding the inability of the municipality to continue to pay what has been termed as "unrealistic wages" spilled over into Tuesday's council meeting.
The issue was again raised after City leaders gave final reading approval to separate wage packages for city workers covered by the IBEW union, police department workers covered by the CWA union, as well as setting salaries for department heads.
This week, though, it was First Ward councilman Kelly Davis who led the charge against what he said were unsustainable wage increases.
Davis said if you figured a wage increase of 2.75% annually for the 42 city workers, not counting department heads, the city would pay out an additional $101,608 in wage increases over a two-year contract period.
The Fairbury Rural Fire Board recently approved the purchase of the H&H Building, the former Budweiser distributorship, located at 3020 Industrial Dr., just north of the Fairbury city limits. After offers and counteroffers, a figure of $450,000 was agreed upon by both parties for the 22,435 sq. ft. building.
The rural board had been looking for building options for quite some time as they needed more room than the current building allowed.
"The (H&H) building allowed us plenty of room and we felt like it was a good location," Roger Starck, rural fire board president said. "We had been thinking about trying to build something somewhere else, but this was available and for about the same price as trying to build something."
Early Tuesday morning five subjects were arrested on drug related charges in Fairbury.
"On September 20 the Fairbury Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force served five outstanding drug arrest warrants," Police Chief Chad Sprunk, said. "The Metro Area Fugitive Task Force is made up of Officers from the Nebraska State Patrol, US Marshall's Service and various local law enforcement agencies. All five outstanding warrants were served Tuesday morning. The warrants were all drug related offences."
The warrants stemmed from on-going investigations by the Rural Apprehension Program Task Force.
Two Fairbury men were sentenced in District Court last week by Judge Paul W. Korslund.
Information on Eric J. Jones, 26, was originally filed on June 3 charging him with two counts of distribution of a controlled substance, marijuana, a Class III Felony. The charges stem from incidents on Jan. 26, 2010 and Feb. 3, 2010 when Jones did knowingly or intentionally manufacture, distribute, deliver or dispense or possess a controlled substance, marijuana, a schedule 1 drug.
Last Tuesday marked the official retirement of three Fairbury City Firefighters, Steve Kettlehut, Fred McCown and Ron Southwick. Between them, they have almost 100 years logged on the department. Kettlehut started in 1968, McCown in 1992 and Southwick in 1979.
The three retirees stood around a retired Fairbury City Fire truck reminiscing over old fire calls, former fire chiefs and other firefighters who served with them. Over the course of their affiliation with the department, McCown served as a captain and Southwick held the ranks of chief, asst. chief and safety officer.
There were certain fire calls that stuck out their minds. Some of the calls were from their first few weeks on the department.