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April 23rd, 2012
Trent Esch, 35 of Broken Bow, was arraigned in Custer County Court Monday morning on two charges related to a March 18 incident of a shooting at an unoccupied Custer County Deputy Sheriff's vehicle. Esch turned himself in to authorities April 10.
Esch was arraigned on: Count 1 - felony criminal mischief, a Class IV felony; Count 2 - use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, a Class IC felony.
The defendant also requested a reduction of bond, which was denied. Esch remains in custody on $5 million bond with 10 percent privilege.
A preliminary hearing was set for May 14 at 2 p.m.
April 22, 2012, marks the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day â€• a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earthâ€™s natural environment. The day came from reaction to a massive oil spill in waters near Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969. In honor of Earth Day â€• and Earth Week (April 16-22) the U.S. Census Bureau put out a special edition of Profile America Facts for Features which includes examples of Census Bureau statistics pertaining to energy and the environment.
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The Custer County Chief celebrated 120 years in business Friday evening with a Birthday Bash, and lots and lots of cake. And at 6:30 p.m. the grand prize winner of the Amazing-Give-A-Way was announced. Deb Weatherly wasn't immediately onhand, but it didn't take her long to get to Huckleberry's to receive twenty $100 bills, counted out one at a time by the nice sized crowd.
The staff of the Chief would like to thank everyone for attending, to the staff of Huckleberry's and especially to the Amazing-Give-Away business sponsors.
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month - and Healing Hearts & Families and Broken Bow Mayor Cecil Burt are collaborating to encourage public awareness and understanding about the extent of sexual assault along with the services available in our community to assist those who have been raped or assaulted.
Once again, the Safe Communities for Custer County Committee sponsored a â€śGrim Reaperâ€ť program at an area high school. Students at Anselmo-Merna high school were visited Monday, as throughout the day the â€śreaperâ€ť plucked a student from the classroom every 32 minutes - signifying how often it is estimated someone in this country loses their life as the result of drinking and driving.
LINCOLN - On the last day of the legislative session, state senators overrode two gubernatorial vetoes: expanding prenatal care and allowing municipalities to increase their sales tax. Â A veto relating to horse racing stood. Â Â
LB599 will provide prenatal medical assistance for women not covered under Medicaid, including illegal immigrants and women in prison. Â According to the billâ€™s fiscal note, 1,162 unborn babies will be covered annually. In a letter explaining his veto, Gov. Dave Heineman said he opposed the bill because it gave taxpayersâ€™ benefits to illegal immigrants.Â
ANSLEY - - The Ansley bar, located along Highway 2 directly across from the lake, is under new ownership and is undergoing a major face-lift.
Jerry Grosse-Rhode is originally from Omaha, but has experienced life in the Sandhills a few times in his life. He was a resident of Ord in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
He and his wife Janet have just moved back to Ansley in the past two years. Janet is native to the community and the couple moved back to be closer to their family.
Jeffrey S. Woods, of Broken Bow, was arraigned in Custer County District Court March 22 on two felonies. Count 1, use of a firearm to commit a felony, is a Class II felony and carries a possible penalty of 1-50 years in prison. Count 2, terroristic threats, is a Class IV felony and carries a possible penalty of 0-5 years in prison and/or $10,000 fine. If convicted on both counts they would be required to be served consecutively.
Woods plead not guilty to both charges and was scheduled for jury trial June 11.
LITCHFIELD - - The Dale Zoerb family, of rural Litchfield, had just arrived home from church Sunday morning when a severe storm hit their farm. It was raining and hailing at the time, when all of a sudden the winds became so strong and loud that the family decided to head to the basement.
Patio furniture began to fly off the deck, being blown south of the house. "I looked out the window as Linda was heading to the basement, and I saw the machine shed heading north!" says Dale.
The Nebraska Press Association conference was held this weekend in Lincoln. The Custer County Chief received several awards at the conference. In addition, Deb McCaslin, publisher of the Chief, was awarded the Nebraska Leadership Award. More details will appear in this week's Chief.