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Ryan Edward Mausner, of Basalt, Colorado, pleaded guilty Wednesday to enticement of a minor.
Prosecutors say Mausner thought he was communicating with the girl’s mother over several months in private chat sessions during which he said he wanted to have sex with the mother and daughter. Mausner was actually talking to an undercover agent.
Mausner was arrested after he flew to Kansas City in May 2018 intended to engage in criminal sexual activity with the child victim.
Eagle Communications announced today that Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kurt K. David has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.
David has served as Chief Financial Officer at Eagle Communications since 2006 and has worked as part of the financial services and communications industry in Kansas for over 25 years.
Gary Shorman will continue as Chairman and CEO of Eagle Communications and President of the Schmidt Foundation.
“Kurt’s new leadership role represents the ‘forward ever’ growth of our company, in employee ownership, financial, advocacy, and community leadership,” Shorman said. “We believe that advancing good people is one of the hallmarks of our success”
David earned an undergraduate degree in finance and management from Kansas State University and a master’s of business administration from the University of Kansas. He also has a master’s of agribusiness from Kansas State University.
He has held officer and leadership positions with the Ellis County Coalition for Economic Development, Heart of America Development Corporation, Rotary and the Ellis County Historical Society. David is also Past Chair of the Kansas Cable and Telecommunications Association. He is an avid triathlete competing locally, regionally and at the World Championship level. David and his wife Kathy have two children, Hayden, Olathe, and Jennifer, New Orleans.
In addition to David’s promotion, the Eagle Board has promoted Travis Kohlrus to Vice President of Eagle Broadband Division, which provides TV, internet, phone, as well as technology and marketing solutions in over 60 communities across Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado.
“Under Kohlrus’s leadership, our Broadband Division has seen exciting growth,” Shorman said. “This promotion is appropriate as Travis represents us in community and state issues facing our company. The change also signifies the importance of leadership growth as we look to continue to build our company for the next 20 years.”
A native of Ellis, Kohlrus joined Eagle Communications in 2003. He was elected to the Eagle Communications Board in April 2017. Kohlrus and his wife Susie have two children Tanner, 14, and MaKenzie, 11.
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Chadron residents were arrested in the last few weeks for multiple controlled substances, theft, and child abuse.
On Friday, Jan. 11 the Chadron Police Department, members of the WING Drug Task Force, and Nebraska State Patrol served a search warrant on the residence of 936 Bordeaux Street in Chadron. The search warrant was the result of Chadron Police Department’s on-going investigation into multiple burglaries and thefts in Chadron, along with a WING investigation into the manufacturing and delivery of controlled substances in late 2018, Chadron Police Chief Tim Lordino said.
“During the service of the warrant numerous items of contraband were found, including methamphetamine, prescription pills, and controlled veterinarian pharmaceuticals. Officers also located chemicals and equipment suspected to be used in the manufacturing of controlled substances. In addition, officers seized stolen credit cards and located tools used to gain entry into locked items or locked buildings,” said Lordino.
According to Lordino, additional information lead to another search warrant at a Chadron area storage unit used by James and Mandi Hardy, where more suspected controlled substances in the form of prescription pills were located.
“Suspected stolen property from a local burglary, including controlled substances in the form of prescription Tramadol pills and Diazepam was discovered to have also been stashed on Federal National Grassland in rural Northwestern Nebraska. These items were also recovered and the investigation is still on-going,” said Lordino.
On Jan. 11, 38 year old Mandi Hardy was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (Ketamine) with intent to deliver (Class IIA Felony), possession of a controlled substance (Methamphetamine, class IV felony), possession of a controlled substance (Tramadol, class IV Felony), child abuse (class IIIA Felony), criminal possession of a financial transaction device (Class IV felony), possession of burglars tools (class IV felony), possession of stolen property (misdemeanor), and possession of drug paraphernalia (infraction). Hardy was transported to the Dawes County Jail and bond was set at 10% of $75,000.00.
On Jan. 28, 34 year old James Hardy was placed under arrest on a Dawes County arrest warrant for possession of a controlled substance (Methamphetamine, class IV felony), possession of a controlled substance (Tramadol, class IV felony) and child abuse (class IIIA felony). Hardy was transported to the Dawes County Jail and bond was set at 10% of $75,000.00.
“If you have any information related to this crime or other crimes, please get involved by calling your local law enforcement agency. You can leave an anonymous tip by visiting the Nebraska State Crime Stoppers website at https://nebraskacrimestoppers.com/ ,” says Investigator Matt Freeman.
The Nebraska State Patrol conducted alcohol compliance checks as part of the Panhandle Prevention Coalition’s comprehensive plan to prevent underage drinking.
Officers with the assistance of youth ages 17- 20, completed forty-three checks including convenience stores, restaurants, grocery stores, and liquor stores throughout Deuel, Box Butte, Morrill, and Cheyenne County.
Thirty-six of the forty-three businesses checked did not sell alcohol to minors.
The efforts of these thirty-six responsible businesses are commended:
Regrettably, seven of the businesses checked failed to comply with the law and sold to the underage buyers. These businesses have been notified and appropriate action has been taken:
Responsible Beverage Server Training is available for free to retail merchants, owners, and employees across the Panhandle. This training, sponsored by Panhandle Prevention Coalition and Nebraska State Patrol, provides individuals entrusted with the responsibility of serving alcohol or selling tobacco with strategies to avoid illegally selling to underage youth or intoxicated patrons. This training may be attended remotely. The next training is on February 6. For more information on the retailer’s trainings, go to http://www.panhandlepartnership.com/training-academy.html.
Please help us keep the next generation safe; keep alcohol out of the hands of our youth.
Illegal alcohol use by underage persons contributes to crime, car crashes, injuries, and deaths. Law enforcement officers find that alcohol also has a role in many of the more frequent minor crimes and nuisances that degrade the quality of life in our community. Many noise complaints, vandalism, littering, and similar nuisances involve young people who have been drinking. Public health officials report that alcohol use and abuse is also connected with teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other health problems.
We have learned that the community and our youth are safer and healthier when they don’t start using alcohol until after age 21. In Nebraska, providing alcohol to minor is a Class I misdemeanor. Adults who provide alcohol to minors can spend up to a year in jail, receive a $1000 fine or both.
The Panhandle Prevention Coalition is made up of a group of coalitions united together by our passion and dedication to make residents of western Nebraska healthy and safe across the lifespan. Our purpose is to reduce the impact of substance use and abuse including underage drinking, binge drinking, drinking and driving, tobacco use, drug use, and prescription drug abuse, while promoting and supporting mental and emotional health for all in the Panhandle.
This work is supported in whole or part, by federal or state funds received from Region 1 Behavioral Health Authority, the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services Division of Behavioral Health, and the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), including Grant #93.243 under the Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success Grant. The PPC is also supported by the Tobacco Free Nebraska Program as a result of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.
For additional information visit panhandlepreventioncoalition.org or call Chelsy Schneringer, Panhandle Prevention Coalition Coordinator, at Panhandle Public Health District at 308-487-3600 ext. 104. Panhandle Public Health District is working together to improve the health, safety and quality of life for all who live, learn, work and play in the Panhandle. Our vision is that we are a healthier and safer Panhandle Community.
DETROIT (AP) — The student who stared and smiled at an elderly Native American protester drumming in his face outside the Lincoln Memorial as his schoolmates chanted and laughed says he did nothing to provoke the man in the videotaped confrontation and was only trying to calm the situation.
The student identified himself in an email statement Sunday evening as junior Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School in a northern Kentucky suburb of Cincinnati. An official working with the family confirmed Sandmann’s identity, speaking on condition of anonymity because the source didn’t want to distract from the statement.
Videos posted of the confrontation drew wide criticism on social media. “I am being called every name in the book, including a racist, and I will not stand for this mob-like character assassination of my family’s name,” wrote Sandmann, who added that he and his parents have received death threats since video of Friday’s confrontation emerged.
Both Sandmann and Nathan Phillips say they were trying to defuse tensions that were rising among three groups on a day Washington hosted both the March for Life and the Indigenous Peoples March. But video of Sandmann standing very close to Phillips, staring and at times smiling at him as Phillips sang and played a drum, gave many who watched it a different impression. Other students appeared to be laughing at the drummer; and at least one could be seen on video doing a tomahawk chop.
The dueling accounts emerged Sunday as the nation picked apart footage from dozens of cellphones that recorded the incident on Friday in Washington amid an increasingly divided political climate fueled by a partial government shutdown over immigration policy.
Phillips had approached Sandmann, but well before that, both his group and Sandmann’s, which had taken part in the anti-abortion rally, were confronted by a third group that appeared to be affiliated with the Black Hebrew Israelite movement.
Videos show members of the religious group yelling disparaging and profane insults at the students, who taunt them in return. Video also shows the Native Americans being insulted by the small religious group.
Sandmann wrote that the students were called “racists,” ″bigots,” ″white crackers” and “incest kids” by the third group. He said a teacher chaperone gave the students permission to begin their school chants “to counter the hateful things that were being shouted at our group.”
One of those chants, however, is what led Phillips and Marcus Frejo, a member of the Pawnee and Seminole tribes, to approach the youths.
It was a haka — a war dance of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori culture, made famous by the country’s national rugby team. Frejo, who is also known as Chief Quese Imc, told the AP in a phone interview that he felt the students were mocking the dance.
Phillips, an activist described by the Indian Country Today website as an Omaha elder and Vietnam War veteran, said in an interview with The Associated Press that he was trying to keep peace between the high school students and the religious group.
He said he heard people chanting “Build that wall” or yelling, “Go back to the reservation.” At one point, he said, he sought to ascend to the Lincoln statue and “pray for our country.” Some students backed off, but one student wouldn’t let him move, he added.
“They were making remarks to each other … (such as) ‘In my state those Indians are nothing but a bunch of drunks.’ How do I report that?” Phillips said. “These young people were just roughshodding through our space, like what’s been going on for 500 years here — just walking through our territories, feeling like ‘this is ours.’”
Sandmann said he heard no student chant anything beyond school spirit chants, and that he hadn’t even been aware of the Native American group until Phillips approached him.
“The protester everyone has seen in the video began playing his drum as he waded into the crowd, which parted for him. I did not see anyone try to block his path,” Sandmann wrote. “He locked eyes with me and approached me, coming within inches of my face. He played his drum the entire time he was in my face.”
Sandmann said one of the Native American protesters yelled at them that they “stole our land” and they should “go back to Europe,” but that he never spoke to or interacted with Phillips. “To be honest, I was startled and confused as to why he had approached me.”
He wrote that he “believed that by remaining motionless and calm, I was helping defuse the situation.”
“I said a silent prayer that the situation would not get out of hand,” he wrote. He said the incident ended when the buses arrived and his teacher told him it was time to leave.
Though many commenting on the internet were taken back by Sandmann staring at Philipps, the teen said he was “not intentionally making faces at the protestor. I did smile at one point because I wanted him to know that I was not going to become angry, intimidated or be provoked into a larger confrontation.” He said he had never encountered any kind of public protest before.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington apologized for the incident on Saturday, saying “this behavior is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person.” They promised to take “appropriate action, up to and including expulsion.”
Sandmann said he has provided a copy of his statement to the diocese and said: “I stand ready and willing to cooperate with any investigation they are conducting.” A spokeswoman for the diocese did not return an email Sunday night.
Covington Catholic High School, in the northern Kentucky city of Park Hills, was quiet Sunday as the area remained snow-covered with temperatures in the teens. The all-male school, which has more than 580 students, appeared deserted with an empty police car parked in front of the building.
Beam reported from Frankfort, Kentucky. Associated Press writer Lisa Cornwell in Park Hills, Kentucky, contributed.
The Chadron Police Department along with the WING Drug Task Force have arrested multiple people for methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription pills, and paraphernalia.
According to Chadron Police Chief Tim Lordino, “On Monday, Jan. 7 the Chadron Police Department and members of the WING Drug Task Force, served a search warrant at 335 Cedar Street, Apartment C in Chadron. During the warrant the resident of the apartment, 25 year-old Nicholas King, pulled up in his vehicle. Law enforcement officers contacted King inside his vehicle and detected the strong odor of marijuana.”
During a search of King’s vehicle, officers discovered approximately 3 grams of marijuana and 1 gram of methamphetamine along with miscellaneous items of drug paraphernalia, said Lordino.
At the search of King’s residence, officers recovered methamphetamine pipes, marijuana pipes, and residue amounts of methamphetamine and marijuana.
Lordino said, “Additional information then lead to a search warrant at 218 Mears Street in Chadron. Officers located numerous items related to the possession and distribution of methamphetamine and marijuana.”
During the search of the Mears Street residence officers found individually packaged baggies of marijuana, approximately 3 grams of meth, prescription pills packaged for sale, scales, baggies, hypodermic needles, pipes. and numerous cellular phones.
“These types of drug crimes lead to other criminal activity in and around Chadron. We appreciate the public’s assistance in helping our agency ‘weed out’ criminal activity like this. If you are suspicious of criminal activity or want to leave an anonymous tip about a crime please visit the Nebraska State Crime Stoppers Website, where you can leave a tip and possibly earn cash rewards,” said Investigator Matt Freeman.
Lordino said, “25 year old Nicholas King was arrested for possession of methamphetamine (Class IV Felony), possession of marijuana less than one ounce (infraction) and possession of drug paraphernalia (infraction). King was transported to the Dawes County Jail and bond was set at 10% of $10,000.00.”
“27 year old Derek Grinnell was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute (Class IV Felonies) and possession drug paraphernalia (infraction). Grinnell was transported to the Dawes County Jail and bond was set at 10% of $50,000.00.”
“30 year old Colin Ladeaux was placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute (Class IV Felonies) and possession drug paraphernalia (infraction). Ladeaux was transported to the Dawes County Jail and bond was set at 10% of $50,000.00.”
“30 year old Brittney Priestley was placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute (Class IV Felonies) and possession drug paraphernalia (infraction). Priestly was transported to the Dawes County Jail and bond was set at 10% of $50,000.00.”
The Chadron Police Department and the Nebraska State Patrol received assistance from the WING/HIDTA Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.