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Joekel Pleads Not Guilty

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Kyle Joekel, the man Gage County authorities searched for for a year after he led them on a high speed chase, that ended in Oketo, for making terroristic threats at a bar in Barneston and now under arrest in Louisiana for first degree murder charges of 2 Louisiana Sheriff’s deputies, which happened almost a year to the day of the ... Read More »

Fairbury Woman Sentenced for Murder

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A Fairbury woman was sentenced to life in prison for killing her husband.  Laura DeJong was sentenced by District Judge Paul Korslund on Thursday in Jefferson County District Court. Susan DeJong was convicted of first-degree murder in the beating death of Thomas DeJong. DeJong received an additional 50 years for use of a deadly weapon.   The incident occurred March 11, ... Read More »

DeJong Found Guilty of Murder

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Susan DeJong of Fairbury was found guilty of first degree murder and the use of a weapon to commit a felony.  The Jefferson county jury found DeJong guilty after just five hours of deliberation on Monday.  Susan DeJong was arrested on March 11, 2011 after she called 911 to ask that an ambulance be sent immediately to their residence eight ... Read More »

Ashland Man Arrested for Sexual Assault in Beatrice

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An Ashland man was arrested in Beatrice on Thursday for attempted first degree sexual assault. Douglas Vance, 34, responded to a community website posting on June 21. Over the next nine days, Vance exchanged emails and text messages with the person who made the posting. According to court documents, Vance agreed to come to Beatrice and have sex in exchange ... Read More »