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Crime Spree in Valentine

According to Valentine Police Chief Dana Miller, during the nighttime hours of 1:30AM and 5AM last night, someone(s) broke into homes, garages and vehicles throughout town.  Many items were stolen including a vehicle from North Main St.  The vehicle has since been recovered, wrecked north of Valentine. One home was entered during the spree which occurred primarily on the west side of Main Street. Residents are encouraged to check their belongings and report any suspicious activity, even if it appears that nothing has been taken. At this time it appears there have been at least nine incidents reported. Any information regarding the thefts can be reported to the Valentine Police Department at 402-376-3055.



Old Settlers August 29th


A meeting was held Monday night at the Sparks store to set plans for the 128th annual Old Settlers Reunion on August 29th at Sparks. This annual event celebrates the old fashioned type of family event with something for everyone to participate in, or just sit back and enjoy. The days events will include the standard Bowery program, horseshoe tournament, kids and adult small sports, amateur rodeo events, team sorting and horse races There will also be a money sand pile for the younger kids. Rodeo entry forms are available at the studios of KVSH Radio or contact Deb Collier at 402 425 3333. Rodeo entry deadline is August 21st.

The new permanent roof over the Bowery dance floor will be completed in time for the Old Settlers Reunion. Fund raising is continuing for that new structure. Anyone who would like to make a donation can contact Gerry Grooms or drop it off at the studios of KVSH. The Old Settlers group would like to thank the Sandhill's Area Foundation for a $2,500 grant to help with the new roof.


Search Warrant Served in Valentine


According to Valentine police chief Dana Miller, local law enforcement served a search warrant on the west side of Valentine Thursday night, which resulted in the arrest of one subject and could lead to more arrests. The police were assisted by the State Patrol, Sheriffs office and Nebraska Game and Parks officers. The investigation continues with more information to be released.


County Attorney Releases Info on July 11 death and June 27 Arrest

Following is the news release of July 22, 2015 from the Cherry County Attorney's Office:


"According to Cherry County Attorney, Eric A. Scott, three individuals were arrested on June 27, 2015, in a joint effort by Nebraska State Patrol and Cherry County Sheriff's Office.

After leaving a gas station in Merriman without paying for gas, the car with Colorado plates was reported [stolen] (sic).  Julian Costello, Devon Martinez and Kierstyn Stalnecker, all of Colorado Springs, Colorado were arrested and are being held on $100,000.00 cash bond at the Cherry County Justice Center.  A Preliminary Hearing in the Cherry County Court for Martinez has been set for Monday, August 24, 2015 at 10 a.m.  A Preliminary Hearing for Costello and Stalnecker has been set for Monday, August 31, 2015 at 10 a.m.


The news release also mentions this unrelated incident:

The body of Edward W. Mathiesen was found on July 11, 2015.  According to Cherry County Attorney Eric A. Scott, an investigation is being conducted by the Nebraska State Patrol regarding the circumstances surrounding this incident.  Further information will be forthcoming."

KVSH has learned that Costello and Martinez have both been charged with multiple Class III and IV Felony counts, including Theft/Receiving Stolen Property, Theft/Unlawful Taking, Possession of Methamphetamine or Controlled Substance, and Operating a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest, as well as Willful Reckless Driving, a Class III Misdemeanor;  Costello was also charged with Attempted Assault of a Peace Officer, another Class III Felony.  Stalnecker has been charged with with Theft by Receiving Stolen Property and Possession of Methamphetamine.

The maximum penalty for a Class IV Felony is five years in prison and a ten thousand dollar fine.  The maximum penalty for a Class III Felony is twenty years imprisonment and a $25,000 fine.


There was no word from Scott's office about an investigation by the state patrol into the alleged theft of funds from a Cherry County Courthouse office.


Mid-Plains offers free ATV Training

The Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise will launch a free Youth ATV Training on Aug. 1 at the North Platte Community College North Campus, 1101 Halligan Drive in North Platte. The Valentine class will be held Oct. 3 and will be held at the Cherry County Fairgrounds.

There are two sessions to choose from: 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Classes will be divided by age group, 6-9 and 10-16. Six students from each age group will be allowed in each session.

“We’ve had great interest so far,” said Angela Raby, area director of the Center for Enterprise.

“Seats are filling up fast. We’ve had some great help from local businesses and associations in spreading the word.”

The curriculum, developed by Central States Safety Driver Training, will consist of a combination of safety instruction and guided, hands-on ATV operation. Participants will practice turns, stops and terrain navigation.

Instruction topics will include ATV injury and fatality statistics, how ATV size can contribute to rollover injuries and fatalities, the dangers of carrying passengers and material on ATVs, risks of traveling on public roads and safety procedures and practices.

Those who complete the program successfully will receive a certificate that aligns with insurance company requirements.

ATVs in different sizes will be used during the trainings. Parents must stay for classes attended by children younger than 10.

Other requirements include:

§  Closed-toe footwear (preferably over the ankle)

§  Long, non-flare pants

§  A long-sleeved shirt or jacket

§  Approved eye protection (will be provided if a participant does not have any)

§  A helmet (will be provided if a participant doesn’t have one)


Several other ATV training dates have been scheduled, including:

§  Sept. 12, Red Willow County Fairgrounds Community Building, McCook

§  Sept. 19, Chase County Fairgrounds, Imperial

§  Sept. 26, Nebraska Department of Roads, 307 East D St., Ogallala

§  Oct. 3, Valentine, Cherry County Fairgrounds, south of the arena

§  Oct. 10, Custer County Fairgrounds, Broken Bow

Space is limited in all the classes. People can register by calling (308) 535-3678.


The training is possible thanks to a more than $24,000 grant from the CHS Foundation, of Inver Grove Heights, Minn. The money is administered through the NPCC Foundation.


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