Man Convicted in NP Homicide Gets 30 Years to Life

David E. Saxton, II

David E. Saxton, II

A transient who was one of three people charged in the beating death of a Colorado man has been sentenced to the maximum sentence.

46-year-old David Saxton appeared in Lincoln County District Court on Monday for sentencing.

In June, Saxton pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Lonnie Sanchez.

Sanchez’s body was found last September near a transient camp along the South Platte River near the city of North Platte. Authorities say he was beaten to death by Saxton and another man, 31-year-old Randy Nevsimal.

Prior to sentencing, Lincoln County Attorney Rebecca Harling asked District Court Judge Richard Birch to sentence Saxton to the maximum sentence allowed.

Harling told the court that, during a pre-sentence investigation, Saxton stated that he had no remorse for Sanchez’ death.  Harling said that this is one of the biggest concerns her office has with Saxton.

Saxton’s attorney, Patrick Hayes, said he felt that Harling’s statements were a bit of a misrepresentation.  Hayes said the co-defendants and Sanchez had been drinking and things just got out of hand.

Hayes said Saxton had expressed remorse on multiple occasions.

Saxton then addressed the court saying, “I’m sorry for what I did.  Things just got out of control and I can’t take it back.”

Judge Birch then said that he too was very concerned by the lack of remorse that Saxton showed in the pre-sentence investigation.

He also said that he had received numerous letters from Sanchez’ friends and family, stating what an important part of their life he had been.

“Despite his shortcomings, Mr. Sanchez didn’t deserve this,” Judge Birch said.  “This was a senseless violent act.”

Judge Birch then sentenced Saxton to the maximum sentence of 30 years to life in prison. He was given credit for 316 days he’s already served.

Nevsimal has pleaded not guilty to a count of second-degree murder. Court records don’t show a trial date has been set.

In April, another co-defendant, Maybelle Collins, was given 364 days in jail. She’d been convicted of false reporting.

NP Man Accused of Holding Machete to Girlfriend’s Throat

Anthony Rico

Anthony Rico

A North Platte man has been charged with multiple felonies following an alleged attack on his girlfriend.

At around 1:39 a.m., on July 20, an officer with the North Platte Police Department met with an adult female who alleged that she was the victim of an assault.

According to police, the victim stated that she had been in the bedroom of her boyfriend’s residence in the 2300 block of East D.

She said her boyfriend, identified as Anthony Rico, entered the bedroom and demanded that the victim give him her cell phone.  Rico reportedly had suspicions that the victim was sending text messages to another male.

The victim stated that she gave Rico the phone, which he snapped in half, and an argument ensued.

Rico then allegedly grabbed the victim by the throat, restricting her breathing, and shoved her up against a wall.

As the victim tried to escape, she said Rico grabbed a machete style knife and held it to her throat, then threatened to kill her.

Police say the victim was able to punch Rico in the abdomen and get out of the house.

But Rico wasn’t done, the victim told officers that, as she was attempting to drive away, Rico broke the window out of her car.

The female was able to drive to another location and sought medical attention for injuries which police say didn’t appear to be serious.

On July 23, officers responded to Rico’s place of employment and placed him under arrest.

Officers then executed a search warrant on Rico’s house, where they were able to locate a knife that matched the victim’s description of the knife used in the assault.

Rico was transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center and charged with use of a weapon to commit a felony, felony terroristic threats, felony strangulation, criminal mischief and domestic assault.

 

 

 

140 High-Performance Cars to Converge on Arnold for SORC

sorcrace.com

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On August 5th more than 140 high performance cars will converge on Arnold, Nebraska for the 15th Annual Sandhills Open Road Challenge. The event will begin on August 6 with the 22 mile Loup 2 Loup Open Road Race between Halsey and Purdum, Nebraska.

The 7th will start with the One Mile Shoot Out, held 14 miles north of Cozad, followed by an afternoon car show and burn out contest in Arnold.

Cars and drivers will line up in Arnold on Saturday for an 8:30 AM start of the 56 mile open road race between Arnold and Dunning, Nebraska. The event will culminate in the evening with a free will donation barbeque and award ceremony in the Arnold Community Park.

Event schedule details can be found at www.sorcrace.com.

NP Man Assaulted with Crowbar after Discovering Burglar in Home

Zachary Perez

Zachary Perez

A North Platte man is in jail following a burglary on Sunday morning.

At around 9:01 a.m., on July 19, officers with the North Platte Police Department responded to the report of two men fighting in the 1800 block of West C Street.

According to Officer Rodney Brown, by the time officers arrived, a neighbor had separated the two men.

Officers began to investigate and learned that one man was a resident of the house, and the other was a would-be burglar.

Brown said the resident of the home had taken his child for a short walk.  When he returned home, he told officers he discovered the suspect, 27-year-old Zachary Perez, inside.

The victim said Perez was wearing gloves and a mask and was holding a crowbar.

The victim said, at this point, Perez hit him with the crowbar and a fight ensued.

The fight moved from inside the house to the driveway, where a neighbor heard the victim calling for help and contacted police.

Following further investigation, Perez was placed under arrest and transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center.

He’s been charged with felony burglary, felony possession of burglary tools, felony 2nd-degree assault, and use of a weapon to commit a felony.

As of Monday morning, Perez was being held without bond.

 

Benefit to Be Held for LCSO Employee in Need of Transplants

Courtesy Image

Courtesy Image

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a luncheon to benefit one of their own.

On Saturday, July 25, the LCSO will host the luncheon at the Eagles Club, 620 North Chestnut Street, to benefit Lieutenant Jeff Hedgecock.

Hedgecock has been an employee of the Lincoln County Detention Center since 1986, and has been active in youth sports for over 25 years.

According to organizers, Hedgecock is facing significant medical issues stemming from Type II diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and is currently completing processing to be placed on the donor list for a double kidney/liver transplant.

In order to help offset the enormous expenses the Hedgecocks will incur, the LCSO will be serving hot dogs and sides from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., for a free-will offering.

Additionally, a silent auction will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and bidders need not be present to win.

Monetary donations can also be made to Nebraskaland National Bank or online at www.gofundme.com/jeffhedge.

The Mix 97.1 crew will be broadcasting live, so come help us support the Hedgcock family.

 

Jeffers, 2nd Street Intersection to Be Closed Wednesday

road-workOfficials with the Nebraska Department of Roads say road work will force the closure of a North Platte intersection on Wednesday.

Weather permitting, the intersection of Jeffers and 2nd Streets will be closed to eastbound and westbound traffic, as well as pedestrian traffic on July 15.

NDOR says the intersection of Jeffers and 3rd Streets will be open to accommodate both vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Motorists are urged to use caution in and around the work area, and are reminded to always buckle-up, every trip.

Sheriff Confirms Identities of NP Teens Pulled from River, Rules Out Foul Play

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says two North Platte teens who were pulled from the South Platte River earlier this week have been positively identified.

In a statement Friday, the LCSO said autopsies have been completed on the bodies of Lexi Wiezorek and Noah Ramos.

The sheriff’s office says the results of the autopsy positively identified both teens and ruled that their death was caused by drowning.

The statement said the investigation at the scene, examination of the vehicle and follow-up of all leads, along with the autopsy, show “without question” that the teens’ deaths were accidental.

The LCSO says the investigation into the case in now closed, and they thanked the community for their assistance throughout this ordeal.

They also offered their prayers to the families.

 

Authorities Release More Details in Recovery of Missing NP Teens’ Vehicle

Lincoln County authorities have released more details in the recovery of  a vehicle from the South Platte River.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), employees from Western Engineering brought in heavy equipment on Monday to assist with the recovery of the vehicle that plunged into the river with Lexi Wiezorek and Noah Ramos inside on May 18.

On Tuesday morning, Western employees used a large excavator and two bulldozers to construct a temporary diversion around the area where the car had been located earlier.

Authorities say once the diversion was in place, members of the Lincoln County Dive Team were able to enter the water and properly mark the car for extraction.

The LCSO says the vehicle was completely covered with over 18 inches of sand, but the excavator was able to dig along both sides of the car, allowing divers to rig a harness to the rear of the vehicle.  The operator of the excavator was then able to pull the car up and out of the river, fully intact.

Investigators from the LCSO examined the vehicle and located two bodies, believed to be Lexi Wiezorek and Noah Ramos, inside.

The bodies will be transported to the Central Nebraska Forensic Autopsy Service, in Gibbon, for examination and positive identification.

The vehicle, which was transported to an offsite facility, will be examined by LCSO investigators.

“During this nearly two-month ordeal there have been countless volunteers and several professional companies that have assisted with the extraction of the vehicle and attempted extractions of the vehicle,” the LCSO statement said.

“The people in North Platte area have pulled together to accomplish what seemed to be impossible. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office thanks them all.”

The thoughts and prayers of all of us at The Post are with the families of these two children.

 

Officials Hope to Extract Vehicle of Missing NP Teens Tuesday

Authorities have resumed attempts to remove a vehicle belonging to two North Platte teens, who have been missing since mid-May, from the South Platte River.

According to Chief Deputy Roland Kramer of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), law enforcement, volunteers and crews from Western Engineering have been at the site of the accident on South River Road since early this morning.

Officials announced last week that flows on the South Platte River had decreased and were expected to decrease more by the beginning of this week.

At this point, it looks like the flows have held true to projections, and authorities can now resume efforts to recover the vehicle.

Initially, Kramer said they were hopeful that the equipment could be put in place today, and they could begin the process of extracting the vehicle.

However, Kramer said the goal now is to get the equipment in place today and begin the extraction process first thing tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.

Kramer said the safety of the heavy equipment operators and of everyone involved is always the most important thing to consider, and it takes time to get everything into place.

According to Kramer, the goal is to get the equipment about halfway out to the location of the vehicle.  He also said there is an island near the vehicle’s location, and they would like to get some equipment onto the island as well.

Volunteer divers first located the vehicle about a week after the teens’ vehicle drove into the swollen river on the night of May 18.

Due to the high waters and swift currents of the river, authorities were forced to wait until the water subsided.

Kramer said he is hopeful they can bring closure to the families of Lexie Wiezorek and Noah Ramos soon.