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Courthouse Report
Courthouse Report

Real Estate Transfers

Vicki Truksa

Butler County Clerk

Warranty Deeds

Property transfers courtesy of ARL Credit Services Inc. of Columbus.

Terry D McMillan a/k/a Terry McMillan & Michelle A McMillan a/k/a Michelle McMillan, H&W to Terry D & Michelle A McMillan Family Tr – Part of E1/2 SE1/4 Sec 18-16-1E & Part of E1/2 SE1/4 Sec 18-16-1E (Tax Exempt)

Joan E & Ernest Osmera, W&H to James L & Margaret Miratsky, H&W – Undiv 1/8 Int, Part of SE1/4 SW1/4 Sec 1-15-4E

Sheriff’s Report

December 4  to December 10

Accident non injury 3, alarm 1, animal dog 3, assistant other agency 3, cattle out 1, check welfare 3, child abuse 1, criminal mischief 1, death investigation 1, directed patrol 7, disturbance 1, HHS intake worksheet 1, information only 3, medical call 2, motorist assist 3, noise complaint 3, paper service 11, possible drunk driver 1, road hazard 1, robbery 1, railroad crossing 1, suspicious activity 1, suspicious person 3, suspicious vehicle 1, theft 2, traffic complaint 1, traffic hazard 1, traffic stop 31, unlock vehicle 1, warrant service 1.  

Total 95.

County Court

Heidi Rehmers, Clerk

All fines in addition to any court costs that may have been assessed. Jail time indicates time sentenced, not time served.

Martin Cruz, speeding, failure to use child passenger restraint, $100.

Billy G. Buettner, DUI-alcohol, first offense, attempt of class I misdemeanor, $700, 18 months probation, license revoked 60 days, Interlock device.

Brian J. Hickstein, third degree arson under $500 damage, possession or use of drug paraphernalia, 60 days jail; driving under suspension, failure to appear, $300.

Hope A. Behrens, issue no account check, $25

Jessica A. Spath, issue bad check $50 fine $51.38 restitution.

Cory L. Burton, possess marijuana one ounce or less, $300, probation 60 days,

Donald G. Fults, possess marijuana one ounce or less, possession or use of drug paraphernalia, speeding, $475.

Joshua B. Jones, possess marijuana one ounce or less, possession or use of drug paraphernalia, speeding, $425.

Daniel A. Price, driving under suspension, no proof of insurance, $200.

Sarah Stuchlik, possess marijuana one ounce or less, possession or use of drug paraphernalia, $400.

Taylor Q. Pentland, possession or use of drug paraphernalia, $100.

Mainor Delgado Marroquin, violate stop or yield sign, no operator’s license, $150.

James D. Ellis, driving during revocation no proof of insurance, $350, 90 days probation.

Brian L. Kadavy, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, bound over to District Court.

Raul A. Casarrubias, minor in possession, littering - first offense, $400.

Michael T. Crook, possession/consumption of open alcohol container, $50.

Abel Salazar Villanueva, expired operator’s license, $50.

Hern I. Villanueva, no operator’s license, $75.


Fined $75: Kasey J. Hopwood, Jordan J. Micek, Jennifer J. Norman, Santos Ruben Garcia, Leilani K. Day,

Fined $125: Kaitlyn N. Hain, Roger A. Holbrook, Alonso Ochoa Pina, Jennifer A. Whyman, Kevin D. Koopman,

Quilts of Valor
Quilts of Valor

Veterans of Bellwood American Legion Post 327 recently were presented Quilts of Valor through the American Legion Auxiliary. All three men served during the World War II era: Joseph P. Nicolas, Maurice Sylvester and Jack Selzer. 

The Krumbach Quilters of Nebraska, a group taking part in the Quilts of Valor Foundation, presented the quilts. Quilts of Valor are tokens of appreciation that unequivocally say, “Thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor.” One quilt can cost up to $250 to complete. Tax-deductible donations can be used to buy fabrics for quilt tops and backing, plus batting and shipping. Donations can be made to help in the creation of quilts to be presented to veterans. For more information visit Designate the Krumbach Quilters/Nebraska for your donation. Checks can be sent to QOVF, P.O. Box 91, Winterset, IA, 50273. To find a group that is quilting, visit The annual group fee is $30 plus $5 per member.

Syracuse farmer named state ag director

LINCOLN — Syracuse farmer Steve Wellman, a national leader in the American Soybean Association, was named Monday by Gov. Pete Ricketts to head the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.

Wellman will help lead the Ricketts administration's efforts to expand Nebraska's international trade markets, the governor said in announcing the appointment through a news media conference call.

The new state agricultural director succeeds Greg Ibach, who left the post after 12 years to become undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In accepting the appointment, Wellman described agriculture as the economic backbone of Nebraska and inserted a quick plug for property tax relief.

Nebraska's 50,000 farms and ranches account for 20 percent of the state's economy, he said.

Wellman, 56, owns and operates a fourth-generation farm that produces soybeans, corn, wheat, alfalfa and cattle. His wife, Susan, is a public school teacher.

"He will be a voice for Nebraska's farm and ranch families and will work to expand market access, add value to our quality commodities and advocate for property tax relief," Ricketts said.

Wellman said he will work to raise Nebraska's profile nationally and internationally.

"My administration's vision is to grow Nebraska, and our state's No. 1 industry is absolutely critical to realizing this goal," Ricketts said.

Trade missions have been a key component of the governor's efforts to expand markets for Nebraska agriculture.

In response to a question, Ricketts said the North American Free Trade Agreement has been "very, very successful" for the United States, Mexico and Canada.

NAFTA has been under attack by President Donald Trump, whose administration is attempting to renegotiate the treaty.

Ricketts led a trade mission to Canada last August to cement trade ties with Nebraska. Canada is Nebraska's largest export market.

Wellman has been president and chairman of the American Soybean Association and has served on agricultural advisory committees for both Ricketts and President Trump.

As state agricultural director, he will be salaried at $115,000 annually and begin work on Tuesday.