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Public record

Fire Department report 

Jan. 5-6

Fire calls

11:55 a.m., 4400 block and Sunrise Place; alarm activation cancelled en-route.

7:49 p.m., 1800 block and 10th Avenue; alarm activation.

Rescue calls

No rescue calls.

Jan. 6-7

Fire calls

No fire calls.

Rescue calls

10:49 a.m., 10 block of Whitesurf Drive; sick.

1:32 p.m., 3800 block of 27th Street; sick.

2:56 p.m., 4500 block of 19th Street; sick.

9:15 p.m., 30 block of Kramer Drive; sick.

5:26 a.m., 1300 block of 8th Street; sick.

Sheriff's Report

On Saturday, Robert Boyes, of Lincoln, crashed his vehicle while driving down down 70th Avenue near Fourth Street. Platte County Sheriff Ed Wemhoff said a person on a locomotive appeared to have witnessed the vehicle speed up in an attempt to beat the oncoming train, and then lost control as it went over the railroad crossing.  

The vehicle rolled over, doing an estimated $100 to a nearby fence on private property and $25,000 to the vehicle, the sheriff said. Boyes was transported to Columbus Community Hospital for minor injuries. Upon release, Wemhoff said he was arrested for willful reckless driving, possession marijuana and paraphernalia. He was also arrested for two Lancaster County warrants for missing a probation hearing and possession of a controlled substance.

Officer Zach Ridgeway of the Platte County detention facility said Boyes has been turned over to Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.

That same day, Rosa Ramirez, of Columbus, was arrested without incident from a Columbus residence by a deputy. She was wanted on a Platte County warrant for not paying a $181 fine for driving with no proof of insurance and without a driver’s licence. Ridgeway said she has since paid the fine and been released from police custody.

On Sunday, a wallet was found outside of AJ’s C-Store in Duncan. It was turned over to the Sheriff's Office, which is now trying to return it to its rightful owner. Wemhoff said the wallet was wet when found and that the Sheriff's Office had to let it dry before removing its contents in order to determine the owner. 

Nationwide campaign yields arrests, warnings

The Columbus Police Department recently completed its participation in the nationwide “You Drink and Drive. You Lose.” campaign from Dec. 14-Jan.1.

During that time, the police department made a total of 30 arrests for various offenses to include driving under the influence, driving under suspension, drug and weapon violations, wanted persons and recovered one stolen vehicle. The police department issued a total of 29 citations and 101 written warnings.

The police department had been awarded a grant for $3,500 from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety. The funding was used to pay for overtime enforcement targeting impaired drivers.

The police department encourages everyone to report possible impaired drivers by calling 402-564-3201.

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