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Rabid raccoon raids Monroe residence

On Friday, the Platte County Sheriff's Office was called in to investigate a raccoon found inside a home near Monroe. The animal appeared to be sick and possibly rabid, according to Sheriff Ed Wemhoff. A deputy was dispatched, who shot and killed the raccoon.

Car crash damages pole

A two-vehicle accident on Friday resulted in an estimated $5,000 worth of damage to a utility pole along Highway 81/91. The extent of the damage is unknown, according to Wemhoff. The Cornhusker Public Power District was contacted to assess the damage and make repairs to the structure.

Several arrests made over weekend

Kevin Rohloff of Columbus was arrested on Friday in a Columbus residence without incident. He was wanted on a Platte County warrant for failure to pay child support, according to Sgt. Dan Hickman of the detention facility. Rohloff is currently in police custody.

On Saturday, a call came in to the Office regarding a vehicle travelling westbound in the eastbound lane on the Lincoln Highway near Richland, according to Wemhoff. A deputy pulled over the vehicle and arrested Yecica Salas of Columbus for driving under the influence of alcohol third offense.

She was also charged with two counts of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence while in the company of two people under the age of 16. She has since posted bail and been released from police custody, according to Hickman.

On Sunday, the Sheriff's Office was called in to investigate what was reportedly a domestic dispute. Maria Alvarez of Columbus was issued a citation by the Office for assault in the third degree and domestic assault.

Also on Sunday, Shamuri Hawkins of Columbus turned himself in to the Platte County Jail. He was wanted on a Platte County warrant for assault in the second degree. His bail bond has been set at $2,500 and he was in police custody as of Monday, according to Hickman.

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