Arrests Made In Connection With Beatrice Insurance Office Crash


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A convicted felon was found in a closet by authorities at a Wymore residence last Thursday, and is being held on $25,000 bond for gun and drug charges.

Gage County Sheriff, the United States Marshal’s office, and the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force were granted permission by the owner of a home to search the residence for another man suspected as the driver of an SUV that crashed into an insurance office in Beatrice after police pursuit, and had fled. In the course of the investigation, Brian Hunkins was found hiding, and was arrested on charges of felon in possession of a firearm, gun possession during a drug violation, controlled substance, drug money, and drug paraphernalia possession. Hunkins had reportedly been staying at the residence for the past month, and was held on $25,000 bond.

The man sought in connection with the SUV incident, Brandon Kopf, age 32, was taken into custody in Falls City Monday morning, his arrest on a pending warrant from Lancaster County. He had allegedly fled on foot from the accident in downtown Beatrice at 8th and Court Streets last Tuesday evening. Local charges of fleeing to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, violating traffic control, leaving a property damage accident, and driving while suspended or revoked, will be filed.

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Derek Nester
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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