Area Law Enforcement Kept Busy With Crime Reports

Burglars last Monday, July 31st broke into the Hanover Pharmacy, and stole prescription drugs, among other items.

An unidentified man accosted a woman in Beatrice who was running on the trail just north of Veterans Park Sunday morning, about 10:30 a.m. She escaped unharmed, and reported to authorities that the incident took place at an adjacent shelter. She provided a description of the man, who was unarmed, and was reportedly driving a newer Chrysler van, which was parked nearby.

Ryley Meyer of Washington reported Friday that his truck was stolen from 600 C Street overnight. It was found wrecked Saturday near the intersection of 5th and Indian roads. Investigation continues.

A linn man was injured friday when he was struck by a vehicle backing from a parking stall. Jeff Wurtz was transported by Linn ambulance after he was accidentally hit by Dylan Dittmer of Linn.

Overnight last Wednesday, vandals damaged the Wetmore school building, and ballfield concession stand. A damage assessment, and investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.

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.