Armed Robbery Leads To Police Chase Into Marshall County


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An armed robbery in Beatrice just after midnight Tuesday led to a pursuit Wednesday morning that passed south from Beatrice, through Wymore, then into Marshall County on U.S. Highway 77, ending at the state line near Summerfield. The chase went east on Kansas Highway 233, then back north on 20th Road where the stop was made. Two men were arrested as their vehicle was disabled when shots were fired at the car’s tires by authorities.

Bond was set at one half million dollars for Jonathon Klein, age 23, of Beatrice, the driver of the vehicle. He and a passenger, Wesley O’Keefe Jr. were taken into custody. They had left a Beatrice apartment which was under surveillance around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Marshall County and Marysville police officers picked up the chase at the state line, and were successful in making the stop. Charges against Klein include suspicion of robbery, use of a weapon to commit a felony, willful reckless driving, and driving while suspended. O’Keefe was arrested on an active Gage County warrant, and faces theft charges in addition to being a fugitive. No injuries were sustained in the robbery, or the chase.

Shots fired disabled the vehicle, but did not strike either suspect, which were not armed. A third man believed to have been involved with the robbery is being sought.

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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 2020 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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