Sheriff turns over box of cash amid investigation

Feb 26, 2008 Full story: Omaha World-Herald 2,353

“There may be a perfectly valid explanation for having such a box of cash. Maybe he didn't know about it when asked about it. But it's very peculiar”

State investigators are looking into why a small-town sheriff had several thousand dollars in a box in an office closet, and why he initially denied its existence to a state auditor. via Omaha World-Herald

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Mary

Columbus, NE

#1 Feb 28, 2008
How would you not know that you had several thousand dollars in a office that you are in charge of? Some one is not being truthful.What else is being hidden from the public? As a tax payer I think our Sheriff should be checked out.
Former Antelope Countier

Burwell, NE

#2 Mar 2, 2008
I really don't think Sheriff Hamilton intentionally violates law or policy. I don't think Sheriff Hamilton is a corrupt person. I just think he is lazy and incompetent and knows no better. He has no control over his office. Certain deputies are allowed to run roughshod, doing as they please or in most cases, not doing. There is no supervision, oversight, or leadership in the office. But here's the kicker. He was voted in and the recall petition failed. SO either he resigns or a new recall petition is circulated, this time with enough signatures collected to bring respect and responsibility back to the Office of Sheriff, Antelope County.
Lyle

San Francisco, CA

#3 Mar 16, 2008
What is with this situation? Why can't something be done about this? I think we as taxpayers, the people that pay his salary, have right to know where this money came from. If he said he didn't know about it, who can believe that? He is responsible for anything that is in that office, including a box with "thousands" of dollars.
Sally

Wayne, NE

#4 Mar 17, 2008
I do not understand why the cash box is not being taken care of immediately and why are we making excuses for the sheriff and why is he not on administative leave until this is settled and why is this taken so long to be surfaced as this was reported when one of the deputies were relieved of their duties because he was running against the sheriff but yet he was doing all the sheriffs work and this is the Thanks that he got for it. However this was reported and this has many times been reported to our Attorney General and there was nothing done or followed thru. Along with everything else in Antelope County nothing is ever settled it is always under investigation unless of course you happen to be one of the lucky people that do not have the money to pay their way off then you can bet you'll set it out. Why was our newspaper more worried about who turned this over to the Attorney General than they were about the money. Why would the county attorney say that this was not unusual for the Sheriff office to have money to pay off rewards. There is never to be any money anywhere in the county without it being accounted for even if they paid off an informat that should be accounted for just like petty cash has to be accounted for. Anyone with any kind of a brain knows this. Come on people lets get this taken care of and who cares how high we have to go. I know people that have been to the county commissioners and they laugh it off and try to get it brushed under the table and tried to go into executive session with Mr. Hamilton and not making him accountable for anything. However that was stopped by the county attorney and he did have to face people and answer some questions and was given the chance to prove all the accusations false and has to this day not been able to do this. Who can we trust if we cannot even trust our law officials. Please people wake up. Then another deputy was fired because he campaigned for the one that was running against the sheriff and he was in charge of the drug dog and did a mighty fine job with this and the dog was removed from him without any instructions about his special diet and also his medications that he was on etc. Is this honesty and the drug dog trainer wrote letters and explained this to the people of Antelope County that this was not a good idea however again no one paid any attention to this. WE the people of Antelope county need to get together and force something to be done. Are you okay with this dishonesty??????? Come on people lets get together and see that justice is served
Sally

Wayne, NE

#5 Mar 17, 2008
Former Antelope Countier wrote:
I really don't think Sheriff Hamilton intentionally violates law or policy. I don't think Sheriff Hamilton is a corrupt person. I just think he is lazy and incompetent and knows no better. He has no control over his office. Certain deputies are allowed to run roughshod, doing as they please or in most cases, not doing. There is no supervision, oversight, or leadership in the office. But here's the kicker. He was voted in and the recall petition failed. SO either he resigns or a new recall petition is circulated, this time with enough signatures collected to bring respect and responsibility back to the Office of Sheriff, Antelope County.
I agree with this however the finality of this is there has to be people that have the guts to do something about this and not be afraid of retaliation or not be afraid of being involved. What is wrong with out Attorney General and why has this been put on the back burner???
LeAnn

Wayne, NE

#6 Mar 18, 2008
I think that this deal needs to be taken careof and immediately. What are we waiting for and why is the big delay is that so people will forget it?
I never seen such dishonest people and when somone does find out about this stuff then it is always who squeeled! Why is it never lets take care of the problem and be done with it. No it is always under investigation. That is just a set up so we don't have to deal with the truth.
Tell me why this was not investigated when it was turned in? Can anyone answer these questions?
Ryan

Williamsburg, VA

#7 Mar 18, 2008
Antelope County, wake up and do the right thing next time and recall Sheriff Hamilton. I'm curious about the status of the State Auditor? If this is an official law enforcement investigation, this is a criminal act of False Reporting!
Steve

San Francisco, CA

#8 Mar 18, 2008
The time has come for Sheriff Hamilton to do the only respectable thing and that is to resign. Why is he not on administrative leave? Why is he able to stay in office possibly to cover up other illegal things he has done. For Christ Sake people, this is a public official, a law enforcement officer. Get him out of the office before he covers up enough other things. I hope the voters remember next election to elect someone with the brains to run this office, and not take for themselves. This guy even gets free food that has been donated to the Royal Zoo and feeds it to the prisoners at the jail. How soon before a prisoner gets deathly ill and sues the county for feeding them outdated food? When are they going to get smart and put an end to all this mess. How long is this guy going to be allowed to makes his own rules?
Joe

Wayne, NE

#9 Mar 19, 2008
I have been reading the comments that have been posted and they all are very good and stated by people that have a brain to reason things out which obviously no one else has. Has any one questioned the Attorney General and why they are not following thru? Are you not concerned about this? IS our politics that crooked clear to the top. Is there a payoff going on? If there is that much money layingin the Sheriff office that no one knows about who knows what else is there. I have lived in Antelope County for thirty years and have recently been transfered to Wayne and so I keep up on the news as my entire family still lives in Antelope County. I cannot imagine why this is not being taken care of? Where are the people that areover him? Who else would be allowed to continue to run a county office where there is questionable wrong doing going on. I think that we better all think about this and do something about it. What are we waiting for?
Lee

Norfolk, NE

#10 Mar 21, 2008
Well I was just in Neligh and heard that the commissioners were wondering why these were all from out of the county people well first of all this is not their address as this is their e-mail handler and thAT WAS A NO BRAINER Why are we so worried about who is writing these and not the least bit concerned about the problem. I do not understand sounds like another cover up to me. And about the hacker well good luck and if this would happen then I happen to know that they could be tracked and they would be in a world of hurt. I have some connection with the law and there are alot of options for hackers. Best of Luck to Ya Maybe we shhould concentrate on the problems.
Bob

San Francisco, CA

#11 Mar 23, 2008
The supervisors are hiring a professional computer hacker to find out those of us that want to express our opionion??? Ron Wilkinson has passed this around to numerous people. Doing something illegal toward people that want to see something illegal taken care of. That is like a chicken campaigning for Colonel Sanders. Why in our county do those in charge always have to try to figure out who got something started, rather than taking care of the fox in the henhouse. Our county is becoming a mockery among other counties in the area. I am from Clearwater area, anyone that responds to this that lives in Clearwater, Neligh, Elgin, Oakdale, etc. will show up as coming from Petersburg as that is where our e-mail handler comes out of. Supervisors, lets put our efforts toward correcting a serious problem. Do your job for once and quit pointing fingers at the innocent. Lets get the guilty taken care of for once. "Thousands of dollars", unaccounted for, and unclaimed, found in a government office is a very serious situation. For once, don't attempt to cover up and hide another item in this county. Let justice be served once and for all.
Marlene Oelsligle

Norfolk, NE

#12 Mar 24, 2008
Well I am not afraid to voice my opinion and tell it just like it is. Sounds like thats all the supervisors have to do is collect the health insurance and see what they can COVER UP well people from Antelope county it is time to STOP the crap and get rid of the dishonesty. IT starts at the top and rolls down hill. Its like one old hen protecting her chicks. My my isn't that professional and certainly honest. I pointed out several truths and it was covered up and of course the sheriff was right but he could not prove he was right but I had it black on white and still that was not enough proof for ya all as it was just covered up and they tried to hide it and protect the guilty. Wow that proves what honest people we are. According to the gossip from the cafe in Neligh they are telling me there is commissioners that think we are being so hard on the sheriff. REALLY!!!!!!!!!! YA THINK!!!! Is there some payback for sticking behind the dishonesty. Like I have told you a million times HONESTY WILL PREVAIL!!!!!!
It may not be today nor it may not be tommorrow but it will happen just like what goes around comes around. Things are being proved one by one that I have pointed out and when I told you commissioners that the sheriff office had money that was not counted for ya told me I did not know what I was blowing about. Isn't that amazing that within two months it came out didn't it? IT takes time but it will happen!!!!! I bet ya all sleep in s shaped beds as crooked as ya seem to be being in a straight bed would be very uncomfortable. Now hack away. What will that prove the truth hurts oh so bad. Why can't ya just swallow the pride and face the truth. Hey don't talk in the coffee shop if ya can't talk to peoples face.
Brook the Editor

United States

#13 Mar 25, 2008
I can't agree with Marlene more.
The practical side of this issue is probably the same as every issue in small town Nebraska -- who really cares?
However, the principle of the issue is the most important thing. We have the same problems with our law enforcement.
I have stopped placing calls to local law enforcement and started calling the State Patrol directly.
Don't worry about the story being "dropped or forgotten" as soon as the State Patrol makes a decision about their investigation, we'll have more, at least in my paper.
Marlene Oelsligle

Norfolk, NE

#14 Mar 25, 2008
Thank you Brook for your vote of confidence seems to be few people that have the guts to face the facts There was no slander here but only truths---only the guilty are upset--I proved my point why can no one else prove theres----and about the hackers well like I have said have at it guys did you know that the constitution allows freedom of speech and this is protected by the constitution of the USA That is what our Vetrens fought for and that is why we need to stand behind our veterans and get every possible benifit for them that we can----these are the people that need the health insurance and not the commissioners that want to prove the honest wrong---- right back to the recall everyone is afraid of retaliation.
THE OBSERVER

Newman Grove, NE

#15 Mar 29, 2008
I understand that in this situation there are a few upset people regarding the whole “money box” that was at the sheriff’s office. I think half of the reason some are upset is due to the fact that they read the news articles in the paper and since have heard rumors on person’s theories of what is actually going on. The other half of the reason is I think some of you need to get a hobby. I think Brook the Editor explains it pretty good. She said she calls the State Patrol when she needs law enforcement assistance. Well, the State Patrol has the money box, so if you people want to keep babbling about this supposed problem contact the State of Nebraska to see if you can get some answers. The STATE is obviously handling this so babbling about the county supervisors and other officials doesn’t make things any better. A state official is the one who conducted the audit, not the county. The county board knows just as much as any other citizen when it comes to this situation. No action will be taken until the STATE completes their investigation….if the STATE feels an investigation is appropriate. I think some of you need to realize it’s alright to speak your piece, but there comes a time when you need to just accept the fact that when it comes to elected officials the majority rules. That is why the people who are in office today are there,…because the majority wanted them there for four years. I really don’t have any opinions when it comes to this sheriff office money situation. I just wanted to comment because I think some of you need to quit your babbling and get a hobby. Some of you are going a little overboard.
Pat

Bellevue, NE

#16 Mar 29, 2008
You are absolutely correct...people may be listening to theories or rumors. Why do you think they would do that?? That, my friend, is info that is available. It would be nice to have these events mentioned and tracked in the local newspapers so the county could receive facts instead of listening to rumors. The point here isn't just the "cash box" issue, it is the effectiveness of the office that was elected to serve and protect. For example, have we seen any progress in current investigations in our county, i.e. dead cattle, break-ins, unaccounted for drug money? Have you noticed that nothing seems to get resolved? Who is tracking this and where is the oversight?
Marlene Oelsligle

Norfolk, NE

#17 Mar 31, 2008
To the great observer!!! Are you to embarassed to mention your name? Get a life I have a hobby matter of fact several and I have a job and I have scrupples which obviously you do not.
The proof that you know not of what your are talking about was when you called Brooke a she-- good job it is by the way a male and a very intellegent male I might add as he covers all our supervisors meetings and keeps them on the straight and narrow. Yea know by watching the papers it appears that Neligh has some real problems up there and it all begins with the law.
How stupid is it that we should have to call the state patrol when we are paying a Sherrif and far to many deputies to take care of a situation. Don't think your thinking is very straight when ya made that comment. Do you have any idea why a state official did the audit? It was because we have people that cannot be trusted in the county. Do you not know that the state was only involved because they were notified by honest people from the county that could figure out what is going on. Come on everythingis black on white can you produce anything that you can prove black on white. Mr. or Mrs observer maybe you should find a better subject than criticize truth and honesty. Truth hurts!!!!!!!!! People who believe in themselves and tell the truth are honest enough to reveal their name. IT is just like the sheriff office what are you hiding behind. Like I have said many times TRUTH PREVAILS!!!!!!!!! And it will. Be sure that you register to vote because that is you job as a citizen and are you registered and if you are not then I would say you should remain quietly in the cornor.
Marlene Oelsligle

Norfolk, NE

#18 Mar 31, 2008
Pat wrote:
You are absolutely correct...people may be listening to theories or rumors. Why do you think they would do that?? That, my friend, is info that is available. It would be nice to have these events mentioned and tracked in the local newspapers so the county could receive facts instead of listening to rumors. The point here isn't just the "cash box" issue, it is the effectiveness of the office that was elected to serve and protect. For example, have we seen any progress in current investigations in our county, i.e. dead cattle, break-ins, unaccounted for drug money? Have you noticed that nothing seems to get resolved? Who is tracking this and where is the oversight?
Pay you are so right is anything ever resolved?? No it is not. Do your think Mr. or Mrs. observer is really just upset that someone is concerned enough to challenge dishonesty and do something besides sit around and twiddle their toes and play hobby house? that would be what I would say. My my it seems that we only have one newspaper around that covers the news honestly and that is Plainview. Why what is everyone elses problem??? Is that political also?? Just wondering. Is it honest that it has been this many years and the cattle thing still has not been settled. When something is done that illegal why is someone not suffering for this. That is no different that going out and shooting someone and it is still under investigation when there was thirty people standing around. Why would they need a rocket scientist to settle this? I bet if it was anyone of any law inforcement that this happened to it would not still be under investigation. IT is my true belief that they know who did it and obviously money is holding further filing off and now tell me is this right. I may not go to church every Sunday and make a public display but I know right from wrong and I thnk we need more honesty in our county. Thanks for taking the time to comment with a very good comment.
THE OBSERVER

Newman Grove, NE

#19 Mar 31, 2008
Dear Marlene,
Judging by the last Neligh paper it looks like there was a lot of damage done to a vacant farm house. According to the paper it looks like the Sheriff’s office solve the case and those responsible are facing charges. If you want to be honest about things you have to look at the whole picture. I’m not defending the Sheriff’s office, but I am saying it looks like things do get done and crimes do get solved. You need to realized that some crimes do go unsolved, that’s all there is to it. Some get solved, some do not. Law enforcement does not pick what cases they’re going to solve and which ones they’re not. Its a matter of evidence. If there is minimal evidence a crime is very difficult to solve, if it gets solve at all. If a crime has a lot of EVIDENCE, not rumors, hearsay or theories, the crime will most likely get solved. Its easy to pick out a couple crimes that have not been solved and repeat that OVER and OVER. The fact of the matter is that the dead cattle crime you are speaking of will most likely go unsolved. There is probably minimal evidence and therefore not solvable unless the person(s) responsible turn themselves in. The way you people keep speaking of the same unsolved crimes makes me think that you have a personal interest in these or have some sort of political motivation behind them.
You need to be honest with yourself before you try to be honest with anyone else. This situation has a lot of gray areas if you want to admit it or not. The only thing that is black or white are person’s opinions. I have mine and you have yours. The gray areas are why there are so many questions people have about this.
Mr. Brook, my apology for referring to you as female, not intentional.
Marlene, just to let you know; I twiddle my thumbs, not my toes.
Joe

Bellevue, NE

#20 Apr 1, 2008
You mentioned the great job our elected enforcers are doing. Did you read "letters to the editor" in the same Neligh paper? There were 50 kids at that party, however only 14 were singled out and arrested for vandalism and trespassing. I am guessing the other 36 kids were invited since they were not charged with trespassing :(. Favoritism? I think so. Anyhow, the point is that many people in this county are disappointed with ineffective law enforcement. Yes, you are correct, politics are involved since that is the only way you can place people in and remove them from office. Is there another way to address these concerns? Town council maybe?

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