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The following couples recently applied for marriage licenses at the Adams County Clerk’s Office: James Alden Reynolds and Melissa Gayle Baker, Justin Steven Jones and Brittany Ann Friedrichsen, Kyle William Schneider and Chelsea Janea Knehans, Ruben Eduardo Razo-Chaparro and Angelia Marie Elizabeth Conn, all of Hastings; and Anthony Brian Allen and Jordan Christine Burns, both of Grand Island.

Dorothy J. Jackson of 1812 W. Third St. reported Tuesday that a suitcase and clothing were damaged at the residence.

It was reported Tuesday that an unknown motorist left Ampride North, 1414 N. Burlington Ave., without paying for $14 in fuel.

Dorothy Cline of 1002 E. Ninth St. reported Tuesday that a vehicle was damaged at the residence.

It was reported Tuesday that items valued at $5.50 were shoplifted at Russ’s Market, 611 N. Burlington Ave.

Vehicles reportedly driven by Stanley W. Blincow of 1115 W. Fifth St. and Tammy M. LeBeau of 1323 N. Kansas Ave. collided Sept. 13 at Burlington Avenue and Third Street.

Zachary T. Eckert of 1113 W. Fourth St. reported Monday that a vehicle was damaged at the residence.

Adams County Judge Michael Mead Monday sentenced Anthony W. Wioskowski, 23, of 314 S. Lexington Ave. to six months of probation with a review for seven days in jail, a $500 fine and a 60-day driver’s license revocation for driving under the influence of alcohol and operating a vehicle to avoid arrest on July 28, 2018. Wioskowski pleaded no contest Dec. 20, 2018.

DUI is a Class W misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. Operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

A vehicle reportedly driven by Denielle G. Fuchs of 1715 W. Seventh St. Sunday struck a parked vehicle owned by Linda V. Myers of 1911 W. Seventh St. at Seventh Street near Jefferson Avenue.

Vehicles reportedly driven by James E. Dampier of Harvard and John C. Nylander of 903 E. Fifth St. collided Sunday at Burlington Avenue and Third Street.

Vehicles reportedly driven by Bradley G. Bailey of 1903 Westchester Drive and Margaret A. Ockinga of 1530 Hewitt Ave. collided Sunday at U.S. Highway 281 and 33rd Street.

For your convenience, the Hastings Tribune has a drive-up payment box in our north parking lot. This may be used for subscription and advertising payments. -Adv.

Showcase Sidewalk Sale Saturday, September 21, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 501 West 1st Street, Hastings. Incredible bargains. All sales final. -Adv.

Adams County Cemetery Walk September 27-29. 402-463-5838 for reservations. -Adv.

Read the entire Hastings Tribune online as early as 6:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday. The Tribune e-Edition is free with your subscription to the newspaper. Call 402-462-2131 for details. -Adv.

Wilma J. Kennedy

Hastings, Nebraska, resident Wilma Jean Kennedy, 84, passed away Friday, September 20, 2019.

Graveside memorial service will be at a later date.

Wilma was born May 6, 1935 to Jacob and Clara (Kottwitz) Lofing in Hastings. She graduated from Hastings High in 1953. She married Robert C. Kennedy on June 28, 1953 at Zion Lutheran Church in Hastings. Wilma was a homemaker. She loved her employment at the dime store downtown, Hesteds in Hastings as a floor walker. Wilma was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church where she was baptized and confirmed.

She was very fond of her son, Russ and daughter, Christy. Wilma enjoyed spending lunch with her son. She enjoyed listening to the loud engines of Russ’s race cars while her husband and son tuned them in the garage. She enjoyed going to horse shows, and shopping days with her daughter. Wilma loved going to garage sales and thrift stores. She loved tending to her rose bushes in the backyard. Wilma also enjoyed feeding the squirrels and playing Mexican dominoes with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Robert and son, Russell, both of Hastings; daughter, Christy (Carlin) Engert of Aurora; granddaughter, Miranda (Nate) Wagner, great-grandson, Andrew Wagner and great-granddaughter, Emma Wagner of Cottonwood, Arizona; sister, Marilyn (Harold) Kelley and brother, Ron (Konnie) Lofing, both of Hastings; sister-in-law, Dorothy Klien; brothers-in-law, Dean Kennedy and Milt (Debbie) Kennedy; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Betty Dixon

Superior, Nebraska, resident Betty Dixon, 52, passed away September 17, 2019 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 23, at Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior with Pastor Jeff Kimberly officiating. Visitation is 1-4 p.m. Sunday with family present from 3-4 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Bostwick Cemetery in Bostwick, Nebraska. Memorials may go in care of the family to help with funeral expenses. Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior is in charge of arrangements.

NYPD commander who took "Son of Sam" confession dead at 99

NEW YORK — John Keenan, the police official who led New York City’s manhunt for the “Son of Sam” killer and eventually took a case-solving confession from David Berkowitz, has died.

His death Thursday, at age 99, was announced by the police department and Keenan’s family.

Keenan was the New York Police Department’s Chief of Detectives during the killing spree, which terrified the city in 1976 and 1977 as an unknown gunman stalked his victims with a .44 caliber handgun, killing six and wounding seven others.

When a parking ticket, issued to a car seen parked near the scene of one slaying, finally led detectives on Aug. 10, 1977, to the Yonkers home of Berkowitz, a 24-year-old postal worker, Keenan was there to confront him. It was a climactic scene Keenan later recounted many times for journalists.

“I know you. You’re detective — Chief Keenan,” said Berkowitz, who had publicly taunted the police with notes during the hunt.

“Who are you?” Keenan asked.

“I am the Son of Sam,” Berkowitz replied.

Keenan’s work on the case came near the end of a 37-year career with the police department. He announced his retirement five months later when a new commissioner took office and wanted to appoint his own top deputies.

During World War II, Keenan was a lieutenant in the Army’s Counter Intelligence Corps. He landed on Utah Beach in the D-Day Invasion and participated in the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation of Paris. Author J.D. Salinger, who was writing “Catcher in the Rye” between battles, was in Keenan’s infantry division and became a lifelong friend.

After leaving the NYPD, Keenan became vice president for operations at the New York Racing Association, the organization that operates the Belmont Park, Aqueduct and Saratoga thoroughbred horse tracks.

Keenan lived in Rockville Centre, on Long Island. He and his wife, Sara, were married for 73 years. Two of their three daughters preceded him in death.

“Truly saddened to learn that former Chief of Detectives John Keenan has passed,” the current chief of detectives, Dermot Shea, tweeted Friday. “A life of epic heroism, he stormed Normandy on D-Day, fought in the Battle of the Bulge & later, as the NYPD Chief of D’s, took the confession from the Son of Sam. We salute you, sir. #FidelisAdMortem.”

Keenan’s leadership of the “Son of Sam” manhunt cemented his reputation as a tough, but tactical policeman.

Searching for the killer, he oversaw a task force dubbed “Operation Omega” that by one count involved 75 detectives and more than 200 uniformed officers. He also used televised press conferences to talk directly to the killer, trying to coax him into stopping his crime spree and surrender.

“Son of Sam: We now know you are not a woman hater — and know how you have suffered,” Keenan said at a news conference after the killer identified himself by that nickname in a note left at the scene of a double homicide in April 1977. “We wish to help you and it is not too late. Please let us help you.”

Recounting the manhunt to TV news station NY1 for the 40th anniversary of the arrest, Keenan said even he had been afraid of where the gunman might strike next.

“My daughter Joan was a teenager, and I had two other daughters,” Keenan said. “And I was worried about them. I realized most fathers were in the same position: They were worried about their daughters. It became kind of a panic in the city.”

The killer had been taunting investigators in letters to famed New York Daily News columnist Jimmy Breslin. In one, he offered detectives words of encouragement.

“Please inform all the detectives working the case that I wish them the best of luck,” Berkowitz wrote. “Keep Em digging, drive on, think positive, get off your butts, knock on coffins, etc.

“Upon my capture I promise to buy all the guys working on the case a new pair of shoes if I can get up the money.”




Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, 5:15 p.m and 8 p.m., 521 S. St. Joseph Ave.; and 7:30 p.m., 918 W. Fourth St.

Al-Anon, 8 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 614 N. Hastings Ave.

Narcotics Anonymous, 8 p.m., 401 N. Lincoln Ave.


150th anniversary celebration, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., various locations.

U.S. Highway 36

Highway 36 Treasure Hunt across Kansas. Communities along the route, including several in Tribland, participate by featuring antique shopping, garage sales and other special events. To learn more visit ushwy36.com.

Red Cloud

“Love, Loss and What I Wore,” 2 p.m., Red Cloud Opera House in Red Cloud. For ticket information call 402-746-2641 or visit willacather.org.



Itty Bitty Story Time for ages 0-24 months, 10 a.m., Hastings Public Library, 314 N. Denver Ave. For more information, call 402-461-2346.

Ping-Pong, 7 p.m., First United Congregational Church, 2810 W. Seventh St.

Alcoholics Anonymous, 8:30 a.m., noon, 5:15 and 8 p.m., 521 S. St. Joseph Ave.; and noon, 835 S. Burlington Ave. No. 114.

Good Samaritan Village-Hastings Society woodshop open house, 9 a.m., 926 E. E St.

Al-Anon, 8 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 614 N. Hastings Ave.; and noon, Faith Lutheran Church, Ninth Street and Chestnut Avenue.

Gamblers Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., Mary Lanning Healthcare Education Building basement, Room D.

Chorus of the Plains, 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 621 N. Lincoln Ave. Use office entrance at the southwest corner of the building. Rehearsal is in the choir room in the basement. Barbershop style music open to men of all ages.

Narcotics Anonymous, 8 p.m., First Baptist Church basement, 401 N. Lincoln Ave.; women’s group, 8:15 p.m., 701 S. St. Joseph Ave.

United Parents of Addicts, 7-9 p.m., Mary Lanning Medical Services Building, Classroom F. For more information, call 402-984-4612 or email jkalvelage@marylanning.org.

Area funerals
Area funerals

Saturday Jane L. Skolaut, 54, of Clay Center, 10 a.m. at Clay Center Christian Church in Clay Center.

Flint Hinrichs, 56, formerly of Ayr, 6:30 p.m. at 2130 S. Wabash Ave. in Hastings.

MondayBetty Dixon, 52, of Superior, 10:30 a.m. at Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior.