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The Chadron Volunteer Fire Department had their Annual Open House Sunday Oct 9th. They invited emergency responders and safety oganizations to set up boothes to inform the public about a variety of things. Sheriff Karl Dailey speaks with Chadron Firefighters and the general public about the Sheriff's Office and some of the tools they use in their work.
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Nov 29, 2005
Chadron Bank of the West
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CHADRON - A person arrested in Oregon for bank robbery is being called a person of interest in the Chadron Bank of the West robbery.
In a press release from the Chadron Police Department, Chadron Police Chief Jerry Crews said that the Chadron robbery is still under investigation by the CPD, the Nebraska State Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
He noted that the suspect in the Oregon robbery has similar characteristics to the suspect who robbed Bank of the West, but authorities are uncertain at this time if it is the same person.
According to KQEN out of Roseburg, Oregon, off-duty Medford police detective Ken Dickerson happened to stop in Canyonville for lunch and spotted the suspects' van in the fast food parking lot.
The Mail Tribune said that Dickerson parked next to the Dodge Conversion Van and then realized that it could be the van wanted in connection to the recent bank robbery. The van seen on video has a white top, dark bottom and a striped decal on the side.
KATU out of Portland said that Dickerson followed the vehicle, but lost it. He had notified dispatch, who had relayed the description of the distinctly marked van to area law enforcement.
Oregon State Trooper Kevin VanAtta saw the van minutes after Dickerson lost sight of it and stopped it at an RV park in Myrtle Creek. Forty-eight-year-old James Leroy Kearney and 57-year-old Jaquelin Marie Salas of Sioux Falls, S.D., were arrested without incident.
They were wanted for bank robbery in Medford on Jan. 12 and another in Red Bluff, Calif.
FBI Spokeswomen Beth Anne Steele in Portland said that the FBI is looking into whether the pair may be connected to other unsolved robberies throughout the west.
In the Medford robbery the robber wearing what the Mail Tribune called Kearney's signature disguise - a red cap and fake mustache - approached the teller, showed her a gun and said that it was real, before demanding cash and fleeing on foot.
During the Chadron robbery, on Nov. 29, a man told the teller he had a gun and then demanded money. After getting $14,994 from the teller, he left the bank and was last seen walking north on Chadron Avenue.
The man was identified as being a white male in his 30s, five-foot-seven to five-foot-nine, 125 to 150 pounds, with long, reddish-brown hair and no facial hair. He was wearing round glasses with dark metal frames, a red jacket, tan pants, white stretch gloves, and a red stocking cap.
Red Bluff Daily News said Kearney and Salas have been indicted for the January 18th bank robbery in Red Bluffs by the United States Attorney in Sacramento.
Kearney has been charged with armed bank robbery and bradishing a firearm during the robbery. Salas has been charged with accessory after the fact.
The maximum penalty under federal law for armed robbery is 25 years and a fine of $250,000. Brandishing a firearm during a bank robbery carries an additional five years in prison.
The maximum penalty for being an accessory after the fact is 12.5 years in prison and a fine of $125,000.

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