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Treasurer's online auction brings in big bucks

A recent online eBay auction of the contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes, authorized by the Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office, brought in $78,716, Treasurer Don Stenberg said.

The office will hold the money from the auction for the box owners or their heirs. They can claim the money at any time with proper documentation, Stenberg said.

The 10-day online auction ran from Oct. 2-12.

Stenberg was pleased with the outcome of the auction, which attracted a large number of serious bidders, he said. All of the items sold at or above the appraised values.

One lot of 45 pre-1904 Morgan silver dollars and pre-1964 silver dimes, quarters and half dollars sold for $3,350, the highest selling price in the auction, he said. One lot of collectible sports trading cards featuring Roger Maris, Roberto Clemente and Sandy Koufax sold for $1,125 and attracted 57 bidders, the largest number of bidders for a single lot in the auction.

The last auction hosted by the treasurer’s office brought in $15,000 in sales in 2012.

This year’s auction included coins, jewelry, sports trading cards, watches, pocket watches and sterling silver flatware that were left in safe deposit boxes turned over to the treasurer’s office by banks between 2006 and 2011.

State law requires the Treasurer’s Office to conduct an auction of the safe deposit box contents at least once every five years.

“Our office works diligently to promote awareness of our unclaimed property program and to help owners locate and document their property,” Stenberg said. “We returned a record $16.3 million of unclaimed property to rightful owners in 2016 and more than $11.7 million so far this year.”

The office is still holding more than $170 million for more than 350,000 Nebraskans or former Nebraskans, he said.

The treasurer’s online database is at

Craft fair is Saturday at Fremont Family YMCA

Fremont Family YMCA will be having a craft and vendor fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the YMCA’s indoor tennis courts.

Over 130 vendors will be taking part in the event. Admission is free.

A concession stand will be available in the front lobby.

Fremont man arrested on numerous offenses

A Fremont man was arrested on numerous charges Tuesday evening, Fremont Police reported.

At 9:49 p.m., officers attempted to make contact with a man in the 1600 block of North Bell Street who possibly had an active warrant out for his arrest.

Contact was made with Jeremy E. Rousseau, 38, who allegedly fled of foot from police.

Rousseau was eventually located and charged with obstruction of a police officer, resisting arrest and being in felony possession of a switchblade knife.