Fremont police officers to face investigation

2014-02-10T06:00:00Z 2014-02-10T07:56:22Z Fremont police officers to face investigation Fremont Tribune
February 10, 2014 6:00 am

OMAHA (AP) — An investigation will be conducted into the actions of Fremont police officers who reportedly were at a bar with — and may have bought a drink for — a teenager who died in a crash after leaving the bar, a Fremont city official said.

City officials have known about the incident involving current and former Fremont police officers since several days after the Dec. 3, 2012, crash that killed 18-year-old Jacob Dickmeyer, Fremont City Attorney Paul Payne said.

News of the investigation into the officers came a day after a Douglas County jury convicted Amanda Heiman, 20, of a felony count of procuring alcohol for a minor resulting in death. She faces up to five years in prison when she is sentenced in April.

Heiman was a waitress at a Waterloo bar when she served alcohol to Dickmeyer, of Valley, and another underage friend before Dickmeyer drove and died in a crash. Dickmeyer's friend, who was in the car, was seriously injured.

Heiman was not the only person to provide alcohol to Dickmeyer that day. Two other people were issued misdemeanor citations for procuring alcohol for a minor: a 26-year-old friend of Dickmeyer's who bought him a bottle of liquor and a convenience store clerk who sold the teens a case of beer. Only Heiman was charged with a felony in the case.

Testimony during her trial indicated that four off-duty Fremont police officers — Sgts. Michael Diers, Stuart Nadgwick, Terry Luthy and Adam Kully — were in the bar when Dickmeyer was drinking and that Dickmeyer bought them a round of beer.

Diers, who is the only one still working in the Fremont Police Department, testified that one of the officers "reciprocated and bought (Dickmeyer and his friend) a round."

Testimony also revealed that three of the officers escorted Dickmeyer to a car when he left the bar and placed him in the passenger seat. One of the officers acknowledged during testimony that he then saw Dickmeyer climb into the driver's side while his friend got into the passenger seat.

Payne said that Fremont officials had been waiting for resolution of the Heiman case before proceeding with its own investigation.

Luthy is now a Fremont firefighter, and Nadgwick is an officer with the La Vista Police Department. Kully is a police officer in Grand Island.

None could be reached for comment Saturday.

Payne declined to comment when asked whether any of the Fremont employees who were at the bar the night Dickmeyer died had been reprimanded.

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