Published On: Thu, Apr 13th, 2017

Social media blitz helps put area man behind bars

HARTINGTON — Social media is helping local law enforcement find, and bring in suspects.
A man with a Cedar County warrant is now behind bars after a Wanted Poster was added to the Sheriff’s Facebook page Tuesday, April 4.
Shortly after the information was posted, calls started coming into the Sheriff’s Office giving a location and other information on the wherabouts of Jason Fahrenholz, Laurel, who was wanted for questioning in a child abuse, and strangulation case.
Within 12 hours Fahrenholz was arrested.
The Cedar County Sheriff’s Office was notified during the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 5 that Fahrenholz had turned himself in at the Dixon County Sheriff’s Office.
The Cedar County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page was created a year ago, in April 2016, by Chief Deputy Sheriff Chad Claussen and Administrative Assistant Michelle Loecker. The site is updated as it is needed. As of early this week, the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office Facebook site had 1,448 followers.
A list of active warrants from Cedar County which includes names, date-of-births and towns, along with the charges can be viewed.
“The last warrant list that was put on the site reached 5,000 people,” Claussen said.
Occasionally a Wanted Poster with name and charges, along with a photo of the subject, will be put on the site.
The most recent Wanted Poster reached over 34,000 people as 512 viewers shared the poster.
“It has been a great tool for us. We get phone calls and messages on Facebook telling us where they saw the individuals or where we can find the person,” Claussen said. “The information we receive will remain anonymous.”
When the subject has been arrested, the word “Apprehended” is pasted across the Wanted Poster on the site.
“We just want to keep the public informed and make them aware of what is actually happening,” Claussen said.
Sometimes the Sheriff’s Office has shared information from other law enforcement departments and has occasionally included warnings on road conditions on the site.
During the winter months, messages from the Nebraska Department of Roads stating area roads were ice covered was sometimes put on the page, along with a link to the Nebraska Department of Roads.
Local training exercises and events along with photos can also be found at the site.
“We want to let people now all of the things the Sheriff’s Office is involved with besides writing tickets,” Claussen said.
A poster the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office had received from the kindergarten class at the Wynot School in November 2016 had meant a lot to the officers and employees.
A photo of the poster that had been made by the Wynot students was posted on Facebook along with a huge “thank you”.
For National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in January of this year, the Junior Girl Scouts in Laurel showed their appreciation by presenting local law enforcement with a meal, gifts, songs and skits.
“With all of the negativity toward law enforcement it means a lot to get a few kinds words,” Claussen said.