McCook's railroad Canteen
Susan Doak Southwest Nebraska Genealogy Society While much has been written concerning the Canteen for soldiers traveling the Union Pacific Railway through North Platte, we shouldn't forget that McCook also created a Canteen for those who rode the CB&Q Railway (now Burlington Northern Santa Fe) on their way to war...
Plea ensures justice for Kailee and a measure of peace for the community
Now we can focus on our memories of a young girl who loved to sing and dance and run around in her pj's.
Murderer faces life sentence in death of Kailee Clapp, 14
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Bartley, Nebraska, man charged with the killing of 14-year-old Kailee Clapp of McCook in January 2011 changed his not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity pleas to "no contest" this morning, and will be sentenced Nov. 20 on a single charge of first degree premeditated murder...
Trial set Sept. 10 in murder case
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A Sept. 10, 2012, jury trial has been scheduled in the Stathis Kirkpatrick murder case. Kirkpatrick is the 20-year-old Bartley, Nebraska, man charged with first degree murder in connection with the 2011 death of 14-year-old Kailee Nichole Clapp of McCook...
Amended charge is filed in murder case
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Additional evidence has been received in the case against 20-year-old Stathis Kirkpatrick of Bartley, accused of killing 14-year-old Kailee Nichole Clapp of McCook, that indicates there was also a sexual assault involved. Special Red Willow County prosecutor Corey O'Brien said during a motions hearing Tuesday morning in Red Willow County District Court that the original underlying crime of the first degree murder charge filed against Kirkpatrick was kidnapping and additional evidence had been received to indicate it was sexual assault in the first degree.. ...
Motions hearing Tuesday in murder trial
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A motions hearing is scheduled in the murder case against 20-year-old Stathis Kirkpatrick for Tuesday, 9 a.m., in Red Willow County District Court. Kirkpatrick is the Bartley, Nebraska, man charged with first degree murder and other offenses stemming from the 2011 death of 14-year-old Kailee Clapp of McCook...
Kirkpatrick ruled competent for trial
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The 19-year-old Bartley, Nebraska, man accused of killing a McCook girl in January 2011, has been determined to be competent to stand trial. According to court documents filed Jan. 31, 2012, the court found that Stathis Kirkpatrick "has the mental capacity to undertake the nature and object of the proceeding against him and can comprehend his own condition in reference to the proceedings."...
Kirkpatrick defense has until March 1 to file motions
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A motions hearing has been scheduled for March 5, 2012, in the Stathis Kirkpatrick murder trial. The defense for the 19-year-old Bartley, Nebraska, man accused of killing a McCook girl a year ago this month, has until March 1 to file motions in response to the prosecutions request for a competency determination hearing. ...
Kirkpatrick committed for mental health treatment
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The 19-year-old Bartley, Nebraska, man accused of killing a McCook girl in January has been deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial. Red Willow County District Judge David W. Urbom Monday committed Stathis Kirkpatrick to the Lincoln Regional Health Center for mental health treatment until he is considered competent to stand trial for the murder of 14-year-old Kailee Nichole Clapp...
Defense: Kirkpatrick 'not competent' to stand trial
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Bartley man accused of killing a McCook girl in January is not competent to stand trial now, according to a psychological examination submitted by defense attorneys. However, the defendant, Stathis Sebastian Mobley Kirkpatrick, 19, could be made competent by following a treatment plan, according to prosecutors...
Kirkpatrick waives preliminary hearing
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Bartley, Nebraska, man accused of murdering a 14-year-old McCook girl waived his preliminary hearing this morning in Red Willow County court in McCook. Judge Anne Paine ordered Stathis Sebastian Mobley Kirkpatrick to appear in district court on Monday, March 7, at 3 p.m., to face first degree murder charges in the death of Kailee Nichole Clapp, a freshman at McCook Senior High...
More details of investigation released
CONNIE JO DISCOE Regional Editor McCOOK, Nebraska -- Charges of tampering with physical evidence, human skeletal remains/prohibited acts and concealing the death of another person were enough initially to jail an 18-year-old Bartley, Nebraska, man during the early stages of the investigation into the disappearance and death of a 14-year-old McCook girl...
It's OK to cry -- Memorial Auditorium packed for teen murder victim's funeral
It's OK to ask why. It's OK to cry. And it's OK to hope. This was the thrust of the message delivered today by the Rev. Bruce Lester, at the memorial service for 14-year-old Kailee Clapp, while across town, 18-year-old Stathis Sebastian Mobley Kirkpatrick was charged with her murder...
Murder charges filed
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Bartley, Nebraska, man jailed since Friday in connection with the death of 14-year-old Kailee Nicole Clapp of McCook was charged in Red Willow County Court this morning with first degree murder. Judge Anne Paine revoked the $1 million bond for 18-year-old Stathis Sebastian Mobley Kirkpatrick of Bartley, the young man accused of killing the McCook High School freshman on or about Jan. 21, and ordered him held without bond...
Bartley man charged with murder
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The 18-year-old Bartley, Nebraska, man jailed since Friday in connection with the death of 14-year-old Kailee Nicole Clapp of McCook was charged with first degree murder in Red Willow County Court this morning. Stathis Sebastian Mobley Kirkpatrick of Bartley is also charged with use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, a Class II felony; and tampering with physical evidence and unlawful burial, both Class IV felonies...
Candlelight glow fills Norris Park
McCOOK, Nebraska -- To a family stricken with unfathomable grief and to a community shaken by anger and a feeling of helplessness, the warm glow of hundreds of candles lighting McCook's Norris Park Tuesday evening offered a promise. A promise of friendship, of comfort, of a hug...
A safe community
Recently I purchased a new cell phone. This one does everything! One can actually dial a phone number to connect to another person. But then it does lots more too! It takes pictures, constantly displays the local weather, keeps track, through GPS, of my location plus provides driving instructions, turn left, turn right, to any other location. ...
Police: Amber Alert considered before missing girl's body found
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Officials considered issuing an Amber Alert for Kailee Clapp, but didn't have the time or information that would have made it appropriate, according to the McCook Police Chief. An Amber Alert couldn't be issued because the case lacked key triggers, Police Chief Ike Brown said....
Man arrested in connection with girl's death
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The body of a young girl discovered on cemetery property northwest of Bartley, Nebraska, Friday evening has been identified as that of Kailee Nichole Clapp, a 14-year-old McCook girl reported missing early Friday morning. An 18-year-old Bartley, Nebraska, man has been jailed since late Friday in connection with Clapp's disappearance and death. Charges against Stathis Sebastian Mobley Kirkpatrick, 18, of Bartley, are pending the results of an autopsy being conducted in Omaha...
Friday tragedy brings outpouring of love, support
Details of Friday's tragedy are still unfolding, but there are a few lessons to be taken away already. For one, show our family and friends we love them while we can. We never know when our relationships may be broken forever. For another, young people need to know their actions and decisions have consequences. A bad decision can haunt them and their families for the rest of their lives...