The current employers of two former Fremont police officers who were at the same bar as a teenager before he drove drunk and died are handling the incident differently: One is looking into the matter; the other says it’s a nonissue.
La Vista Police Chief Bob Lausten, in a brief statement Tuesday, said his department “is conducting an internal review of the matter” involving Stuart Nadgwick, now an officer with the La Vista force.
Grand Island Police Chief Steve Lamken, meanwhile, said he has no plans to investigate Adam Kully, who is now an officer with his department.
The men were two of four current and former Fremont police officers — the others were Sgt. Michael Diers and Terry Luthy — who were with 18-year-old Jacob Dickmeyer before he died in a crash on Dec. 3, 2012.
The officers' connection became public last week during the Douglas County trial of Amanda Heiman, a waitress who was found guilty of procuring alcohol for a minor, which is a felony if the alcohol contributes “in whole or in part” to the minor's death.
During the trial, Diers testified that Dickmeyer ordered a round of drinks for the officers at the Fire Barn bar in Waterloo that night. Later, Diers testified, someone reciprocated and bought Dickmeyer and his friend a round.
It wasn't clear which officer purchased the beer. There was no indication the officers knew that Dickmeyer and his friend were underage.
Said Lamken, “This was fully vetted,” noting that the city was aware of Kully's connection when he was hired.
Diers and Luthy are still employed by the City of Fremont. Luthy is now a Fremont firefighter.
The City of Fremont will request a transcript of Heiman's trial and do a “complete investigation” of the incident, City Attorney Paul Payne said last week.
Lamken said Grand Island authorities will cooperate with Fremont officials if they are contacted.