Jumpers Into Swollen Creek Will Be Cited

Thrill seekers are suspected of using an old bridge for jumping into the swollen Papio Creek in Sarpy County. A deputy sheriff confronted a group of of about six young adults Friday. Several were wet and appeared to have been swimming in the murky water.

The group believed in their twenties had a child with them.Deputy Sheriff Ben Leenerts said, "The youngest being a six year old was wearing a life jacket."

The deputy told the group to leave the closed bridge which had several planks missing. But the real concern was in the water where they were jumping.

Deputy Leenerts said, "There could be all kinds of debris, metal and trees under the surface."

Though posted closed there had not been any no trespassing signs so Deputy Leenerts let the group off with a warning. That has changed. Wednesday afternoon a Sarpy County maintenance worker posted a no trespassing sign by order of Sheriff Jeff Davis. That means anyone caught on the bridge or jumping off of it into the Papio Creek will also land in court.

First degree trespassing carries a fine of $1,000 and up to a year in jail.


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