An increased number of disturbance calls to Branched Oak Lake over the Memorial Day Weekend kept the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department busy. Chief Deputy Jeff Bliemeister says “Area 14” was especially troublesome and they are working with the state Game and Parks Commission to get that section reclassified so that alcohol would not be permitted there.
“If alcohol had been prohibited in that area based on the cans that were strewn about and the beer cases that were strewn about, we would have been able to enforce no alcohol in that area,” Chief Deputy Bliemeister says. “We believe that would have moved many of the people out of that area.”
Chief Deputy Bliemeister says they estimate around 700 people were crowded into that small beach area, also causing parking and traffic concerns. Deputies responded to 14 disturbance calls to the lake compared to two calls during the same time last year.
In an unrelated incident over at Branched Oak Lake over Memorial Day weekend, a Lincoln man suffered serious injuries in a boating accident. 26-year old Kent Seevers was thrown into the water on Monday afternoon at around 4 p.m., when the boat driver made a sharp turn. Seevers was then hit by the boat’s propeller, injuring his chest and arm. He was flown by helicopter to a local hospital where he remains in stable condition. Alcohol was not considered a factor in that accident.