Fine, probation for fatal 2011 traffic accident

A former Falls City and Sac & Fox police officer was sentenced to probation, community service and fined $500 for his role in the death of an Ohio man in a 2011 traffic accident.


Steven J. Darveau Jr., 36, was sentenced last Tuesday in Richardson County District Court after pleading no contest to the charge of motor vehicle homicide, a Class I misdemeanor, as a result of a plea agreement reached in January.

Prosecutors alleged that Darveau was traveling south on Highway 73 three miles south of Falls City when he attempted to make a left hand turn onto 703 Loop in front of a northbound motorcycle driven by Edward Packard, 64, and the vehicles collided.

Packard, of Cleves, OH, was pronounced dead at the scene.

In unrelated news, two Falls City men were arraigned in District Court on separate charges.

Kyle H. Wissler, 27, was charged with four felony counts that stemmed from a traffic stop in October of last year.

Wissler was charged with two Class III felonies, burglary and possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, as well as a pair of Class IV felonies, theft by unlawful taking and possession of burglar’s tools.

A habitual criminal charge was also levied against Wissler by the prosecution, due to Wissler’s prior felony convictions.

Wissler stood mute to the charges and the Court entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

A jury trial was scheduled for May 8.

Timothy L. Wittwer, 34, was charged with terroristic threats, a Class IV felony, and use of a firearm to commit a felony, a Class IC felony, for allegedly using a pistol to threaten Robert Fisher at his home on the night of Dec. 29, 2012.

Wittwer pleaded not guilty to the charges and a jury trial was scheduled for June 11.

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