Two Panhandle law enforcement officers have asked to voluntarily relinquish their law enforcement powers after arrests and convictions related to domestic violence cases.
A former Scottsbluff police corporal arrested on domestic violence charges pleaded for a lower public order count in December.
Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Matthew Herbel, 40, of Scottsbluff on September 28, 2021, after being called to his home. The Scotts Bluff County District Attorney’s Office originally charged Herbel with third-degree domestic assault, a Class I misdemeanor.
Prosecutors filed an amended charge of disturbing the peace, a Class I misdemeanor, against Herbel on December 3 and he did not contest the charge in a hearing three days later. Twelfth Judicial District Court Judge Russell Harford, a Chadron-based judge who presided over the case, sentenced him to one day in jail, giving him credit for a day already served after his arrest, and imposed on him a fine of $250.
The charges stem from Herbel’s arrest after law enforcement responded to a report of an assault at the home he shared with his wife. A Scotts Bluff County sheriff’s deputy said in affidavits of arrest that an investigation showed Herbel and his wife had an altercation. Herbel told police he was trying to leave the residence with his child. He initially denied that anything “physical” had happened, but later allegedly told a deputy he had used a police control technique, called an armbar. The technique involves holding a subject’s arm bent back behind their back.