Lee Polikov: Drop unnecessary charges against Maddie Shely
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Sarpy County Attorney
Lee Polikov

Lee Polikov: Drop unnecessary charges against Maddie Shely

    1. Debra Scoular
    2. Petition by

      Debra Scoular

      Council Bluffs, IA

This girl is a decent kid, good grades, popular student, involved in her school.  She is a good daughter, friend and member of her church.  She made a mistake at an intersection that is very dangerous and should have had a stop light a long time ago.  As the result of her mistake, a boy lost his life (her best friend), and another best friend was critically injured.  She was also injured.  The county attorney wants to charge her with manslaughter.  Hasn't Maddie suffered enough?  Here is a statement released by Nate's mom in regards to the charges.  

In regards to Mr. Polikov filing charges related to the accident that caused the death of my son Nate LaFave: I do understand the law as it is on the books in Nebraska. What I don’t understand is his need to plan a press conference more than a week in advance, and very publicly, continue to drag out our worst nightmare.

We are trying to get our family through the first birthday and the first holidays without Nate, and smack dab in the middle of it all, Mr. Polikov feels the need to garner the spot light. 

There is no law that says he needs to make such a public spectacle of pressing these charges; thus, leaving us to conclude that he is only doing this in the public eye in order to gain attention for himself, especially since he has not held press conferences for all the other charges he has filed this week. 

His public actions are nothing short of cruel and are ripping open fresh wounds that are still struggling to heal. His public actions will do nothing to prevent another accident, they will not bring our son back and they will not make our lives (us, the family of the Nate) better. His need for grandstanding and lack of compassion for our family is abhorrent and should not be permitted by a public official.

Beth LaFave


Lee Polikov, Sarpy County Attorney
Reverse the decision to press Vehicular Manslaughter charges that killed one friend and injured herself and another friend. Call Mr. Polikov out of his comfort zone and ask him about his agenda.

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Recent signatures


    1. Made it to 2500 signatures.

      Debra Scoular
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to all of the supporters. We have reached 2500 signatures and that is amazing. I am sure that the family of Maddie Shely is grateful for all of our support. ~~Sincerely, Deb Scoular.

    2. Reached 2,500 signatures
    3. Really????

      Debra Scoular
      Petition Organizer

      It seems to me that Lancaster County Attorney, Joe Kelly and Sarpy County Attorney, Lee Pokilov have different ideas of was is Just and punishable in the state of Nebraska.

      A 73-year-old man was arrested Saturday night for what could lead to his 15th conviction for driving drunk, the Lancaster County sheriff said.

      Deputies pulled over Lee Edward Collins around 11:20 at Northwest 12th and West Adams streets because he was stopped at a green light, and other drivers had to go around him, Sheriff Terry Wagner said.

      Collins smelled of alcohol, Wagner said, and asked for help with a cut he’d gotten from a previous accident.

      Deputies jailed Collins on suspicion of committing two felonies: driving on a suspended license and for felony driving under the influence.

      Collins has been convicted of driving under the influence 14 times in the last half century, Wagner said.

      He got his first in 1962 when he was 20 years old.

    4. The rest of the note...as it wouldn't all fit

      Debra Scoular
      Petition Organizer

      ...continued From M. JONES....

      We love you and hope in time this journey experience will overtime fade as you live on strong for AMERICA. We are praying and working HARD to make sure this can NEVER happen to anyone ever again fighting for a no fault car accident law right to move on strong. Less than 1% of the total population experience fatal car accidents which just means we are mostly all getting through the rush hour mazes safely. That does NOT mean those caught in the risk of life our BAD. It simply means they are HUMAN. Do NOT let anyone let you think otherwise. TALK BACK to your post trauma with ART if your body, mind, spirit and soul want to tell you otherwise because our GOVERNMENT NOT us are TRYING to tell you otherwise. BLESSINGS

    5. This lovely and insightful note was posted here on our site...

      Debra Scoular
      Petition Organizer

      M Jones SOME COOL CITY!, AP 6 days ago Liked 1
      Dear Sweetheart, I pray your family and friends are holding your body, mind, spirit and soul up as you recovery from a great loss, and the abusive actions of our government letting us down GRAVELY in their response to your car ACCIDENT. Accidents do NOT make you BAD. Driving is a risk, and especially when a state put saving a few bucks above your right to cross 4 lanes of traffic and two turning lanes safely with a LIGHT. I want you to know we sent over 20 cars to travel your path, and over 65% of us had to play dodge ball with near misses. We PRAY your body,mind, spirit, and soul are recovering, and we are united in your healing. Don't EVER let adults acting highly irresponsibly and insensitively define YOU. It defines them. We will be leaving many dozens of yellow roses at the sight as a sign of solidarity and friendship. Nate will always beside you as you live on STRONG for him as you let him go a little bit everyday.

    6. With you in spirit.

      Debra Scoular
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Maddie, please know that my family and all of the 2380 supporters of this petition were with you in spirit today for your court hearing. No matter what the outcome of this legal process, please know that you are in all of our prayers every day; as are the other families involved.

      God Bless,

      Deb Scoular and Madi Csellar

    7. 2235 signatures

      Debra Scoular
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Maddie and the Shely family... we are now at 2235 signatures, we haven't stopped thinking of you and we still pray for all of the families every day. I am here if you need anything, and will be there to support you on your court date if Mr. Pokilov decides to proceed with these charges. In God's name we pray.... †

    8. 22

      Debra Scoular
      Petition Organizer

    9. A call that said Thank You was the best call ever.

      Debra Scoular
      Petition Organizer

      I recently received a telephone call at my home. It was the most amazing phone call ever. I have to say, I was nervous when I first answered. Then, the caller told me who she was, and just wanted to say thank you for supporting Maddie. I couldn't tell you how happy that made me; I actually cried. We chatted for a while about this petition and talked about things that mom's often talk about. Best phone call I could have ever hoped for.

      Remember, no matter what, family, friends and the power of Prayer † ...

      Thank you for getting us past 2200 signatures.

      Merry Christmas and continue to pray for all of the families that are involved.


    10. Reached 2,000 signatures
    11. Still in it for the cause.

      Debra Scoular
      Petition Organizer

      I got an email today, and thought it was from Maddie's aunt, after a little twitter activity it seems that it was not. I still feel that this petition serves a good purpose, let it be known that I have not done this to be in any limelight... I do not want any attention and have declined all interviews. With that being said, I am not the person that brought this to the media... Mr Pokilov did by publicly stating his intentions to charge Maddie, thus putting this horrible story back into the media's scope. I pray that this is the right thing to do, and if I could have made this petition anonymous I would have, without a doubt. Thank you all that have supported this cause and continues to do so. With only love and hope in my heart... DS

    12. I wonder if I over stepped...

      Debra Scoular
      Petition Organizer

      It was brought to my attention today that maybe Maddie and her family doesn't want this petition to exist. If this is the case, I will make this go away, immediately, without question. I did this with only good intentions, but I will make this go away per her families request. Email me at debscoular@gmail.com... My intentions were only for Maddie, but I will back off per their request. Or any of the families that are involved. Deb

    13. Local Coverage

      Debra Scoular
      Petition Organizer

      All three networks have featured our cause on their local news. Tonight I was contacted about getting National coverage. Whatever it takes to let this to go away, once and for all. God's blessings to all that are supporting. I am humbled by the response. ~~Deb Scoular and daughter Madi Csellar

    14. Reached 1,500 signatures
    15. KMTV just featured our cause

      Debra Scoular
      Petition Organizer

      KMTV just mentioned our cause...

    16. Reached 1,000 signatures
    17. 500 and counting.

      Debra Scoular
      Petition Organizer

    18. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Carmen Nevin HOUSTON, TX
      • 4 months ago

      I believe her life is already irrevocably destroyed by this awful tragedy. Putting her away in a prison is stupid ! There needs to be healing and official trying to seek what he thinks is justice and listen to the cries of the young man's family !

    • Alex Costas SNELLVILLE, GA
      • 5 months ago

      So Character isn't a thing that Makes a Difference in Court?

    • Stavros Piperis OMAHA, UNITED STATES
      • 6 months ago

      I'd understand the charge if it were respectfully done and backed by the family who suffered the loss, but when the LaFave family is begging for the charges to be dropped, I don't see a reason to continue with the charges.

    • Kenny Nelson LINCOLN, NE
      • 7 months ago

      Seems to me we got people in Government who act like children. It needs to stop.

    • akeyla Dowden OMAHA, NE
      • 8 months ago

      She is young and every child makes mistakes. That is a very busy intersection and it was an accident.


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