Man Arrested After Making Claims to Osage Church Parsonage

NEBRASKA CITY – A man claiming possession of a pastor’s house near Cook was arrested Wednesday and faces charges of resisting arrest and assault on an officer.

Otoe County sheriff’s deputies are still piecing together claims by 38-year-old Jason Wellsandt, who was arrested at the church parsonage on the campus of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ on R Road.

Chief Deputy Mike Holland said the pastor, Curtis Rieger, is out of town and asked parishioners to keep an eye on the place in his absence.

Holland said a parishioner called deputies Wednesday after seeing someone in the house.

An arrest affidavit says a sheriff’s deputy arrived to find glass in the back door broken out and a man standing in the kitchen. When the deputy told the man he was trespassing and ordered him to come out, the affidavit says, the man went into the living room and sat on the couch.

He reportedly told the deputy it was his house and he is taking it back.

The deputy reported that he attempted to pull the man from the couch by his arm, but he refused and kicked the deputy four times.

The affidavit says Wellsandt then ran outside, where he was taken into custody. Holland said the man may have been in the house since Tuesday.

The Otoe County Attorney’s Office is charging the Omaha man with assault on an officer and trespassing.