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Sheriff Asks Lakota Family to Surrender

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  It appears the Nelson County Sheriff's Department could be sitting on a potential powder keg.

  Arrest warrants for 6 members of the same family near Lakota have been issued, after they failed to make court appearances.

  Three members of that family have already allegedly threatened officers with weapons.

  Rodney Brossart is charged with terrorizing and theft of cattle. His wife, Susan is charged with giving false information to law enforcement. Their daughter, Abby is charged with simple assault and giving a false report. And sons, Thomas, Alex and Jacob all face a terrorizing charge.

  It all started back in June, when Nelson County Deputies tried to search their farm for six cows that had wandered away from a neighbor's farm.

  Three of the Brossart's sons allegedly pointed guns at the officers, and by the time a 16 hour standoff that ended peacefully was over, 6 Brossart family members wound up facing charges.

  Sheriff Kelly Janke says the entire family is now holed up at their family farm. I tried beeping the horn and yelling from their driveway to see if they'd talk to me. No response. But, at one point I saw a curtain move.

  Sheriff Janke has this appeal to the Brossart family.

Sheriff Kelly Janke: "It's not everyday that law enforcement gets confronted by individuals with long guns and in the end we're trying resolve this peacefully. I reach out to the Brossarts asking for them to surrender to law enforcement. Let the courts work through the process."

  Janke says the family is followers of... and has been talking to Roger Elvick.  He's apparently the founder of an extremist group called "redemption", which in part has the bizarre belief that the government has secret bank accounts for every American.

  Elvick was living at an apartment in Lakota with his ex-wife. Neighbors say they left for California.

Sheriff Kelly Janke: "We have been able to associate them with an individual that has served time in the State Pen that is giving them advice."

  Sheriff Janke says he just's wants all this to end peacefully. He says the Sheriff's Department and other relatives have not been able to make any contact with the Brossart family.

  Janke says they've reached out to other law enforcement agencies to help them with this case.

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