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JUNE 30, 2020 (GRAND ISLAND, NEB.)  — Two troopers were assaulted during a situation which began with a report of a man walking into traffic on Interstate 80 near Grand Island.

Troopers responded to the scene at approximately 9:30 p.m. Monday after receiving the report that a man appeared to be attempting to step in front of traffic. Vehicles were swerving to avoid the man.

When a trooper arrived on scene, the man was laying in the westbound passing lane of I-80 near mile marker 318. The trooper was able to remove the man from I-80. The subject spit on the trooper while being placed in the patrol vehicle.

Because of the mental state of the subject, the trooper made arrangements to place the man in emergency protective custody. He was then transported to St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island for a medical check. During the medical check, the man punched another trooper in the face. The man was restrained for the remainder of the medical check.

Upon receiving medical clearance, the man was transported to Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings where he was placed in Emergency Protective Custody. Charges are pending following release from protective custody.

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JUNE 30, 2020 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested two people following pursuits near Lincoln and Scottsbluff.

At approximately 6:00 p.m. MT Monday, troopers observed a GMC Suburban, which had previously been reported stolen, traveling westbound on Highland Road, several miles east of Scottsbluff. The troopers attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle refused to stop.

Troopers initiated a pursuit, which following the suspect vehicle north on County Road 27, then west on Lake Minatare Road. The Suburban then drove into a field where it became stuck. The driver, Zachary Hirsch, 36, of Scottsbluff, was arrested without further incident. Hirsch complained of breathing issues and was transported to Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, where it was determined that Hirsch had eaten multiple grams of methamphetamine.

Hirsch remained in the hospital for treatment overnight and will be lodged in Scotts Bluff County Jail for possession of a stolen vehicle, flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, possession of methamphetamine, and driving under suspension.

At approximately 1:45 a.m. CT Tuesday, a trooper observed an eastbound Acura TLX sedan speeding on Interstate 80 near Milford at mile marker 382. The trooper clocked the Acura at 123 miles per hour. The trooper attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle refused to stop and continued at a high rate of speed. The trooper initiated a pursuit.

The vehicle exited I-80 on West O Street in Lincoln at mile marker 395 and began traveling westbound on O Street. As the vehicle continued at a high rate of speed, the trooper discontinued the pursuit out of caution for public safety. A short time later, another trooper located the vehicle traveling southbound at 98 miles per hour on NW 48th Street. The trooper was able to perform a traffic stop on the vehicle and take the driver into custody.

The driver, Jeffrey Hackett, 21, of Glastonbury, Connecticut, was arrested for flight to avoid arrest, reckless driving, and traffic violations. He was lodged in Lancaster County Jail.

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (June 30, 2020) — The Nebraska State Fair Board voted to hold a 2020 State Fair showcasing 4-H and FFA competitions and exhibitions. While the Fair will look different than it has in the past, providing an opportunity for young people to showcase the work they have been doing throughout the year as it is important to the State Fair and to the future of our state. The 2020 State Fair will include 4-H and FFA livestock competitions, contests, presentations, and static exhibits. 

“All events and activities will follow the most up-to-date directive health measures,” said Beth Smith, board chair for Nebraska State Fair. “We hold the youth and families involved in 4-H and FFA near and dear to us. 4-H and FFA youth have been hard at work for months preparing their exhibits and livestock, and this gives them the opportunity to showcase those efforts.”

“Nebraskans have always been supportive of the education of our young people,” said the Nebraska 4-H and the FFA Board of Directors. “The focus of the 2020 Nebraska State Fair on 4-H and FFA is another example of our state looking toward the future by celebrating the success of our youth. We are thrilled to have the to opportunity showcase the work of Nebraska’s next generation of leaders.”

In addition to the youth events, visitors can partake in Raising Nebraska, an interactive space dedicated to the food and the families that grow it as well as a variety of Nebraska Game and Parks activities. Depending on Grand Island’s phase progress, there is the potential to include more concessions, amusement rides, motor sport activities, and taverns. Stay tuned to statefair.org for additional announcements.

“We are excited to announce that gate admission will be free,” said Smith. “This year has been difficult, so we see this as an opportunity for our community to come together and enjoy a part of Nebraska history and culture.”

The health and safety of the community is and always will be the highest priority in producing the annual Fair. In the interest of public health, the State Fair will provide additional $30,000 to manage cleaning and sanitizing throughout the event. At the present moment, restrooms will be cleaned at minimum once every two hours with full-time restroom attendants present. The frequency and number of attendants will adjust to the crowd size.

Nebraska State Fair continues to work closely on public health issues with a variety of local and national public health agencies, including the Nebraska Governor, Department of Health and Human Services, Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Central District Health Department and City of Grand Island. Fair organizers will continue to collaborate with these expert partners, watching for any new developments around COVID-19 that would impact the Fair operation, and make modifications accordingly.

Concerts

Nebraska State Fair has canceled large concerts including, Jon Pardi on Sept. 3, Dustin Lynch on Sept. 4, the dual show of Clay Walker and Clint Black on Sept. 6. In addition, the tour canceled the Big Rock Summer Tour featuring Ratt, Skid Row and Quiet Riot. Many performers and musicians share the safety concerns of Nebraskans’. While they want to be with their fans, they know it isn’t an option at this time. We look forward to welcoming talented musicians to the 2021 Nebraska State Fair. Advanced sales of concert and/or gate admission tickets will be refunded through Etix. Questions regarding refunds should be directed to Etix at www.etix.com. 

Nebraska State Fair will be releasing additional information as it becomes available ahead of the event. Dates will be available as well as answers to questions at statefair.org. For more information on the Aksarben Stock Show, visit aksarbenstockshow.com.

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 Building on its ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, JBS USA, an American-based food company, announced plans today to invest $4 million in Nebraska to help local communities respond to coronavirus and invest in the future.
 
The investment is part of a new, national $50 million initiative called Hometown Strong that adds to commitments JBS USA has made this year to protect employees and ensure their job security amid the global pandemic.
 
“The rural towns and communities where we live and work are the key to our success and Grand Island, Nebraska, is home to one of the centerpieces of American agriculture,” said Tim Schellpeper, President of JBS USA Fed Beef, which includes the Grand Island fresh beef facility. “We are proud to work with local producers, local businesses and our community to deliver the highest quality beef to Nebraskans and the world.”
 
“The coronavirus pandemic has created challenges for society that no one could have predicted,” said Shannon Grassl, President of JBS USA Regional Beef, which includes the Omaha fresh beef facility. “The Hometown Strong initiative is one of the ways we are helping our communities respond to those challenges and build for the future.”
 
JBS USA will partner with local officials and community leaders in Grand Island and Omaha to identify investment projects that strengthen these hometowns where the company’s team members live and work.
 
“Nebraska’s farmers, ranchers and food processors have helped keep grocery shelves stocked across America during the pandemic,” said Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts. “Thank you to JBS USA for the generous investment in Grand Island and Omaha and ongoing commitment to partner with the Cornhusker State to grow our future together.”
 
JBS USA has a significant presence in the state of Nebraska, employing 4,300 people and paying local producers nearly $2.5 billion each year to support two Nebraska facilities, including fresh beef production facilities in Grand Island and Omaha. An important contributor to the Nebraska economy, JBS USA has an annual payroll in Nebraska of more than $191 million, and contributed nearly $34 million in taxes and more than $84 million in capital investments over the last five years.
 
Nationally, the $50 million investment – one of the largest of its kind being made – will include donations to alleviate food insecurity, strengthen long-term community infrastructure and well-being, and support COVID-19 emergency response and relief efforts. All funds will be committed by the end of the year.
 
JBS USA anchors dozens of rural communities – operating more than 60 meat, poultry and prepared foods plants and employing 62,000-plus people. JBS USA has invested more than $100 million to enhance safeguards for team members and nearly $100 million to reward them with thank-you bonuses and increased wages. This includes hiring more than 1,000 new team members to conduct additional, around-the-clock sanitation and cleaning services, and to provide education, training and enforcement of COVID-19 preventive measures.

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Grand Island, Neb.— The following is an update on Parks and Recreation Department Facilities.

The following facilities will open Tuesday, June 23:
Park Playgrounds
Park Restrooms
Splash Pad in Veterans Athletic Park

The following facilities will be open Wednesday, July 1:
Outdoor park basketball courts
Skate Park in Pier Park
Futsal Court in Lions Club Park
Gaga Ball Court in George Park
The playgrounds, splash pad, courts, and skate park will not be regularly disinfected. Visitors are reminded use park facilities at their own risks. The park restrooms will be cleaned one time each day.

Lincoln Park Swimming Pool opens Wednesday, July 1:
The public may register to swim for two hour swimming sessions each day: 9:00 am – 11:00 am, 11:20 am – 1:20 pm, 1:40 pm – 3:40 pm, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, and 6:20 pm – 8:20 pm. Cost for each session is: $3.00 youth ages 5-15, $4.00 for ages 16 – 54, $3:00 seniors 55 and over. Children age 4 and under free with a paying adult. Two hour pool party: $300
Visit www.giparks.com for Lincoln Pool swimming session registration and instructions.
 
Park Facilities and Programs Closed or Cancelled for the Summer:
Island Oasis Water Park
Stolley Train
Summer Concert Series
Wading Pools – Pier, Lincoln, Stolley, and Grace Abbott Parks
Swimming Lessons, Children’s Park Camps, and Children’s Theater – Refunds will be issued.
 
Please contact the Parks and Recreation Office at 308-389-0290 or website www.giparks.com for questions.


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JUNE 18, 2020 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — Nebraska State Patrol Investigators have arrested an Omaha woman following a shooting Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 80 near Cozad.

At approximately 3:13 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, State Troopers, Cozad Police Officers, Dawson County Sheriff’s Deputies, and Cozad Volunteer Fire and Rescue, responded to a 911 call regarding a shooting that had occurred inside a vehicle on eastbound I-80 at mile marker 223. When troopers arrived, they found a deceased male in the driver’s seat of a pickup truck that was pulling a trailer. The victim is identified as Joshua Jourdan, 35, of Omaha.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that Jourdan and his wife, Kathleen Jourdan, 31, of Omaha, were involved in an argument while traveling on I-80. Jourdan had been driving the vehicle and pulled over during the argument, at which time Kathleen Jourdan produced a handgun and shot Joshua Jourdan twice.

Kathleen Jourdan called 911 to report the shooting and remained at the scene. The couple’s two children were in the backseat of the vehicle. The children were not injured.

Kathleen Jourdan has been arrested for second degree murder and lodged in Dawson County Jail. The children are in protective custody. The investigation remains ongoing.


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JUNE 17, 2020 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP), with assistance from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Hayes County Sheriff’s Office, and Frontier County Sheriff’s Office, have arrested a man following a hit and run crash involving a pedestrian Tuesday evening.

At approximately 8:05 p.m. Tuesday, NSP received a report of a car-pedestrian crash near Red Willow Reservoir on Highway 83. Upon arrival at the scene, the female victim reported that she had been engaged in a road rage incident that had lasted for several miles.

The victim stated that both vehicles had stopped near the reservoir and she had exited her vehicle to confront the other driver. As another vehicle arrived, which was driven by the boyfriend of the victim, the suspect vehicle, a Ford F-150, accelerated, struck the woman, and drove away. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries and her boyfriend followed the F-150 as is fled the scene, but eventually lost sight of the vehicle.

Law enforcement officers from several agencies searched the area for the vehicle, which was located at approximately 9:30 p.m. not far from the location of the initial incident. The driver, Dewaine Nichols, 50, of North Platte, was contacted and taken into custody without incident.

Nichols was medically cleared and lodged in Frontier County Jail for assault and attempted motor vehicle homicide, as well as an active warrant from Lincoln County. 

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COVID-19 viral activity in the Central District has diminished considerably. Two months ago, 44% of COVID-19 tests were positive. One month ago, that had dropped to 8% and today we are at 2% positive tests. Tests are readily available through TestNebraska, who will return to us June 22 and 23. We attribute the reduction in the number of cases to the PHASE I measures that were implemented. We learn more about COVID-19 every day, and what we learn we then apply to our actions.

 

At this time, we believe that our COVID numbers support our transition to Directed Health Measure (DHM) Phase II. While we are experiencing a downward trend in the percent COVID-19 positive tests, we all still need to take precautions. We experienced a very large number of COVID-19 cases here in the Central District, and we are not eager to repeat that.  Phase II allows us to open up a bit more now while being realistically cautious.

Details of DHM Phase II and COVID-19 Nebraska Guidance Documents can be found at: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/COVID-19-Nebraska-Guidance-Documents.aspx.

 

The virus is not gone, and we will see some form of increased activity at some point in the future. Our lower COVID-19 numbers allow us time now for planning for that future. We are available to consult with organizations and businesses who plan expanded openings based on advancing to Phase II. An event form needs to be completed for those planning gatherings of 500 or more. This form can be found on our website at cdhd.ne.gov. We are currently collaborating with schools in the district in developing individualized COVID-19 plans for events now and the return to classrooms in the fall. We share the goal of assuring safe and healthy school environments for students, faculty, and staff.

 

We credit CDHD residents and visitors who practice social distancing, wear face coverings, stay home when ill, and wash their hands with our success thus far. It is apparent that in our community, we have decided that we control the virus; the virus does not control us. Taking the appropriate safety measures shows that if we are persistent and consistent, we can defeat the virus.

CDHD Director Teresa Anderson joins KRGI's Tyson Havranek 

Teresa Anderson Full Interview

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JUNE 16, 2020 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — Nebraska State Troopers have seized approximately five pounds of cocaine and arrested a New York woman following a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Lexington.

At approximately 1:10 p.m. Monday, a trooper observed an eastbound Buick Enclave speeding at mile marker 243 in Dawson County. During the traffic stop, the trooper detected clandestine activity.

During a search of the vehicle, troopers located approximately five pounds of cocaine hidden inside a backpack, which was stored inside a suitcase in the cargo area of the vehicle.

The driver, Amanda Stuart, 40, of Buffalo, New York, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, and no drug tax stamp. Stuart was lodged in Dawson County Jail.

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JUNE 12, 2020 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  — Nebraska State Troopers saved an 18-year-old from being hit by a train late Thursday evening following a pursuit earlier in the evening.

At approximately 8:00 p.m. Thursday, a trooper observed a Kia Forte traveling at 113 miles per hour on Interstate 80 in Lincoln, near mile marker 408. The trooper attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled. The trooper initiated a pursuit, but discontinued the pursuit out of caution for the public as the vehicle entered local roads in Lincoln at a high rate of speed. During the pursuit, NSP was able to identify the driver of the vehicle.

Later in the evening, another trooper located the same vehicle in Omaha, near 53rd and Pratt Street. As the trooper attempted to contact the driver, the vehicle drove off, running over the trooper’s foot. Troopers were able to track the vehicle with assistance from the Omaha Police Department helicopter as it drove west out of Omaha on I-80.

The Kia then left I-80 at exit 432 and began traveling west on Highway 6. Near the intersection of Highway 6 and Highway 63, west of Ashland, troopers were able to successfully deploy stop sticks to bring the vehicle to a stop. When the vehicle came to a stop, the driver fled on foot.

The driver ran to nearby railroad tracks and laid down as a train was approaching. Troopers then ran onto the tracks and pulled the subject away as the train was trying to stop. Neither the juvenile nor any troopers were injured in the incident.

The driver, an 18-year-old male from Omaha, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, no operator’s license, and traffic violations. He was lodged in Lancaster County Jail.

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska saw another decrease in new unemployment claims last week as the coronavirus but the number is still well above pre-pandemic levels. The U.S. Department of Labor reported 4,697 new claims in Nebraska during the week that ended June 6. It’s down from the 5,082 that were received the previous week. The highest number of weekly claims filed during coronavirus pandemic was 26,539 during during the week that ended April 4. Nebraska’s unemployment soared during the pandemic along with the rest of the country due to government-mandated social distancing restrictions that forced the closure of many businesses.

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GRETNA, Neb. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies and rescue crews are resuming their search Friday for an 8-year-old Omaha girl who disappeared while playing in the Platte River at Schramm State Park just southwest of Omaha. Calls to 911 on Thursday afternoon said several children in the water needed to be rescued. The Sarpy County Sheriff's Office says bystanders pulled several children to safety. When deputies and Gretna rescue crews arrived at the scene, they determined one child — 8-year-old Tarie Price — was missing and launched a search and rescue effort along the river. The search was called off Friday night and was to resume Friday morning.

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Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested a man on numerous charges following a situation on Interstate 80 Thursday evening.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., NSP received a report from a motorist that an eastbound Dodge Charger was driving erratically near mile marker 153, between Paxton and Sutherland. The motorist also reported that the driver of the Charger had pointed a handgun in his direction as the Charger passed.

Troopers were able to locate the suspect vehicle near mile marker 170, west of North Platte. A trooper performed a traffic stop, but the driver refused to comply with commands given by the trooper. Additional troopers arrived on scene to assist and Interstate 80 was closed for eastbound traffic, out of caution for the public.

After more than two hours of speaking with the driver of the vehicle, NSP negotiators were able to get the driver to exit his vehicle voluntarily. He was then taken into custody without further incident. Troopers then searched the vehicle and located a handgun, a rifle, and approximately two pounds of marijuana.

The driver, Mario Brown, 49, of Grants, New Mexico, was arrested for making terroristic threats, use of a firearm to commit a felony, possession of a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana – more than one pound, obstructing a peace officer, and disobeying a lawful order. Additional charges are possible as the investigation continues. Brown was lodged in Lincoln County Jail.


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KRGI News had the opportunity this evening to speak with Grand Island Mayor Roger Steele. Listen to the interview as he address some of the following things.
* His conversation today with Gov. Ricketts
* Covid-19 numbers are low in GI
* As of today ( 4 Covid patients at CHI/GI)
* None of the 4 on ventilators or in the ICU
* If GI enters phase 2 - Wants to open Lincoln Pool
* Encouraging to see traffic up in GI
* State Fair happening is still a wait and see

 

 


KRGI News/Sports · Mayor Roger Steele 06 - 12 - 2020

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Meat production has rebounded from its low point during the coronavirus pandemic when dozens of plants were closed, but experts say consumer prices are likely to remain high. They also say it will take months to work through the backlog of millions of pigs and cattle that was created this spring, creating headaches for producers. The U.S. Agriculture Department says beef, pork and poultry plants were operating at more than 95% of last year's levels earlier this week. That was up from about 60% in April at the height of plant closures and slowdowns at the height of the plant closures and slowdowns.

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On June 8, 2020, at 11:07 a.m., the 911 Center received a call of a body floating in the Nebraska Public Power District Canal between Hershey and North Platte, NE. Sheriff’s Deputies, North Platte Fire and Rescue and the Lincoln County Dive Team were sent to .7 miles west of Wagon Trail Road along the canal system.

Rescue worker did recover the body of an older male subject from the canal. A vehicle belonging to the subject was located near Hershey/Dickens Road along the canal, several miles upstream. This is an ongoing death investigation. The name of the subject is being withheld at this time.


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Grand Island Public Schools will add two full-day preschool classrooms at Howard Elementary this fall after being awarded a $241,672 grant through the Early Childhood Education Grant Program.

The grant was approved at the Nebraska Department of Education’s board meeting on Friday and will allow a total capacity of 36 preschool students.

“Early childhood education is extremely important to us at GIPS. It is the first item listed in our strategic plan,” Superintendent Dr. Tawana Grover said. “We know we have a great need for early childhood education not just in our district, but in the whole Grand Island area. This expansion grant is an important step in making early childhood education available for more children in our community."

Bonnie Hinkle, president of the GIPS Board of Education, said the board has made early childhood education a top priority for many years.

“It has been a challenge to find funding needed to expand the Early Childhood Education program,” Hinkle said. “We are proud that Dr. Grover and her staff continued to explore all possible avenues to find a way to make the expansion at Howard Elementary a reality."

“Equity is also one of our top priorities, and there is no greater equalizer than education and knowledge,” Hinkle said.

Amy Richards, GIPS Early Childhood Coordinator, said the new opportunity to provide full-day preschool at Howard allows for expanded preschool opportunities for children and families in the district.

“This grant provides the resources to allow us to provide high quality early childhood education in an area with the highest need,” Richards said.

Robin Dexter, GIPS associate superintendent, said the district's Early Education task force supports the strategic plan success measure of increasing the percentage of incoming kindergartener students who have participated in a high-quality early childhood education experience. The task force includes GIPS early childhood teachers, GIPS Board of Education members and district leaders, local daycare providers and state leaders.

“The task force supports the need to expand opportunities in GIPS, and this expansion grant will help us do so by adding two more high-quality classrooms in a GIPS neighborhood school,” Dexter said.

Applications for the new classroom spots will be accepted immediately and will follow GIPS preschool application system protocols. Geographic location and proximity to the early childhood campus is also taken into consideration. Richards said she hopes to have families notified of their child’s acceptance to the added classrooms by the first part of July.

Howard Elementary Principal Julie Schnitzler said she is excited about the expansion.

“We are excited for our neighborhood families to have the opportunity to bring their children to preschool at Howard,”  Schnitzler said. “Our staff is excited to welcome the preschool teachers and make them a part of our Howard family. We look forward to celebrating the arrival of our youngest learners.”

Richards said the goal of early childhood education at GIPS is to provide meaningful experiences for children so they can enter kindergarten ready for a lifetime of success, happiness and achievement. She said the district is also working on plans to staff the new classrooms and her staff is excited that the program will be able to serve more students.

“We look forward to not only serving more children and families through this opportunity, but to do so in a full-day setting that provides the opportunity to deepen our impact by planning and implementing even more learning opportunities and experiences each day,” Richards said.

The Early Childhood Education Grant Program, according to the Nebraska Department of Education, is to improve equity of access to early childhood education and prekindergarten programs. Eight other school districts across the state were awarded similar grants on Friday.


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JUNE 5, 2020 (GRAND ISLAND, NEB.)  — Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Investigators have arrested one adult and took into temporary custody two juveniles in connection with a home-invasion robbery that occurred in the late evening hours of May 5 in Bladen, Nebraska.

Today, investigators arrested Casey Cassell, 19, of Kenesaw, and took into temporary custody two juveniles, identified as the three people involved in the robbery. The investigation has revealed that the suspects knocked on the door of a residence in Bladen at approximately 11:00 p.m. on May 5, and then forced their way into the home when the victim answered the door.

Once inside the home, the suspects struck the 78-year-old resident with their fists and broke into a safe. The three suspects attempted to steal firearms, silver, and ammunition. As the three left the home, the homeowner fired multiple shots with another firearm. No persons were struck with gunfire. The suspects dropped most of what they had stolen.

Cassell was arrested in Central City, Nebraska this morning after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Cassell was lodged in Webster County Jail on charges of robbery and 3rd degree assault. The two juveniles, a 17-year-old male and a 14-year-old male, have been referred to probation.


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Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested a Minnesota man following a pursuit in north-central Nebraska on Thursday.

At approximately 6:50 p.m., a trooper observed a westbound Chrysler Town and Country van speeding on Highway 91 near Burwell. The trooper attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle refused to stop and fled at a high rate of speed.

The trooper initiated a pursuit, which followed the vehicle on Highways 11 and 183. During the pursuit, the vehicle continued driving recklessly and reached speeds of more than 110 miles per hour.

As the vehicle approached Sargent on Highway 183, it came to a stop voluntarily. Troopers then took the driver, Terry Schmolke, 33, of Shoreview, Minnesota, into custody.

Schmolke was arrested for felony flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, and numerous traffic violations. Schmolke was lodged in Valley County Jail.

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J.C. Penney announced Thursday the list of the 154 stores it plans to close this summer, and one of those stores, the Grand Island location at the Conestoga Mall. The store will announce additional closures in the coming weeks. The chain was forced to temporarily close its stores due to the coronavirus pandemic and filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection back on May 15th. Store closing sales will be kicking off June 12th and are expected to  last anywhere from 10 to 16 weeks. 

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