Local law enforcement is participating in the 4th annual, “Shop with the Cop” program, which is scheduled forDecember 1st, 2018 at the Hampton Inn and Suites located in Scottsbluff. There are only 100 students selected in the entire county, who are nominated by school staff or a School Resource Officer to “Shop with a Cop.”
The purpose of the event is to foster positive relationships between youth and officers. Each student will be given the opportunity to spend $75.00 to purchase gifts for members of their family. We will have 2-3 students that are assigned to each police officer. The students will ride in the police officers patrol vehicle to a local department store. In the spirit of giving and the joy that it brings the giver, they are encouraged to spend the money on family or friends rather than themselves. After shopping, special volunteers wrap their gifts for them so that they can have a snack and continue to get to know the police officers before being picked up by their parents.
This is a great event that only comes once a year. It is only possible through the generous donations of individuals and businesses in our community. If you would like to donate to this years “Shop with a Cop” event you can find the official GoFundMe Fundraiser athttps://www.gofundme.com/2018-sb-county-shop-with-a-cop, or any Platte Valley Bank location. Feel free to contact your local police unions for more information.
NOVEMBER 26, 2018 (LINCOLN, NEB.) — Nebraska State Troopers removed 16 impaired drivers from the road, issued more than 500 speeding citations, and assisted hundreds of motorists during a special Click It or Ticket enforcement surrounding the Thanksgiving weekend.
The enforcement, which was part of a national effort, including many other law enforcement agencies in Nebraska, was made possible thanks in part to a grant for $20,000 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation - Highway Safety Office.
“A projected record numbers of travelers, along with a winter storm that blanketed much of the state on Sunday, made for an eventful weekend for our troopers,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “I’m incredibly proud of the effort by our troopers and dispatchers this weekend, and thankful that many drivers planned ahead and were able to stay off the roads on Sunday.”
During the enforcement, which ran from Wednesday, November 21 through Sunday, November 25, troopers arrested 15 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and 1 for driving under the influence of drugs. In addition to those arrests, troopers issued citations for speeding (506), driving under suspension (35), no proof of insurance (33), minor in possession (5), open container (7), no seat belt (30), and improper child restraint (4).
Troopers also assisted 267 motorists in need of help, arrested 47 people for possession of drugs, and apprehended 9 fugitives.
The enforcement included vehicle checks, high visibility and saturation patrols, as well as regular enforcement efforts.
#1. 2018 Toyota C-HR donated by TEAM Auto Center - Garrett Dudden
#2. 2018 Honda Pioneer 500 donated by Sandberg Honda - Brock Schank
#3 .$2,000 Cash donated by McDonalds of W.Neb & Torr. WY - Jennifer Schwab
#4. 2 Rndtrip tickets donated by Skywest Airlines - Teresa Swank
#5. La-Z-Boy Recliner donated by Webber’s Furniture - Troy Ouderkirk
#6. Fire Pit Table & Chairs donated by Carr-Trumbull Lumber - Evelyn Bjordahl
#7. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Diane Vandenberg
#8. $250 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Karol Nyquist
#9. 2 - 2019 Western Nebraska Pioneers Season tickets - Judy Howell
#10. $250 Gift Card donated by The Steel Grill - John Maser
#11. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Maria Lara-Montelango
#12. WNCC Family Athletic Pass - Juan Gonzales
#13. $250 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Mike Rotness
#14. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Gina Cannon
#15. $200 Cash donated by KNEB - Stacy Keller
#16. WNCC Family Athletic Pass - Steve Cervantes
#17. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Debbie Edmuds
#18. One year of Car Washes donated by Paradise - Angela Miller
#19. 12 Haircuts in a year donated by Attitudez Salon - Nickole DeWitt
#20. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Jayme Hallman
#21. Birthday Party donated by Carpenter Center - mindy Reed
#22. 3 month Family Membership donated by YMCA - Zita Bolinger
#23. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Michael Miller
#24. $100 in Gift Cards dontated Runza - Ruth Kozal
#25. King Kong Pizza Dinner donated by Sam & Louie’s Pizzeria - Andrew Weber
#26. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Craig Rubottom
#27. $75 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Trisha Luckinbill
#28. $100 Gas Card donated by WTT - John Farrington
#29. $25 Gift Card donated by Runza - Danielle Lenebeck
#30. 60 minute facial donated by Rachel Ann Esthetics - Kristen Mitzel
30th Annual Spooktacular
October 19th-21st and October 26th-30th
$8 per person + new this year; Scary section $2 extra
Games, characters, bounce houses provided by Planet Bounce and treats for
the kids! Fun for the whole family! Help us celebrate 30 years of spooky fun at
Also new this year is the Flying Spaghetti Monster dinner
October 20th and 27th
$15 for Kids, $20 for Adults or Family pack for 2 Adults and 2 Kids for $60
A fun Halloween themed spaghetti dinner each Saturday of Spooktacular from
5pm-6pm. Includes fun foods and animal visits. Admission to Spooktacular is
included with ticket price for dinner. Dinner guests will also get into
Spooktacular before the general public.
Construction on 42nd Street - Phase 4 between Avenue B and Rugger Drive is scheduled to begin on August 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
42nd Street will be closed to all traffic from the intersection of Avenue B to Rugger Drive. The Detour route around the construction area will be Avenue B to Hwy 26 to 5th Avenue.
Construction of this phase is estimated to be complete by September 23, 2018. Additional information will be sent prior to the start of Phase 5.
Access will be as follows:
Elite Health Center/ESU #13/Owen Oral Survery/Sandstone Estates – Access will be provided from 42nd Street from the west via Highway 71 or from the east via Avenue B
Regional West Medical Center – Access to RWMC will be from the west via 42nd and Avenue B or from the east via 42nd and Rugger Drive
Residences on North side of 42nd Street between Avenue B and Rugger Dr – Access provided from a temporary road on the north side of 42nd Street. Contractor will notify residents.
Thank you for your cooperation during this project.
AUGUST 1, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested two men and seized 94 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Cozad.
At approximately 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, a trooper stopped a westbound 2018 Ford F150 for failing to signal near mile marker 227. During the traffic stop, a Dawson County K9 detected the odor of a controlled substance coming from inside the vehicle.
A search of the pickup revealed 94 pounds of marijuana. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $282,000.
The driver, Michael Hedges, 26, and passenger, Brandon Cannon, 25, both of Oregon, were arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no Drug Tax stamp. Both men were lodged in Dawson County Jail
The YMCA is partnering with Gering Public Schools to offer an after school childcare program this year for GPS students in kindergarten through fifth grade! The program will be hosted at Lincoln Elementary School. Students from Geil and Northfield participating in the program will be provided bus transportation from their school to the program.
The YMCA After School Childcare Program will begin operation on September 4th, will run from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and from 2:30 until 5:30 on Wednesdays to accommodate early release. Program fees will be $10 per day per child.
Registration for the after school program will take place at the YMCA main office located at 22 South Beltline Highway East, in Scottsbluff. The YMCA will begin taking registrations on Friday, August 10th. Students from Northfield and Geil wishing to ride the bus to Lincoln for the program will also need to register to ride the bus.If you would like further information about the YMCA After School Program in Gering, please contact the YMCA at (308) 635-2318.
DECEMBER 17, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.) — During the evening hours of Friday, December 14, Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) conducted alcohol inspections in Furnas County. The inspections were held at restaurants, liquor stores, bars, grocery stores, bowling alleys, and convenience stores.
A total of 17 businesses were inspected. Five of those businesses sold alcohol to a minor for a non-compliance rate of 29 percent. All of the businesses checked the minor’s ID.
The businesses which failed the inspections are:
Eagle Convenience Store #14 – Arapahoe
Stanley’s Spirits – Beaver City
Anew Travel Center - Cambridge
Casey’s General Store #2709 – Cambridge
Ho Jo’s Hideaway – Holbrook
Businesses that sell alcohol to a minor are referred to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. Clerks who sell alcohol to a minor to cited for procuring alcohol for a minor.
This operation was made possible thanks in part to a grant from Region 3 Behavioral Health Services. NSP performs these inspections in an effort to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors.
AUGUST 10, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.) — During the evening hours of Thursday, August 9, investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol conducted alcohol inspections in Lincoln County.
This project was supported in whole or part by Grant # 93.959 under the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Region II Human Services, and the Nebraska DHHS Division of Behavioral Health.
In total, 12 businesses were inspected. Six of those businesses sold alcohol to a minor for a non-compliance rate of 50 percent. Four of the businesses that sold to a minor did not check ID.
The businesses which failed the inspections were:
Ozzie’s I-80 – Sutherland (Did not check ID, sold to minor)
The Bottle Stop – North Platte (Did not check ID, sold to minor)
Flying J Travel Center #687 – North Platte (Checked ID, sold to minor)
Time Saver #7 – North Platte (Checked ID, sold to minor)
Starting Gate – North Platte (Did not check ID, sold to minor)
Unreel Events – North Platte (Did not check ID, sold to minor)
The investigators inspected liquor stores, convenience stores, golf courses, and bars.
The Nebraska State Patrol performs these inspections in an effort to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors. Businesses which fail the inspections are referred to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. Clerks who sell alcohol to a minor are cited for procuring alcohol for a minor.
11.09 Cory Fehringer
CASPER, Wyo. – The Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team had some rust in the first game back from a 3-week break, shooting just 28 percent from the field in falling 83-63 to Casper College on Monday in Casper, Wyoming.
WNCC falls to 12-3 on the season and saw its 11-game winning streak snapped.
It was a contest that WNCC made runs all night long, but each time the Cougars made a run the Thunderbirds would answer with a run of their own.
Casper led early 9-2 only to watch WNCC cut the lead to 9-7. Casper responded to go up 16-10 after one quarter.
WNCC cut the lead to a single point in the second quarter at 26-25 on a 3-pointer, but Casper went on a 12-3 run to close out the half and lead 38-28 at the break.
The third quarter was one of WNCC’s best 10 minutes. WNCC opened the quarter with 3-pointers by Taylor Joplin and Merle Wiehl and knotted the score at 47-47 on a Tishara Morehouse trey. The two teams were knotted at 50 on a Joplin 3-pointer. The Cougars couldn’t get the lead with Casper taking a 57-50 lead and led 57-53 after three quarters.
The final frame was close for the first few minutes with WNCC trailing 63-60. It was at that juncture Casper went on a 9-0 run to lead 72-60 before a Wiehl 3-pointer with 3:20 to play stopped the run. Casper’s defense shut out the Cougars the rest of the game for the 20-point win.
Shooting was the difference. WNCC shot 28 percent from the field and was 31 percent (11-of-35) from beyond the arc. The Cougars made just 8 of 11 free throws.
Casper was much more fluid from the field. The Thunderbirds shot 46 percent from the field and 33 percent from beyond the arc (7-of-21). Casper also went to the free throw twice as much as the Cougars, burying 16 of 22 shots.
Another key in the contest was rebounding. The Thunderbirds out-boarded the Cougars 54-43. Casper’s Nerea Baena pulled down 20 boards to finish the game with a double-double. Baena also tossed in 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field.
Casper had four players in double figures. After Baena, Jaye Johnson tallied 16 points followed by Lucie Hoskova with 13 and Maggie Justinak with 12.
WNCC had two in double figures. Joplin and Wiehl each had 17 points. Wiehl had five 3-pointers while Joplin had three. Wiehl, Joplin, and Eva Langton all had six rebounds to lead the team.
WNCC, 12-3, will look to get back on track this weekend when they host a pair of games. WNCC will host Northeast Community College on Friday at 5:30 p.m. before taking on Otero Junior College at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Region IX South sub-region opener.
WNCC (12-3) 10 18 25 10 – 63
Casper (11-4) 16 22 19 26 – 83
Merle Wiehl 17, Allysah Boothe 3, Andrijana Reljic 2, Eva Langton 3, Taylor Joplin 17, Tishara Morehouse 7, R’Manie Pulling 5, Yuliyana Valcheva 8.
Raquel Ferrer Bernad 5, Nerea Baena 26, Maggie Justinak 12, Jaye Johnson 16, Lucie Hoskova 13, Nazli Bayazit 2, Ashley Tehau 7, Reka Soos 2.