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7 Troopers Receive Disciplinary Action

Today, Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) announced the conclusion of an extensive and thorough internal investigation into allegations of misconduct concerning six employees. During the course of the investigation, a seventh employee was included. These allegations stemmed from behavioral conduct following two incidents in 2016, one involving a Tactical Vehicle Intervention and the other involving an excessive use of force incident. The investigation did not focus on the incidents themselves, but on actions afterward. The questions included whether NSP leadership was derelict in their duties in the aftermath and whether or not troopers accurately and honestly reported their conduct.


“I’d like to thank our investigators for their diligent work during this process, and for providing an objective analysis of the facts in each case,” said Col. Bolduc. “The investigation consumed 1,300 investigative hours. The results came from two out of more than 216,000 total NSP cases in 2016.”


Based on the results of the investigation, the following action has been taken:


  • One Trooper and one Sergeant have received administrative penalties, and will remain in their current positions.
  • One Major has been reduced in rank to Captain.
  • One Captain has been reduced in rank to Sergeant.

    Three Troopers are no longer employed by the Nebraska State Patrol:
  • One Lt. Colonel has retired, effective today
  • One Sergeant has resigned, effective yesterday
  • One Trooper’s employment was terminated today


Fatality Accident Highway 281 and Old Potash Highway

Grand Island, Neb. – At 6:55 am on 12/20/17, the Grand Island Police Department received a report of a severe accident at Highway 281 and Old Potash Highway. This incident involved three (3) vehicles. One of the vehicles was reported stolen to the Grand Island Police Department earlier that same morning.


There is one confirmed fatality who we believe to be the driver of the stolen vehicle. At least one other person was transported to the St. Francis Emergency Room by ambulance. There were no police personnel or police vehicles directly involved in the collision, although the color scheme of the stolen vehicle caused some confusion in this regard. The Nebraska State Patrol is the lead agency in this ongoing investigation.


The body of Sydney Loofe believed to be found in Clay County

Lincoln, NE - On Tuesday morning a joint press conference was held at the Lincoln Police Departement to give an update on the missing person's case of Sydney Loofe. FBI agent from the Omaha field office, Randy Thysse, reported that on Monday, December 4th that a body was discovered in rural Clay County. Thysse went on to say that the body is believed to be of Sydney Loofe, who has been missing for over two weeks. Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister also added that it was a collaborative effort between several law enforcement agencies with analysis and digital evidence that lead to the discovery. The Nebraska State Patrol believed there were around 40 officers involved in the search in Clay County on Monday. Chief Bliemeister also added that the initial two people of interest, Aubrey Trail, and Baily Boswell are still in custody and are currently, as of Tuesday morning are not charged with any offense directly related to the investigation. The investigation to this point also has lead to authorities believing that foul play is believed to be involved. 



Hastings inmate captured without incident

Hastings, NE - Authorities captured escaped inmate Jordan Latta on Monday afternoon. Latta had been on the loose after escaping during a transfer. 


State Department studying Nebraska decision

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. State Department is looking into whether Nebraska's approval of a modified route for the Keystone XL pipeline will affect the federal permit that pipeline developer TransCanada received in March.

A State Department spokeswoman said Monday that the agency was aware of the Nebraska Public Service Commission's decision and was trying to get more information about it.

President Donald Trump approved the presidential permit for the pipeline in March and hailed it as "incredible." Federal approval was required because the pipeline would cross the U.S. border from Canada to Phillips County, Montana.


Grand Island Library Releases Details on Renovation Project

Grand Island, NE - Details of the Grand Island Libary renovation project for 2018 were released on Wednesday afternoon. The Grand Island Library convened a long-range planning committee in 2011/2012 to produce GILIBRARY2020 as guidance for addressing changing uses of the facility and community needs for future library services. The renovation also addresses spaces and technologies that weren't fulfilled in the 2005/2007 expansion but are now possible with additional private funding sources and easily-adaptable building. 


The preliminary project cost is estimated at $1,630,000. The project already has a jump start financially with two gifts given from the Myrtle Grimminger Estate and Virgina Kokrda Estate giving a total about at $1,114,475. The goal for the library and grants is ballparked at $515,525. 


View the project layout below and listen to an interview with KRGI's Matt Williams talking with Grand Island Library Foundation President Duane Burns. 


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Garth Brooks Joins Country 96 Morning Show

Country Music Superstar Garth Brooks joined Derek Beck on Thursday, September 14, to talk about his upcoming concert(s) in Lincoln, Nebraska on October 21. Hear the interview in it's entirety here.

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Gov. Ricketts Relieves State Patrol Colonel of Duty

LINCOLN – At a news conference this morning, Governor Pete Ricketts announced he had relieved the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Colonel Brad Rice of his duties following a review into how use of force investigations are conducted by NSP.


“Today, I have relieved State Patrol Colonel Brad Rice of his duties,” said Governor Ricketts. “My decision was based on the initial findings of the review being conducted by my Chief Human Resources Officer. My team will commence a search immediately for the next Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol to lead this agency which is vital to protecting Nebraska’s public safety.”


“Over the past week, my review has focused on how recent use of force investigations have been conducted,” said the Governor’s Chief Human Resources Officer Jason Jackson. “This review found interference into the internal investigation process of the State Patrol and violations of internal policies among other concerning issues at the highest levels of the agency’s leadership.”


The Governor has named Administrative Services Major Russ Stanczyk, the senior member of the command staff, as Interim Superintendent of the State Patrol effective immediately.


At the news conference, Jackson said that in addition to the Governor’s dismissal of the Colonel that two other command staff had been placed on paid administrative leave. Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Schwarten is among those being placed on leave.


A total of six personnel are being placed on paid administrative leave, including the command staff named above.


Jackson has turned over initial findings from his review to the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for further investigation. Jackson’s review continues into other matters.



Penner Running For 3rd District Seat

   Some may know Kirk Penner as the tenacious rebounder on the 1987 Aurora Huskies Class B state championship team, others as a small businessman, who for the last 25 years has been producing and manufacturing bathing systems for nursing homes and hospitals. Now Kirk Penner wants to be known for something else, a Congressional Candidate who will stand up for small business.


One of the main concerns for Penner is healthcare, as Penner says it’s dramatically impacted his business and his employees.

Penner says he’s already developing simple solutions to give Nebraskans better healthcare


Penner will be challenging incumbent Adrian Smith in the Republican Primary in 2018, however Penner says he’s not necessarily running as a Republican but rather “a red state conservative”


For Penner the challenge, if elected will be standing up for the 3rd district in the face of continued party gridlock, but Penner says he has the plans that will bring both sides to the table.


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Victory For Craft Brewers


A measure criticized as harmful to Nebraska's craft breweries has been defeated in the Legislature.

Lawmakers voted 30-4 on an amendment from Senator Carol Blood to strip the proposal out of a larger bill. The proposal would have clarified that beer produced by microbreweries must first go to a distributor's warehouse before it gets shipped to liquor stores, groceries and other outlets. That amendment had the support of Senator Dan Quick of District 35


Senators than voted to advance the bill, which many lawmakers said has good legislation in it..including a crack down on bottle clubs as Senator Bob Krist of Omaha took direct aim at the Midwest girls club here in Grand Island as well as Hastings and other adult establishments owned by Shane Harrington.


Krist further commented that he’s concerned about what kind of activity happens at these clubs.The bill also aims to protect bars from being harassed for music licensing fees.


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