30-Apr-2020 / City Of Grand Island & KRGI News
Grand Island, NE - On Thursday morning in the bi weekly Covid-19 update from Grand Island's City Hall Mayor Roger Steele cited that he would be sending a letter reaching out to the United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. The agenda of the letter is looking at the Covid-19 situation at the Grand Island JBS meat processing plant. Mayor Steele asked to provide the government's plan to test the employees at JBS along with an invitation to Sonny Perdue to visit Grand Island to discuss the efforts to protect meat processing employees and citizens of Grand Island.
Read a copy of the letter from Mayor Steele to Sonny Perdue below.
30-Apr-2020 / Nebraska State Patrol
APRIL 30, 2020 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested a Michigan man following a crash on Interstate 80 that injured a Keith County Sheriff’s Deputy.
At approximately 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, a trooper was providing traffic control for a semi-truck that was broken down on the inside shoulder of I-80 at mile marker 142 near Sutherland. A deputy from the Keith County Sheriff’s Department was positioned, with emergency lights activated, approximately ¼ mile east of the scene to alert drivers of the motorist assist taking place ahead.
The deputy’s vehicle was then struck from behind by a 2019 Nissan Sentra, occupied by three people. The deputy was inside the vehicle at the time of the collision and was injured in the crash. A person who claimed to be a passenger of the Nissan was also injured. Both were transported to the hospital in Ogallala with non-life-threatening injuries. The deputy was treated and released late Wednesday evening.
After investigation, troopers determined that the injured person from the Nissan had actually been the driver, and not a passenger in the vehicle. After being treated for minor injuries, the driver, Emmanuel Phifer, 24, of Mount Morris, Michigan, was arrested for false reporting, violation of the move over law, no operator’s license, and reckless driving. Phifer was lodged in Keith County Jail.
Westbound I-80 was closed for approximately 2.5 hours due to the crash.
30-Apr-2020 / KRGI News
29-Apr-2020 / GIPS Release
Grand Island Senior High in partnership with the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation and Home Federal Bank will honor the top-ranked graduating seniors from Grand Island Senior High during an academic recognition reception on Thursday, April 30, in a Facebook Live presentation from the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation Facebook Account. The presentation starts at 7 p.m.
All students at Grand Island Senior High who graduate Summa Cum Laude or Magna Cum Laude, and have submitted a GIPS Foundation scholarship application, will be awarded at least one scholarship through the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation’s Academic Aristocrat Scholarship Program. Honor students will receive a total of $45,150 at this presentation.
The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program was initiated by former Superintendent Marv Maurer in memory of his wife Dorothy. The program offers scholarships for Grand Island Senior High’s Honors Students. Sixty-one (61) scholarships will be awarded in 2020 as part of this program. The scholarships range from $500-$1,600.
Over the years, many individuals have donated to the Academic Aristocrat fund to grant students their dreams of a higher education. Some have donated annually or through payroll deductions, while others have established endowed scholarships in their family's names or in honor or memory of someone special.
The Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has served as a tax-exempt vehicle for various individuals and businesses to award scholarships on an annual basis.
The GISH seniors to be honored on Thursday:
Samuel Aguilera Robledo
Maria Cotom Pacheco
Ana De Orta
Alexander Francisco Gonzalez
Vanessa Mosqueda Ramirez
Karina Pedroza Sotelo
Byron Rustrian Rivas
Hady Santos Cotom
Candelaria Vargas Paiz
29-Apr-2020 / Nebraska State Patrol
APRIL 29, 2020 (LINCOLN, NEB.) — A Nebraska State Trooper has been treated and released from the hospital after his cruiser was involved in a two-vehicle crash in Lincoln.
The crash occurred at approximately 11:30 A.M. on O Street in Lincoln. The trooper was traveling westbound on O Street. A Honda Fit was traveling eastbound. The Honda attempted to turn northbound onto 46th street and collided with the NSP cruiser.
Two medical professionals were nearby when the crash occurred and were able to quickly provide aid to the Honda driver. The trooper was able to get out of his cruiser and assist as those bystanders attended to the other driver.
The trooper was then transported by another trooper to Bryan Medical Center West Campus with injuries to his hand. He was treated for multiple broken bones in his hand and has been released from the hospital.
The driver of the Honda was transported by ambulance to Bryan Medical Center West Campus with serious injuries. Those injuries are expected to be non-life-threatening.
NSP has requested that the Lincoln Police Department investigate the crash. That investigation is ongoing. The trooper’s cruiser was totaled in the crash.
28-Apr-2020 / Central District Health Department
28-Apr-2020 / Ap
LINCOLN, Neb. — A judge has sentenced a 26-year-old Lincoln man on Monday to more than 70 years in prison for sexual abusing two young girls. Austin Mariscal pleaded no contest to two counts of first-degree sexual assault in a deal with prosecutors that spared him a possible life sentence. Lancaster County District Judge John Colborn sentenced Mariscal to 35 to 45 years in prison for each of those charges, with the sentences to be served back to back.
28-Apr-2020 / Ap
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is continuing to see a surge in coronavirus infections, including new confirmed cases in two counties. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services reports 330 new cases, bringing the total to nearly 3,400. Additionally, Cedar and Valley counties confirmed their first cases. Nebraska has seen 55 virus-related deaths so far. State officials previously announced 56 deaths, but later in the day they said one of those deaths was an erroneous entry into the state’s database.