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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's corrections director says the execution of convicted double-murderer Carey Dean Moore was similar to other executions he has witnessed, and Moore never appeared to be in pain.
Director Scott Frakes made the comments to a grand jury in sworn testimony released Thursday, nearly three weeks after the death investigation ended.
Frakes says Moore breathed heavily in August as the first of four lethal injection drugs was administered. He says Moore began to snore, but made no other sounds. He says everything he saw was consistent with his past experiences.
The Lancaster County grand jury concluded that Moore died of respiratory failure due to toxicity from multiple drugs.
The 60-year-old Moore was put to death for the 1979 murders of Omaha cab drivers Maynard Helgeland and Reuel Van Ness Jr.

Heavy snowfall and blizzard like conditions are being reported as a powerful winter storm moves through the middle of Nebraska.
The Nebraska Transportation Department closed Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 30 in both directions Thursday, from Grand Island to North Platte. It cited whiteout and other weather factors.
The National Weather Service has posted blizzard or winter storm warnings for several counties. Most of the warnings are scheduled to expire by Friday morning.
Six inches (15 centimeters) of snow was reported in Cozad and Elwood.


Troopers Kick-Off Holiday You Drink & Drive, You Lose Campaign


DECEMBER 14, 2018 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) will be looking to remove drunk drivers from the road during the final two weeks of 2018 as part of a nationwide “You Drink & Drive, You Lose” campaign.

“The holidays are a wonderful time to travel, be with family, and celebrate,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “The last thing we want is for this festive time to be marred by tragedy. That’s why our troopers will be diligently watching for drunk drivers and taking them off the road.”

The “You Drink & Drive, You Lose” enforcement runs from Friday, December 14 through Tuesday, January 1. Troopers across all regions of the state are participating, along with many other law enforcement agencies in Nebraska. NSP’s portion of the enforcement effort is made possible thanks in part to a grant for $25,000 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office. 

“Drunk drivers present a danger to anyone on the road,” said Bolduc. “Anyone who plans to drink should plan ahead and take advantage of many options available to get home safely without getting behind the wheel.”

Motorists who see a reckless, impaired, or dangerous driver are encouraged to report it to the Nebraska State Patrol by calling *55 from any cell phone. During a similar enforcement in 2017, troopers arrested 67 impaired drivers and another 28 for reckless driving.

The Following people have a 1 in 100 chance to win the Custom Motorcycle that was built in Lincoln County by the Knucklehead's Garage.

A Party is going to be thrown at the Platte Bar in North Platte on Saturday afternoon. The Winning Raffle Ticket will be pulled at 5:30pm sharp in the bar.

List of Qualifiers

Brook Baker

Randy Renschler

Chad Baney

Dave Schuett

Brett Bear

Max Isenbart

Ben Villareal

Rick Cooper

Lewis Lehman

Dan Lungrin

Justin Koop

Shawn Sullivan

Dawn Jessup

Jason Barnhill

Jim May

Tim Tyan

Tim Cooper

Becky Gray

Clint Sheets

Brett Meyer

Marci Spradlin

Jon Schroeder

Hector Ortiz

Robert Mac

Kenneth Persinger

Brad Halligan

Steve Craft

Rod Bell

Jake Dancer

Justin Mire

Chad Fox

Jeff McCandless

Nathan Bevard

Mark Franklin

Rod Bell

Greg Sis

Jason Jansen

Suzanna Klaasmeyer

Stewart VanBoening

Jim Holz

Jason Kamredt

Tyler Daniels

James Inman

Brandon Cope

Eric Wyman

Chad Rosentrator

Tim Graves

Joshua May

Kurt Brower

Harold Shim

Trevor Wid

Steve Derr

Dan Kennicutt

Tanner Clough

Scuba Steve

Jason Nickels

Brad Schonuld

Stacey Kuhlman

Mike Smith

Pat Leffler

Mike Maupin

Jerry Smith

Jerry Belcha

Eric Wyman

Tyler O’dea

Tiffany Ogier

Rowdy Rott

Tom Kelsey

Tom Sandburg

Cody Williams

Dawson Welch

Tim Graves

Shawn Triplett

Kristine Bogner

Kenny McConnell

Larry Walker

Joe Sickler

Marshall Tucker

Cody Cahill

Mary & Jazz

Chad Fox

Josh Greeley

Chuck Roberts

Dan Nolda

Ken Roudebush

Matt Haverman

Lea VanBoening

Adam Hasbrock

Monte Sheffield

Justin Coats

Brent Gries

Tom Kuelbs

Thomas McCoslin

Scott Haneborg

Ed Moore

Greg Stiffler

Tad Haneborg

Duane Mercer

Tim Graves

Hans Johnson


Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - On December 9, 2018 at 3:51 p.m., a male subject came into the Emergency Room at Great Plains Health suffering from a gunshot wound. 

The North Platte Police Department responded and quickly determined the incident occurred outside city limits. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived and found the location of the shooting was in a trailer court at 4005 West 14th Street, North Platte, NE. (just outside of North Platte city limits).

The forty-two year old male victim could not tell Deputies and Officers what had taken place and went into emergency surgery. He is reported to be in stable condition at Great Plains Health.

With the assistance of North Platte Police Department, Sheriff’s Office Investigators were able to detain and arrest a thirty five year old North Platte man identified as Isaac Brown. Mr. Brown was incarcerated in the Lincoln County Detention Center on First Degree Assault and Tampering with Physical Evidence. 

An extensive ongoing investigation is being conducted with possibly more arrests to follow


An English honor society is now available to students at North Platte Community College.


NPCC received national approval for a Sigma Kappa Delta chapter on Tuesday. SKD is the English honor society for two-year colleges, and NPCC is currently the only college in Nebraska to offer it.


An inaugural induction ceremony is planned for this weekend.


I am thrilled that after a lot of hard work and perseverance on the part of some students who are very dedicated to English and the world of academia, Sigma Kappa Delta is finally coming to fruition,” said Kristi Leibhart, English instructor at NPCC. “Sigma Kappa Delta will open up so many new opportunities for our students and provide another means to reward them for their academic accomplishments.”


It’s a goal Leibhart has been working toward for the past two years.


“When I was in school, a Sigma Tau Delta chapter was available, which is an English honor society for students at four-year colleges and universities,” said Leibhart. “It was a very visible sign on campus that people were interested in English, and it was a true honor for students to be part of. I wanted to start something similar at NPCC that would reward academics and provide something to aspire to in the classroom.”


Leibhart said six members are required to form a SKD chapter. She knows of about 100 individuals at the college who are eligible.


“It’s not limited to English majors,” said Leibhart. “Anyone who has completed at least 12 credit hours, who has a minimum GPA of 3.0, who has completed at least one English class and who has received an A or B in every English class can join. Participation doesn’t automatically guarantee induction into Sigma Tau Delta if students transfer on to a four-year institution, but it can make the process easier.”


In addition to providing an honor to list on résumés, SKD offers numerous scholarships to its members. There are opportunities to enter writing and photography competitions, present at national conferences and be published in the “Hedera Helix Literary Journal,” the SKD’s official publication.


“We plan to do a variety of activities at the local level as well,” Leibhart said. “We would like to conduct community service projects, such as reading to nursing home residents, or collecting books to send to prisoners. Film nights and poetry slams have also been discussed.”


The chapter’s induction ceremony is open to the public. It’s scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the McDonald-Belton Theater on NPCC’s South Campus.


Members will receive green and gold honor cords to wear at commencement as well as a commemorative SKD pin. Refreshments will be provided. 


Anyone interested in joining the new honor society can contactLeibhart at


NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — The Nebraska State Patrol says troopers have seized nearly 80 pounds of marijuana in two recent traffic stops on Interstate 80 near North Platte.

The patrol says the first stop occurred Nov. 18, when a trooper stopped a car on suspicion of speeding and veering out of its lane. The patrol says a search of the car turned up 48 pounds of marijuana in luggage. The 27-year-old driver from Jacksonville, North Carolina, was arrested.

The second stop occurred Monday, when a trooper stopped another car on suspicion of failing to signal. A search of that car turned up 30 pounds of marijuana, and a 17-year-old passenger in the car, from California, was arrested and jailed.


HERSHEY, Neb. — Authorities have arrested a man suspected of driving drunk when his passenger jumped out of the vehicle in western Nebraska and died.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says a deputy sent Monday evening to the scene on Link 56C on the south side of Hershey found the woman unresponsive, lying on the roadway with a vehicle parked nearby. The sheriff's office says the deputy was unable to revive her and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

She's been identified as 45-year-old Brandy Lewis, who lived in Ogallala. An autopsy has been ordered.

The 59-year-old man who'd been driving the vehicle was interviewed and then arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. He told deputies that Lewis decided to jump while the vehicle was moving and that he couldn't stop her.

Court records don't show that he's been formally charged.


NOVEMBER 1, 2018 (SCOTTSBLUFF, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol arrested an Oregon man and seized more than 300 pounds of marijuana and 60 pounds of other THC products during a traffic stop near Lodgepole on Interstate 80.

At approximately 12:10 p.m. MDT, a trooper observed an eastbound Dodge Caravan driving with expired registration near mile marker 79 on I-80. During the traffic stop, the trooper detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle revealed 309 pounds of marijuana, 46 pounds of THC edible products, 14 pounds of THC shatter, 80 grams of THC syrup, and 2,000 THC vape cartridges. The street value of the illegal products is estimated at more than $1,000,000.

The driver, Ryan Kirk, 33, of Medford, Oregon, was arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession of controlled substances, possession with intent to deliver, and no drug tax stamp. Kirk was lodged in Cheyenne County Jail.


In the spirit of Christmas, all Menards home improvement stores are proudly serving as a toy drive drop site. We’re excited to participate in this wonderful opportunity to put smiles on the faces of less fortunate children in the community! We’ll have a drop box near the exit door to collect new and unwrapped presents from now through mid-December.