According to Box Butte County Sheriff Tammy Mowry, around 5:30am Monday morning there was a one-vehicle rollover on Madison and County Road 71. The vehicle was westbound on Madison, lost control, went into the north ditch, and rolled on its top. The vehicle was driven by 20-year-old William Grant. Mowry says no alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident. Grant did not require medical attention.
According to Alliance Police Chief John Kiss, “On October 12th at approximately 9:15 PM the Alliance Police Department was dispatched to the area of 1400 Block West 6th Street in reference to an animal, which was injured. It was determined in talking to witnesses that it appeared the animal was a dog, which was identified as a grey Pit Bull with a blue nose and a white patch on its chest. The canine was property of Marco and Alex Gonzales. The Pit-Bulls name was “Chevy”.
“One of the witnesses stated that she looked at the canine and observed several holes in its chest that appeared to be bullet holes. When officers arrived it appeared some unknown person picked up the dog and removed it after the remains were looked at. Officers did find blood.
“If anyone has information into this case please contact the police department at 762-4955, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org . The investigation is continuing for Animal Abuse, and Shooting a Firearm within the city limits.”
According to Alliance Police Lt. Jake Henion, on October 13th in the 5:00pm hour there was a two-vehicle accident on West Kansas Street at the intersection near Highway 385. Henion says that no one on the accident scene required medical attention, and both vehicles were towed from the scene. Henion says the investigation is still ongoing.
The Nebraska State Patrol has released information to Panhandle Post on a one-vehicle rollover accident that occurred on October 10th at 6:28pm. A vehicle driven by Nicholas Cardona of Holdrege was driving south bound on Highway 385 on an unopened construction road. Cardona struck roadwork equipment, causing his vehicle to roll near mile marker 105 near Dinklage Feedlot. Cardona was transported to Box Butte General Hospital along with passenger Nathaniel Salazar of Scottsbluff. Cardona was later flown to Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean and U.S. troops have begun five days of naval drills amid North Korea’s renewal of its threat to fire missiles near the American territory of Guam.
South Korea’s navy says the drills that began Monday in the waters off the Korean Peninsula involve fighter jets, helicopters as well as 40 naval ships including the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.
South Korean and U.S. militaries regularly conduct joint exercises, though North Korea condemns them as an invasion rehearsal.
North Korea last week accused the United States of provoking the country by mobilizing the aircraft carrier and other war assets near the peninsula.
The North said it could take military counteraction such as a salvo of missile launches into waters near Guam.
Officials from the National Weather Service (NWS) today praised management and staff of Chadron State College for completing a set of rigorous warning criteria necessary to earn the distinction of being StormReady. Chadron State is only the 2nd university in the state of Nebraska to receive the StormReady designation.
Chad Hahn, warning coordination meteorologist of the NWS forecast office in Cheyenne presented a certificate and special StormReady signs to Chadron State College at an all campus meeting on October 12th. The StormReady recognition will be in effect for the next three years, after which Chadron State College will go through a renewal process.
“Every year, around 500 Americans lose their lives to severe weather and floods,” Hahn said. “More than 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 2,500 floods and 1,000 tornadoes strike the United States annually. The National Weather Service developed the StormReady program to help people and communities become more resilient when dangerous weather strikes.”
StormReady encourages colleges and other public venues to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations and public awareness. Enhanced communication services are a requirement of StormReady certification. By meeting these strict standards, Chadron State College is now better equipped to communicate important hazard information to save lives and property, before and during the event.
“We commend Chadron State for developing improved communications at the site and with emergency partners,” Hahn added. “This partnership will make for a campus that is more resilient to hazardous weather.”
StormReady is a nationwide community preparedness program that uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle local severe weather and flooding threats. The program is voluntary and provides communities with clear-cut advice from a partnership between local National Weather Service forecast offices and state and local emergency managers. StormReady started in 1999 with seven communities in the Tulsa, Okla., area. There are now more than 2,600 StormReady Sites across the country.
To be recognized as StormReady, a site must:
∙ Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center;
∙ Have more than one way to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings and to alert the public;
∙ Create a system that monitors local weather conditions;
∙ Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars;
∙ Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.
The National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories. NOAA’s National Weather Service operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and enhance the national economy. Working with partners, NOAA’s National Weather Service is building a Weather-Ready Nation to support community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather. Visit NWS Cheyenne online at http://weather.gov/cheyenne and on Facebook and Twitter.
On the Web: NOAA’s StormReady® program: http://www.stormready.noaa.gov
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — All across the state of Nebraska, teen drivers are being reminded about the importance of safe driving.
The Nebraska State Patrol and the state Transportation Department held 60 safety presentations across the state between July and September.
The presentations focus on seat belts and teen drivers. A rollover simulator and driving simulator are part of the events.
Accident statistics show that drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 represent the biggest portion of traffic deaths in crashes where seatbelts aren’t worn.
Nebraska State Patrol Major Russ Stanczyk says more events will be held through the school year.
Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested a man and seized 50 pounds of marijuana at the Omaha train station.
Investigators were conducting routine operations during the morning hours of Friday, October 13, when they noticed two suspicious bags in the cargo area of a passenger train. Investigators detected the odor of marijuana coming from the bags. After nobody on the train claimed the bags, investigators opened one of the bags and discovered large bundles of marijuana inside.
The two bags contained 50 pound of marijuana. The marijuana carries an estimated street value well over $100,000. The owner of the bags was eventually identified and arrested. Sio Chong Leong, 40, unknown address, was arrested for Possession With Intent to Deliver, Possession of greater than one pound of marijuana, and No Drug Tax Stamp.
Leong was lodged in Douglas County Jail.
According to Chadron Police Chef Tim Lordino, “On September 9th the Chadron Police Department became aware of a report regarding an alleged hazing incident that took place off campus in Chadron at 830 Chadron Avenue. The police department’s investigation took more than four weeks to complete and was submitted to a Special Prosecutor assigned to this case, Jamian J. Simmons for review. Arrest warrants were issued by the Dawes County Court alleging two violations for hazing, a Class II Misdemeanor. The other count was Assault 3rd Degree, a Class I Misdemeanor. The warrants were to the following subjects: 24 year old Luke G. Zeiger, 22 year old Cooper J. Cogdill, 21 year old Chance J. Helmick, and 21 year old William C. Cogdill, all of Chadron. All four subjects were arrested and transported to the Dawes County Jail. Judge Roland set their bond at 10% of 10,000.00.
According to the Associated Press, “Court records say the four participated last month in initiation rites for incoming members of the wrestling team. The records say the initiates were not forced to participate. Those who did snorted salt, took drinks of liquor or some other liquid and then were punched in their faces or necks.”
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A persistent shortage of substitute teachers is creating challenges for Nebraska and Iowa school districts, and lawmakers who want to address the issue are still trying to pinpoint a solution.
Lawmakers from both states said the problem is most severe in rural districts. In Nebraska, senators convened a hearing last month to look for ways to minimize the time regular teachers spend out of the classroom.
The shortage is driven by a combination of trends, including mandatory teacher training during the school week and family leave policies that allow regular teachers to take off as much as 12 weeks at a time.
Iowa and Nebraska’s low unemployment rates plays a role, because fewer workers must settle for part-time jobs.