GRAND ISLAND — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol arrested a California man following a pursuit on Interstate 80 early Saturday morning.
At approximately 12:40 a.m., a trooper observed a Ford Mustang traveling at just 4 mph on I-80 near Kearney at mile marker 269. As the trooper attempted to perform a traffic stop, the Mustang showed no response and continued driving slowly. Moments later, the vehicle accelerated to approximately 70 miles per hour. The trooper initiated a pursuit.
The Mustang began driving recklessly, passed vehicles on the shoulder, and reached speeds up to 147 miles per hour. Near mile marker 285, the vehicle came to a stop voluntarily. As troopers approached the vehicle, the driver accelerated rapidly. Troopers continued the pursuit.
A few minutes later, additional troopers were able to successfully deploy spike strips and bring the Mustang to a stop near Wood River at mile marker 302. The driver, Jonathan Suckow, 37, Lomita, Calif., was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, willful reckless driving, and felony flight to avoid arrest. Suckow was lodged in the Hall County jail.
The entire pursuit lasted approximately 22 minutes.
By Chadron State College Relations
CHADRON – Chadron State College’s 58th annual Scholastic Contest has been rescheduled to Wednesday, May 8, due to a snow storm on the original date in April.Registration is open until Thursday, May 2, according to Jamie Hamaker, chair of the Scholastic Contest committee.
High school students from Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming will convene on campus to take 42 tests in subject areas across the curriculum. Two new tests include one in Environmental Science and one in Physical Science.
Tests will take place at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Results can be viewed online.
CSC President Randy Rhine said the college appreciates the efforts on the part of the school districts, administrators, and teachers who have selected, encouraged, and supported student participation in the contest.
Each senior who places first in a competition earns a one-year tuition waiver to CSC. The top school in each of the five divisions receives a plaque. The student winners of each test will receive a CSC sweatshirt, and medals will be awarded to the top three students in each test. Those finishing in the top 25 percent of each test will receive certificates of merit, while all participants will receive certificates of participation.
Activities for students while they are not competing include a photo booth in the Student Center, yard games south of High Rise, a fingerprint lab in Old Admin, rides with the Army National Guard at the Lindeken Clock Tower, a scavenger hunt in the King Library, a shoot around in the Nelson Physical Activity Center, and a concert in Memorial Hall.
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A driver accused of dragging a Nebraska sheriff’s deputy as the deputy tried to stop the car has been arrested in Texas.
Authorities say 33-year-old Tristan Bush was arrested Friday in Pasadena, Texas, near Houston. He’s being held in the Harris County Jail until he can be returned to Grand Island for trial. Nebraska court records say he’s charged with escape using a deadly weapon, intentional child abuse and other crimes. The records don’t list the name of an attorney for him. Authorities say Bush was a passenger in a car stopped April 12 in western Hall County but slid over and began driving away to keep the deputy from arresting him on several warrants. A Hall County Court affidavit says a dog in the car bit the deputy and that the deputy had to shoot the dog to make it let go.
The affidavit says a chase was quickly ended out of concern for a 7-year-old child in the back seat.
By JANELLE VISSER
Panhandle Public Health District
For the sixteenth year, students from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College (UNMC) of Dentistry will be heading west to be a part of Dental Day on May 31 and June 1. This is an opportunity for children whose family has no insurance or very little insurance to receive dental care for no cost.
This year we are offering the free dental services to kids’ ages 3 to 21.
“Each year over 200 school age kids receive important dental care at Dental Days,” said Janelle Visser of Panhandle Public Health District (PPHD). Visser is one of the coordinators behind the annual event.
“We are glad to work in partnership with local dentists, school nurses, hospitals, community volunteers, and UNMC to be a part of an excellent service ensuring children in the Panhandle have their dental health needs met,” she added.
Prescreening appointments are currently taking place until May 4 and the dentists participating in pre-screenings include:
- Alliance – Drs. Maxwell, Cannon, Collis, Giles, and Christensen
- Bridgeport – Dr. Iske
- Hemingford – Dr. Jacoby
- Oshkosh – Dr. Jensen
- Sidney – Drs. Dornbier and Neal
Dental students studying dentistry and dental hygiene at UNMC, accompanied by dental residents, and faculty members, will be participating in the annual Panhandle-wide event. Children will be seen at Gordon Memorial Hospital; Horizon West Dental Clinic(Dr. Collis) in Alliance; and Life Smiles in Sidney (Dr. Dornbier).
For more information, visit www.pphd.org or contact Visser at 308-487-3600 Ext. 105. Panhandle Public Health District is working together to improve the health, safety and quality of life for all who live, learn, work and play in the Panhandle. Our vision is that we are a healthier and safer Panhandle Community.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha says it has awarded a $12 million contract to repair a Missouri River levee near Hamburg, Iowa, that broke during catastrophic flooding last month.
The Corps says the breach repair should provide temporary flood protection of critical infrastructure. The contract was awarded to Newt Marine Services of Dubuque, Iowa. The repair is expected to be completed within 80 calendar days after work starts.
Project manager Jeremy Szynskie says initial repairs will stop the flow of water through the levees so repairs can be made to Interstate 29 and the city of Hamburg.
The Corps also has begun planning permanent levee repairs to bring the damaged levees back to the same level of flood risk reduction the systems had prior to the flood.
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) — A retired lieutenant colonel and a small army of airmen have saved irreplaceable artifacts from floodwater that covered a third of an Air Force base south of Omaha.
Mike Hoskins told the Omaha World-Herald that the historical treasures of the 55th Wing were locked inside the wing historian’s office and other offices at Offutt Air Force Base as the Missouri River water rose March 16. Historian John McQueney was at his home miles away, and Hoskins knew he had little time to wait. So he called in base firefighters to break down doors.
The late-winter floods that struck several Plains states breached or overtopped levees, caused more than $3 billion in damage and killed at least three people, officials have said.
McQueney and Hoskins talked over their phones about priorities as the floodwater climbed higher. First among the rescued items were two on loan from the Air Force museum in Dayton, Ohio: a giant aerial reconnaissance camera from the 1940s and a propeller from a World War II-vintage P-51 Mustang fighter.
Other items included copies of letters written during World War I by Lt. Jarvis Offutt, the base’s Omaha-born namesake.
They took away artifacts from the 55th Wing’s early days as a World War II fighter unit and from the wing’s Cold War days of flying shadowy observation missions.
McQueney also advised them to save certain historical files from his cabinets, including papers connected to the construction of the Glenn L. Martin bomber plant at the base just before World War II. Two of the B-29 bombers later were dubbed “Enola Gay” and “Bockscar” before dropping atomic bombs on Japan.
The airmen first tried to pick and choose what artifacts to place in Hoskins’ car and two pickup trucks. Eventually they became less selective.
“We just grabbed everything and threw it in the car,” said Hoskins, now a civilian who works in the wing’s Plans and Programs office. “If it looked old, we grabbed it.”
“These guys did us proud,” said the president of the 55th Wing’s alumni group, Joe Spivey, about Hoskins, McQueney and the rescue team. “They saved the history so it can be enjoyed by everyone.”
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Cattlemen is offering financial aid to cattle producers affected by the bomb cyclone storm that struck the state last month.
The group says applicants must have operations in counties or tribal areas falling under emergency or disaster declarations made by the Nebraska governor or the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. Applicants must demonstrate genuine need and that their assets aren’t adequate to rebuild from the damage suffered.
Membership in Nebraska Cattlemen is not required for the help.
The applications must be postmarked by May 31 and mailed to 4611 Cattle Drive, Lincoln, NE 68521 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Department of Agriculture says cattle losses in Nebraska from devastating March floods will be much lower than previously reported.
Director Steve Wellman tells the Omaha World-Herald that reports of up to a million cattle killed in the natural disaster are not accurate. Wellman says his agency hasn’t come up with a number, but expects the loss to be in the thousands.
Officials say some deadlines for assistance could yield better numbers. Producers have until April 29 to seek help for livestock losses under the Nebraska USDA Farm Service Agency’s Livestock Indemnity Program. There is a May 1 deadline to get help in disposing of dead livestock through a USDA program.
Bobbie Kriz-Wickham is the public affairs and outreach coordinator for the Nebraska Farm Service Agency. He says a few producers have reported losses of up to 200 head of cattle, but most report losses of 10 to 40 head.