The restaurant, located in the park’s headquarters, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. It has been operating on an abbreviated schedule this month because of a staffing shortage.
WILBER, Neb. (AP) — A man accused in the 2017 slaying of a Nebraska woman slashed his neck and fell from a wheelchair during his murder trial.
Fifty-two-year-old Aubrey Trail yelled “Bailey is innocent, and I curse you all” Monday before swiping something across his neck in the courtroom in Wilber, 35 miles (56 kilometers) southwest of Lincoln. Deputies rushed to help as Trail lay bleeding on the floor.
It is unclear how badly Trail is injured, but the judge ordered the jury to return Tuesday morning. Authorities say he’s had a stroke and two heart attacks since his arrest.
Saline County District Judge Vicky Johnson said Trail will be handcuffed for the remainder of the trial.
Trail and 25-year-old Bailey Boswell are charged with first-degree murder in the killing and dismemberment of 24-year-old Sydney Loofe.
Prosecutors say the pair planned Loofe’s abduction and killing . Trail’s attorney says her death was an accident during a consensual sex fantasy.
Boswell awaits trial.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A former Lincoln police officer has been convicted of a sexual assault that occurred while he was still on the force.
Lancaster County District Court records say a jury found 56-year-old Gregory Cody guilty on Friday. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 29.
Investigators say Cody used his position of authority to coerce and force a 30-year-old mentally ill woman into sex dozens of times for more than a year.
The woman told investigators most of the assaults occurred while Cody was on duty and that they began in 2016 after Cody released her rather than take her into emergency protective custody. She told investigators that Cody told her she would “owe him.”
By DAVE RANDOLPH
Shingles is a painful rash caused by the chickenpox virus that most commonly affects older adults who have suffered from chickenpox at some point in their life. So, what causes you to get shingles? Well, after having the chickenpox the varicella zoster virus lies dormant in your body’s nervous cells. Then at any given time this virus becomes active again and travels through the nerve pathways to your skin’s surface resulting in the painful rash and tiny blisters that come with having shingles.
There are some antiviral drugs that can help in reducing the severity of your symptoms. However, they are only effective if you start them within 72 hours of the rash appearing. It is very important that if you have a painful rash appear you get it checked out by a physician so that you can be properly treated. The rash will begin with small itchy bumps that will eventually fill with fluid. You may experience other symptoms like fever, chills, nausea, headache, and a burning, tingling or numbness underneath your skin.
Luckily for all of us there is a preventative measure available known as the Shingrix vaccine. It is a two-shot series that may or may not be covered by your insurance. However, it has been proven to prevent shingles in most patients and in those that did contract shingles it was a mild case. It is recommended for adults 50 years and older. If you have any further questions on the vaccine please feel free to call into Dave’s radio show or the pharmacy anytime. (308) 762-4811.
The Alliance Public Library will be offering a free workshop on the online ecommerce platform Etsy, an online marketplace for buying and selling handmade and vintage items and craft supplies on June 24 from 4-7 p.m.
The workshop will focus on the seller’s side of Etsy and will show participants how to set up their online shop, list items for sale, manage inventory and shop settings, and utilize Etsy’s third party services.
Participants in the workshop must have working knowledge of internet use. A limited number of laptops will be available for use on a first come, first serve basis, and attendees are welcome to bring their personal laptops.
The workshop will be held in Community Room A of the Alliance Learning Center at 1750 Sweetwater Avenue and is provided free of charge. Space is limited to six participants. To reserve a seat, please contact the library at 762-1387.
SCOTTSBLUFF ― Over 1,000 cases of both measles and mumps have been reported nationwide since January. The outbreaks are alarming, considering measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and mumps cases had decreased more than 99 percent by 1989.
Regional West Community Health Director Paulette Schnell, RN, MSN, who also serves as the Scotts Bluff County Health Director, said that no cases of measles have been reported in Nebraska this year, but mumps have been reported in Nebraska and nearby states. She added that Nebraska has one of the country’s highest vaccination rates.
“The best protection against both measles and mumps is to be sure all vaccinations are up to date,” she said.
Immunizations are one of the successes of modern medicine. Before the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) was developed, nearly everyone in the U.S. got measles and hundreds died from it each year. The more people who get vaccinated, the fewer opportunities for a disease to spread. By following standard childhood immunization schedules, children are protected from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases, including whooping cough, tetanus, and hepatitis A.
Immunizations are required to attend Nebraska schools and are covered by most insurance companies and Medicaid. Booster shots are also important for teens and adults.
Regional West Community Health offers vaccinations for all ages from birth to seniors. The Immunization Clinic is held on the first, second, and third Tuesdays of the month from 3 to 6 p.m.
The adult walk-in clinic is offered weekly on Wednesdays from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. No appointment is needed.
Children with no health coverage can be vaccinated through the CDC Vaccines for Children program at no cost. No child will be turned away due to an inability to pay.
To schedule an immunization appointment, or for more information about vaccinations or the Immunization Clinic, call Regional West Community Health at 308-630-1580.
COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — A passenger has died in the crash of a sport utility vehicle in eastern Nebraska’s Platte County.
The crash occurred around 6:55 a.m. Saturday, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) north of Columbus. Authorities say the northbound SUV went out of control, entered a ditch, veered back onto the roadway and rolled several times before coming to rest in a field.
The driver was taken to Columbus Community Hospital for treatment and then released. He’s been identified as 31-year-old Martin Gomez Jr., of Columbus.
The Platte County Sheriff’s Office says his passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. He’s been identified as 24-year-old Joseph Sullivan. He lived in Columbus.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A nonprofit organization called Nebraska Transition College is trying to fill a service gap for young adults with autism or other developmental disabilities.
The program is designed to aid people who might not qualify for state services or who have joined a long waiting list for help in developing social, emotional and work skills to land jobs and become independent.
“What we’ve got is a gap between high school and that next step,” said founder and executive director Stuart Stofferahn. “Life is set up for the neuro-typical person. That’s fine, except there’s not a whole lot of programming to allow us to help people norm to that center.”
He told the Lincoln Journal Star that the idea for Nebraska Transition College arose after a conversation with a cousin who has an adopted son with fetal alcohol syndrome, which manifested itself much like autism. She told Stofferahn she didn’t know what would happen to her son after she died.
“That hit me pretty hard,” Stofferahn said.
He modeled Nebraska Transition College after programs in Minnesota and Arizona and had to find the right teachers, develop curriculum and secure a place for classes.
He found the space at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, which offered classrooms. The titles of the first two classes: Soft Skills to Pay the Bills and Unlocking Your Best Self.
Nebraska Transition officials intend to add a class about conflict resolution, Stofferahn said, which can be a particular challenge for people who often have hard times reading facial expressions or understanding sarcasm.
“Quite honestly the courses we’re teaching are courses we could all use,” he said.
How quickly Nebraska Transition College can expand depends on fundraising and grant awards.
The first courses cost $149 each, well under the more than $1,000 Stofferahn said it costs to offer them and keep the teacher-student ratio low. The program will charge $269 for classes beginning in October with the hope that the donor base will grow enough to keep the students’ cost at about that rate, he said.
ALMA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has approved a mountain lion hunting season for 2020.
The commission says in a news release that the season was approved Friday at its meeting in Alma.
The season will run from Jan. 2 through Feb. 29 and allow up to eight mountain lions to be killed within the Pine Ridge area of northwestern Nebraska, an increase from five mountain lions killed in the 2014 and 2019 seasons.
The commission says the 2020 season will stop or reduce the growth of the mountain lion population.
There were no hunting seasons for mountain lions from 2015 to 2018..
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state officials are now accepting applications for people who want to grow hemp legally.
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture made the announcement Friday, less than a month after lawmakers and Gov. Pete Ricketts agreed to legalize the crop and regulate how it’s grown and processed.
Aspiring growers who are interested must apply for and receive a signed license agreement from the department. Applications are now available online at http://nda.nebraska.gov/hemp .
Applications must be received by Friday, June 28.
Growing, handling and processing hemp without a signed license agreement remains illegal.
Supporters of the new state law say it will help farmers diversify their crops and provide economic benefits to Nebraska.