According to the Grand Island City Council Agenda Mayor Roger G. Steele has submitted the name of Justin Scott for appointment as Councilmember to represent Ward 5.
This vacancy was created when Councilmember Michelle Fitzke moved from the district.
Scott's appointment is pending council approval Tuesday night.
Nebraska officials say the body of a duck hunter who was thrown into a lake when his boat capsized has been recovered.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says conservation officers and rescue divers found the body of 21-year-old Anthony Dush, of Saint Paul, in Sherman County Reservoir around 9 p.m. Friday.
Dush and another hunter were on a duck hunt traveling across the lake in a boat Friday when it capsized, throwing both into the water. The other hunter swam to a nearby cabin and called for help.
Dush was a member of the St. Paul volunteer fire department, an investigation of the incident is ongoing.
Bass Pro Shops says nearly 120 jobs at its Cabela's operation in Sidney will be relocated to Bass Pro Shops' headquarters in Springfield, Missouri.
The company announced Wednesday that employees who choose not to move to Springfield will be offered severance and outplacement aid.
Company spokesman Jack Wlezien says the relocation is "consistent with the company's long-term commitment to efficiently provide the highest level of service."
It's not clear how many jobs will remain in Sidney. Wlezien didn't immediately return a message Thursday from The Associated Press.
Cabela's once employed around 2,000 people in Sidney before it was bought by Bass Pro Shops. The deal was completed in September 2017.
The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) announces the promotion of Trooper Tyler Schmidt to the position of Troop D Captain. Schmidt will be commander for NSP operations for the 27 counties of Troop D, based in North Platte.
“Tyler Schmidt brings a broad leadership background in both the private and public sectors to this important position,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “His systems thinking and people-centered approach will be invaluable to the men and women of Troop D.”
Schmidt, 43, is in his 21st year of law enforcement service, the last nine of which have been with NSP. Prior to joining the Nebraska State Patrol, Schmidt served in the Nebraska Air National Guard 155th Security Police Squadron, the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Police Department, and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. He has also worked as the Quality Director for Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege.
“The men and women of Troop D are phenomenal public servants,” said Captain Schmidt. “I’m proud to have spent my entire NSP career in Troop D and look forward to continuing to serve in this new role alongside our dedicated troopers and civilians.”
In his career with NSP, Captain Schmidt has served in the Patrol Division, Carrier Enforcement, and Investigative Services. He has served as a Drug Recognition Expert and instructor for defensive tactics and firearms. Schmidt holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Bellevue and is a graduate of the 220th Session of the FBI National Academy.
Troop D is comprised of 27 counties in North Central through Southwest Nebraska and is headquartered in North Platte.
Coming up at next Tuesday’s Grand Island City Council meeting Mayor Roger Steele is expected to name a replacement for the vacant Ward 5 seat.
Councilwoman Michelle Fitzke announced her resignation in August after her and her husband purchased a home outside Ward 5.
Four candidates have applied for the position and have been interviewed by Mayor Steele and council members
The Merrick County Sheriff's Office received a report of a possible police impersonation.
According to the Merrick County Sheriff's office facebook page The reporting party advised that while traveling North on Archer Road near I Road when they observed a vehicle approach his vehicle very quickly.
The individual operating this vehicle activated a red and blue flashing lights in the grill of the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle then started to honk his horn at the reporting party.
The reporting party was worried about the legitimacy of the attempted traffic stop so they just slowed down but did not stop. The suspect vehicle then came beside the reporting party vehicle for a very short time before turning on a gravel road and proceeded westbound.
The vehicle was described as a Chevy Camaro gray in color, with no license plates.
The driver of the vehicle was described as a white male, late 20s to early 30s, a well groomed beard, wearing a dark colored shirt.
An active investigation is being conducted in an attempt to identify the vehicle and subject operating the vehicle.
Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) were able to bring a low-speed pursuit to a safe conclusion this afternoon near Gothenburg on Interstate 80.
At approximately 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, a trooper observed a Chevrolet Suburban traveling eastbound at about 30 miles per hour near mile marker 190 on I-80. The trooper attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle stopped momentarily, but then continued driving at around 30 to 35 miles per hour.
Troopers pursued the vehicle, attempting to get the driver to stop or exit I-80. As the vehicle continued eastbound, troopers successfully deployed spike strips near mile marker 207. A trooper was then able to perform a tactical vehicle intervention to bring the Suburban to a stop in the median.
Troopers were then able to take the driver into custody and discovered that the driver was possibly experiencing a mental episode. The driver was placed in emergency protective custody.
Interstate 80 was closed for both eastbound and westbound traffic for approximately 45 minutes while troopers responded to the scene. The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and Nebraska Department of Transportation assisted with traffic control during this incident.
Congressman Adrian Smith Interview
The GNAC conference would like to announce the following changes for the 2020/21 school year. In October 2019, Columbus High School applied and was accepted to the Heartland Athletic Conference (HAC). The following schools will remain in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference for the 2020/21 school year: Hastings, McCook, North Platte, Gering and Scottsbluff. Due to the re-alignment of the conference, the tournament schedule will be reduced to the following tournaments: Boys’ Tennis, Girls’ Tennis, Boys’ Golf, Girls’ Golf, Swimming/Diving, and Track and Field.