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KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — Police say they aren't giving up on a 10-year-old central Nebraska homicide case and are still actively pursuing leads despite having no suspects.

Kearney Police Department Captain Mike Kirkwood tells the Kearney Hub that officers work on the Kelcey Fike murder investigation on almost a daily basis. He says police remain confident they'll find Fike's killer, particularly once technology advances to test and decipher the DNA found on the victim's body.

Kirkwood has shared more details about Fike's death at her trailer in Kearney in June 2008. He says police believe there's a high probability the killer knew Fike and that an attempted sexual assault may have occurred.

An autopsy found that Fike died of a ligature strangulation and blunt force trauma to the torso and head.


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NORTH PLATTE,Neb. (June 11, 2018) — As part of an international movement, the American Red Cross is launching the Missing Types campaign today to recruit new blood donors – and those who have not given recently – to ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients.


During the Missing Types campaign, the letters A, B and O – the main blood groups – will disappear from brands, social media pages, signs and websites to illustrate the critical role every blood donor plays. When the letters A, B and O vanish from everyday life, the gaps are striking. And when A, B and O blood types are missing from hospital shelves, patient care could be impacted.


“Unfortunately, blood shortages still happen and the number of new Red Cross blood donors is shrinking each year,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “That’s why the Red Cross is asking those who have never donated blood and those who haven’t given in a while to make a lifesaving donation. You are the missing type patients need.”


Don’t wait until the letters A, B and O go missing from hospital shelves. Join the #MissingType movement today – make an appointment to give blood by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/MissingTypes, using the Red Cross Blood Donor Appor calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).






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A Hayes Center woman has been named Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2018.

Rebel Sjeklocha was crowned Wednesday afternoon at the North Platte Community Playhouse in North Platte. Sjeklocha, 17, won the personality, speech, written test and appearance categories of the pageant.

JoSee Saults, 17, of Big Springs, won the pageant’s Rising Star award.

Bailey Lehr, 17, of Columbus, was named first-runner up after winning the horsemanship, photogenic and congeniality awards. She will fulfill the duties of queen if, for some reason, Sjeklocha is unable to complete her reign.

Sjeklocha won first-runner up at the pageant in 2016 and 2017. She also won the speech category both years.

“The experience taught me to never give up on my goals,” Sjeklocha said. “If your heart truly longs for something, keep working hard to obtain that goal.”

Sjeklocha is the daughter of Rusty and Susan Sjeklocha. She graduated from Maywood High School in May and has plans to attend the University of Nebraska–Lincoln to study Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communications in the fall.

Rebel would like to eventually go to law school and open a practice in a rural area. Her dream is to help farmers and ranchers pass on their livelihoods to the next generation as well as defend the natural resources that are vital to their operations.

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On June 7th at about 7:30 PM Sergeant Wangler and another Officer responded to the residence located at 3410 16th Street in Columbus regarding an anonymous report that a wanted individual was at that location. In the course of the contact with the Suspect; 24 year old Jorje Robledo, a gunfight ensued. Initially, during the conflict, Robledo was armed with a handgun. As the situation developed, Robledo transitioned to a rifle. Both Wangler and Robledo were shot during the exchange and received multiple gunshot wounds.


Both Wangler and Robledo were initially taken to the Columbus Community Hospital and later to the University of Nebraska Medical Center by medical helicopter. Wangler is currently in stable condition, however he will require additional surgery relating to a wound in his neck. Robledo remains in critical condition.

Sergeant Wangler is a 19 year veteran of the Columbus Police. He is married and has two children.

We would like to extend our thanks to the Nebraska State Patrol, Platte County Sheriff's Department and the Omaha Police Department for the support they have offered in this matter.

The incident is being jointly investigated by the Columbus Police Department and Nebraska State Patrol.
 

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The Nebraska State Fair announced today Kelly Clarkson will launch the 2018 Nebraska State Fair on opening night Friday August 24th…. and country superstars Old Dominion will take the stage Friday Aug 31th. Rounding out of the state fair concert series is Night Ranger on Sunday September 2nd… All tickets go on sale Tuesday May 1st at 10 am… 

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a man was arrested after deputies found marijuana in his car after stopping it along Interstate 80 near Lincoln.

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office says a deputy pulled over the car around 11 a.m. Friday after seeing the driver fail to signal a lane change near the U.S. Highway 77 exit. The deputy reported smelling marijuana in the car, and a subsequent search turned up 114 pounds (52 kilograms) of pot and some cannabis edibles.

The man, who lives in Sioux City, Iowa, was arrested on suspicion of possession for sale and suspicion of other crimes. Court records don't show that he's been formally charged.


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LINCOLN – This morning, Governor Pete Ricketts has issued an emergency declaration to allow state funds to be used for the response to the blizzard which has affected Nebraskans statewideFriday and continuing into this morning.

 

“Hundreds of motorists have been stranded and power outages are reported in many communities,” Governor Ricketts said. “This declaration allows state funds from the Governor’s Emergency Fund to help our communities in their response.”

 

Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is working to get a temporary communications tower to Region 26 after its dispatch tower was toppled due to 60 mph winds. Blaine, Garfield, Greeley, Loup, Sherman, Thomas, Valley, and Wheeler counties make up Region 26 and are affected by the loss.

 

Road closures, including Interstate 80 and U.S. Highways 30 and 20, have affected travelers and sent them to shelters. Big Springs and Sidney report that they have opened shelters.

 

“Road conditions are still not safe across the state and travel is not recommended,” said NEMA Assistant Director Bryan Tuma. “Stay home and be safe.”

 

Road conditions remain poor to impassible in many parts of central to western Nebraska. At this time, Interstate 80 is closed to westbound traffic from Grand Island to the Wyoming state line. Eastbound I-80 is closed from the Wyoming state line to Ogallala. Keep up-to-date on other road closures by calling 511, visiting 511.Nebraska.gov, or by downloading the 511 smartphone app.


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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A measure aiming to curb cyberbullying was signed into law by Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts.

The bill approved Wednesday makes harassment or intimidation by electronic message a crime. Previous Nebraska law only applied to threatening phone calls. The misdemeanor offense is punishable by a maximum of three months in jail and a $500 fine.

Lawmakers say most intimidation now happens through digital technology, like text messages, email or online messages.

The bill will also make it illegal to own or use a card-scanning device to gain unauthorized credit or debit card information.

The measure received strong support and passed 48-0 on its final-round vote.


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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new report says there are more doctors in Nebraska than there were 10 years ago, but 13 counties still don't have a primary care physician.

The Status of the Healthcare Workforce report issued Wednesday says data from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the state show the number of doctors has risen 11 percent.

The report says nearly a fifth of physicians in Nebraska are more than 60 years old and likely to retire in the near future. It also says 18 of 93 Nebraska counties have no pharmacist.

The report recommended more state support for programs and educational initiatives that provide incentives for health care professionals to practice in rural communities.


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Don’t drink and drive – We’ve all heard this piece of advice, but how many of us have experienced the devastating effects firsthand when someone chooses to ignore this common-sense warning? Country music artist Jared Blake, from NBC’s season 1 of The Voice, has been sharing a “living above” approach to life to kids around the country with his Live To Be youth program. His conviction to spread this message has only grown after surviving a head-on collision with a drunk driver.

On May 9th, Jared Blake and his wife found their world turned upside down when a drunk driver was going the wrong way and crashed into them going 60mph in Nashville.

Miraculously, everyone made it out alive, but Jared’s wife, Jennifer Blake, suffered multiple injuries including a fractured spine. She shared her frightening experience with friends and family on Facebook as she began recovery.

“We were on an interstate change near downtown, on a curve, and by the time we saw headlights it was too late. We were on a bridge lucky no flips happened, but that also meant we hit almost straight on. It was terrifying and I still feel like this was all a dream. I only remember a horrible burning smell and burning throats and screaming to get out of the vehicle. Jared somehow got out and bent my door open to lay me on the ground. I couldn't move but just stared at the stars knowing my eyes were open and I could hear so I was alive.”

She ends the post with some advice and words of encouragement,

“Our seatbelt and airbags saved us! Please use them, always! … If you want to do something, do it. Life is too short to worry about anything at all. Most of you know me well enough to know that I'm pretty good at living that way and can't wait to get back to living.”

Inspired by this real-life experience, Jared Blake gets serious about drunk driving in his new video for Don't Let Her Be Gone. You can check out the music video below:


Jared and Jennifer Blake’s youth program, Live To Be, helps children discover their unique path, free from the use of drugs or alcohol. Jared visits schools across the US empowering kids and people of all ages by asking them who they want to be and showing them that the use of drugs or alcohol can only hinder or prevent them from achieving their goals. His appearances, public speaking, and live concerts promote a healthy, fun, cool, and self-respectful way to live.

The idea to develop this program began when it was announced on The Voice that Jared was a recovering addict. Soon after, many viewers were reaching out to him on social media, leaving messages asking for personal advice on recovery or how to help struggling friends or family members. Jared reached out to them in a limited way, fearing that he wasn’t the one they should be talking to. Everyone’s road to recovery is very different, so he referred these people to professionals that could provide the necessary help. He was also approached by several producers of different TV shows designed to help people go to recovery but was never able to fully put himself behind the projects.

Then he had an epiphany. Having six children of his own and a strong desire to support youth, he realized the best impact he could have is to reach out before there’s a problem – before they become an addict. Let children know that no one expects to become an addict; that they don’t have their first beer or go to their first party or go to college with the expectation that they are going to become an alcoholic and ruin their life.

What Jared teaches kids through his Live To Be program is that whether they’re drinking or trying recreational drugs, or really making any negative decision that prevents them from being where they want to be or being the person they want to be, that they need to stop and think – “Am I doing what’s best? Am I being the person I want to be? I know that I have the power.”

Once he tells them that they have the power, now they have to do something with it and be responsible for it. It puts the power back in their hands, making kids feel empowered to make their own choice -- and to make it a good one.

If you would like Jared Blake to visit your school with Live To Be or to learn more about the program, visit livingtobe.org.

Want to help bring Jared Blake to more schools across the nation to share this powerful message? Get Involved.


Visit their education partner Treatment-Centers.net for questions and information about drugs, alcohol, effects and treatment resources at http://treatment-centers.net. Call 844-812-HOPE to speak with a counselor now.

Watch the video below to see Jared Blake’s 2017 Nashville Live To Be tour:

 


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