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The Grand Island Police Department is working to fix errors that recently appeared in their annual report of violent crimes. This week, the Grand Island Police Department corrected an earlier report that showed violent crime had gone up between 2013 and 2014 in the city. But the department's crime analyst spotted some logging errors in tho...
A Hastings High School senior is a national finalist for a merit scholarship. Ryder Mays was announced as a finalist on Wednesday. Mays joins a group of close to 8,000 finalists nationwide. Mays is in this class based on his outstanding score on the PSAT/merit scholarship qualifying test. He also scored a perfect 36 on his ACT, which was ...
Farmers in the Wood River area claim that waterfowl conservation efforts along the Platte River are damaging Hall County roads and cropland. Four families spoke with county supervisors Tuesday about their concerns. The families said that flood damage that occurred in February along Shoemaker Island Road will happen again because of raised...
A Kearney man has been sentenced to 100 days in jail and four years probation after he was convicted of having sex with a minor. 20-year-old Jonathan Slagle was recently sentenced in Buffalo County Court on a charge of felony attempted second-degree sexual assault. As a result of his sentence, Slagle was ordered to avoid contact with fema...
A Kearney elementary school recently raised $1,481 to buy supplies for the Kearney Area Animal Shelter. Students at Central Elementary School raised the money through a coin drive that brought in 228 pounds of coins. In addition to helping a worthwhile cause, the class that brought in the greatest weight in coins won a cookie party, and ...
Lawmakers will debate a bill allowing patients with seizures to legally access a marijuana derivative under the supervision of University of Nebraska researchers. A legislative committee voted 6-0 Tuesday to advance a measure creating a pilot study of cannabidiol to gauge its effectiveness treating severe seizures. Cannabidiol has extreme...
A major hotel, restaurant and housing development project will be coming to south Kearney in the near future. Paul Younes, president of Younes Hospitality is planning to build a new extended stay four-story Candlewood Suites hotel with 84 rooms. At Tuesday's meeting, the Kearney City Council approved a change in zoning, along with special ...
The search for a new judge in the 10th judicial district continues. The Nebraska Supreme Court announced this week that only one of the five candidates who applied for the seat garnered enough votes to be nominated to the governor. By law, a nominating commission must present at least two to the governor. Applications are now being accepte...
A judge has rejected a Hastings man's request to withdraw his pleas to charges stemming from the dragging of a police officer. 30-year-old Marty Deckert had accepted a plea deal on charges of attempted second-degree murder and other crimes. But at his sentencing hearing last month, Deckert tried to fire his court-appointed attorney and wi...
Plans are moving forward for the Hastings City Auditorium project. The Hastings City Council last night approved an agreement with Sinclair Hille Architects to begin drawing up plans and layouts for the project. The company will be in charge of renovating the auditorium as well as designing the conference link. City Attorney David Ptak sa...
The Grand Island Area Economic Development Corporation has a new president. On Monday, Dave Taylor was introduced to take over the position. He will begin his duties on April 6. The position has been vacant for nearly three months. Taylor will oversee the Grow Grand Island business development plan and also will oversee plans to...
A fire late Monday afternoon in northwest Kearney burned nearly two acres of rough terrain. Shortly before 5 p.m., Kearney volunteer firefighters were called to an area just outside the Meadowlark Dog Park after a fire broke out in a wooded area. A fire department spokesman says about two acres burned due to strong winds and dry...
With just three weeks until the April 15 deadline to file tax returns, a rise in the number of tax fraud cases are being reported in Hastings. At least three separate incidents involving Hastings residents have been reported since March 6. In each case, the victims reported that someone used their social security number in order to file a ...
A federal grand jury has indicted six people who authorities say spent over $74,000 at several Nebraska retailers after stealing account numbers from debit and credit card holders around the world. An indictment unsealed Monday charges six Nebraska natives with conspiracy to use stolen credit card numbers and other counts. The indictment ...
A Pleasanton man is free on bond after allegedly hitting a woman and threatening to kill her. 52-year-old Michael Stice was charged in Buffalo County Court with felony terroristic threats and domestic third-degree assault after the alleged victim reported the incident to a Buffalo County deputy sheriff. Court records indicate that Stice...
A June date has been set for the start of a Nebraska man's second trial in the death of his grandson. Peter Draper, of Naponee, in January was granted a new trial by the Nebraska Supreme Court as it reversed his 2013 convictions in the death of 2-year-old Joseph Rinehart Jr. The high court unanimously sided with Draper, who had...
Two families were left homeless after a fire broke out an Aurora mobile home park. It happened Saturday at around 4 p.m. Officials with the Aurora Volunteer Fire Department say a cigarette left on the deck of one of the homes started the fire which then spread to the other mobile home. Both homes were destroyed. A third had dama...
A long-time Grand Island supermarket is closing its doors. Skagway owner Bill Martin announced Sunday that Skagway intends to close both of its locations in late May. Skagway employs more than 200 people at its two stores. They were notified on Sunday. Local and state officials have also been notified. Skagway plans to begin a l...
A monsignor from Omaha has been installed as the new Roman Catholic bishop for the Grand Island Diocese. Bishop Joseph Hanefeldt took office on Thursday during a ceremony at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He replaces Bishop William Dendinger, who retired upon reaching his 75th birthday, as is required of all bis...
The Fillmore County sheriff says a 60-year-old Grafton man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in the shooting of his 62-year-old brother. Sheriff William Burgess says the 60-year-old man was taken into custody on Thursday afternoon, after calling 911 to report the shooting that happened at his home's driveway in Fillmore C...
Rush hour traffic came to a screeching halt Thursday afternoon when three vehicles, including a police cruiser were involved in a crash at the intersection of Burlington and South Street. According to the Adams County Sheriff's Department, the accident happened just after 4 p.m. when a southbound pickup attempting to turn left onto South S...
Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriage will stay in place, at least for now. A federal appeals court has granted an emergency stay, putting a federal judge's ruling striking down the ban on hold. The ban will remain in effect until an appeal in the case is decided. Had the appeals court ruled in favor of the lower court, Nebraska w...
A Kearney man is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the hand Sunday evening. According to a Kearney Police Department incident report, Dallas Murray was attempting to remove a laser-guide rod from a 9mm handgun, but forgot to remove the magazine and clear the weapon before clearing the jam. As a result, the weapo...
Hastings College has announced a press conference next week. Constructed in 1908 as the College's library, the current home to Hastings College's Art Department no longer serves the growing program's needs. President Don Jackson and other Hastings College officials are expected to announce the construction of a new art center on campus. The announc...
The chairman of a legislative committee says 162 Nebraska inmates convicted of violent crimes were freed early under a furlough program. The program was revealed at a hearing yesterday as the chairman, Senator Steve Lathrop, questioned Governor Dave Heineman. The Republican governor was subpoenaed to testify under oath as part of an investigation i...
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