GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have rescued goats, rabbits, a tortoise, a dog and more than 200 chickens found on a Grand Island property.
The animals were seized Thursday and Friday. An animal control officer said some of the animals were dying as they were being moved. Several carcasses also were found, as well as chicken bones.
Officials say the property owner is being cited for the excessive number of animals on the property, their condition and the lack of shelter, food and water.
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) —Authorities say a 72-year-old man died after a physical altercation in Hastings.
Station KSNB reports that officers were sent to help an unresponsive man around 1 p.m. Tuesday. They and medics tried to revive him, but he died later at a Hastings hospital.
The man's name hasn't been released.
Police say officers arrested a 57-year-old man on suspicion of assault by mutual consent. Online court records don't show that he's been formally charged.
SCHUYLER, Neb. (AP) — Neighbors who don't want a chicken feeding operation in their eastern Nebraska community have sued the Colfax County Board
of Commissioners for approving a permit.
The lawsuit was filed June 19 against the board, commissioners and the two men who sought the permit, Thomas and Josh Faltys (FAHL'-tiss).
The nine plaintiffs seek no damages but do want a judge to overturn the commissioners' May 22 permit approval for a maximum 380,000-chicken feeding operation. The plaintiffs say among their allegations that the operation "will cause great and irreparable harm because it will severely diminish their property rights."
The operation would be erected southeast of Clarkson. Josh Faltys and his brother, Clint, want to contract with the planned Costco poultry plant in Fremont.
The county attorney and Josh Faltys didn't immediately return calls Thursday from The Associated Press.
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A 24-year-old man has been convicted of murder in Grand Island.
A jury deliberated less than five hours Monday before finding Ahmed Said guilty of second-degree murder. Court records say he fatally beat 41-year-old Abdulma Khamis on April 12 last year at Pioneer Park.
A portion of the crime was captured on security video from a nearby car dealership.
Said is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 28.
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.
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.
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:
Staff from Grand Island Public School and the Police Department held a joint press conference this afternoon to talk about a threat they received. Administration and the Police Department learned of a possible threat a little after 10 PM on Thursday night (02/22). The tip came in through the new tip-line, which has been in place for about 3 weeks now. Capt Jim Duering with GIPD says they immediately began investigating the threat and determined the message not be credible and discovered the original message originated outside of the state of Nebraska and no legitimate ties to Grand Island our our school system. Capt Duering also said, "we will continue to investigate any perceived threat toward our community".