The Thanksgiving holiday is almost here and soon families will be coming together for a time of celebration and thankfulness. In addition to the turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and all the other fixings, the Grand Island Fire Department encourages residents to put fire safety on their Thanksgiving menu.
According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. In 2017, more than three times as many home cooking fires occurred on Thanksgiving as on a typical day with U.S. fire departments responding to an estimated 1,600 home cooking fires on the holiday.
Along with NFPA, the Grand Island Fire Department offers the following tips to keep families safe this holiday season:
Be sure to remove previous food and grease buildup from burners, stove top, and oven before starting Thanksgiving cooking.
Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food. If leaving the kitchen, turn off the stove.
When simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly and remain in the home while the food is cooking.
Keep children at least three feet away from the stove as steam or splashes from vegetables, gravy, and other dishes can cause serious burns.
Avoid wearing loose fitting clothing while cooking and if wearing long sleeves roll them up.
Keep the number of people in the kitchen to a minimum, including children and pets, to avoid injuries from hot spills or causing tripping hazards. Crowded kitchens can cause confusion and result in burns.
Be sure electrical cords from appliances such as electric knives, coffeemakers, plate warmers, and mixers are not dangling off the counter or within easy reach of children.
Keep anything that can catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, towels, and wrappers away from stoves and ovens.
Never leave children alone near lit candles. Furthermore, matches and utility lighters should be kept in a locked cabinet out of the reach of children.
Test smoke alarms to ensure alarms are working properly.
Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency and know how to use it.
As noted above, many safety tips involve kids. The Fire Department suggests having activities that keep kids out of the kitchen during the busy food preparation time. Games, puzzles, or books centered on Thanksgiving will keep kids busy, but still allows them to be included in the holiday celebration.
Grand Island Fire Chief Cory Schmidt says, “The GIFD wants you have a safe Thanksgiving that is free from fire or accidents. Remember to stand by your pan and keep a close watch on your cooking and baking this holiday season.”
For more information about the Grand Island Fire Department visit us atwww.facebook.com/GI.FireDepartment.
Two people already charged with kidnapping two people have been accused of killing one, whose body was found in a drainage pipe in southwest Nebraska.
Chase County Court records say 24-year-old Kevin German, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and 22-year-old Keonna Carter, of Taylorsville, Utah, are charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and other crimes.
The two were arrested Saturday in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Court records say they’re suspected leaving 22-year-old Annika Swanson, of Imperial, in a drainage pipe in a Chase County pasture on Nov. 14. The records say Carter told investigators that German beat up Swanson and, accompanied by Carter, forced Swanson down into the pipe on Nov. 14. Using Carter’s information, authorities found and recovered Swanson’s body in the pipe on Sunday. Her father had reported her missing three days earlier.
German, Carter and a third person are also suspected of kidnapping a 20-year-old woman. Authorities have said she’s safe now.
Authorities say they’ve found the remains of a missing woman in southwest Nebraska and arrested three people suspected of involvement in her disappearance and in the kidnapping of another woman.
The Chase County Sheriff’s Office says the body was found Sunday afternoon near Imperial. Her father had reported three days earlier that he hadn’t heard from his 22-year-old daughter for about a week. Her name hasn’t been released.
A 43-year-old man from rural Enders was arrested Thursday. County court records say Russell Mann is charged with two felony counts of being an accessory to kidnapping. The records don’t list an attorney for him.
The sheriff’s office says two more people were arrested Saturday in Fort Collins, Colorado. Twenty-four-year-old Kevin German, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and 22-year-old Keonna Carter, of Taylorsville, Utah, are charged with kidnapping, use of a firearm, assault and other crimes.
All three are also suspected in the kidnapping and assault of a 20-year-old woman. The sheriff’s office says she’s safe now.
The finance director of the Nebraska State Fair has resigned, saying the state fair may be on the verge of bankruptcy.
Patrick Kopke resigned Friday at a meeting of the fair board, telling members that his concerns about excessive spending had not been addressed.
Kopke told the board the State Fair, which has been held in Grand Island since 2010, has lost money the last two years. He projected the fair to be nearly $1.7 million in the red for 2019 and could be forced to file for bankruptcy next year.
Former Grand Island mayor Jeremy Jensen, who is chairman of the fair board’s finance committee,says that Kopke's projection was premature.
Following Kopke’s resignation, the board approved a new budget that could require cutting as much as half of the fair's staff and is dramatically different from the 2019 budget in a number of ways.
Jensen estimated the savings from the new budget will be about $600,000.
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi has cast doubt on the possibility of passing an updated North American trade deal by the end of 2019 as impeachment-related delays could throw updated U.S. trade policy into the heat of the presidential primary campaign.
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, an outspoken advocate for trade and agriculture, called Pelosi’s claim nonsense.
"Nancy Pelosi is holding Nebraska farmers and ranchers hostage and House Democrats are wasting time on circuses instead of doing real work for the American people. Last week Speaker Pelosi said a vote on the USMCA trade deal was 'imminent,' but today she's saying that there's not enough time to do it this year. That's some pure, grade-a bunk. The USMCA will pass tomorrow if Speaker Pelosi calls the vote and she knows it. Let's get this done."
The selling points for the new pact known as USMCA are that it updates NAFTA for the 21st century with hard-won provisions on digital trade, intellectual property, financial services and agriculture trade.
Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested a Phelps County sheriff’s deputy on suspicion of third-degree assault and child abuse for an altercation that left a 15-year-old girl with a black eye.
The patrol announced in a news release that 37-year-old Deputy Jamie Tilson was arrested Friday and booked into the Phelps County Jail.
The patrol says the arrest came after it was asked by the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office to investigate a report of a Sept. 3 assault in Holdrege. An arrest affidavit says Tilson attempted to slap the teen in the mouth during an argument, and instead hit her in the eye when she flinched.
On November 21st at approximately 1:30 pm the Chase County Sheriff’s Office received a report from an Imperial Resident that he hadn’t seen or heard from his 22 year old daughter for approximately a week and was concerned for her safety. At that time, the Sheriff’s Office began a Missing Person’s Investigation; multiple people were contacted and interviewed. These were individuals who the Sheriff’s Office believed might have information regarding her whereabouts.
On the evening of November 21st, 2019, several individuals were brought into the Sheriff’s Office for additional questioning. After interviewing these persons, it was determined that one person, a 20 year old female, was the alleged victim of an assault and kidnapping, this expanded Sheriff’s Office Investigation in to the missing person. Another subject (Russell Mann) age 43 of rural Enders was arrested as a result of this investigation for allegedly committing two Counts of Accessory to Kidnapping, both Class IIA Felonies. Mr. Mann is currently incarcerated with a $250,000 10% bond.
As the investigation continued into the disappearance of the 22 year old Chase County resident, information was obtained which led the Sheriff’s Office to believe the missing female may have met with foul play. As soon as this information became available an organized search began in a rural area south of Imperial. This search began on the evening of November 21st.
On November 22nd, around 9:00 AM and after obtaining and executing several search warrants, a more organized search commenced in the rural area of Imperial. The Chase County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Chase County Emergency Management, Nebraska Game and Parks Game Wardens, and a Search and Rescue Team from Torrington Wyoming. This team was able to provide a Cadaver Dog along with a Tracking Dog. The search continued throughout the day but was unsuccessful in locating the missing female.
During the course of the investigation congruent with the search efforts, the Sheriff’s Office developed two suspects. Arrest warrants were obtained for those individuals in relation to several kidnappings and the disappearance of the missing female. It was determined that the suspects could most likely be located in the Fort Collins Colorado area. The Sheriff’s Office requested and was given the expert assistance of the Fort Collins Police Department and their Crimes Against Persons Team and Criminal Impact Team. Both individuals were apprehended in Fort Collins on the afternoon of Saturday November 23rd. A Chase County Deputy was immediately dispatched to Fort Collins to work with detectives in order to interview suspects and develop additional leads.
The individuals arrested in Fort Collins were (Kevin Scot German) age 24 and (Keonna Nilsa Carter) age 22. Each are charged with 2 counts of; Use of a Firearm to Commit a Felony, Kidnapping, False Imprisonment-1st degree, Terroristic Threats , and Assault-3rd degree. Each are currently being held in Fort Collins on $1,000,000 10% bonds pending extradition to Chase County Nebraska. Additional charges may be forthcoming.
On the afternoon of Sunday November 24th, the remains of the missing Chase County woman were located by the Chase County Sheriff’s Deputies, Nebraska Game and Parks Officers, and Chase County Emergency Management. The Woman’s remains are currently being recovered with the help and expert assistance of the Nebraska State Patrol and the evidence will be processed by their forensic technicians and investigators. Fort Collins Police Officers also continue to offer their assistance. The family of the deceased woman has been notified and the victim will not be named. The investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time.
Sheriff Kevin E Mueller
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