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On 9-23-2019, at approximately 10:21 hours, Officers with the Scottsbluff Police Department were dispatched to the intersection of 8th Avenue and East 15th Street in reference to a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle.  Upon arrival units located a 2005 Yamaha motorcycle on its side.  The driver of the motorcycle was identified as thirty seven year old Elisia Rotherham of Scottsbluff.  Rotherham sustained visible but not life threatening injuries.  Rotherham had been travelling eastbound on East 15th Street. Witnesses on scene reported that a white SUV with dealership tags was headed northbound on 8th Avenue at a high rate of speed.  Witnesses reported that the white SUV failed to stop at the stop sign at the location causing Rotherham to lose control of the motorcycle.  The driver of the white SUV remains unknown at this time and the investigation to identify the run vehicle and driver is ongoing.  Rotherham refused transportation to Regional West Medical Center.  

 


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On Thursday October 3rd at 10:32 A.M. Scottsbluff Police were dispatched to Highway 26 and Avenue B in reference to an injury accident. The investigation showed that a west bound 2001 Buick LeSabre driven by 87 year old Cecel Carlson of Scottsbluff failed to yield as she turned south onto Avenue B. Carlson failed to yield the right of way to an east bound 2010 Ford F-350 pickup towing a 2015 Fifth Wheel Camper Trailer driven by 61 year old Jeffrey Gregson of Sundance Wyoming. Gregson’s Ford F350 struck Carlson’s Buick on the driver side causing the Buick to spin out and jump the center raised median striking a third vehicle that had tried moving from the accident. The third vehicle is a 2015 Ford F-150 pickup that was being driven by 62 year old Janice Haun of Scottsbluff along with her husband David Haun. Gregson’s Ford F-350 and trailer jackknifed and slid to the southeast section of the intersection also jumping the curb and coming to a rest just shy of a light pole with the Fifth wheel trailer tipped to its side. Carlson was transported to RWMC by Valley Ambulance. Carlson suffered a broken pelvis and ribs. Carlson’s vehicle was totaled and was towed from the scene by JRodz Towing. Gregson’s vehicle was also totaled with the trailer sustaining several thousands of dollars in damage. Haun’s vehicle sustained an estimated $500 in damage. Both Gregson’s pickup and trailer along with Haun’s pickup were towed from the scene by Ron’s Towing. No citations were issued. Scottsbluff Police were assisted by the Scottsbluff Fire Dept., Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Dept. and the Nebraska State Patrol.

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(NORTH PLATTE, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested an Iowa man and seized nearly 950 THC vape cartridges during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near North Platte.

The traffic stop occurred at approximately 10:50 a.m. Monday, April 8, when a trooper observed an eastbound Ford Escape speeding at mile marker 179. During the traffic stop, the trooper became aware of drug activity and conducted a search of the vehicle.

The search revealed 947 THC vape cartridges in vacuum sealed bags hidden inside a box in the cargo area. The driver, John Norris, 22, of Johnston, Iowa, was arrested for possession of THC/Hash Oil with intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp. A female passenger was cited and released for possession of marijuana – less than one ounce.

Norris was lodged in Lincoln County Jail.


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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials say an online site can provide winter travelers with information about Nebraska road conditions from the perspective of snowplow drivers. The Nebraska Transportation Department said in a news release Tuesday that the online Plow Tracker interactive map shows state plow trucks on highways. At the click of a mouse, site users can see what the snowplow drivers are seeing, thanks to forward-facing dashboard cameras. Plow Tracker automatically refreshes information every minute. Department operations manager Tom Sands says the weather conditions can often be worse than they appear on the dash cameras, which show only a portion of a roadway.


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Nebraska State Education Association

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — The Nebraska State Patrol says troopers have seized nearly 80 pounds of marijuana in two recent traffic stops on Interstate 80 near North Platte.

The patrol says the first stop occurred Nov. 18, when a trooper stopped a car on suspicion of speeding and veering out of its lane. The patrol says a search of the car turned up 48 pounds of marijuana in luggage. The 27-year-old driver from Jacksonville, North Carolina, was arrested.

The second stop occurred Monday, when a trooper stopped another car on suspicion of failing to signal. A search of that car turned up 30 pounds of marijuana, and a 17-year-old passenger in the car, from California, was arrested and jailed.


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Nebraska State Treasurer

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An English honor society is now available to students at North Platte Community College.

 

NPCC received national approval for a Sigma Kappa Delta chapter on Tuesday. SKD is the English honor society for two-year colleges, and NPCC is currently the only college in Nebraska to offer it.

 

An inaugural induction ceremony is planned for this weekend.

 

I am thrilled that after a lot of hard work and perseverance on the part of some students who are very dedicated to English and the world of academia, Sigma Kappa Delta is finally coming to fruition,” said Kristi Leibhart, English instructor at NPCC. “Sigma Kappa Delta will open up so many new opportunities for our students and provide another means to reward them for their academic accomplishments.”

 

It’s a goal Leibhart has been working toward for the past two years.

 

“When I was in school, a Sigma Tau Delta chapter was available, which is an English honor society for students at four-year colleges and universities,” said Leibhart. “It was a very visible sign on campus that people were interested in English, and it was a true honor for students to be part of. I wanted to start something similar at NPCC that would reward academics and provide something to aspire to in the classroom.”

 

Leibhart said six members are required to form a SKD chapter. She knows of about 100 individuals at the college who are eligible.

 

“It’s not limited to English majors,” said Leibhart. “Anyone who has completed at least 12 credit hours, who has a minimum GPA of 3.0, who has completed at least one English class and who has received an A or B in every English class can join. Participation doesn’t automatically guarantee induction into Sigma Tau Delta if students transfer on to a four-year institution, but it can make the process easier.”

 

In addition to providing an honor to list on résumés, SKD offers numerous scholarships to its members. There are opportunities to enter writing and photography competitions, present at national conferences and be published in the “Hedera Helix Literary Journal,” the SKD’s official publication.

 

“We plan to do a variety of activities at the local level as well,” Leibhart said. “We would like to conduct community service projects, such as reading to nursing home residents, or collecting books to send to prisoners. Film nights and poetry slams have also been discussed.”

 

The chapter’s induction ceremony is open to the public. It’s scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the McDonald-Belton Theater on NPCC’s South Campus.

 

Members will receive green and gold honor cords to wear at commencement as well as a commemorative SKD pin. Refreshments will be provided. 

 

Anyone interested in joining the new honor society can contactLeibhart at leibhartk@mpcc.edu.


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JUNE 20, 2019 (SCOTTSBLUFF, NEB.) — The Nebraska State Patrol is heartbroken to announce the death of Trooper Jerry L. Smith, badge #373. “This is a tragic day for the Nebraska State Patrol”, said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “A family has lost a husband and a father. Our troopers have lost a colleague and a friend. Our state has lost a true public servant.” At approximately 7:45 a.m. MDT on Thursday, June 20, Trooper Smith was on duty and traveling on Highway 26, in Morrill County, when another vehicle crossed the center line and struck his patrol unit head-on. Trooper Smith was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle was ejected and was also pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of a third vehicle that was involved in the crash was not seriously injured. The crash remains under investigation by the Morrill County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office. Trooper Smith, 51, of Scottsbluff, joined the Nebraska State Patrol in 2014, graduating with the 56th Basic Recruit Class on May 1, 2015. Graduating at the age of 47, he is believed to be the oldest recruit to ever complete NSP’s Basic Recruit Camp. He was stationed in Scottsbluff as part of Troop E for his entire NSP career. Prior to joining NSP, Trooper Smith led a decorated career in the United States Army, serving our country from 1986 to 2011. Trooper Smith earned numerous honors during his military career, including a bronze star for his service in two tours of combat in Operation Iraqi Freedom. “Trooper Smith was doing what he did every day, diligently patrolling Nebraska’s roadways,” said Colonel Bolduc. “This is a sad reminder of the dangers our law enforcement professionals face daily. Our prayers are with Trooper Smith’s family.” Trooper Smith is survived by his wife and two adult children. All of NSP mourns the loss of Trooper Smith and asks that the public respect the privacy of his family during this difficult time.

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The Scottsbluff Police Department and Scottsbluff Police Officers Association is excited to announce its first year of participation in the Pink Patch Project (#PinkPatchProject). This innovative and collaborative effort started in the Los Angeles area to increase public awareness and funding for breast cancer research and treatment.  

The Scottsbluff Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies across the State of Nebraska to help expand the awareness and efforts of this fantastic campaign.  The State of Nebraska has twenty six participating agencies this year, which has grown from sixteen last year in 2018, and seven in 2017.  We look forward to continued involvement in future years and encourage all law enforcement agencies across the state to join us!  

Throughout the month of October, officers from participating agencies, will be switching out their official agency patches, and replacing them with the agency's official pink patch.  

Members of the public can support the #PinkPatchProject by purchasing pink patches, tee-shirts, and other items in person from Scottsbluff Police Officers and other agencies involved or at the following link:

 https://nepinkpatchproject.com/ 
100% of all proceeds generated from this campaign go to the law enforcement agency's participating non-profit entity that supports cancer research and prevention.  

The Scottsbluff Police Departments non-profit is the Festival of Hope. The Festival of Hope is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help cancer patients who live in Western Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming with non-medical expenses as they relate to their cancer care and treatment. 

http://www.festivalofhope.net/ 


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