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AUGUST 10, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — During the evening hours of Thursday, August 9, investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol conducted alcohol inspections in Lincoln County.

This project was supported in whole or part by Grant # 93.959 under the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Region II Human Services, and the Nebraska DHHS Division of Behavioral Health.

In total, 12 businesses were inspected. Six of those businesses sold alcohol to a minor for a non-compliance rate of 50 percent. Four of the businesses that sold to a minor did not check ID.

The businesses which failed the inspections were:

Ozzie’s I-80 – Sutherland (Did not check ID, sold to minor)

The Bottle Stop – North Platte (Did not check ID, sold to minor)

Flying J Travel Center #687 – North Platte (Checked ID, sold to minor)

Time Saver #7 – North Platte (Checked ID, sold to minor)

Starting Gate – North Platte (Did not check ID, sold to minor)

Unreel Events – North Platte (Did not check ID, sold to minor)

 

The investigators inspected liquor stores, convenience stores, golf courses, and bars.

The Nebraska State Patrol performs these inspections in an effort to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors. Businesses which fail the inspections are referred to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. Clerks who sell alcohol to a minor are cited for procuring alcohol for a minor.


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JULY 30, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — During the evening hours of Saturday, July 28, investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) conducted alcohol inspections in Red Willow County.

This project was supported in whole or part by Grant # 93.959 under the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Region II Human Services, and the Nebraska DHHS Division of Behavioral Health.

In total, 14 businesses were checked. Four businesses sold alcohol to a minor, for a non-compliance rate of 29%. Three businesses that sold to the minor did not check the minor’s ID.

The businesses which failed the inspections were:

Rocket Inn – Indianola (did not check ID, sold to minor)

Cobblestone Hotel & Suites – McCook (did not check ID, sold to minor)

Fuller’s Family Restaurant & Lounge – McCook (did not check ID, sold to minor)

Loop Brewing Company – McCook (checked ID, sold to minor)

 

The businesses included golf courses, hotels, convenience stores, restaurants, and bars. NSP conducts these inspections in an effort to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors.

Businesses which fail the inspections are referred to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. Clerks who sell alcohol to a minor are cited for procuring alcohol for a minor.


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OCTOBER 17, 2018 (SCOTTSBLUFF, NEB.)  — The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP), working with the Gering Police Department, Scottsbluff Police Department, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office, and Monument Prevention Coalition, has conducted alcohol inspections in Scotts Bluff County. The inspections were held on Saturday, October 13.

A total of 66 businesses were inspected. Two of those businesses sold alcohol to a minor. The overall compliance rate was 97 percent.

The businesses which sold alcohol to a minor were:

Goonies Sports Bar & Grill – Gering

Rosita’s – Scottsbluff

 

A business that fails the inspections is referred to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. Clerks who sell alcohol to a minor are cited for procuring alcohol for a minor.

The Nebraska State Patrol and partner law enforcement agencies conduct these inspections across Nebraska in an effort to keep alcohol out of the hands of youth.


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How’d It Happen

Back in May of 2018 a phone call was made to Kenny Ogier of Wallace from Carla Beck of Hometown Family Radio. The Phone call was made for two reasons. One, to congratulate Ogier on his new business venture "Knucklehead's Garage" which he was running out of a shop on his farm; and Two, to see if Kenny, who Carla knew was an avid Rock 100.7 radio listener would like to sponsor a daily request hour on the radio station. Ogier, has said that the phone call made his day. He couldn’t believe that a radio station in North Platte “cared about his little shop” south of Wallace. Kenny jumped at the opportunity to sponsor a show on “His” favorite radio station. That also opened the door for another idea. Carla jokingly asked “what do you think about building a bike for Rock 100?” Ken replied that “he and his builders had already discussed that idea” and that they really wanted to if they could find a way to pay for the hard costs of a build.


The Raffle

Two weeks after that conversation, Beck phoned Ogier again and said “how about we build a bike and raffle it off for a local non-profit group?” Beck noting that they should be able to sell more than enough raffle tickets to not only cover Knucklehead’s Garage material costs, but also be able to support the community by making a generous contribution to whomever was selected. At the end of the conversation, Ogier said “Let’s Do This!”


The Build

Work started almost immediately on picking out a frame for the bike, and choosing which accessories it would have. Earlier in the year, Ogier and some of his team had taken a road trip to the west coast. Unbeknownst to them at the time, they would be picking many of the future parts for Scarlett. They would fit the bike with an Indian Larry gas tank, a Jesse James Fender and of course a Harley Davidson power plant. The Knuckleheads were adamant the bike needed an “old school” look. Mission Accomplished!


The Unveil

Saturday, August 4th. The Bike didn’t yet have a name, and still didn’t have her custom rims and tires, but she was built and August 4th had already been the day selected to unveil her to the public. Yes, we keep referring to the bike as a “She”; that’s a Knucklehead’s Tradition to name ALL their builds after pretty ladies. This Bike was no exception. A little after 6pm on this cloudy late afternoon day the crowd at The Platte Bar in North Platte got to see her for the first time as employee and builder Rob Durfee rode “Scarlett” into the bar’s beer garden. Tickets were immediately available for purchase for the raffle to win the bike. That night alone almost 200 tickets had been purchased to win the bike.


Scarlett got her name the week after the unveiling when ROCK 100 listeners made nominations for a name on the stations Facebook Page. The ROCK 100 staff and Knuckleheads Garage decided on the name from those suggestions.


Guardians Of The Children

“The Guardians were the first name brought up when this idea hatched”, according to Derek Beck, manager at ROCK 100. “We knew we wanted to help children, we really wanted to partner with a biker organization since we were building and giving away a motorcycle. It Just made sense.” The Guardians would help sell raffle tickets at many of the ROCK 100 events that would follow in the next few month. In return, their organization would receive a substantial split of the raffle money to use towards their Mission in the future. “Many people that were not bikers, or even owned a motorcycle bought raffle tickets because they wanted to contribute to what the Guardians stood for” Derek Beck said.


The Giveaway

On Wednesday, December 12, 100 names from the box that held All The Raffle Tickets were drawn at Great Western Bank, who served as the Title Sponsor of the Giveaway on ROCK 100. “We were surprised a few names were pulled out of the raffle box twice” said Shari Cecil, who also works for ROCK 100 as a Marketing Consultant. “I guess we shouldn’t have been surprised, some people spent over $200 on raffle tickets at once”. The Raffle tickets were $20 per ticket. The people who had their names drawn were personally invited to the final drawing which was also held at The Platte Bar in North Platte on Saturday, December 15th.


Most of the qualifiers were present for the announcement of the winner, but you did not have to be present to win. When Derek Beck and Miss Knuckle, Michelle James, drew the winning raffle ticket. It was Jake Dancer of Sutherland. Jake was not present, but was watching on ROCK 100’s Facebook Live Feed at the time.


The Donation

After hard expenses to build Scarlett, the Knuckleheads Garage and ROCK 100 made a $5,977 donation to the Flatrock Chapter of Guardians Of The Children on Friday, December 28. “We want to thank the Guardians, Great Western Bank and all of the local businesses this fall that hosted Scarlett as we tried to raise as much money as we could for the Guardians” Derek Beck said after the check presentation. “And Thank You To Kenny Ogier and his guys at Knuckleheads Garage for all the work they put in on this project. We were able to pay for all the parts and still make a nice donation to an amazing North Platte area organization.” Beck says that they are already planning a similar giveaway next year. “We’re planning a summer promotion around a NEW bike that the Knuckleheads are already building. We are going to start a search inquiry in the next few weeks to select the 2019 beneficiary of the proceeds. We would ideally like to contribute to a different organization every year as long as we’re fortunate to have a great partner like Knuckleheads Garage and Great Western Bank.”


Because of this successful promotion, Knuckleheads outgrew their shop in Wallace in the short 4 months of this promotion and now have a new North Platte location located just South of Wyman’s Welding off of East 4th Street.


To Be Continued in 2019...




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Bertrand, NE - One person is dead following a single vehicle accident near Bertrand on Sunday.


The Nebraska State Patrol says a pickup truck traveling east on Highway 23 rolled several times after entering the ditch at the intersection of Highway 23 and Road E. The driver, 18 year-old Ty Bryan Bowman of Arapahoe, was killed when he was ejected from the vehicle. Bowman was the sole occupant of the vehicle.



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Scottsbluff – Arby’s Foundation presented a very generous donation of $4,000 to United Way of Western Nebraska, specific to helping fight hunger in our communities and to help sponsor the 6th annual Day of Caring Food Packaging event to be held October 2019.  


Due to the rising numbers of food insecure families requesting assistance in our communities the past two years, United Way plans to increase the number of meals they package during the 2019 packaging event in order to meet more of the community’s needs. Each year approximately 200 community volunteers have packaged 60,000 meals (10,000 packages) of shelf-stable, microwaveable, fortified meals that all stay here in our communities to help feed food insecure families.   


The generous $4,000 donation from Arby’s Foundation is a great start to the United Way’s efforts of raising the funds needed to host the 2019 Day of Caring Food Packaging event and will pay for approximately 18,000 of the 70,000 meals they plan to package this year. All meals packaged at the event stay in our communities and are distributed by local programs who are serving families in need. The meals are distributed through 5 local school district backpack programs, local food pantries, soup kitchens and disaster relief programs like Firefighters Ministry and Diaper Depot.  


Funding for this event is raised through grants and donations specific to the project so as not to affect the annual United Way campaign fundraising efforts which helps support non-profit partner agencies providing services to families in need in our communities.



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Sheriff Kapperman advises that on October 28 th , 2018 at approximately 1:30 p.m theFurnas County Sheriff’s Office received a report of terroristic threats at 720 7 th Street,Beaver City, Nebraska. The reporting party stated that Mark Hutchens, 56, of BeaverCity, Nebraska had fired a b.b gun at her and threatened to burn her house down. Anarrest warrant was filed for Mr. Hutchens for Third degree assault in a menacing manner

and terroristic threats, along with a search warrant for the b.b gun.The arrest warrant and search warrant were granted by Furnas County Court and signed. Entry was made into the residence of Mark and Jennifer Hutchens, 38, of Beaver City,Nebraska. During the execution of the search warrant for the b.b gun, methamphetamineand drug paraphernalia was located along with a shotgun. A second search warrant was obtained to search the residence for drugs, drug paraphernalia and other weapons. Mr. Hutchens is a felon and is prohibited from owning firearms. Additional items of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine, marijuana and multiple firearms and knives were located in the residence. Jennifer Hutchens was arrested for one count of possession of a control substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mark Hutchens was arrested for the
arrest warrant and the additional charges of possession of a control substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.Both Mr. and Mrs. Hutchens appeared in the Furnas County Court and were arraigned on all charges on Monday, October 29 th , 2018, they are due back for preliminary hearing on Monday, November 05 th , 2018. Mr. Hutchens bond was set at $30,000 subject to 10% and Mrs. Hutchens bond was set at $5,000 subject to 10%. At the time of this press release Mrs. Hutchens has bonded out of jail and Mr. Hutchens remains in custody.


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OCTOBER 25, 2018 (KEARNEY, NEB.)  — Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested a man in connection with the death of an infant in Wilcox earlier this month.

Investigators initially responded to a report of the death of six-week-old Zackary Preston on October 1, 2018 when the infant was found unresponsive in a bed at his home in Wilcox.

Following an investigation, the child’s father, Christopher Preston, 23, of Wilcox, was arrested on charges of felony child abuse resulting in death. The arrest was made Wednesday, October 24, at his place of work in Holdrege.

Christopher Preston was lodged in Kearney County Jail.


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HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) —HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 78-year-old Hastings man died in a collision west of Hastings.

John "Jack" Osborne (OZ'-burn) was the younger brother of former Nebraska congressman and football coach Tom Osborne.

The Adams County Sheriff's Office says Jack Osborne was headed south on a county road Sunday around 7:50 p.m. when he didn't halt at a stop sign and collided with a westbound vehicle on U.S. Highway 6.

Authorities say the other driver, 19-year-old Dariana Burr, of Juniata, wasn't seriously injured.

John "Jack" Osborne (OZ'-burn) was the younger brother of former Nebraska congressman and football coach Tom Osborne.

The Adams County Sheriff's Office says Jack Osborne was headed south on a county road Sunday around 7:50 p.m. when he didn't halt at a stop sign and collided with a westbound vehicle on U.S. Highway 6.

Authorities say the other driver, 19-year-old Dariana Burr, of Juniata, wasn't seriously injured.


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THE OREGON TRAIL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION has awarded a grant to the Western Nebraska Bicycling Club for the installation of four

Bicycle Repair Stations in the community


Scottsbluff.Four bicycle repair stations like this one, with a work stand, bicycle repair tools, and an air pump, will be installed in Scottsbluff and Gering in spring 2019. Photo courtesy of Bike Fixation

Grant support enables purchase of public bicycle repair stations

Scottsbluff and Gering will have new bicycle repair resources available this spring, thanks to a collaborative community effort and the support of City of Gering Keno Funds and the Oregon Trail Community Foundation.


The Scottsbluff-Gering-Terrytown Active Living Advisory Committee, the Nebraska Bicycling Alliance, and the Western Nebraska Bicycling Club are working with community partners to install four bicycle repair stations in the community.


The stations will be located at Western Nebraska Community College, Sonny’s Bike Shop, and the Y in Scottsbluff, and at Summit Christian College in Gering, which are all accessible by bike path or Tri-City Roadrunner busses equipped with bicycle transport racks. Each bicycle repair station will include a work stand, a tethered set of bicycle repair tools, and an air pump.


After the stations are installed in the spring, Western Nebraska Bicycling Club members will host repair clinics to teach people how to use the stations to make basic bicycle repairs.

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ALAC member Katie Bradshaw said that the availability of bicycle repair tools and the repair clinics will help more people to get out and ride.


“There are bicycles stashed in garages that are not being ridden just because a small repair is needed,” Bradshaw said. “The bike repair stations and the repair clinics can help get those hibernating bikes rolling again, and provide people with another option for getting the physical activity they need to stay healthy.”


In addition to the grants from City of Gering Keno Funds and Oregon Trail Community Foundation, funding for the bicycle repair stations is coming from Western Nebraska Bicycling Club, Western Nebraska Community College, and Sonny’s Bike Shop. The Panhandle Public Health District and Nebraska Bicycling Alliance are providing administrative support.


-For more information about the bicycle repair stations, contact Bradshaw at 308-632-3607.


About the Oregon Trail Community Foundation


The Oregon Trail Community Foundation is dedicated to supporting projects that improve education, our schools, wildlife preservation, historical landmarks, the arts, healthcare and scientific research. The Foundation offers grants, scholarships and other services to organizations and individuals through funds provided by donations, memberships, bequests, trusts and other financial vehicles.  The Oregon Trail Community Foundation helps you contribute to the betterment of your community.


About the Tri-Cities Active Living Advisory Committee


The Tri-Cities Active Living Advisory Committee creates and improves communication links and resource sharing to support healthy and active behaviors and lifestyles. The Panhandle Public Health District facilitates this working group of committed people, including representatives from Gering, Scottsbluff, and Terrytown city governments; public health professionals; citizens; and social service agencies.


About the Nebraska Bicycling Alliance


The Nebraska Bicycling Alliance works to cultivate a safer, more bicycle friendly Nebraska through partnerships, education, and advocacy. Our vision is a Nebraska where bicycling is a safe and enjoyable part of the Good Life.



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