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HERSHEY, Neb. — Authorities have arrested a man suspected of driving drunk when his passenger jumped out of the vehicle in western Nebraska and died.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says a deputy sent Monday evening to the scene on Link 56C on the south side of Hershey found the woman unresponsive, lying on the roadway with a vehicle parked nearby. The sheriff's office says the deputy was unable to revive her and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

She's been identified as 45-year-old Brandy Lewis, who lived in Ogallala. An autopsy has been ordered.

The 59-year-old man who'd been driving the vehicle was interviewed and then arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. He told deputies that Lewis decided to jump while the vehicle was moving and that he couldn't stop her.

Court records don't show that he's been formally charged.


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Sheriff Kapperman advises that on October 29 th , 2018 at approximately 9:30 p.m. The Furnas County Sheriff’s Office received a report of drug activity at the Arapahoe Motel in Arapahoe, Furnas County, Nebraska. The Sheriff’s Office responded and had contact with the renters, while talking with them the odor of marijuana was discovered emitting from the apartment. The Sheriff’s Office then applied for a search warrant for the residence for any and all drugs and drug paraphernalia.

The search warrant was granted by Furnas County Court and signed. Entry was made into the residence where three females from South Prairie, Washington where staying, Sonnie Cook, 36, Traci Donnelly, 59 and Veronica Donnelly, 24. Discovered during the search were multiple items of drug paraphernalia, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription pills, a scale and a stamp to mark bags for distribution.
Sonnie Cook, Traci Donnelly and Veronica Donnelly were all placed under arrest for the charges of Possession of Marijuana under 1 oz, Possession of drug paraphernalia, Possession of a controlled substance (heroin, codeine, pills), and Possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute (Methamphetamine, Cocaine).
At the time of this press release no bond has been set.


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Here are the unofficial election results for Scottsbluff County.

Name:Harold Benton

Description: An Endangered Missing Advisory has been activated to determine the whereabouts of Harold Benton.

The Harlan County Sheriffs office is asking for assistance locating Harold "Gene" Benton, a 79 year old, 5'10" 225lb white male with brown hair and brown eyes missing from the Alma, NE area. Mr. Benton reportedly suffers from dementia and has medical conditions for which he does not have his medication. He was last seen Monday 9-24 at 0900. He may be driving a red 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup, NE BE 4 Conservation plates. If you see Gene Benton please call 911 or the Harlan County Sheriff's office at 308-928-2147.


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BROKEN BOW, Neb. (AP) — A woman who worked 33 years for Custer County has pleaded guilty to stealing from the Sheriff's Office.

Court records say 59-year-old Kelli Estergard, of Callaway, pleaded guilty to theft after prosecutors lowered the charge and dropped a related charge. Her sentencing is set for Aug. 23.

Authorities say the theft occurred between July 23, 2015, and Jan. 30 this year.


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GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Frank Rzucek Sr. leaned forward in a Colorado courtroom, weeping with his face in his hands as his son-in-law, just feet away, was told Tuesday he could face the death penalty if convicted of killing Rzucek's daughter and two granddaughters.

Collecting himself, Rzucek glared as Christopher Watts was escorted back to jail.

The brief hearing came a day after court documents revealed that Watts told police that it was Rzucek's daughter, Shanann Watts, who strangled the kids after he told her he wanted to separate.

Watts told police that he flew into a rage and strangled his wife, took the three bodies to a remote oil site north of Denver, buried Shanann in a shallow grave and dumped the girls' bodies inside oil tanks.

Rzucek's silent angst dominated a routine court hearing in which Watts, wearing an orange jail suit and cuffed at the wrists and ankle, stoically answered, "Yes sir," as District Judge Marcelo Kopcow told him of the possible punishments if he's found guilty of killing Shanann, 34, Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4.

Shanann's brother, Frank Rzucek Jr., rubbed his father's shoulders and glared unflinchingly at Watts. A deputy stood between the men and the defendant.

Watts didn't enter pleas to three first-degree murder charges, two counts of killing a child under 12, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.

GPS coordinates provided by police suggest the bodies were found at an oil worksite on or near a sprawling ranch close to Roggen, a high plains town about 40 miles (65 kilometers) east of the family's home in Frederick.

The oil site was not clearly visible Tuesday from the borders of the ranch, set in grazing land with sagebrush, yellow wildflowers and the occasional cottonwood tree. Gates to the property were closed, and the ranch owner did not immediately respond to a telephone message.

Watts worked as an operator for Anadarko Petroleum, a major Colorado oil and gas producer. He was fired Aug. 15, the day of his arrest.

Police first visited the Watts home on Aug. 13, after a friend asked officers to check on Shanann. Police searched the house and found the woman's cellphone stuffed inside a couch. Her purse was in the kitchen, and a suitcase was at the bottom of the stairs.

A detective spoke to Watts and learned about his plan to leave his wife. He told officers the conversation with Shanann was civil at first but that later "they were both upset and crying" and she planned to go to a friend's house, court papers said.

When she and the girls did not return home Aug. 14, investigators ramped up their efforts, with help from the FBI and Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Christopher Watts was interviewed by several local television stations, saying he missed his family.

In court papers, investigators said they learned that Watts was "actively involved in an affair with a co-worker," something he denied at first.

Separate documents filed by Watts' defense attorney last week said the girls' bodies were submerged in crude oil for four days before police found them late Thursday.

Prosecutors in Colorado have 60 days after someone is arraigned to say if they will seek the death penalty. No date has been set for Watts' arraignment. District Attorney Michael Rourke said Monday that it was too early to discuss if he will pursue capital punishment.

Shanann Watts, who's originally from North Carolina, had told family and friends she was expecting a boy. The judge said the charge of unlawful termination of pregnancy carries a prison term between 16 and 48 years.

Colorado is one of 12 states without a law broadly allowing for homicide charges in the violent death of fetuses. But state lawmakers in 2013 made the unlawful termination of pregnancy a felony.

Several efforts to change state law to allow murder charges in the death of a fetus have stalled amid disagreement about how to pass such a law without infringing on abortion rights.

As Boulder County district attorney, Stan Garnett remembers receiving dozens of calls and letters as his office prosecuted a woman accused of cutting open a pregnant woman's belly and removing her unborn child in 2015.

Garnett said a murder charge is impossible in Colorado unless prosecutors can show a fetus lived outside the mother before death.

A case involving the death of a fetus is inevitably controversial, but for prosecutors, "all that matters is what the law is and what the evidence is," Garnett said.


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The Scottsbluff Police Department is continuing the investigation into the fire that took place at 810 Ferdinand Place in the early morning hours December 16, 2018. At this particular time it is believed that the fire was intentional.  

The Scottsbluff Police Department is continuing to conduct interviews of persons that were near the scene at the time of the incident.   



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HOLDREGE - The red ribbon is ready to cut on Fourth Avenue in downtown Holdrege Thursday morning.

Concrete Solutions 2018 and KUVR are hosting the official ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of construction and opening of the highway. The event is scheduled to take place on Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 on the sidewalk in front of the radio station. Coffee, hot chocolate and mini cinnamon rolls will be provided and KUVR will broadcast the ribbon cutting live on the air and video on Facebook live. 

Holdrege Mayor Doug Young will be present, ceremonial scissors in hand, alongside downtown business owners to cut the ribbon and open the highway for traffic once again. The ribbon cutting will be a 10:00 a.m. in conjunction with the KUVR live broadcast from 9:00 until 10:30 Thursday morning. 

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Dr Josh McDowell and Dr Maggie Mintken

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Ray Torres, age 24 of Scottsbluff was arrested following multiple pursuits in and near the northwest area of Scottsbluff. 

 

At approximately 10:41 this morning, a Deputy on patrol observed Ray Torres driving a vehicle on W. 42nd Street near highway 71.  The Deputy soon confirmed multiple arrest warrants for Torres, and attempted to stop the vehicle.  Torres fled and drove through fields, private land and a tree row north of Scottsbluff, eventually heading south on Highway 71 and into the City of Scottsbluff where officers lost contact.

 

Another Deputy located the vehicle in a yard in the 2900 block between Avenue I and Dineen and observed a male running in the neighborhood.  Deputies with the assistance of Scottsbluff PD and the Nebraska State Patrol created a perimeter around the area but were unsuccessful in locating the male.

 

At approximately 1:33 p.m. today, a woman living in the 2700 block of Dineen Avenue reported a man leaving her garage.  Scottsbluff PD officers and a State Patrol Trooper observed Torres in the area and apprehended him after a short foot pursuit.

 

The woman that reported him said that he had been inside her garage and she found doors to her vehicle opened and someone had gone through the property inside. 

 

Ray Torres was transported to the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center and charged with the following:

 

 

 

MISDEMEANOR  

ASSAULT   

 

 

 

 

 

MISDEMEANOR  

THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING ($500 OR LESS)   

 

 

 

 

 

MISDEMEANOR  

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF   

 

 

  

 

Felony         

FLIGHT TO AVOID-PROSECUTION, CONFINEMENT   

 

 

 

 

 

FELONY  

BURGLARY   

 

 

 

 

 

MISDEMEANOR  

RECKLESS DRIVING   

 

 

 

 

 

MISDEMEANOR  

TRESPASSING   

 

 

 

 

 

MISDEMEANOR  

NO OPERATORS LICSENSE   

 

 

 

 

 

MISDEMEANOR  

OBSTRUCTING POLICE   

 

 

 

 

 

FELONY  

FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE/ COLORADO   

 

 



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