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A Hastings truck driver has been killed in a crash in north-central Kansas.

The crash happened around noon Wednesday on K-14 Highway in rural Jewell County, killing Scott Sell, 50, of Hastings, Nebraska.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said its investigation showed that the southbound semitrailer Sell was driving veered onto the highway shoulder, overcorrected and went into the opposite ditch. The truck overturned in a pasture, and Sell was pronounced dead at the scene.

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On June 2nd, 2020 at around 9:26 pm, 42 year old Bobby Williamson of Alda, Nebraska was arrested on charges of Terroristic Threats, Use of a Firearms in the Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Stolen Firearm.

The arrest follows an incident in which a peaceful protest was taking place in the Dodge Lot City Parking lot near the intersection of 1st and Walnut Streets. Williamson allegedly drove by in a white 2011 Nissan Versa near the intersection of Division and Walnut, and brandished a firearm toward a 31 year old Somali male participating in the protest. This action was observed by another witness.

The vehicle was immediately located and stopped by officers assisting with the protest.
Williamson was taken into custody, at which time three firearms were recovered from the
vehicle, a .22 caliber revolver, and .22 caliber rifle, and a 12 gauge shotgun. The .22 caliber handgun was determined to have been stolen from Grand Island in 2018. 

Additionally, roughly 30 rounds of .22 long rifle ammunition and 10 rounds 12 gauge 
ammunition were recovered.
None of the firearms were loaded at the time of recovery.

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The Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association will not have a pageant this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The decision was not made lightly – it came after months of consideration and monitoring of safety recommendations by state and local health officials.

 

The MRNA tried to come up with alternatives, even pushing the pageant back from June to August, while still keeping the welfare of contestants and attendees as its top priority. Ultimately, it was determined that cancelling the pageant was in the best interest of everyone.

 

The reigns of Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2020 Joeli Walrath and Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2019 Brylee Thompson will be extended into next year.

 

“The safety of those involved with the pageant and the public was the committee’s foremost concern, thus making the decision for us to cancel the pageant,” said Cindy Petersen, chair of the pageant committee. “We are grateful to our current titleholders who are willing to carry their titles into the next year and are looking forward to a successful pageant in 2021.”

 

Miss Rodeo America, Inc. made the same announcement last week – putting off its pageant until December of 2021. Current MRA, Jordan Tierney, will continue her reign until that time.

 

More information about the Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association, its titleholders and history can be found online at missrodeonebraska.org.


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Starting Monday, June 1, CHI Health St. Francis is scaling back hospital visitation restrictions. Almost three months ago, visitation restrictions were put in place that gradually increased to the current state of no visitors unless in select patient situations.

 

“As COVID-19 moved across our country, St. Francis, like many hospitals worked to prevent the spread as not to overwhelm our health care system. We were extremely successful. I’m so incredibly proud of the part our St. Francis team played in caring for our community. Now that the number of hospitalized COVID-19 positive patients has substantial decreased and we’ve resumed elective procedures, our community needs us to continue providing the same quality care relied on for the last 133 years. Part of that care is having a loved one by your side as you heal,” says Ed Hannon, president, St. Francis.

 

Starting June 1, St. Francis patients will be allowed one healthy adult visitor at a time while at the hospital. Additional visitors are allowed in the following circumstances:

 

·         Minor patients including NICU and newborns are allowed up to two parents/guardians at a time.

 

·         Patients receiving end of life care may be allowed more than one visitor as determined by the patient’s representatives and care team.

 

Hannon says on a case-by-case basis, visits by minors may be allowed at the discretion of the patient’s care team.

 

All visitors will continue to be screened upon arrival and will be required to wear a mask.

 

According to Hannon, even before the pandemic, hospitals routinely and safely cared for infectious disease patients. They continue to follow stringent policies and procedures making hospitals safe environments.

 

“Once again opening up to visitors reflects our confidence and reassures our community. Patients and visitors shouldn’t be hesitant to come to the hospital to have their health issues addressed. Waiting it out at home runs the risk of causing unnecessary, sometime irreversible, damage to our community’s health and safety,” says Hannon.

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CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Chase Elliott capped a busy stretch for NASCAR by winning the Alsco Uniforms at Charlotte Motor Speedway yesterday, finishing 2.2 seconds ahead of Denny Hamlin. Elliott reeled in Kevin Harvick with 27 laps remaining and closed out his first Cup victory of the season. Ryan Blaney was third, followed by Ricky Stenhouse and Kurt Busch. The rain-delayed event closed a frantic 12-day period that featured four Cup races, two each in North and South Carolina.

UNDATED (AP) — Organizers have canceled the Boston Marathon for the first time in its 124-year history due to social distancing requirements of the coronavirus outbreak. The race had endured through two World Wars, a volcanic eruption and a previous pandemic. The race draws a field of 30,000 and already had been postponed from April 20 to Sept. 14. It will be replaced by a virtual event in which participants who verify that they ran 26.2 miles on their own will receive their finisher's medal.

UNDATED (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is hopeful that coaches will be able to return to their team facilities by next week. Goodell also said during today’s owners conference call that the virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. NFL executive vice president of communications, public affairs and policy Jeff Miller said the league’s first consideration is of course the health and safety of the public and the players and the employees and the people who will be participating.

UNDATED (AP) — Sports agent Scott Boras is recommending that his clients refuse Major League Baseball’s attempt to cut salaries during negotiations with the players’ association. He is claiming that team financial issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic have their origin in management debt financing. Boras wrote in an email obtained by The Associated Press that players should not alter terms of the March 26 agreement between MLB and the union that called for players to reduce their salaries to a prorated rate based on a shortened season. MLB on Tuesday proposed a series of tiered reductions that would cause top stars to receive the biggest cuts.

UNDATED (AP) — The English Premier League plans to restart on June 17 after a 100-day shutdown with new staggered kickoffs to maximize broadcast slots as fans are prevented from attending games. The clubs agreed Thursday that the competition should resume with a Wednesday night doubleheader featuring Manchester City playing Arsenal and Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United. After those makeup games are played, the 30th round will start on Friday, June 19 provided authorities approve safety plans.

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MAY 28, 2020 (GRAND ISLAND, NEB.)  — Nebraska State Troopers have arrested a Lincoln man who was wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred just after midnight Thursday in Grand Island. The arrest is the result of an 18-hour search for the suspect between Aurora and Henderson.

At approximately 12:50 a.m. Thursday, a trooper observed a Chevrolet Trailblazer traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 near Aurora. The vehicle matched the description of one being sought by the Grand Island Police Department in connection with a shooting that occurred approximately 30 minutes earlier.

The trooper initiated a traffic stop near mile marker 335. Two occupants of the vehicle were quickly taken into custody, but a third occupant fled the traffic stop on foot. Additional troopers and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene to search the area. The person who fled the traffic stop was identified as the suspect of the shooting currently under investigation by Grand Island Police.

Law enforcement continued searching the area throughout the day. Thursday afternoon, an arrest warrant was issued in Hall County for Antoine Johnson, 33, of Lincoln, on charges of attempt of a Class I/1A/1B/1C/1D felony, use of a firearm to commit a felony, assault in the 1st degree, and use of a firearm to commit a felony.

Late Thursday afternoon, NSP received information that Johnson may be in the area just south of Interstate 80 at the Henderson exit at mile marker 342. Troopers proceeded to the scene and were able to locate Johnson hiding in a ditch approximately one mile south of I-80. Johnson was taken into custody at approximately 6:45 p.m. without incident.

Johnson has been transported to Hall County Jail. The Grand Island Police Department is the lead investigating agency of the shooting that took place early Thursday morning.

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Grand Island, Neb. (5/28/20) – An arrest warrant has been issued for the suspect in the
shooting of Gary Zierke III near the intersection of Sycamore and Oklahoma Streets at 12:20
AM on 5/28/20.

The warrant is issued for Antoine C Johnson, of Lincoln, NE for Attempt of a Class
I/1A/1B/1C/1D Felony, Use of a Firearm to commit a felony, Assault in the 1st Degree, and Use
of a Firearm to commit a Felony.

Johnson is a Black Male, about 5’11” in height, and 185 pounds, with Black Hair and Brown
Eyes. He should be considered possibly armed and dangerous.

If Antoine C. Johnson is observed, please call 911 and report from a safe place or distance. If
you have information as to possible locations for Antoine C. Johnson, please contact 308-385-
5400 or your local police agency.



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At 12:20 AM on May 28th, 2020, the Grand Island Police Department responded to the area of Sycamore and Oklahoma Streets in reference to a shooting. On arrival, a victim was located with a single gunshot wound to his head. Lifesaving actions were taken by police personnel until emergency medical services could arrive.

The victim has been identified as Gary Zierke III, a 31 year old Lincoln male. Zierke is in critical condition and he has been taken by life flight to an Omaha Hospital.

This incident is believed to be drug related. A suspect in this case has been identified, and the search for that suspect is still ongoing. That search is being coordinated with other law enforcement agencies.

The Grand Island Police Department will continue to put resources toward the resolution of this incident and provide updates as warranted.

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The Hall County Fair announced Wednesday morning it’s intentions of presenting the 2020 county fair with adherence to all prevailing COVID-19 protocols. Hall County Fair manager Corby Flagel says it’s a developing situation. 

“Our primary goal is to offer an opportunity for the people of Hall County to show their livestock and static exhibits they have dedicated themselves to since last July,” 
 
“We are prepared to adapt our fair with a number of contingencies to coincide with the evolving health and safety guidance issued by the Nebraska Central District Health Department.” 

As of now, no music concerts or entertainment in a large gathering venue are scheduled to occur at this time, but that to could change should the covid 19 conditions continue to improve.

The Hall County Fair is scheduled to take place at Fonner Park from July 22 – 26. 

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State officials say another Nebraska prisons employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services says in a news release that a staff member at the Lincoln Correctional Center tested positive for the virus and is self-isolating at home. The department says it will be notifying employees and inmates at the facility of the development and is directing anyone who had close contact with the staffer to self-quarantine until the are medically cleared to come out of quarantine. The staffer is the 11th state prisons employee to test positive for the virus.

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