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Threat at GISH

Staff from Grand Island Public School and the Police Department held a joint press conference this afternoon to talk about a threat they received.  Administration and the Police Department learned of a possible threat a little after 10 PM on Thursday night (02/22).  The tip came in through the new tip-line, which has been in place for about 3 weeks now.  Capt Jim Duering with GIPD says they immediately began investigating the threat and determined the message not be credible and discovered the original message originated outside of the state of Nebraska and no legitimate ties to Grand Island our our school system.  Capt Duering also said, "we will continue to investigate any perceived threat toward our community".  

GIPD respond to another shooting Thursday morning

Grand Island, Neb. – At 8:43 am, on 1/4/18, the Grand Island Police Department responded to a fatal shooting incident at 3111 W. College Street. Physical evidence and victim statements indicate that this incident was an attempted homicide / suicide. The suspect in this incident, a 43 year old Grand Island male is deceased.

The victim, a 43 year old Grand Island female, was involved in an intimate relationship with the suspect. She is doing well and in stable condition after suffering a gunshot wound to the head and base of the neck. There are no additional suspects at large or continued dangers to the community.

We are not releasing names at this time in order to allow for proper notification to families. We urge anyone who is being victimized or knows of an abusive domestic situation to call 911 or Grand Island area residents to utilize the Crisis Center Hotline at 308-381-0555.

67 Taken Off Nebraska Roadways

67 people were removed from Nebraska roadways during the "You Drink, You Drive, You Lose" campaign by the Nebraska State Patrol.  It ran from December 15th to January 1st.  63 drivers were arrested for driving while intoxicated and 4 for driving under the influence of drugs.  

Red Cross / GI Family Radio Blood Drive was a Success

The American Red Cross / GI Family Radio Tri-Cities Holiday Blood Drive was a success/  We collected 88 pints of blood in just one day!! Each donation can help up to 3 people - so those 88 pints can potentially help over 260 patients.  Reminder to download the Free Red Cross blood donor app, which is available in the App Store and Google Play

GIPD investigating homicide from New Years morning

Grand Island, Neb. – Grand Island Police are working a shooting that occurred at 1303 W. Charles St. around 3:45AM New Year’s Day. Emergency personnel responded and found one of the residents, 19 year old Trevor Sok, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported by ambulance to the CHI St. Francis Emergency Room where he died from his injuries. Grand Island Police are working several leads on this case. No further information is being released at this time.

7 Troopers Receive Disciplinary Action

Today, Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) announced the conclusion of an extensive and thorough internal investigation into allegations of misconduct concerning six employees. During the course of the investigation, a seventh employee was included. These allegations stemmed from behavioral conduct following two incidents in 2016, one involving a Tactical Vehicle Intervention and the other involving an excessive use of force incident. The investigation did not focus on the incidents themselves, but on actions afterward. The questions included whether NSP leadership was derelict in their duties in the aftermath and whether or not troopers accurately and honestly reported their conduct.

 

“I’d like to thank our investigators for their diligent work during this process, and for providing an objective analysis of the facts in each case,” said Col. Bolduc. “The investigation consumed 1,300 investigative hours. The results came from two out of more than 216,000 total NSP cases in 2016.”

 

Based on the results of the investigation, the following action has been taken:

 

  • One Trooper and one Sergeant have received administrative penalties, and will remain in their current positions.
  • One Major has been reduced in rank to Captain.
  • One Captain has been reduced in rank to Sergeant.

    Three Troopers are no longer employed by the Nebraska State Patrol:
  • One Lt. Colonel has retired, effective today
  • One Sergeant has resigned, effective yesterday
  • One Trooper’s employment was terminated today
 
 
 
 
 


Fatality Accident Highway 281 and Old Potash Highway

Grand Island, Neb. – At 6:55 am on 12/20/17, the Grand Island Police Department received a report of a severe accident at Highway 281 and Old Potash Highway. This incident involved three (3) vehicles. One of the vehicles was reported stolen to the Grand Island Police Department earlier that same morning.

 

There is one confirmed fatality who we believe to be the driver of the stolen vehicle. At least one other person was transported to the St. Francis Emergency Room by ambulance. There were no police personnel or police vehicles directly involved in the collision, although the color scheme of the stolen vehicle caused some confusion in this regard. The Nebraska State Patrol is the lead agency in this ongoing investigation.

The body of Sydney Loofe believed to be found in Clay County

Lincoln, NE - On Tuesday morning a joint press conference was held at the Lincoln Police Departement to give an update on the missing person's case of Sydney Loofe. FBI agent from the Omaha field office, Randy Thysse, reported that on Monday, December 4th that a body was discovered in rural Clay County. Thysse went on to say that the body is believed to be of Sydney Loofe, who has been missing for over two weeks. Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister also added that it was a collaborative effort between several law enforcement agencies with analysis and digital evidence that lead to the discovery. The Nebraska State Patrol believed there were around 40 officers involved in the search in Clay County on Monday. Chief Bliemeister also added that the initial two people of interest, Aubrey Trail, and Baily Boswell are still in custody and are currently, as of Tuesday morning are not charged with any offense directly related to the investigation. The investigation to this point also has lead to authorities believing that foul play is believed to be involved. 

 

Hastings inmate captured without incident

Hastings, NE - Authorities captured escaped inmate Jordan Latta on Monday afternoon. Latta had been on the loose after escaping during a transfer. 

State Department studying Nebraska decision

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. State Department is looking into whether Nebraska's approval of a modified route for the Keystone XL pipeline will affect the federal permit that pipeline developer TransCanada received in March.

A State Department spokeswoman said Monday that the agency was aware of the Nebraska Public Service Commission's decision and was trying to get more information about it.

President Donald Trump approved the presidential permit for the pipeline in March and hailed it as "incredible." Federal approval was required because the pipeline would cross the U.S. border from Canada to Phillips County, Montana.

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