LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska has hired former assistant coach Ron Brown to help players off the field.
Coach Scott Frost announced Brown's hiring Wednesday in a non-coaching role as director of player development. Brown will mentor football players, work with the athletic department's university's Life Skills program and aid community outreach. Brown served as an assistant from 1987 through 2003 and again from 2008 to through 2014. Frost quarterbacked the team in the 1996 and 1997 seasons.
Brown was associate head coach at Liberty University for the past three seasons, working for another former Nebraska quarterback, head coach Turner Gill.
Brown spent 2004 through 2007 as Nebraska state director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Brown has a bachelor's from Brown University and a master's from Columbia University.
JULY 9, 2018 (SCOTTSBLUFF, NEB.) — Two people have been arrested for making counterfeit money following an operation of the WING (Western Nebraska Intelligence and Narcotics Group) Drug Task Force in Sidney.
Acting on a tip received by a Nebraska State Trooper, WING investigators executed a search warrant at a residence at 2405 11th Ave in Sidney on Thursday, July 5. During the operation, investigators found items being used to make counterfeit money.
Christopher Humphries, 32, of Denver, Colorado, and Jaclyn Greer-Humphries, 31, of Ft. Collins, Colorado were both arrested for first degree forgery and possession of criminal devices. During the arrest, Christopher Humphries threatened law enforcement officers, adding the charge of making terroristic threats against an officer. Both were lodged in Cheyenne County Jail.
This operation was made possible with the assistance of the Sidney Police Department and the Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office
JULY 7, 2018 (NORFOLK, NEB.) — One person has been arrested after ramming into a Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) cruiser and a Dakota County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) vehicle during a pursuit Friday evening in South Sioux City.
An NSP sergeant became involved in a pursuit at approximately 6:20 p.m. when a suspect being pursued by the South Sioux City Police Department approached the intersection of 29th St and Highway 77. The suspect was traveling at approximately 80 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone and passing vehicles on the right shoulder.
The vehicle, a 2006 Chevrolet pickup, then went eastbound on Interstate 129, with speeds nearing 100 miles per hour. At this point, the NSP sergeant was able to get in front of the suspect vehicle and attempted to slow it down, while a DCSO deputy approached from the rear. The suspect then intentionally rammed the NSP cruiser from behind.
As the suspect crossed in Iowa, NSP and DCSO continued the pursuit until Iowa authorities could arrive. After a short period of time on Interstate 29 in Iowa, the suspect exited at Singing Hills, but lost control of the vehicle and ended up in the median. The suspect then intentionally rammed the DCSO unit and the NSP unit a second time. The suspect attempted to flee again, but the vehicle became stuck. The entire pursuit last approximately five minutes.
Troopers with the Iowa State Patrol arrived on scene and quickly took the suspect into custody. Larry Johnson II, 43, of Sioux City, Iowa, faces charges in both states. Nebraska charges include attempted assault on an officer, operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, and driving under suspension.
Johnson was lodged in Woodbury County Jail. No NSP personnel were injured. The DCSO deputy was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
JULY 6, 2018 (LINCOLN, NEB.) —Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) took 16 impaired drivers off the road during special enforcement operations over the July 4th holiday.
The effort, which ran from July 3-5, placed an emphasis on taking drunk drivers off the road. Troopers worked to reduce the potential for serious injury or fatality crashes in several counties identified as priority counties by the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office (NDOT-HSO).
In addition to the 16 arrests for drunk or drugged driving, troopers also issued citations for speeding (432), open container (6), minor in possession (6), driving under suspensions (19), no proof of insurance (15), no seat belt (39), and improper child restraint (9). Troopers also responded to 154 calls for assistance from motorists on Nebraska roads.
This effort, which included saturation patrols and vehicle checks, was made possible thanks in part to a grant for $12,000 from NDOT-HSO.
JULY 5, 2018 (SCOTTSBLUFF, NEB.) — A Florida man has been arrested following a road rage incident on Interstate 80 near Kimball Wednesday evening.
At approximately 9:30 p.m. MT Wednesday, July 4, the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) received a report of a man shooting from one vehicle into another on I-80 near mile marker 20.
The victims, driving westbound in a 2005 Chrysler minivan, reported that they had come upon the suspect vehicle, a 2000 Kia Rio, traveling at 45 miles per hour through a one-lane construction zone. The driver of the minivan honked and flashed its lights in an attempt to urge the suspect vehicle to drive faster.
When the construction zone ended and both lanes were open, the suspect vehicle stayed in the passing lane, traveling slowly. The minivan was attempting to pass in the right lane, when the passenger of the Kia Rio fired a single shot from a handgun into the minivan. The bullet went through the driver’s window and lodged in the dash. The driver of the minivan suffered minor injuries after being struck by bullet fragments and broken glass.
The victims stopped their vehicle, while the suspect vehicle continued driving westbound into Wyoming. NSP coordinated with the Wyoming Highway Patrol, which was able to locate the vehicle and take the suspect into custody.
Kevin Austin, 47, of Cocoa, Florida, will be returned to Nebraska on an arrest warrant for 2nd degree assault and use of a weapon to commit a felony.
JULY 3, 2018 (LINCOLN, NEB.) — Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office joint Criminal Interdiction Unit (CIU) have arrested one man and seized 11 pounds of heroin during an encounter in Omaha.
CIU Investigators had contact with the suspect at a commercial transportation facility in Omaha, when they become suspicious of criminal activity. A search of the suspect’s suitcase resulted in the discovery of multiple bundles of heroin. Investigators then found additional bundles of heroin strapped to the suspect’s torso.
The total weight of the heroin was 11 pounds, carrying an estimated street value of $250,000.
Christian Molina, 25, of El Paso, Texas, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, and no Drug Tax stamp. He was lodged in Douglas County Jail.
JULY 2, 2018 (GRAND ISLAND, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested two men and seized 52 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80.
The stop occurred at approximately 1:45 p.m. Sunday near Aurora, when a trooper observed an eastbound 2018 Jeep speeding near mile marker 329. During the traffic stop, the trooper became suspicious of criminal activity and conducted a search of the vehicle.
The search revealed marijuana inside two large boxes in the rear of the vehicle. Additional packages of marijuana were found hidden in the tire compartment. The total weight of the marijuana seized was 52 pounds. The estimated street value is $156,000.
The driver, Fahiem Faiyaz, 23, and passenger, Ameer Ghafoori, 21, both of California, were arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no Drug Tax stamp. Both men were lodged in Hamilton County Jail.
JULY 2, 2018 (LINCOLN, NEB.) — Troopers across Nebraska will be on patrol in the days surrounding the Fourth of July, looking to take drunk drivers off the road.
The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) and numerous law enforcement agencies around the state will be working together this week to reduce the potential for alcohol-related crashes. NSP’s effort will run from July 3-5 and include troopers all over the state.
“Our state has many incredible celebrations surrounding the Fourth of July,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “It’s critical that drivers do their part to keep the fireworks off Nebraska’s roadways. Stay sober or designate a driver.”
The operation will include saturation patrols and vehicle checkpoints on roads in and around counties identified by the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office (NDOT-HSO) as priority counties because of their high incidences of crashes that result in personal injury or death.
The effort is made possible thanks in part to a grant for $12,000 from NDOT-HSO.