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AUGUST 20, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP), along with the North Platte Police Department, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, and Nebraska Game and Parks, have arrested a man wanted in connection with multiple pursuits in the past week.

On Saturday, August 18, NSP responded to a report of a stolen vehicle near Sutherland. While investigating, authorities were able to identify the suspect as Shane Melton, 30, of North Platte. Melton had reportedly been involved in multiple pursuits with law enforcement recently.

Just after 10:00 a.m. Sunday, August 19, troopers were able to locate Melton and a stolen Dodge Ram pickup west of Lake Maloney, south of North Platte. Melton fled and led troopers on a pursuit, which was called off as the truck drove through fences and pasture. Multiple citizen reports then placed the truck at a residence on the 7000 block of West Buckboard Road.

NSP SWAT was called in to assist, as troopers had received information that Melton was possibly armed. SWAT conducted a search of the area and was able to take Melton into custody without further incident at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Melton was lodged in Lincoln County Jail on four outstanding warrants and additional charges of driving under suspension, possession of a stolen vehicle, flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, obstruction, criminal trespassing, and criminal mischie


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The Nebraska State Fair is proud to announce this year’s Celebration Parade
Grand Marshals. The Grand Marshal Program celebrates and thanks the folks
who have made significant contributions within their county fair communities. In
keeping with our tradition to salute those who have served, a veteran is selected
to be Grand Marshal for the Celebration Parade with a Salute to our Veterans on
Labor Day Monday.
Imperial, NE
Dan Kunnemann has been selected to serve as the Grand Marshal for the
Nebraska State Fair Celebration Parade on Saturday, August 25. Growing up,
Kunnemann was involved with 4-H and FFA. He joined the Chase County Fair
Board in 1985 on which he served on the Board for more than twenty-six years.
Kunnemann also served on the Nebraska State Fair Board and the 1868
Foundation Board.
Burwell, NE
Stacie Roblyer has been selected to serve as the Grand Marshal for the
Nebraska State Fair Celebration Parade on Sunday, August 26.
Roblyer has been very involved with the Garfield County Fair. Stacie helped
bring the Traveling Nebraska Children’s Museum and the Nebraska’s Big Rodeo
Historical Museum to the Garfield County Fair.

Waco, NE

Douglas Ziemke has been selected to serve as the Grand Marshal for the
Nebraska State Fair Celebration Parade on Tuesday, August 28. Ziemke has
been a member of the York County Ag Society Board for more than eighteen
years. Ziemke heads the Building and Grounds Committee at the York County
Fair and has been instrumental in the most recent three major building projects
on the fairgrounds. He also stays very active in the livestock show at the Fair.
Geneva, NE
Dale and Jeannette Stengel have been selected to serve as the Grand Marshals
for the Nebraska State Fair Celebration Parade on Wednesday, August 29. Dale
has served on the Fillmore County Ag Society for more than forty-six years.
During his tenure, he supervised many of the building projects for the Fair
including the building of the new sheep, cattle, hog and small animal barns, the
show arena, horse arena and camper sites at the Fair.
North Platte, NE
Marvin and Jeanette Rousey have been selected to serve as the Grand Marshals
for the Nebraska State Fair Celebration Parade on Thursday, August 30. Marvin
served on the Lincoln County Fair Board for more than twenty-eight years.
During that time, he was responsible for building the new grandstands and the
two multi-purpose buildings on the fairgrounds. Marvin served on the Nebraska
State Fair Board for nine years. During that time both Linda and Marvin
organized the Grand Marshal Program at the State Fair. Marvin is also a past
president and vice-president of the Nebraska Association of Fair Managers.
Fairbury, NE
Lois Welsh has been selected to serve as the Grand Marshal for the Nebraska
State Fair Celebration Parade on Friday, August 31. Welsh has served on the
Jefferson County Fair Board for more than thirty years. Welsh is one of the
founding members of the Jefferson County Art Guild, is active in the Senior
Songsters and a member of the Blue Valley Wranglers Saddle Club and many
other organizations.
Jansen, NE
Deb Umland has been selected to serve as the Grand Marshal for the Nebraska
State Fair Celebration Parade on Saturday, September 1. Umland has been
very active in 4-H and FFA in many different capacities; she organized the
Jefferson County Agri/Business Banquet for more than nine years, helped set up
the pens for livestock and ran a successful food stand for the Jefferson County
Fair for many years.

St Paul, NE
Kevin and Theresa Jorgensen have been selected to serve as the Grand
Marshals for the Nebraska State Fair Celebration Parade on Sunday, September
2. Kevin is currently the Howard County Fair Manager, and Theresa is on the
Howard County 4-H Council. Kevin has also been a member of the Nebraska
Association of Fair Managers and Theresa is involved instructing young kids
involved in the 4-H horse club.
Grand Island, NE
Ben Murphy has been selected to serve as the Grand Marshal for the Nebraska
State Fair Celebration Parade with a Salute to Our Veterans on Monday,
September 3. Ben enlisted in the Navy in 1963 and served until 1992. After he
retired Ben has continued to serve his community through countless hours of
volunteering to numerous community organizations including the Nebraska State
Fair.

The Nebraska State Fair runs from Friday, August 24 through Monday,
September 3, in Grand Island.

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Grand Island, NE - Things will look much different for visitors this year at Husker Harvest Days coming up in mid-September. Members of the media got a sneak peak on Monday morning of all the improvements that have been made on the grounds that will be the most exciting site update in the 41-year history of HHD. 

New show site items include new/upgraded/improved 
*Storm sewer system & retention pond 
*Security fence 
*Concrete floors in all the Diversified Industries Buildings
*5-90" Musco light towers 
*Internet distribution 
*PA System 
*Electrical System 
*New Bathroom 
*Fire Hydrants 
*New Fueling station for field demonstration 
*Traffic entry structures 
*One way traffic flow into show office lot 
*New entrance into northeast Exhibitor/Volunteer parking lot 
*Streets re-numbered, exhibitors remain in the same locations with a new "address" 

Below listen to an interview with Matt Williams & Husker Harvest Days/National Events Director with Farm Progress Matt Jungmann. 


Matt Jungmann

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — Officials say disease didn't kill the thousands of fish found dead along the shore and in a western Nebraska lake.

The fish kill was reported May 26 at Lake Maloney, which sits about 3 miles (5 kilometers) south of North Platte. Most of them were white bass.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says the examinations of carcasses indicated several possible causes for the fish deaths.

Experts say the bass were spawning over an extended time because of the unusual weather during their normal spawning period. The fish expended extra energy over a prolonged time, making them more susceptible to more stressors, such as poor water quality.


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OSHKOSH, Neb. (AP) — A western Nebraska judge has acquitted a school superintendent accused of assaulting an 8-year-old student.

Judge Randin Roland filed a verdict of not guilty last week for Garden County Schools Superintendent Paula Sissel, who'd been charged with misdemeanor assault in Garden County. He'd considered testimony and evidence from a nonjury trial last month in Oshkosh.

A video of the Nov. 13 incident shows Sissel pulling the girl down a hallway before the girl's placed in what was referred to as a "chill out room." It's alleged the girl suffered a rug burn.

Sissel acknowledged pulling the girl, in part to protect a physical therapist who was trying to deal with the girl's outburst. The girl's mother says the girl is possibly autistic and functions at the level of a 3- or 4-year-old.


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JUNE 29, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — The Nebraska State Patrol and many other entities participated in an exercise this week in North Platte to unify all entities who respond to a critical traffic incident.

The exercise included a mock crash, with response from law enforcement, emergency medical services, fire departments, road management officials, and tow operators. The concept allows for each discipline to focus on their job, allowing others to do their work.

“This exercise was important because it allows us to coordinate with other agencies to develop a common sense approach to these major incidents,” said Captain Martin Denton, Commander of NSP Troop D – North Platte. “When everyone is on the same page before they arrive on scene, the coordinated response is very efficient and much safer.”

Participants included the Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska Department of Transportation, North Platte Fire Department, North Platte Police Department, Region 51 (Lincoln County) Emergency Management, Kearney Towing, Herbst Towing, Big Red Towing, Great Plains Health Life Net / Air Methods, and Union Pacific. Several other agencies and businesses from the surrounding area attended to observe.

The exercise was facilitated by the 3rd Traffic Incident Management System (TIMS) group in Nebraska. The event took place at S. Victoria Lane in North Platte on Wednesday, June 27


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JUNE 27, 2018 (SCOTTSBLUFF, NEB.)  — One person has been arrested following an operation of the Panhandle Region Team of the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force.

The operation occurred on Tuesday, June 26, in Sidney. The Task Force was assisted by the WING (Western Nebraska Intelligence and Narcotics Group) Task Force, the Sidney Police Department, Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office, Gering Police Department, Scottsbluff Police Department, the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, the Nebraska State Patrol, and several other entities.

During the operation, James Raymond Hill, 52, of Mitchell, Nebraska was arrested for solicitation of prostitution.

In addition to enforcement against those who solicit sex acts, the operation also focused on recovering victims of human trafficking.

The Task Force would like to thank CAPstone, the Salvation Army, and DOVES for their assistance.


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OGALLALA, Neb. (AP) — At least one person was injured when a powerful thunderstorm rolled through Keith County in western Nebraska.

The National Weather Service says one person was injured Sunday at Lake McConaughy, where camping vehicles were tossed or rolled by howling winds. A gust of 83 mph (134 kph) was reported.

Heavy rain and hail also were reported in the area.


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OSHKOSH, Neb. (AP) — A judge is considering a verdict after the trial of a western Nebraska school superintendent accused of assaulting a student.

On Wednesday Judge Randin Roland heard testimony regarding the misdemeanor assault charge against Garden County Schools Superintendent Paula Sissel.

A prosecutor said Wednesday that Sissel had put her hands on the 8-year-old girl. A video of the Nov. 13 incident shows Sissel pulling the girl down a hallway before the girl's placed in what was referred to as a "chill out room." It's alleged the girl suffered a rug burn on a shoulder.

Sissel acknowledged pulling the girl, in part to protect a physical therapist who was trying to deal with the girl's outburst. The girl's mother says the girl is possibly autistic and functions at the level of a 3- or 4-year-old child.

A ruling is expected within two weeks.


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KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — Police say they aren't giving up on a 10-year-old central Nebraska homicide case and are still actively pursuing leads despite having no suspects.

Kearney Police Department Captain Mike Kirkwood tells the Kearney Hub that officers work on the Kelcey Fike murder investigation on almost a daily basis. He says police remain confident they'll find Fike's killer, particularly once technology advances to test and decipher the DNA found on the victim's body.

Kirkwood has shared more details about Fike's death at her trailer in Kearney in June 2008. He says police believe there's a high probability the killer knew Fike and that an attempted sexual assault may have occurred.

An autopsy found that Fike died of a ligature strangulation and blunt force trauma to the torso and head.


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