Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department reports mosquitos in three mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile Virus. West Nile Virus is a virus primarily spread to humans by infected mosquitos. The virus can cause flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, rash, body aches and joint pain. It can also cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord). 70-80% of people infected with WNV will have no symptoms are common in.
West Nile virus (WNV) came to the attention of public health officials in the United States in 1999. Every state except Alaska has detected West Nile Virus. WNV is NOT spread from person to person or from animal to person. It is NOT spread by handling live or dead infected birds or by eating infected birds or animals.
“It is important to be vigilant and avoid getting bitten by mosquitos,” explains Melissa Propp, Public Health Nurse. “There are a number of insect repellents containing products, such as DEET or Picaridin, which can help keep mosquitos from biting.”
Mosquitos rest in dark, humid areas and typically lay their eggs near bodies of water. The use of larvicide to treat water is one method to reduce mosquitoes. Outdoor flying insect repellent may also be utilized to reduce the number of mosquitoes.
For more information on West Nile Virus, visit the webpage at www.swhealth.ne.gov or social media pages on Facebook or Twitter. Information is also available at both offices: McCook: 404 West 10th Street (one block north of Arby’s) or Imperial: 501 Broadway (south entrance). You may reach Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department at 308-345-4223 or 308-882-4269. Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department serves nine counties including Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Hayes, Hitchcock, Keith, Perkins and Red Willow.
August 12, 2018 (Lincoln, Neb.) – At approximately 7:05 p.m. Sunday night, Aaron Schlieker (#87675) escaped from the Work Ethic Camp in McCook.
The Nebraska State Patrol and local law enforcement were notified. The facility has been secured and an emergency count conducted. All other inmates have
been accounted for.
Schlieker was described as a 25-year old white male, 6’1”, 195 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing khaki pants, a gray sweatshirt
and gray beanie hat.
Schlieker was sentenced to three to five years on one count of burglary in Dodge County. His tentative release date is April 19, 2020. He is eligible for
parole in 2019.
Work Ethic Inmate Aaron M. Schlieker was apprehended at 4:15 am on Monday August 13, 2018 by Red Willow County Sheriffs Office.
The Work Ethic Camp is a minimum security facility. Inmates are able to work in the community with intermittent supervision.
On July 9, 2018 the Furnas County Sheriff’s Office received two arrested warrants for Colby G. Carpenter, 33, of Arapahoe, Furnas County, Nebraska. The two warrants were each for one count of possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person. The bond amount set on each warrant was $250,000 subject to 10%.
On Friday, June 8, Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol Troop C and officers from the Grand Island Police Department conducted an undercover operation to target and identify individuals soliciting prostitution in the Grand Island area.
This was an operation of the Central Region of the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force. The effort resulted in the arrest of seven individuals for soliciting prostitution.
In addition to attempting to rescue those being trafficking against their will for commercial sexual activity, other key tenets to the Human Trafficking Task Force are to attempt to reduce the demand for commercial sexual activity by conducting undercover investigations targeting and identifying sex buyers.
The following individuals were arrested and lodged in Hall County Corrections for Solicitation of Prostitution: Brandon Stickley, of Cairo, Craig Jones, of Kearney, Jesus Oliveros, of Grand Island, Buckley Haag, of Bartley, Michael Smidt, of Glenvil, Steve Cole, of St. Paul, and Mike Aipperspach, of Hastings.
On June 7th at about 7:30 PM Sergeant Wangler and another Officer responded to the residence located at 3410 16th Street in Columbus regarding an anonymous report that a wanted individual was at that location. In the course of the contact with the Suspect; 24 year old Jorje Robledo, a gunfight ensued. Initially, during the conflict, Robledo was armed with a handgun. As the situation developed, Robledo transitioned to a rifle. Both Wangler and Robledo were shot during the exchange and received multiple gunshot wounds.
Both Wangler and Robledo were initially taken to the Columbus Community Hospital and later to the University of Nebraska Medical Center by medical helicopter. Wangler is currently in stable condition, however he will require additional surgery relating to a wound in his neck. Robledo remains in critical condition.
Sergeant Wangler is a 19 year veteran of the Columbus Police. He is married and has two children.
We would like to extend our thanks to the Nebraska State Patrol, Platte County Sheriff's Department and the Omaha Police Department for the support they have offered in this matter.
The incident is being jointly investigated by the Columbus Police Department and Nebraska State Patrol.
McCook- Jessica Bortner, RN, BSN, MBA, was hired as the Community Hospital Health Foundation Executive Director, according to Troy Bruntz, Community Hospital President and CEO. Her duties begin May 29. Bortner is replacing Terri Shipshock, who retires in June.
“Jessica brings an enthusiasm with her that is very exciting for us at Community Hospital and Community Hospital Health Foundation,” Bruntz said. “We look forward to her rejoining our staff. Her healthcare background and strong leadership, business and communication skills will help to continue the mission of the health foundation.”
A native of Oklahoma, McCook has been home to Bortner since 1997, where she and her husband, Heath own and operate a farm/ranch north of town. They have a son, Charlie, 13.
She worked at Community Hospital beginning in 2000, providing patient care as a registered nurse. From 2001-2010, she oversaw the performance improvement program at the hospital, beginning as a coordinator and working up to performance improvement director. She also served as the corporate compliance officer.
During her time at Community Hospital, she revised the performance improvement program to include a process based management system linked to the hospital’s balanced score card. She also had oversight of patient safety, patient satisfaction and the performance improvement specialist. Bortner coordinated medical staff peer review and led The Joint Commission audits and improvements.
“I am honored and excited to be rejoining this excellent organization. I am looking forward to working with the health foundation board members, volunteers, hospital employees, and community to further secure the future of Community Hospital by raising funds and promoting public awareness and support,” Bortner said.
Last year, she was elected to a three-year term on the Community Hospital Board of Directors. She resigned that position as part of the agreement upon acceptance of the foundation director job. Bruntz said they hope to fill the empty board position very soon.
She graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Kearney in 2000 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. In 2004, Bortner completed her Masters in Business Administration from Bellevue University. She also received Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training from the GE Healthcare Institute in 2009.
Bortner is a member of the McCook Rotary. She is alumni of the 2011/2012 Southwest Nebraska Leadership Institute.
NORTH PLATTE, NEB.) — One man has been arrested following the discovery of an improvised explosive device in a residence in Stratton.
Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP), with assistance from NSP Troop D Field Services, the NSP Police Service Dog Division, NSP Hazardous Device Technicians, and the Hitchcock County Sheriff’s Office, made the discovery while executing a search warrant on a residence at 105 Howard St. in Stratton.
The resident, Fredrick A. Hamilton, 51, is involved in a legal dispute with the village of Stratton. It was reported to NSP that Hamilton has made threats to inflict physical harm or death toward one of the village officials. Investigators had also received information that one of the threats included mention of an improvised explosive device.
Upon executing the search warrant, NSP discovered an improvised explosive device that was consistent with the information given to investigators. The NSP Bomb Squad rendered the device safe.
Hamilton was arrested for possession of a destructive device and threatening to use explosives. He was lodged in Hitchcock County Jail.