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Furnas County Man Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography

On September 12, 2017 the Furnas County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Holdrege Police Department in regards to a subject living in Oxford who may be in possession of child pornography. The Sheriff’s Office contacted the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office for assistance with the investigation.

On October 12, 2017 the Furnas County Sheriff’s Office and Nebraska Attorney General’s Office executed a search warrant at 208 East Clarke Street, Oxford, Nebraska. The owner of the residence, Brian J. Dusatko, Sr, 59, was home at the time of the service of the search warrant. Dusatko’s cellphone was located in the residence and searched. Multiple photographs of young girls were found on Dusatko’s phone.

Dusatko was arrested and jailed on one count of Possession of Child Pornography, class IV felony. Dusatko’s bond was set at $25,000 subject to 10%. Dusatko is due to be arraigned in Furnas County Court on October 23, 2017.

Counterfeit Bills Being Passed Around

On September 16, 2017 at approximately 8:53 pm the Furnas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of possibly counterfeit bills being passed at the Anew Travel Center, Cambridge, Nebraska. A report was taken two $20 bills were seized. On September 17, 2017 at approximately 8:29 am the Sheriff’s Office responded to another report of counterfeit bills being passed, this time at Casey’s in Cambridge. A report was taken and two $20 bills were seized again. The Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation and was able to identify the person who passed all four bills as Jonathan R. Pike, 36, of Cambridge, Nebraska. At approximately 2:40 pm Pike was observed walking on the side of Highway 6 & 34 just east of Cambridge. Pike was contacted and questioned about the bills he had passed. Pike was arrested for forgery. Pike was searched after he was arrested and found to be in possession of marijuana, a marijuana pipe and suspected LSD. Pike was jailed in the Furnas County Jail on two counts of forgery, possession of marijuana less than one ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance charges. Pike’s bond was set in the amount of $15,000 subject to 10%. Pike posted bond and was released from jail. Pike appeared in County Court on September 25 for arraignment and is scheduled to be back in court on October 30 at 10:00 am for a preliminary hearing. The Sheriff’s Office has been in contact with McCook Police Department and Frontier County Sheriff’s Office were there have also been counterfeit bills passed.


Celebrating 10 Years of the McCook Farm and Ranch Expo

The McCook Farm and Ranch Expo is coming up November 15th and 16th 2017 at the Red Willow County Fair Grounds in McCook.  Hometown Family Radio talks with Darren Dale about the success the McCook Farm and Ranch Expo has been over the last 10 years, and how you can get your booth set for this years Expo.


Stranger Danger

McCook Public Schools  received a report that last Friday after school an individual in a black van attempted to entice students to enter his vehicle this occurred between Central elementary school in the city library law enforcement officers have been notified and will be on patrol and our elementary students have been instructed to not talk with or go near strangers however we asked that parents take extra precautions to make sure to keep an eye out for anything suspicious please visit with your child about stranger danger this evening. Thank you.

Norris Prayer Breakfast

While it has been almost 75 years since Sen. George W. Norris died, the legacy of his accomplishments and his character grows in relevance.

This weekend, the momentum of the Norris legacy takes on a bigger role during McCook’s Heritage Days celebration.

The annual George W. Norris Prayer Breakfast will kick off Heritage Days weekend at 7 a.m. Friday with a new venue – McCook Christian Church, 507 West B. The breakfast will be catered by Schmick’s Market. Tickets are $10 and available at the McCook Area Chamber of Commerce of from Leon Kuhlen, 308-345-3981.

McCook Community College vice president Andy Long will deliver the keynote address. Maggie Repass will serve as the master of ceremonies and the Rev. Clark Bates, pastor at McCook Christian Church, will give the invocation. Ginger ten Bensel will provide musical entertainment, including the singing of “God Bless America.” Heritage Days Honor award winners and royalty will be special guests at the prayer breakfast.

“We can probably learn more about George Norris’s integrity from his political losses more than his political wins,” said Long. His address will examine what “we can learn from him” with regard to preventing the U.S. from getting involved in World War I, his effort to support Al Smith for president in 1928, and his effort to create the unicameral.

“There is something to be said for creating a state with strong public institutions and transparency to keep special interests and partisan politics from getting in the way to improving society,” Long said.

On Saturday, the senator’s 1937 Buick will re-emerge in the Heritage Days parade – thanks to a new focus in the Norris legacy. The Nebraska State Historical Society has given the senator’s 1937 Buick to the Norris Institute. It will continue to be housed at the George Norris Home but the change in ownership will allow better local access to display the automobile at special events, like Heritage Days Parade.

This weekend’s celebration will be a transition of sorts with the Norris Institute now assuming many of the responsibilities the George W. Norris Foundation fulfilled in keeping the career of George Norris relevant.

“I think George Norris leaves us a legacy in how public institutions can get community to come together to improve life for all of us,” said Long. “His effort to expand power throughout the country still impacts us today with public power, great service, and low rates. “

West Nile Virus Update

Two more human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) nine county health district. The first case was reported approximately two weeks ago. Additionally, two more mosquito testing pools in Chase County have tested positive for WNV.


Your best protection is to not get bit by a mosquito. Some of the ways that you can prevent getting mosquito bites are:

  • Wear your insect repellent with DEET. Remember sunscreen first then insect repellent.
  • Check around your home for any standing water, including your gutters
  • Repair any holes in screens and doors
  • Wear your long sleeves and pants during the hours of dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Always read the directions for any insect or sunscreen product to be sure it is being used correctly


The incubation time or the development of symptoms for West Nile Virus takes about 3-14 days. Approximately 80% of all people who become infected with West Nile Virus will not experience any symptoms. Symptoms people may experience are fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, rash, vomiting, and diarrhea.


There is no treatment for West Nile Virus. The best way to avoid becoming sick is prevention.


Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department serves Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Hayes, Hitchcock, Keith, Perkins and Red Willow counties. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter or view our website at www.swhealth.ne.gov.

West Nile Virus: A 2nd Batch of Positive Mosquitos Reported

Mosquitos in Chase County have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) for the second time in two weeks according to Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department. This follows confirmed positive mosquitos found in counties surrounding the nine county health district.


“People get West Nile Virus from an infected female mosquito which bites them,” states Melissa Propp,RN, Surveillance Nurse at SWNPHD. “You must work on preventing mosquito bites as there is no cure for West Nile Virus. WNV is not limited to the locations which have positive tested mosquitos.”


According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • About 1 in 5 people who are infected with WNV will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Most people with this type of West Nile virus disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.
  • Less than 1% of people who are infected will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues). These symptoms can include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures, or paralysis.
  • People with medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension and kidney disease are also at greater risk for serious illness with the West Nile Virus.


“Use your insect repellent,” states Propp “DEET in your repellent is the most effective.”


An additional protection measure is to utilize mosquito dunks in standing water that cannot be eliminated. It is a natural mosquito larvicide. It kills mosquito larvae but is harmless to birds, fish, wildlife and pets. Mosquito dunks typically last 30 days and can be purchased at retail stores.

More information on West Nile Virus may be found at our web sitewww.swhealth.ne.gov or call the McCook office at 308-345-4223 or Imperial office at308-882-4269. SWNPHD – McCook is located at 404 West 10th Street – one block north of Arby’s. SWNPHD Imperial is located at 501 Broadway.

Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department serves Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Hayes, Hitchcock, Keith, Perkins and Red Willow counties.

Maintenance Work on N-47 South of Cambridge

Weather permitting, the Nebraska Department of Transportation maintenance forces will begin an asphalt patching project September 12 on N-47 south of Cambridge. Traffic will be maintained with flaggers and a pilot vehicle. Anticipated completion of this project is September 29. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling through work zones and to expect minimal delays.

MPCC Named One of the Top 10 Community Colleges in the Nation

Mid-Plains Community College is one of the Top 10 community colleges in the nation. That’s according to SmartAsset, a financial technology company that provides transparent, automated and accurate advice on big personal finance decisions. SmartAsset recently conducted a study to determine the best community colleges in the nation, and MPCC ranked seventh out of the 808 schools analyzed. It was the only college in Nebraska to make the Top 10 list. “Mid-Plains Community College’s mission is transforming lives through exceptional learning opportunities for individual student success,” said MPCC President Ryan Purdy. “This recognition demonstrates that we are meeting this mission, while staying true to the value of being accessible and affordable.” Information for the study came from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Results were based on comparisons of the following factors: student-to-faculty ratio, cost of tuition and fees and graduation and transfer rates. “According to our data, Mid-Plains Community College is a great option for students who appreciate a lot of one-on-one time with teachers and faculty,” said Kara Gibson, public relations associate at SmartAsset. “MPCC has a faculty-to-student ratio of nine, which ties for the second-lowest rate in the Top 10. In addition, MPCC should be affordable for most students as annual in-state tuition and fees run up a relatively low bill of around $2,900.” More information about the study can be found at: https://smartasset.com/student-loans/best-community-colleges-2017. More information about MPCC and programs it offers is available at mpcc.edu.

Bridge Students on MCC Campus

A Group Of 13 McCook Community College incoming freshmen arrived on campus last week and are getting a head start on the fall semester through the Bridge To Success program. In its second year, the Bridge program allows students to come to MCC early, complete a foundational preparation course, build relationships, and familiarize themselves with the campus and the community. Students met the MCC bookstore staff Friday and continued touring campus today.The Bridge program started Aug. 3 and continues through Aug. 17. New student orientation is set for Aug. 18. Fall classes begin Aug. 21.