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MAY 28, 2020 (GRAND ISLAND, NEB.)  — Nebraska State Troopers have arrested a Lincoln man who was wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred just after midnight Thursday in Grand Island. The arrest is the result of an 18-hour search for the suspect between Aurora and Henderson.

At approximately 12:50 a.m. Thursday, a trooper observed a Chevrolet Trailblazer traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 near Aurora. The vehicle matched the description of one being sought by the Grand Island Police Department in connection with a shooting that occurred approximately 30 minutes earlier.

The trooper initiated a traffic stop near mile marker 335. Two occupants of the vehicle were quickly taken into custody, but a third occupant fled the traffic stop on foot. Additional troopers and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene to search the area. The person who fled the traffic stop was identified as the suspect of the shooting currently under investigation by Grand Island Police.

Law enforcement continued searching the area throughout the day. Thursday afternoon, an arrest warrant was issued in Hall County for Antoine Johnson, 33, of Lincoln, on charges of attempt of a Class I/1A/1B/1C/1D felony, use of a firearm to commit a felony, assault in the 1st degree, and use of a firearm to commit a felony.

Late Thursday afternoon, NSP received information that Johnson may be in the area just south of Interstate 80 at the Henderson exit at mile marker 342. Troopers proceeded to the scene and were able to locate Johnson hiding in a ditch approximately one mile south of I-80. Johnson was taken into custody at approximately 6:45 p.m. without incident.

Johnson has been transported to Hall County Jail. The Grand Island Police Department is the lead investigating agency of the shooting that took place early Thursday morning.

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Grand Island, Neb. (5/28/20) – An arrest warrant has been issued for the suspect in the
shooting of Gary Zierke III near the intersection of Sycamore and Oklahoma Streets at 12:20
AM on 5/28/20.

The warrant is issued for Antoine C Johnson, of Lincoln, NE for Attempt of a Class
I/1A/1B/1C/1D Felony, Use of a Firearm to commit a felony, Assault in the 1st Degree, and Use
of a Firearm to commit a Felony.

Johnson is a Black Male, about 5’11” in height, and 185 pounds, with Black Hair and Brown
Eyes. He should be considered possibly armed and dangerous.

If Antoine C. Johnson is observed, please call 911 and report from a safe place or distance. If
you have information as to possible locations for Antoine C. Johnson, please contact 308-385-
5400 or your local police agency.



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North Platte, Ne - The following students qualified for the President’s List at Mid-Plains Community College during the 2020 spring term. To make the list, each student had to complete 12 or more applicable credit hours in college-level courses and maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.9 or greater on a 4.0 scale.

 

Nebraska

 

Anselmo - Luke Christen

 

Big Springs - Logan Osmera

 

Brady - Colton Lovitt, Emery Swan

 

Broken Bow - Mahala Sanchez

 

Brule - Justin Candy

 

Cambridge - Eddie Jaeger, Audrey Paisley

 

Cozad - Kaitlyn Kleinknecht, Tatiana Orozco

 

Culbertson - Kiera Barr, Suzette Dutcher, Adelina Wilcox

 

Elwood - Jaycee Wooters

 

Gothenburg - Mark Boson

 

Grant - Christopher Terry

 

Hershey - Caje Naranjo

 

Imperial - Kent Silvester

 

Indianola - Terasa Emmons, Dylan Hofman

 

Kearney - Makenzie Kollars

 

Lewellen - Shaun Swoboda

 

Lexington - Hana Brock, Weston Kunkee

 

McCook - Wade Burkert, Madison Cooper, Deanne Crocker, Stephen Guthrie, Kyle Kinne, Adrienne LaBay, Tyler Lytle, Nicholas Macfee, Brittanie Nolan, Rebecca O’Connor, Mary Osborne, Bria Simmonds, Ethan Wilcox, Alexander Wolvin

 

Merna - Cynthia Huhman

 

Mullen - Alysen Daniels

 

North Platte - Blake Barner, Alyssa Bergeron, Ty Brouillette, Noel Burrell, Tanner Collins, Blayden Gilbert, Elizabeth Goentzel, Kali Griesfeller, Regan Gutschenritter, Matthew Haynes, Shayla Hecht, Caleb Horne, Stephanie Johnson, Adam Kelsey, McKynzie Kelsey, Sungmoon Kim, Nicholas Lemke, Jenny Lim, Jade Lovitt, Sophia Maizo, Gabrielle Menghini, Duane Miller, Megan Morash, Angel Murphy, Jade Osborn, Shane Roebuck, Megan Shannon, Jaylee Sheets, Sylvan Singh, Amanda Smith, Carlye Stoppkotte, Bryson Walker, Daniel Wardyn, David Wellnitz, Ashtyn Winder, Lucas Zimbelman

 

Ogallala - McKenna Headley, Madison Mendoza, Conner Stevens

 

Ord - Chance Williams, Wyatt Williams

 

Paxton - Dalton Perlinger

 

Sutherland - Dewey Davis, Erica Hopping, Bonita Naughtin

 

Trenton - Jayda Dwyer, Kyleigh Scott

 

Valentine - Sheyenne Hammond

 

Venango - Valerie Perez

 

Wauneta - Alejandra Almanza


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North Platte, Ne - A North Platte man will face first-degree murder charges stemming from Friday’s fatal shooting in North Platte.

43 year old Keith Allen made his preliminary court appearance Tuesday where he was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of 25 year old Brett Torres. 


Allen called 911 Friday afternoon and reported that he had shot Torres in self-defense.

Police arrived on scene and found Torres in a vehicle unresponsive and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Police did not report finding any weapons in Torres' possession or inside the vehicle.


Allen will remain in the custody of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office with no bond, and is due back in court on June 4th.


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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State officials say another Nebraska prisons employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services says in a news release that a staff member at the Lincoln Correctional Center tested positive for the virus and is self-isolating at home. The department says it will be notifying employees and inmates at the facility of the development and is directing anyone who had close contact with the staffer to self-quarantine until the are medically cleared to come out of quarantine. The staffer is the 11th state prisons employee to test positive for the virus.

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MAY 26, 2020 (GRAND ISLAND, NEB.)  — Nebraska State Troopers have arrested four people following a pursuit and search of the Gibbon area that ended Monday evening.

The Sunday evening pursuit, in which the driver of a Chevrolet Camaro reached a speed of 174 miles per hour while attempting to flee a traffic stop, had ended in Gibbon. A trooper had been able to deploy spike strips during the pursuit, which led to the Camaro becoming disabled near Gibbon High School. All three occupants of the vehicle fled the scene on foot.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. Monday, Troopers received information that a suspect being sought in relation to the pursuit was attempting to leave the area in a Jeep Patriot. Troopers performed a traffic stop on the vehicle as it was leaving Gibbon on Highway 30.

Inside the vehicle, troopers located the suspect, Tyler Liles, 22, of Creve Coeur, Illinois. The driver of the Jeep Patriot, Kyle Buss, 26, of Pekin, Illinois, had traveled to Gibbon in an attempt to transport Liles and the two others out of the area. Liles and Buss were both arrested.

Troopers then developed information that led to the location of the two other people who had been in the Camaro during the pursuit, Alexis Schurter, 19, of Hartsburg, Illinois, and Bradley Fulton, 20, of Pekin, Illinois. Troopers arrested Schurter and Fulton without further incident in Gibbon.

Liles was arrested for willful reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, felony flight to avoid arrest, obstructing a peace officer, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of money during a drug violation, accessory to a felony, and possession of multiple licenses.

Fulton and Schurter were both arrested for obstructing a peace officer, possession of money during a drug violation, and accessory to a felony. Buss was arrested for aiding consummation of a felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and possession of money during a drug violation. All four were lodged in Buffalo County Jail.

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MAY 25, 2020 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) arrested a motorcycle rider Sunday evening following an aerial pursuit in Lincoln.

At approximately 8:45 p.m. Sunday, the NSP Aviation Support Division was providing aerial support to Troopers and Lincoln Police Officers as they monitored traffic on O Street in Lincoln. The Trooper Pilot observed a motorcycle driving erratically and splitting vehicles near 33rd and O. The pilot notified troopers on the ground and initiated an aerial pursuit of the motorcycle as it reached speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour.

The NSP helicopter continued to follow the motorcycle, while directing troopers to the area. The motorcycle nearly hit a pedestrian as it passed through downtown Lincoln. It then traveled to the area of West A and South Coddington Streets where a trooper attempted a traffic stop. The rider refused to stop and attempted to turn around and pass the trooper at a slow speed. The rider then lost control at a slow speed and laid the motorcycle down. He was then immediately taken into custody. The rider was not injured.

The rider, Farean Iron Shell, 40, of Lincoln, was arrested for felony flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, traffic violations and expired registration. He was lodged in Lancaster County Jail.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska will let bars, zoos, movie theaters and swimming pools reopen and allow small concerts and auctions to resume on June 1 in all but four hard-hit counties, Gov. Pete Ricketts said Thursday as the number of coronavirus deaths continued to rise.

Ricketts announced plans to further loosen social-distancing restrictions, saying he's trying to strike a balance between public health and the need to move back toward normal life as people grow restless.

"We're taking this a step at a time," he said at a news conference.

He made the announcement as state officials reported six more coronavirus deaths and 276 new cases in Nebraska as of Wednesday night, bringing the statewide totals to 138 deaths and 11,122 confirmed cases. Nearly 75,900 people have been tested.

The number of new cases has trended downward, however, since the one-day peak of 677 on May 7. Ricketts has said he's using Nebraska's hospital capacity to judge when to ease restrictions, and those numbers have remained fairly stable. Even so, public health officials say people still need to practice social-distancing measures to keep the virus from spreading.

Businesses that do reopen will still face mandatory social distancing restrictions. For instance, the number of patrons allowed in bars will be limited to half of the venue's rated capacity, and groups of customers will have to remain at least six people apart. Patrons won't be allowed to play pool, darts or arcade games or eat at the bar.

Nebraska will also allow gatherings of up to 25 people or 25% of a venue's rated occupancy, whichever is greater, as long as the total crowd doesn't exceed 3,000 people.

The new requirement will replace the state's current 10-person limit and will apply to both indoor and outdoor venues, including stadiums, fairgrounds, meeting halls, zoos, libraries and swimming pools. Individual groups will still be capped at six people and required to stay away from other groups.

Additionally, any event expected to draw more than 500 people will need prior approval from the county's public health director. In Omaha's Douglas County, the threshold is 1,000 people.

Ricketts will also ease rules for sports, allowing baseball, softball and volleyball teams to resume practices on June 1 and play games on June 18. Rodeos can begin on June 1, but contact sports such as football, basketball and wrestling will remain prohibited.

The changes won't apply to Hall, Hamilton, Merrick or Dakota counties, some of the hardest-hit regions in Nebraska. Hall and Dakota counties have seen particularly large spikes driven by local meatpacking plants.

On Thursday, a coalition of Latino Americans called on Ricketts and local meat packers to do more to protect plant workers who now account for a large share of Nebraska's coronavirus restrictions. Activists said conditions at the plants have generally improved, but they're still hearing reports about inconsistent use of protective equipment at some facilities.

"Unfortunately, these efforts may be seen as too little, too late," said Yolanda Nuncio, a former member of the Nebraska state Latino American Commission. "Some of these plants have not lowered production rates, so when workers go on standard breaks, their coworkers must maintain the same rate of production."

Asked about the criticism on Thursday, Ricketts said he has talked by phone with plant workers and union leaders to discuss their concerns. He also has said that local public health officials from the University of Nebraska Medical Center have gone out to plants to help them establish safety procedures to keep the virus from spreading.

For some infected people, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause severe illness or death. But for most people, it causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks.

 

 


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North Platte, Ne - The Miss Rodeo Nebraska Pageant will be postponed to Aug. 2-5 in observance of the social distancing practices occurring throughout the state and nation.

 

The move has prompted the Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association to extend its contestant deadline as well. Queen hopefuls now have until June 15 to enter.

 

“I would like thank everyone for their patience as we proceed with the pageant,” said Cindy Petersen, chair of the pageant committee. “This pandemic has caused the committee to adapt to new safety measures, but we are looking forward to another successful year.”  

 

The pageant was originally planned for June in North Platte - in conjunction with NEBRASKAland Days and the Buffalo Bill Rodeo.

 

However, on Tuesday, NLD announced that the Buffalo Bill Rodeo would be rescheduled for Aug. 5-8. A new Miss Rodeo Nebraska is traditionally crowned during the rodeo’s first performance.

 

Those interested in entering the pageant this year, or in receiving more information, can contact Cathy Ewing at (308) 530-0590 or buckcathy06@yahoo.com.

 

Rule books and contracts can be found on the forms section of the MRN website at missrodeonebraska.org.

 


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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts is pushing back against four Nebraska lawmakers who urged him to cancel a $27 million coronavirus testing contract with a group of out-of-state startup companies, calling their criticism “ludicrous” even though the program is off to a slow start hasn’t kept up with demand. Ricketts defended the state’s agreement with Utah-based Nomi Health and its business partners but acknowledged some early problems with the TestNebraska program. The same companies have similar no-bid contracts with Iowa and Utah that have also come under scrutiny as states scramble to offer more tests.

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