MCCOOK, Neb. (AP) — A county attorney in southern Nebraska wants to hire another part-time deputy attorney and is asking commissioners to allow his daughter to fill the role.
Red Willow County Attorney Paul Wood made the request when submitting his proposed 2018-19 budget, which includes a budget increase of $19,020 that would be designated for the salary of a new deputy attorney. Wood told county commissioners that his daughter, Emily Wood, would be able to start Oct. 1 if she passes the bar exam, the McCook Daily Gazette reported.
Paul Wood said a second deputy attorney could help take over litigating unpaid patient bills for the county-owned nursing home, which is currently outsourced. The position could also help manage the workload for the county's juvenile diversion program amid increases in felonies, particularly methamphetamine violations, he said.
County employee policy doesn't allow a department head to supervise immediate family, but Paul Wood said state statute allows it with commissioners' approval and proper disclosure.
Commissioner Steve Downer said it would be beneficial to have the county attorney's office handle all of the county's litigation, instead of contracting out some of the work.
"We'll get comments about hiring a family member," he said.
Commissioner Jacque Riener suggested that the county's policy regarding hiring immediate family may need to be rewritten. She said the policy should include a caveat for a professional position since there's a scarcity of willing and qualified applicants.
Commissioners will decide on the budget and new role next week.
The $19,020 proposed salary for the part-time position accounts for nine months, with a start date this fall. The position's salary for a full year would be $24,000.
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%.
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.
(NORTH PLATTE, NEB.) — The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) is seeking the public’s help in locating a person wanted on multiple charges. An arrest warrant has been issued in Chase County for Kody G. Huff, 30, for the following offenses: first degree assault, kidnapping, terroristic threats, use of a weapon to commit a felony, possession of a weapon by a prohibited person.