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Country Singer Jared Blake Spreads Empowering Message

Don’t drink and drive – We’ve all heard this piece of advice, but how many of us have experienced the devastating effects firsthand when someone chooses to ignore this common-sense warning? Country music artist Jared Blake, from NBC’s season 1 of The Voice, has been sharing a “living above” approach to life to kids around the country with his Live To Be youth program. His conviction to spread this message has only grown after surviving a head-on collision with a drunk driver.

On May 9th, Jared Blake and his wife found their world turned upside down when a drunk driver was going the wrong way and crashed into them going 60mph in Nashville.

Miraculously, everyone made it out alive, but Jared’s wife, Jennifer Blake, suffered multiple injuries including a fractured spine. She shared her frightening experience with friends and family on Facebook as she began recovery.

“We were on an interstate change near downtown, on a curve, and by the time we saw headlights it was too late. We were on a bridge lucky no flips happened, but that also meant we hit almost straight on. It was terrifying and I still feel like this was all a dream. I only remember a horrible burning smell and burning throats and screaming to get out of the vehicle. Jared somehow got out and bent my door open to lay me on the ground. I couldn't move but just stared at the stars knowing my eyes were open and I could hear so I was alive.”

She ends the post with some advice and words of encouragement,

“Our seatbelt and airbags saved us! Please use them, always! … If you want to do something, do it. Life is too short to worry about anything at all. Most of you know me well enough to know that I'm pretty good at living that way and can't wait to get back to living.”

Inspired by this real-life experience, Jared Blake gets serious about drunk driving in his new video for Don't Let Her Be Gone. You can check out the music video below:

Jared and Jennifer Blake’s youth program, Live To Be, helps children discover their unique path, free from the use of drugs or alcohol. Jared visits schools across the US empowering kids and people of all ages by asking them who they want to be and showing them that the use of drugs or alcohol can only hinder or prevent them from achieving their goals. His appearances, public speaking, and live concerts promote a healthy, fun, cool, and self-respectful way to live.

The idea to develop this program began when it was announced on The Voice that Jared was a recovering addict. Soon after, many viewers were reaching out to him on social media, leaving messages asking for personal advice on recovery or how to help struggling friends or family members. Jared reached out to them in a limited way, fearing that he wasn’t the one they should be talking to. Everyone’s road to recovery is very different, so he referred these people to professionals that could provide the necessary help. He was also approached by several producers of different TV shows designed to help people go to recovery but was never able to fully put himself behind the projects.

Then he had an epiphany. Having six children of his own and a strong desire to support youth, he realized the best impact he could have is to reach out before there’s a problem – before they become an addict. Let children know that no one expects to become an addict; that they don’t have their first beer or go to their first party or go to college with the expectation that they are going to become an alcoholic and ruin their life.

What Jared teaches kids through his Live To Be program is that whether they’re drinking or trying recreational drugs, or really making any negative decision that prevents them from being where they want to be or being the person they want to be, that they need to stop and think – “Am I doing what’s best? Am I being the person I want to be? I know that I have the power.”

Once he tells them that they have the power, now they have to do something with it and be responsible for it. It puts the power back in their hands, making kids feel empowered to make their own choice -- and to make it a good one.

If you would like Jared Blake to visit your school with Live To Be or to learn more about the program, visit

Want to help bring Jared Blake to more schools across the nation to share this powerful message? Get Involved.

Visit their education partner for questions and information about drugs, alcohol, effects and treatment resources at Call 844-812-HOPE to speak with a counselor now.

Watch the video below to see Jared Blake’s 2017 Nashville Live To Be tour:



Threat at GISH

Staff from Grand Island Public School and the Police Department held a joint press conference this afternoon to talk about a threat they received.  Administration and the Police Department learned of a possible threat a little after 10 PM on Thursday night (02/22).  The tip came in through the new tip-line, which has been in place for about 3 weeks now.  Capt Jim Duering with GIPD says they immediately began investigating the threat and determined the message not be credible and discovered the original message originated outside of the state of Nebraska and no legitimate ties to Grand Island our our school system.  Capt Duering also said, "we will continue to investigate any perceived threat toward our community".  


GIPD respond to another shooting Thursday morning

Grand Island, Neb. – At 8:43 am, on 1/4/18, the Grand Island Police Department responded to a fatal shooting incident at 3111 W. College Street. Physical evidence and victim statements indicate that this incident was an attempted homicide / suicide. The suspect in this incident, a 43 year old Grand Island male is deceased.

The victim, a 43 year old Grand Island female, was involved in an intimate relationship with the suspect. She is doing well and in stable condition after suffering a gunshot wound to the head and base of the neck. There are no additional suspects at large or continued dangers to the community.

We are not releasing names at this time in order to allow for proper notification to families. We urge anyone who is being victimized or knows of an abusive domestic situation to call 911 or Grand Island area residents to utilize the Crisis Center Hotline at 308-381-0555.


67 Taken Off Nebraska Roadways

67 people were removed from Nebraska roadways during the "You Drink, You Drive, You Lose" campaign by the Nebraska State Patrol.  It ran from December 15th to January 1st.  63 drivers were arrested for driving while intoxicated and 4 for driving under the influence of drugs.  


Red Cross / GI Family Radio Blood Drive was a Success

The American Red Cross / GI Family Radio Tri-Cities Holiday Blood Drive was a success/  We collected 88 pints of blood in just one day!! Each donation can help up to 3 people - so those 88 pints can potentially help over 260 patients.  Reminder to download the Free Red Cross blood donor app, which is available in the App Store and Google Play


GIPD investigating homicide from New Years morning

Grand Island, Neb. – Grand Island Police are working a shooting that occurred at 1303 W. Charles St. around 3:45AM New Year’s Day. Emergency personnel responded and found one of the residents, 19 year old Trevor Sok, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported by ambulance to the CHI St. Francis Emergency Room where he died from his injuries. Grand Island Police are working several leads on this case. No further information is being released at this time.


7 Troopers Receive Disciplinary Action

Today, Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) announced the conclusion of an extensive and thorough internal investigation into allegations of misconduct concerning six employees. During the course of the investigation, a seventh employee was included. These allegations stemmed from behavioral conduct following two incidents in 2016, one involving a Tactical Vehicle Intervention and the other involving an excessive use of force incident. The investigation did not focus on the incidents themselves, but on actions afterward. The questions included whether NSP leadership was derelict in their duties in the aftermath and whether or not troopers accurately and honestly reported their conduct.


“I’d like to thank our investigators for their diligent work during this process, and for providing an objective analysis of the facts in each case,” said Col. Bolduc. “The investigation consumed 1,300 investigative hours. The results came from two out of more than 216,000 total NSP cases in 2016.”


Based on the results of the investigation, the following action has been taken:


  • One Trooper and one Sergeant have received administrative penalties, and will remain in their current positions.
  • One Major has been reduced in rank to Captain.
  • One Captain has been reduced in rank to Sergeant.

    Three Troopers are no longer employed by the Nebraska State Patrol:
  • One Lt. Colonel has retired, effective today
  • One Sergeant has resigned, effective yesterday
  • One Trooper’s employment was terminated today


Fatality Accident Highway 281 and Old Potash Highway

Grand Island, Neb. – At 6:55 am on 12/20/17, the Grand Island Police Department received a report of a severe accident at Highway 281 and Old Potash Highway. This incident involved three (3) vehicles. One of the vehicles was reported stolen to the Grand Island Police Department earlier that same morning.


There is one confirmed fatality who we believe to be the driver of the stolen vehicle. At least one other person was transported to the St. Francis Emergency Room by ambulance. There were no police personnel or police vehicles directly involved in the collision, although the color scheme of the stolen vehicle caused some confusion in this regard. The Nebraska State Patrol is the lead agency in this ongoing investigation.

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