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On May 22 2019, the FBI along with the Hall County Sheriff's Office, Grand Island Police Department, Hastings Police Department, and Nebraska State Patrol, responded to a rural area near Interstate 80 and Nebraska Highway 281 regarding the sighting of two wanted fugitives from the state of Kansas.

Dustin Eugene Bilbrey, age 36, and Rebecca Sue Humphrey, age 33, are wanted on state arrest warrants for aggravated robbery, vehicle burglary, arson, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, criminal damage to property, and theft charges out of Saline County, Kansas. They were last seen during the early morning hours of May 23, 2019 travelling in a silver Ford explorer.

Bilbrey is described as a white male, approximately 6'3" tall, and 199 pounds. Humphrey is described as a white female, approximately 5'5" tall, and 150 pounds.  

These individuals are considered armed and dangerous. If you have information on the whereabouts of these individuals or see these individuals, do not approach and call 911, local law enforcement, or your local FBI office immediately.

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A last-minute push to pass a property tax package has stalled in the Nebraska Legislature, dimming the prospects of any major changes this year.

Supporters fell 10 votes short Wednesday of the support necessary to overcome a filibuster. The vote was 23-7 to force an end to legislative debate. Sixteen senators abstained from voting.

The vote could threaten the prospects of another measure to create new tax incentives for businesses, a major priority for Nebraska business leaders. Several rural lawmakers reluctantly supported that bill on a first-round vote, with the understanding that senators would pass a property tax package.

The new package would have eliminated sales tax exemptions for haircuts, pop, candy, car repairs and other goods and services and used the revenue to reduce property taxes.

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HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A former Hastings teacher accused of having sex with a teenage student and providing her alcohol has pleaded not guilty.

Adams County Court records say 23-year-old Tyler Hedlund filed the plea Wednesday to a charge of intentional child abuse. A trial date has not been set.

The records say Hedlund had sex with the 16-year-old girl several times at his Hastings home and that he gave her alcohol there and bought alcoholic beverages for her and three of her friends.

Hedlund had been teaching and coaching football at Hastings St. Cecilia.

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On 5-7-2019, at approximately 08:16 hours the Scottsbluff Police Department was dispatched to the intersection of West 27th Street and Avenue D in reference to an injury motor vehicle accident.  A 2010 Nissan Altima driven by sixteen year old Cedees Hernandez and a 2012 Chevrolet Impala driven by Kimberly Marquez age fifty two collided in the intersection. Both drivers are Scottsbluff residents.  Marquez was headed eastbound on 27th Street.  Hernandez was attempting to turn left onto West 27th Street to head westbound from Avenue D.  Hernandez had a stop sign at her location.  A trash truck turned southbound from West 27th Street onto Avenue D just prior to the wreck.  Hernandez reported the trash truck obstructed her vision.  The vehicles collided in the intersection.  Marquez was transported to Regional West Medical Center for treatment for non-life threatening injuries.  Both vehicles required towing from the scene. No citations were issued on scene.     

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On 04/30/2019 at approximately 1310 hours, Scottsbluff Police Department responded to HWY 26 and East 27TH Street for a reported injury accident. The investigation concluded a pickup driven by Sheryl McLean, failed to yield to a pickup pulling a livestock trailer driven by Pamela Joern. McLean had been Eastbound on HWY 26 and was attempting to turn left onto East 27TH Street. Joern had been Westbound on HWY 26. Both vehicles and stock trailer sustained substantial damage and required towing from the scene. As a result of the crash, Joern collided with the power control box that operates the traffic signals, causing the signals to lose power. The intersection is considered a “4-Way Stop”, indicated by stop signs and traffic cones until the signals are back in service. The public is asked to expect delays in that area, and remain alert when traveling through the intersection.  There is no indication as to how long the traffic signals will be inoperable due to repairs.

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On Monday 04/22/2019 at 9:24 am the Scottsbluff Police Dept took a missing persons report. Benjamin Carlos Barron age 34 of Scottsbluff was last seen by a local family member on Tuesday 04/16/2019. Investigation shows that a witness last saw Benjamin Carlos Barron on Saturday at an East Overland business. There is reason to believe that Benjamin Carlos Barron is in the Hay Springs area and the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office was notified.

 

Barron was last seen wearing a denim jacket, blue jeans, and black tennis shoes. Barron is intellectually disabled and may be in danger of abuse or exploitation.


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MARCH 29, 2019 (SCOTTSBLUFF, NEB.)  — The Western Nebraska Intelligence and Narcotics Group (WING) has conducted a drug enforcement operation this week, resulting in the arrest of 32 individuals throughout the Nebraska Panhandle. Arrest warrants and search warrants were served throughout the Panhandle. Additional arrests are expected and some of the cases are on-going.

Throughout the week, WING was assisted by the sheriff’s offices of Cheyenne County, Scotts Bluff County, and Box Butte County, the police departments of Sidney, Kimball, Gering, Scottsbluff, Bayard, Alliance, Chadron, Ogallala, and the Nebraska State Patrol. The following is a list of arrests made as part of this operation.

Alliance/Chadron:

-Bethany Wacker – Two counts of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia

-Kamron Seebomb – Three counts of distribution of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence

-Dennis Griffin – Three counts of distribution of methamphetamine

-Penny Overshiner – Three counts of distribution of a controlled substance

-Jo Len Valdez – Three counts of possession of a controlled substance

-Henrietta Dawn – Five counts of distribution of methamphetamine

-Derek Warbonnet – Three counts of distribution of marijuana

-Dalton Hunger – Three counts of distribution of methamphetamine

-Shawn Hollowhorn – Three counts of distribution of methamphetamine

-Leander Poor Bear – Three counts of distribution of a controlled substance

-Shane Lame – Four courts of distribution of methamphetamine

-Rick Haak – Possession of methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana

-Summer Haak – Possession of methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana

 

Scottsbluff/Gering

 

-Lacey Calder – Attempt of a class IV Felony and Possession of Marijuana

-David Iron Bear – Distribution of a controlled substance in a school zone

-Roxanne Trevino – Distribution of a controlled substance in a school zone

-Amber Camacho – Attempt of Class 4 Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance

-Shelley Parker – Distribution of a controlled substance in a school zone

-Cory Poor Bear – Distribution of a controlled substance

-Janae Iron Bear – Three counts forgery and failure to appear

-Cathica Vasquez – Theft by shoplifting

-Floyd Bolton – Possession of methamphetamine

 

Kimball/Sidney/Ogallala

 

-Jose Hernandez – One count of distribution of methamphetamine                  

-Mariah Medina – Possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana less than an ounce

-Myriah Tyan – Cited for possession of marijuana – less than an ounce

-Travis Graham – Two counts of distribution of marijuana

-Kandy Cook – One count of distribution of a controlled substance         

-Jerry Roa – Two counts of distribution of marijuana

-Timothy Tscharner – One count of distribution of marijuana

-Tiara Tiden-Benzel – One count of distribution of marijuana

-Tony Christensen – One count of distribution of methamphetamine   

-Clinton McCrea – Domestic assault 

 

Those arrested were lodged in the county jails representing the county in which the arrest was made. The WING Task Force is made of up investigators from several law enforcement agencies in the Nebraska Panhandle, including Sidney PD, Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office, Gering PD, Scottsbluff PD, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office, Alliance PD, Chadron PD, and the Nebraska State Patrol.


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City of Grand Island Police Release 

Grand Island, Neb. – On 03/13/19 at about 9pm, Grand Island Police Department Officers were involved in an officer involved shooting.  This is a very difficult situation for everyone involved. 

 After responding to an address on North St. Paul Road for the second time in the evening, an officer was assaulted with a knife.  The Officer responded with lethal force, shooting the male suspect; who was transported by ambulance and later pronounced dead.  The officer received knife wounds and was transported to the hospital.  Those injuries are not life threatening.  

This is an ongoing investigation.  We have turned the investigation over to agencies involved in the South Central Area Law Enforcement Services (SCALES) agreement for a thorough and independent investigation.  Our next step as an agency is to assist SCALES in their investigation in any way possible, while supporting our officers and members of our community. 

We appreciate the patience to allow this investigation to take place with concern for the members our department, and for family of the deceased. .


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Local communities are starting to prepare for the winter storm that is said to hit the area starting in the next 24 hours. Several panhandle communities are issuing snow emergencies to prepare for snow removal. If you live on a snow route please remove your vehicles. Also, many local businesses and churches are issuing closings and cancellations. Please stay tuned to Hometown Family Radio or follow our website to stay up to date on all the latest new and information. Please stay safe.

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Snow Emergency Declaration


SCOTTSBLUFF- Due to the present weather conditions, The City of Scottsbluff would like to advise the public that a snow emergency has been declared as of 7:30 a.m. Thursday, March 7, 2019 until further notice.  Those people living along the snow route will need to have their vehicles in driveways or other locations that don’t interfere with the snow routes. All snow routes are posted with signs and people should become familiar with these routes and plan accordingly.  Please have all vehicles moved from snow routes immediately. The snow routes are as follows for the City of Scottsbluff.

  • South Beltline Highway from East city limits to West Overland

  • Avenue I from South Beltline Highway to Highway 26

  • Avenue B from South Beltline Highway to 42nd Street

  • Broadway from South Beltline Highway  to 27th Street

  • 5th Avenue from south Beltline Highway to 42nd Street

  • 21st Avenue from 7th Street to Highway 26

  • 27th Street from west city limits to Highway 26

  • 20th Street from South Beltline Highway to 21st Avenue

  • East Overland from Broadway to 21st Avenue

  • West Overland from Broadway to South Beltline Highway

  • Highway 26 from 21st Avenue to Avenue I


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