OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new report says there are more doctors in Nebraska than there were 10 years ago, but 13 counties still don't have a primary care physician.
The Status of the Healthcare Workforce report issued Wednesday says data from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the state show the number of doctors has risen 11 percent.
The report says nearly a fifth of physicians in Nebraska are more than 60 years old and likely to retire in the near future. It also says 18 of 93 Nebraska counties have no pharmacist.
The report recommended more state support for programs and educational initiatives that provide incentives for health care professionals to practice in rural communities.
(GRAND ISLAND, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested two men and seized 149 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80.
At approximately Wednesday, June 13, a trooper stopped an eastbound 2017 Dodge Caravan for failing to signal near York, at mile marker 353. During the stop, the trooper observed a vacuum-sealed bag of marijuana plainly visible inside the vehicle.
Troopers and deputies from the York County Sheriff’s Office searched the vehicle and discovered 149 pounds of marijuana. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $447,000.
The driver, Robert Rosenwasser, 56, of Florida, and Milton Coore, 53, of Jamaica, were arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no Drug Tax stamp. Both men were lodged in York County Jail.
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Officers from the Chardon Police Department (CPD) and the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested a man who was wanted on multiple felony warrants after escaping from the Nebraska Department of Corrections Work Ethic Camp (WEC) in McCook, NE on December 21, 2016.
CPD’s investigation into the whereabouts of Charles Canaday, 37, determined that he was hiding at a residence in Chadron. On Wednesday evening, CPD requested NSP SWAT team assistance in serving a search warrant on the home at 502 West Niobrara Ave. While serving the warrant, NSP SWAT found Canaday hiding in the home and observed several items related to drug activity.
CPD obtained a second search warrant to investigate the suspected drug activity. Officers from both CPD and NSP seized several grams of suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and multiple firearms and arrested two other men.
Charles Canaday was arrested and lodged in Dawes County Jail for outstanding warrants from Dawes County and Red Willow County related to his escape from the WEC, including Escape When Under Arrest on a Felony Charge, Attempt of a Class II Felony, Operating a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest, Use of a Deadly Weapon to Commit a Felony, Theft by Unlawful Taking ($500-$1,500) and a charge of Unauthorized Ingestion of a Controlled Substance from Fall River County, South Dakota.
At the time of his escape, Canaday was serving a sentence of six to 24 years for multiple Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Mischief convictions from four Nebraska counties. His escape prompted an alert from the Nebraska State Crime Stoppers network. The Nebraska Crime Stoppers tip-line is always active at 1-800-422-1494 and can also be reached online at www.nebraskacrimestoppers.com.
During the service of the search warrant, Del Canaday, 31, and Gage Canaday, 27, were arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and being an Accessory to a Felony. Both men were lodged in Dawes County Jail.
Construction on 42nd Street - Phase 4 between Avenue B and Rugger Drive is scheduled to begin on August 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
42nd Street will be closed to all traffic from the intersection of Avenue B to Rugger Drive. The Detour route around the construction area will be Avenue B to Hwy 26 to 5th Avenue.
Construction of this phase is estimated to be complete by September 23, 2018. Additional information will be sent prior to the start of Phase 5.
Access will be as follows:
Elite Health Center/ESU #13/Owen Oral Survery/Sandstone Estates – Access will be provided from 42nd Street from the west via Highway 71 or from the east via Avenue B
Regional West Medical Center – Access to RWMC will be from the west via 42nd and Avenue B or from the east via 42nd and Rugger Drive
Residences on North side of 42nd Street between Avenue B and Rugger Dr – Access provided from a temporary road on the north side of 42nd Street. Contractor will notify residents.
Thank you for your cooperation during this project.
AUGUST 1, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested two men and seized 94 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Cozad.
At approximately 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, a trooper stopped a westbound 2018 Ford F150 for failing to signal near mile marker 227. During the traffic stop, a Dawson County K9 detected the odor of a controlled substance coming from inside the vehicle.
A search of the pickup revealed 94 pounds of marijuana. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $282,000.
The driver, Michael Hedges, 26, and passenger, Brandon Cannon, 25, both of Oregon, were arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no Drug Tax stamp. Both men were lodged in Dawson County Jail
The Nebraska baseball team had two players and two signees selected during the final day of the MLB Draft on Wednesday. Junior Jesse Wilkening and senior Luis Alvarado each heard their name called during a day that featured rounds 11-40 of the draft. The Philadelphia Phillies drafted Wilkening in the 14th round, while the Los Angeles Angels picked Alvarado in the 17th round. In addition, Husker signees Spencer Schwellenbach and Bo Blessie were each drafted on Wednesday. Schwellenbach, a right-handed pitcher from Saginaw Heritage High School in Saginaw, Mich., was drafted in the 34th round by the Cleveland Indians with the 1,033rd overall pick. Blessie, a right-handed pitcher from Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, Texas, was taken in the 36th round by the Washington Nationals with the 1,091st pick. During the second day of the MLB Draft on Tuesday, Scott Schreiber was drafted by the Houston Astros in the ninth round with the 282nd overall pick.
Jesse Wilkening – Philadelphia Phillies (14th Round – 407th Overall Pick)
Wilkening led the Huskers with a .372 batting average in 2018 en route to second-team All-Big Ten honors. Wilkening, who had at least one hit in 15 of NU’s last 16 games, compiled 10 multi-hit performances during that stretch. His .372 batting average and team-high 56 RBIs each ranked fourth in the Big Ten this season. Wilkening also led the team in doubles (14), while ranking second on the team in hits (74), home runs (9), runs scored (45) and total bases (117). Before coming to Nebraska, Wilkening was drafted in 2015 by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 28th round after a successful prep career at Hanover Central High School in Cedar Lake, Ind.
Luis Alvarado – Los Angeles Angels (17th Round – 511th Overall Pick)
Alvarado, who had been previously drafted twice, converted from reliever to starter in 2018. Alvarado, who threw a team-high 70.0 innings this season, led the Huskers in strikeouts (65) and recorded the lowest opposing batting average (.256) among NU’s starters. He went 3-7 with a 4.89 ERA in 14 starts in 2018 after earning 10 saves in 16 relief appearances in 2017. Alvarado was drafted in 2017 by the Seattle Mariners in the 13th round after being selected in the 2014 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox in the 33rd round out of high school.
The deadline for drafted players, other than college seniors, to sign with a team is July 6. Players who have exhausted their college eligibility have until one week before 2019 MLB Draft to sign.
A pair of McCook Community College pitchers who finished up their Indian careers this past spring have signed on with new teams this fall.
Kaden Sitzman, will continue his career at Kansas Wesleyan in Salina and Ryan Marstiller has signed on to continue his career this Fall at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash.
“I am proud of both of these guys and want to wish them the best of luck pursuing their college degree while being able to play college baseball as well,” MCC Baseball Coach Jon Olsen said.
SITZMAN: “Kaden did a really nice job for us over his two years at McCook,” Coach Jon Olsen said. During the 2017 season he went 3-2 with a couple saves during a season that saw the Indians one game away from playing in the region championship game.
“We didn’t achieve the goals we set for ourselves as a team this past year, but Kaden was a great worker and teammate, and I really enjoyed him being part of our team over the past two years.”
Sitzman, a 6-0 right-handed pitcher is a McCook High School graduate who started seven games this past season and struck out 29 hitters in 25 innings
“Kaden loves the game of baseball and he loves being around his teammates, I have a feeling Kaden will be around the game in one way or another all his life,” Olsen said. “I wish him the best of luck down there.”
MARSTILLER: Ryan Marstiller, a 6-2 right-handed pitcher from Centennial, Colo., will play for the Central Washington University Wildcats – a team that fell to Montana State Billings 10-6 in the 2018 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Baseball Championship to finish 27-26 on the season.
“Ryan was only with us for a year as he transferred in as a sophomore, but he played a big role for us this past season,” Olsen said.
“Ryan was our most consistent starter on the mound and has a lot of ability to finish his college career up there.”
Marstiller appeared in 12 games last season, started eight and went 3-3 with two complete games. He pitched 69 innings, walked 12 and struck out 51 hitters.
Ryan was just another example of some who combined playing baseball with his college education, he was a great student athlete. He did an excellent job in the classroom, on the field, and in the community.”
Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney baseball team has been picked 12th in the 2018 MIAA preseason coaches' poll.
The Lopers received 31 points to be in front of Fort Hays State (16). No. 29 Emporia State (143 points; 11 first place) is the favorite with Central Missouri second (120; one first place) and Central Oklahoma (118) third. UCO is 28th in Collegiate Baseball's preseason Top 40 with fourth place Lindenwood (114) No. 17 and UCM receiving votes.
In 2017, UNK went 14-35 (7-29) to place 12th in the league. The 2018 roster features returning All-American catcher/designated hitter Dallas Schramm (Millard North), senior starting pitchers Bradley Brown (Aurora, Colo.) and Mitchell Robinson (Golden, Colo.), senior first baseman Ricky Trammell (Kansas City) and junior outfielder Pate Katechis (Longmont, Colo.).
The Lopers start the season this weekend with three scheduled games at Metro State in Denver.
Kearney, Neb. – Junior right fielder Pate Katechis belted a Grand Slam and sophomore first baseman Ty Roseberry hit two home runs as Nebraska-Kearney dismantled Northwest Missouri State, 17-1 (7 innings), Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Field.
This was the first of three midweek games with the Bearcats (12-12, 8-5) this year. The contest was pushed back a full day due to weather and field conditions.
UNK (14-10, 7-3) has now won eight in a row, the longest win streak in the program since the 2011 team won eight straight between April 21-30. That squad won a school-record 38 games and reached the NCAA Central Regional finals.
To improve to 9-2 on its 14-game home stand, the Lopers pounded out 18 hits including six home runs and two doubles. On the mound, junior righty Alex Achtermann (Denver, Colo.) improved to 2-1 by fanning six and allowing just one run in five innings.
For the third time this home stand, junior center fielder Brett Young (3 for 4, two runs & three RBI's) led off the bottom of the first with a homer. Up 3-1 in the third, UNK saw senior second baseman Scott Platt (2 for 3, three runs) hit a two-run homer, his fourth of the year, to left field.
An eight-run fourth featured six hits including a one-out Grand Slam by Katechis (1 for 3). That was his sixth long ball of the year and helped UNK finally get a base knock with the bases full. Coming into today, the Lopers were hitting .167 (7 for 42) with three runners on base.
Next, senior catcher Dallas Schramm (3 for 4, three runs & two RBI's) and Roseberry(Kearney H.S.) hit back-to-back solo shots in the fifth with Roseberry (2 for 4, three runs & three RBI's) adding a two-run homer to left in the sixth. He's now at .450 with nine dingers and 27 RBI's, all team-highs.
Finally, sophomore third baseman Calvin Rudolph (3 for 4, two runs & one RBI) and redshirt freshman Peter Carlson (2 for 4, one run & one RBI) had multi-hit efforts.
UNK host the Lindenwood Lions this weekend at Memorial. Games times are 3 p.m.on Friday and Saturday and noonon Sunday.
Kearney, Neb. – Senior guard Michaela Barry scored 33 points and assisted on the game winning bucket with 2.8 seconds left as Nebraska-Kearney rallied past Lindenwood, 80-78,Thursday night in St. Charles, Mo.
The Lopers (15-3, 7-3) continue a magical season, improving to 9-0 in games decided by 10 points or less and posting its eighth fourth quarter rally among 11 Division II wins. UNK has also won seven of eight to be tied with two others for third place in the MIAA standings.
Barry (Battle Creek), the current MIAA Player of the Week, notched her third 30-point game of the season by going 12 of 17 (2 of 5 threes) from the field and 7 of 8 at the line. But it was her fourth assist of the night that proved to be the crucial play.
Ahead 78-75 with just under a minute to play, UNK ran the shot clock down and not surprisingly gave the ball to Barry. Her shot in the lane was blocked out of bounds and the Lopers called a timeout. After the break, Lindenwood forced a five second call to get the ball back. Thirteen seconds later, reserve Kyle Ferguson capped a great night by hitting a 26-footer to tie things. She tallied 15 points thanks to three triples.
UNK called another time out and again gave the ball to Barry. She worked from the top of the key, drew the defense toward her and found a wide open Kelsey Sanger (Crofton) for an easy layup and the game winner. The Lions (10-10, 2-9), calling a timeout to move the ball down the court, had a chance to win or tie but couldn't get a shot off.
"Our team just continues to fight; Lindenwood would go up, we would come back. They would go up, we would come back again," said Loper assistant coach Brandon Rohr. "Michaela and Kelsey have won their whole lives so it's not surprising what happened at the end. Michaela might've been feeling it but she's unselfish and smart enough and made a great pass."
Sanger, replacing an injured Jenna Gillespie (Holdrege) in the starting lineup, had one of her finest games of the season. Over 25 minutes, she had nine points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Five of her points came in the fourth quarter to help UNK erase two different four-point deficits.
Now 6-1 all-time against Lindenwood, the Lopers led 17-9 after the first quarter and tallied the first two points of the second quarter. However, the Lions went on a 30-11 over the next 11 minutes to lead by nine. That was Lindenwood's biggest lead of the game. UNK didn't grab the lead back until Alyssa Frauendorfer (Humphrey) made a layup with 6:11 to go. That made the score 63-62 and capped an 8-1 Kearney run. The two teams then went back and forth until the final seconds.
Frauendorfer joined Barry and Sanger as Lopers to have big efforts as she made a season-best four threes to tally 16 points. She also had seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. Off the bench, UNK got six points apiece from forward Kennedy Sander (Lincoln Pius X) and Adreon Bell (Independence, Mo.).
Four Lions were in reached double figures, led by 6-3 sophomore post Kallie Bildner. The 2017 MIAA Freshman of the Year went for 23 points and nine rebounds with starter Charisse Williams and reserve Gaby Walker each scoring 10.
UNK is among the best teams in D2 in not sending teams to the free throw line but the Lions went 16 of 21 tonight. The 16 makes are a season-high for a Loper opponent with Bildner doing most of the damage (9 of 9). Finally, the Lopers shot 64 percent (9 of 14) on the four quarter. In its previous seven "rally wins, Kearney made 59 percent of its fourth quarter shots.
On Saturday, the Lopers head to Lincoln University. The Blue Tigers (3-16, 0-11) fell tonight to Fort Hays State, 65-55.
MNB Bank McCook is one win away from heading to the State American Legion Baseball Tournament. MNB Bank has found themseleves in the Championship game which will take place tonight (Monday, July 23rd). Live coverage can be heard on 93.9 The Zone and online 939thezone.com.
The 2017-2018 Republican Plains Activity Conference Girls & Boys Basketball Tournament bracket(s) updated to reflect the East/West G/B "Six-Game Saturday" round. Additionally, there has been a date change for the East/West Girls Quarterfinal Round due to the inclement weather. Games scheduled for Mondaynight have been moved to Wednesday night with the site(s) and time(s) remaining the same.
An extremely limited quantity of Nebraska volleyball single-game tickets will go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. through Nebraska Athletic Development and Ticketing. Tickets can be purchased online here, though they are expected to be sold quickly. Nebraska has sold out 234 consecutive regular-season volleyball matches, an NCAA women's record. Fewer than 200 tickets remain for the Red/White Scrimmage at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18. Those can also be purchased at the link above. Fans who attend the Red/White Scrimmage will get a sneak peek at the 2017 NCAA Championship documentary, "Nebraska Volleyball: Culture of a Champion," produced by NET, Nebraska's PBS & NPR Stations. It will be played on the Devaney Center video boards after the scrimmage. The Huskers are coming off a second NCAA Championship in three years and a repeat Big Ten title in 2017. Nebraska opens the regular season by hosting the VERT Challenge on Aug. 24-25. NU will face Florida in a national title rematch, as well as Oregon on opening weekend.
Pitcher/infielder Courtney Wallace, who will be freshman on the Nebraska softball team in the fall, has been named Nebraska's Gatorade Softball Player of the Year. Wallace adds this honor to a PGF Regional All-America award, which she earned in May. Wallace played four years on varsity for Papillion-La Vista High School and played club ball for Nebraska Gold. She helped Papillion-La Vista to the Class A State Tournament each of her four years. The Monarchs finished runner-up in 2016, before claiming the title in 2017. As a senior, she posted a 18-1 record, with an ERA of 0.28 and 162 strikeouts in 2017. Her ERA was the lowest ERA recorded in the state since the pitching mound moved from 40 feet to 43 feet. At the plate, she hit .504 and had nine homeruns, 10 doubles, four triples, 35 RBIs, 45 runs scored and 14 stolen bases. She helped her team to the 2017 state title with a 16-4 win over Lincoln Southwest by hitting a leadoff solo homer to begin an 11-run, 10-hit inning for the Monarchs.