LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a man was arrested after deputies found marijuana in his car after stopping it along Interstate 80 near Lincoln.
The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office says a deputy pulled over the car around 11 a.m. Friday after seeing the driver fail to signal a lane change near the U.S. Highway 77 exit. The deputy reported smelling marijuana in the car, and a subsequent search turned up 114 pounds (52 kilograms) of pot and some cannabis edibles.
The man, who lives in Sioux City, Iowa, was arrested on suspicion of possession for sale and suspicion of other crimes. Court records don't show that he's been formally charged.
LINCOLN – This morning, Governor Pete Ricketts has issued an emergency declaration to allow state funds to be used for the response to the blizzard which has affected Nebraskans statewideFriday and continuing into this morning.
“Hundreds of motorists have been stranded and power outages are reported in many communities,” Governor Ricketts said. “This declaration allows state funds from the Governor’s Emergency Fund to help our communities in their response.”
Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is working to get a temporary communications tower to Region 26 after its dispatch tower was toppled due to 60 mph winds. Blaine, Garfield, Greeley, Loup, Sherman, Thomas, Valley, and Wheeler counties make up Region 26 and are affected by the loss.
Road closures, including Interstate 80 and U.S. Highways 30 and 20, have affected travelers and sent them to shelters. Big Springs and Sidney report that they have opened shelters.
“Road conditions are still not safe across the state and travel is not recommended,” said NEMA Assistant Director Bryan Tuma. “Stay home and be safe.”
Road conditions remain poor to impassible in many parts of central to western Nebraska. At this time, Interstate 80 is closed to westbound traffic from Grand Island to the Wyoming state line. Eastbound I-80 is closed from the Wyoming state line to Ogallala. Keep up-to-date on other road closures by calling 511, visiting 511.Nebraska.gov, or by downloading the 511 smartphone app.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A measure aiming to curb cyberbullying was signed into law by Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts.
The bill approved Wednesday makes harassment or intimidation by electronic message a crime. Previous Nebraska law only applied to threatening phone calls. The misdemeanor offense is punishable by a maximum of three months in jail and a $500 fine.
Lawmakers say most intimidation now happens through digital technology, like text messages, email or online messages.
The bill will also make it illegal to own or use a card-scanning device to gain unauthorized credit or debit card information.
The measure received strong support and passed 48-0 on its final-round vote.
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.
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 livingtobe.org.
Want to help bring Jared Blake to more schools across the nation to share this powerful message? Get Involved.
Visit their education partner Treatment-Centers.net for questions and information about drugs, alcohol, effects and treatment resources at http://treatment-centers.net. 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:
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".
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
Lincoln, NE - On Tuesday morning a joint press conference was held at the Lincoln Police Departement to give an update on the missing person's case of Sydney Loofe. FBI agent from the Omaha field office, Randy Thysse, reported that on Monday, December 4th that a body was discovered in rural Clay County. Thysse went on to say that the body is believed to be of Sydney Loofe, who has been missing for over two weeks. Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister also added that it was a collaborative effort between several law enforcement agencies with analysis and digital evidence that lead to the discovery. The Nebraska State Patrol believed there were around 40 officers involved in the search in Clay County on Monday. Chief Bliemeister also added that the initial two people of interest, Aubrey Trail, and Baily Boswell are still in custody and are currently, as of Tuesday morning are not charged with any offense directly related to the investigation. The investigation to this point also has lead to authorities believing that foul play is believed to be involved.
Hastings, NE - Authorities captured escaped inmate Jordan Latta on Monday afternoon. Latta had been on the loose after escaping during a transfer.