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OSHKOSH, Neb. (AP) — A judge is considering a verdict after the trial of a western Nebraska school superintendent accused of assaulting a student.

On Wednesday Judge Randin Roland heard testimony regarding the misdemeanor assault charge against Garden County Schools Superintendent Paula Sissel.

A prosecutor said Wednesday that Sissel had put her hands on the 8-year-old girl. A video of the Nov. 13 incident shows Sissel pulling the girl down a hallway before the girl's placed in what was referred to as a "chill out room." It's alleged the girl suffered a rug burn on a shoulder.

Sissel acknowledged pulling the girl, in part to protect a physical therapist who was trying to deal with the girl's outburst. The girl's mother says the girl is possibly autistic and functions at the level of a 3- or 4-year-old child.

A ruling is expected within two weeks.


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.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Kody Huff, please call the NSP tip line at (308) 535-8137.


NORTH PLATTE,Neb. (June 11, 2018) — As part of an international movement, the American Red Cross is launching the Missing Types campaign today to recruit new blood donors – and those who have not given recently – to ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients.

During the Missing Types campaign, the letters A, B and O – the main blood groups – will disappear from brands, social media pages, signs and websites to illustrate the critical role every blood donor plays. When the letters A, B and O vanish from everyday life, the gaps are striking. And when A, B and O blood types are missing from hospital shelves, patient care could be impacted.

“Unfortunately, blood shortages still happen and the number of new Red Cross blood donors is shrinking each year,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “That’s why the Red Cross is asking those who have never donated blood and those who haven’t given in a while to make a lifesaving donation. You are the missing type patients need.”

Don’t wait until the letters A, B and O go missing from hospital shelves. Join the #MissingType movement today – make an appointment to give blood by visiting, using the Red Cross Blood Donor Appor calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).


A Hayes Center woman has been named Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2018.

Rebel Sjeklocha was crowned Wednesday afternoon at the North Platte Community Playhouse in North Platte. Sjeklocha, 17, won the personality, speech, written test and appearance categories of the pageant.

JoSee Saults, 17, of Big Springs, won the pageant’s Rising Star award.

Bailey Lehr, 17, of Columbus, was named first-runner up after winning the horsemanship, photogenic and congeniality awards. She will fulfill the duties of queen if, for some reason, Sjeklocha is unable to complete her reign.

Sjeklocha won first-runner up at the pageant in 2016 and 2017. She also won the speech category both years.

“The experience taught me to never give up on my goals,” Sjeklocha said. “If your heart truly longs for something, keep working hard to obtain that goal.”

Sjeklocha is the daughter of Rusty and Susan Sjeklocha. She graduated from Maywood High School in May and has plans to attend the University of Nebraska–Lincoln to study Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communications in the fall.

Rebel would like to eventually go to law school and open a practice in a rural area. Her dream is to help farmers and ranchers pass on their livelihoods to the next generation as well as defend the natural resources that are vital to their operations.


Buffalo Bill Rodeo

Four people were honored with the Friends of MRNA Award Monday night during the speech portion of the Miss Rodeo Nebraska Pageant. 

All of the honorees were recognized for going “above and beyond” to support the Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association. Pictured left to right are: Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska Molly Paxton, Miss Rodeo Nebraska Kristin Kohmetscher, longtime MRNA members Karen Troyer and Mardee Swanson, Mid-Plains Community College area vice president of public information and marketing Chuck Salestrom, MRN seamstress Jo Morphew and Miss Rodeo America Keri Sheffield.

JUNE 8, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.) — During the evening hours of Thursday, June 7, 2018, Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) conducted alcohol inspections in Perkins and Chase Counties.

The project was supported in whole or part by Grant # 93.959 under the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Region II Human Services, and the Nebraska DHHS Division of Behavioral Health.

In total, ten businesses were inspected. Two businesses sold alcohol to a minor for a non-compliance rate of 20%. All ten of the businesses checked the minor’s ID.

The businesses which failed the inspections were:

Tequila’s Mexican Grill – Imperial (checked ID, sold to minor)

VFW #4688 – Imperial (checked ID, sold to minor)


The businesses included convenience stores, restaurants, golf courses, and bars. NSP conducts alcohol inspections in an effort to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors.

Businesses which fail the inspections are referred to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission and clerks who sell alcohol to a minor are cited for procuring alcohol for a minor.


On June 7th at about 7:30 PM Sergeant Wangler and another Officer responded to the residence located at 3410 16th Street in Columbus regarding an anonymous report that a wanted individual was at that location. In the course of the contact with the Suspect; 24 year old Jorje Robledo, a gunfight ensued. Initially, during the conflict, Robledo was armed with a handgun. As the situation developed, Robledo transitioned to a rifle. Both Wangler and Robledo were shot during the exchange and received multiple gunshot wounds.

Both Wangler and Robledo were initially taken to the Columbus Community Hospital and later to the University of Nebraska Medical Center by medical helicopter. Wangler is currently in stable condition, however he will require additional surgery relating to a wound in his neck. Robledo remains in critical condition.

Sergeant Wangler is a 19 year veteran of the Columbus Police. He is married and has two children.

We would like to extend our thanks to the Nebraska State Patrol, Platte County Sheriff's Department and the Omaha Police Department for the support they have offered in this matter.

The incident is being jointly investigated by the Columbus Police Department and Nebraska State Patrol.


The North Platte Community College Lady Knights Volleyball Team hosts the Sweet Saloon every year during NEBRASKAland Days.


Team members, coaches and volunteers spend days baking “melt-in-your-mouth” caramel rolls, the proceeds from which supplement volleyball scholarships.


The players then deliver the rolls and oversee the pick-up sites: McDaid Elementary, the Do-It Center, Westfield Pharmacy, Sports Shoppe and the concession area on NPCC’s South Campus.


They began calling previous customers this week to give them first chance at pre-orders. Pre-orders will open to the publicon Monday through a new online system. Purchases can be made at with a credit or debit card.


Phone orders can be placed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 11-13 and from 8 a.m. to noon June 14 by calling 535-3696 and leaving a message. In-person orders will also be accepted during that time at McDaid Elementary.


The cost is $18 per dozen. Sticky buns can be delivered for an extra $2.


This year the Sweet Saloon is sponsored by the Hiland Dairy Foods Company.