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At approximately 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, a trooper attempted to stop a 2003 Chevrolet Impala for fictitious license plates near the intersection of Newberry and Halligan in North Platte. The vehicle fled and the trooper initiated a pursuit.

The vehicle traveled on several streets on the east side of North Platte before coming to a stop near 14th and Taft streets. The driver was taken into custody without further incident.

The driver, Joshua Baker, 31, of North Platte was arrested for operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, driving during a 15-year revocation, fictitious license plates, no proof of insurance, no seat belt, possession of marijuana – less than one ounce, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The entire pursuit lasted less than ten minutes. Baker was lodged in Lincoln County Jail.

AUGUST 12, 2019 (KEARNEY, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested two people on multiple charges following a pursuit on Interstate 80 in central Nebraska.

During the early morning hours of Monday, August 12, NSP received a report of an eastbound Ford Mustang traveling at a high rate of speed on I-80 near North Platte. A short time later, at approximately 3:00 a.m., troopers observed a vehicle matching the description.

As the Mustang passed the stationary trooper, it accelerated to a high rate of speed. Moments later, another trooper clocked the Mustang at a speed of 158 miles per hour, traveling eastbound on I-80. Troopers initiated a pursuit.

Near Odessa, at mile marker 263, troopers successfully deployed spike strips. The Mustang pulled into the rest area at mile marker 268, but reentered I-80 when troopers approached the vehicle. The driver then attempted to exit I-80 at mile marker 272 and slid into the grass. The two occupants fled on foot. Troopers and Kearney Police Officers were then able to take both into custody without further incident.

A search of the vehicle revealed more than one pound of marijuana and controlled pills. Both suspects were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney to be medically cleared.

Once cleared, the driver, Patrick Thompson Jr., 27, and Alexandra Ganow, 21, both of Lincoln, were arrested for obstructing a peace officer, possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, and no drug tax stamp. Thompson was also lodged for flight to avoid arrest, driving with a revoked license, and speeding. Both were lodged in Buffalo County Jail.

AUGUST 12, 2019 (SCOTTSBLUFF, NEB.)  — A crash in Morrill County has claimed the lives of two adults and three children. The crash occurred Sunday evening north of Bridgeport on Highway 385.

At approximately, 6:00 p.m. MT, the Nebraska State Patrol received a report of a crash involving an SUV and a semi. The area was experiencing heavy rain at the time of the crash.

Near the junction of Highway 385 and L62A, a northbound 2015 Ford Expedition lost control, hydroplaned, and spun into the southbound lane of Highway 385. The vehicle was then struck in the rear by a southbound truck tractor-semi trailer.

All five occupants of the Expedition were pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver was Amy Rednest, 30, of Alliance, with passengers Vanessa Gomez, 31, of Westminster, Colorado, Nevaeh Montoya, 14, of Westminster, Colorado, Emma Reza, 13, of Alliance, and Falicia Reza, 9, of Alliance. All were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

The driver of the semi, Brian Schmer, 61, of Hudson, Colorado was transported to the hospital in Bridgeport with non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation. The Nebraska State Patrol, Morrill County Sheriff’s Office, and Bridgeport Fire and Rescue responded to the scene.


The Alert was activated by Lincoln Police Department on Friday, August 02, 2019 at 10:22:04 PM to determine the whereabouts of Camille Iacono, last seen in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Alert has been cancelled due to Located safe in Colorado.


CURTIS, Neb. – Ron Rosati, dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis, plans to retire Aug. 5 from NCTA. Rosati was tapped as head administrator for the University of Nebraska’s sole two-year institution in July 2013.


Before completing his University of Nebraska service at year-end, Rosati will serve as senior advisor for the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA) in Kigali, Rwanda. Opening in September, RICA is an English language institution dedicated to educating and inspiring a new generation of innovators in agriculture in Rwanda.


“Under Ron Rosati’s leadership, NCTA truly reached new heights in providing academic and financial access to higher education, as well as career preparation in the ag and veterinary technology industries,” said Mike Boehm, NU vice president for agriculture and natural resources, and Harlan Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.


“I want to thank Ron for his exemplary service and dedication over the past six years and wish him the best as he transitions into retirement.”


Kelly Bruns, director at NU’s West Central Research and Extension Center based in North Platte, has been named NCTA interim dean, while continuing to serve in his WCREC role. Bruns will lead NCTA campus administration with associate dean Jennifer McConville.


“It has been a privilege for me to serve NCTA as dean,” Rosati said. “The college is an exceptional place to work due to its small size, focus on agriculture and veterinary technology, and its emphasis on experiential learning.”


Rosati is a native of New York and has earned degrees in agricultural education and agronomy. He earned his doctorate from Iowa State, masters and bachelor’s from Cornell University, and associate degree from SUNY Farmingdale. Prior to moving to Nebraska, Rosati served in administrative capacities as provost at Southeast Missouri State University, provost at Alfred State College, State University of New York, and was a dean at Texas A&M University, Kingsville.


Rosati taught agricultural engineering technology and aquaculture for 19 years at Texas A&M University–Kingsville, Illinois State University, The Ohio State University – Agricultural Technical Institute, and Iowa State University.


Rosati led strategic initiatives at NCTA including a 28.5% enrollment growth from 2013-2018, increased fiscal strength from deficit to fiscal health, and added academic programs in agricultural welding, equine industry management, a general agriculture online degree certificate, and partnerships in dairy and poultry management.


“NCTA has been recognized nationally for the quality of its academic programs and the success of its graduates. It’s been very rewarding for me to work with the faculty and staff who are responsible for those successes,” Rosati said.


Other administrative progress at NCTA the past six years included developing new procedures and policies for advising, admissions, registration, student payment procedures, student transfers, academic catalogs, student and employee handbooks, and Title IX and ADA compliance.


Increased appropriations by the Nebraska Legislature enabled significant campus progress in programs, student resources, and pay equity for faculty. New initiatives in public relations and recruiting, federal approval for enrolling international students, and reaccreditation were further benchmarks.


Bruns, who holds a doctorate in animal science, has served as director of WCREC since Nov. 2015. Jerry Volesky, longtime range and forage specialist, will serve as interim associate director at WCREC.


A national search will be launched to identify a new permanent dean of NCTA.

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