AUGUST 2, 2018 (SCOTTSBLUFF, NEB.) — The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) will conduct surprise commercial vehicle inspections today, Thursday, August 2, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in Scottsbluff and the surrounding area.
The morning inspections will be conducted at two locations: the frontage road in front of Target near Highway 26 in Scottsbluff and on County Club Road west of Gering. In the afternoon, troopers will patrol roads throughout Scottsbluff County.
The inspections are performed by the Metropolitan Aggressive and Preventative Selective (MAPS) Team, which is funded largely by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Troopers assigned to the Carrier Enforcement Division of the Nebraska State Patrol check for compliance with federal safety regulations and enforce laws pertaining to weight, size, registration, and permits associated with commercial vehicles (trucks, semi-trailers, and buses).
The MAPS Team was implemented in 1998 and consists of troopers from the Nebraska State Patrol’s Carrier Enforcement Division. On average, 20-24 troopers work each MAPS event.
To protect the surprise element of the inspections, all media are asked to withhold any public reporting of the inspections until 3:00 p.m. Thursday. The results of the MAPS enforcement activity will be released following the conclusion of Thursday’s enforcement.
Western Nebraska Airport Authority Board member Lou Kleager announces his retirement from the Board effective August 16, 2018.
He wishes to thank the voters of Scotts Bluff County for their support as well as his fellow Board members and the Airport Staff.
He has enjoyed being a small part of the team which has continued to develop an extraordinary airport. He notes that the physical facilities are in excellent shape, the budget is well managed, the safety program is strong and that we now have an outstanding, reliable airline service at an affordable price.
He is retiring for personal reasons and is looking forward to other pursuits.
Adams County Colorado Coroner’s Office notified us that Messiah White, (male) age 4, of Colorado Springs Colorado, passed away in the early morning hours of July 24, 2018.
Based on numerous interviews, investigation and reports by Scotts Bluff County Deputies, Nebraska State Patrol, and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officers, we have determined this an accidental death
#1. 2018 Toyota C-HR donated by TEAM Auto Center - Garrett Dudden
#2. 2018 Honda Pioneer 500 donated by Sandberg Honda - Brock Schank
#3 .$2,000 Cash donated by McDonalds of W.Neb & Torr. WY - Jennifer Schwab
#4. 2 Rndtrip tickets donated by Skywest Airlines - Teresa Swank
#5. La-Z-Boy Recliner donated by Webber’s Furniture - Troy Ouderkirk
#6. Fire Pit Table & Chairs donated by Carr-Trumbull Lumber - Evelyn Bjordahl
#7. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Diane Vandenberg
#8. $250 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Karol Nyquist
#9. 2 - 2019 Western Nebraska Pioneers Season tickets - Judy Howell
#10. $250 Gift Card donated by The Steel Grill - John Maser
#11. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Maria Lara-Montelango
#12. WNCC Family Athletic Pass - Juan Gonzales
#13. $250 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Mike Rotness
#14. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Gina Cannon
#15. $200 Cash donated by KNEB - Stacy Keller
#16. WNCC Family Athletic Pass - Steve Cervantes
#17. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Debbie Edmuds
#18. One year of Car Washes donated by Paradise - Angela Miller
#19. 12 Haircuts in a year donated by Attitudez Salon - Nickole DeWitt
#20. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Jayme Hallman
#21. Birthday Party donated by Carpenter Center - mindy Reed
#22. 3 month Family Membership donated by YMCA - Zita Bolinger
#23. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Michael Miller
#24. $100 in Gift Cards dontated Runza - Ruth Kozal
#25. King Kong Pizza Dinner donated by Sam & Louie’s Pizzeria - Andrew Weber
#26. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Craig Rubottom
#27. $75 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Trisha Luckinbill
#28. $100 Gas Card donated by WTT - John Farrington
#29. $25 Gift Card donated by Runza - Danielle Lenebeck
#30. 60 minute facial donated by Rachel Ann Esthetics - Kristen Mitzel
ALLIANCE, Neb. (AP) — A 41-year-old insurance saleswoman is accused of fraud in the Nebraska Panhandle.
Box Butte County Court records say Mandy Fair is charged with felony counts of insurance fraud and identity theft. The records don't list the name of an attorney who could comment for her. Fair is scheduled to be in court Tuesday.
She's accused of turning in fraudulent insurance applications from Aug. 17 to Oct. 11 last year. Prosecutors say she did so to be paid bonuses and advance commissions.
At around 1355 hrs on Wednesday July 18th, 2018 Scottsbluff Police Officers were called to a reported shop lifting at Wal-Mart. Suspect left Wal-Mart on foot heading south. Scottsbluff Police were directed to the “In N Out” Storage behind Domino’s as last location of suspect.
Suspect entered a storage unit where he had a vehicle hidden. The vehicle was found to have been reported stolen in Scottsbluff earlier on this date.
Scottsbluff Police attempted to stop the suspect as he headed west on 27th street. Suspect was able to drive through ditch and onto Hwy 26
Suspect was later seen running across 19th Hole Golf Course where he was arrested; the stolen vehicle was located at the west end of Pheasant driver where the suspect had run it into a ditch where it became disabled.
Suspect was identified as John Mackenzie 38 years old. Mackenzie is being held on numerous Felony and Misdemeanor charges from Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office and the Scottsbluff Police Department.
Agencies assisting in the apprehension were Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office, Scottsbluff Police Department, and an Officer from The National Park Service