Coming up at next Tuesday’s Grand Island City Council meeting Mayor Roger Steele is expected to name a replacement for the vacant Ward 5 seat.
Councilwoman Michelle Fitzke announced her resignation in August after her and her husband purchased a home outside Ward 5.
Four candidates have applied for the position and have been interviewed by Mayor Steele and council members
The Merrick County Sheriff's Office received a report of a possible police impersonation.
According to the Merrick County Sheriff's office facebook page The reporting party advised that while traveling North on Archer Road near I Road when they observed a vehicle approach his vehicle very quickly.
The individual operating this vehicle activated a red and blue flashing lights in the grill of the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle then started to honk his horn at the reporting party.
The reporting party was worried about the legitimacy of the attempted traffic stop so they just slowed down but did not stop. The suspect vehicle then came beside the reporting party vehicle for a very short time before turning on a gravel road and proceeded westbound.
The vehicle was described as a Chevy Camaro gray in color, with no license plates.
The driver of the vehicle was described as a white male, late 20s to early 30s, a well groomed beard, wearing a dark colored shirt.
An active investigation is being conducted in an attempt to identify the vehicle and subject operating the vehicle.
Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) were able to bring a low-speed pursuit to a safe conclusion this afternoon near Gothenburg on Interstate 80.
At approximately 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, a trooper observed a Chevrolet Suburban traveling eastbound at about 30 miles per hour near mile marker 190 on I-80. The trooper attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle stopped momentarily, but then continued driving at around 30 to 35 miles per hour.
Troopers pursued the vehicle, attempting to get the driver to stop or exit I-80. As the vehicle continued eastbound, troopers successfully deployed spike strips near mile marker 207. A trooper was then able to perform a tactical vehicle intervention to bring the Suburban to a stop in the median.
Troopers were then able to take the driver into custody and discovered that the driver was possibly experiencing a mental episode. The driver was placed in emergency protective custody.
Interstate 80 was closed for both eastbound and westbound traffic for approximately 45 minutes while troopers responded to the scene. The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and Nebraska Department of Transportation assisted with traffic control during this incident.
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