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MCCOOK, Neb. (AP) — A county attorney in southern Nebraska wants to hire another part-time deputy attorney and is asking commissioners to allow his daughter to fill the role.

Red Willow County Attorney Paul Wood made the request when submitting his proposed 2018-19 budget, which includes a budget increase of $19,020 that would be designated for the salary of a new deputy attorney. Wood told county commissioners that his daughter, Emily Wood, would be able to start Oct. 1 if she passes the bar exam, the McCook Daily Gazette reported.

Paul Wood said a second deputy attorney could help take over litigating unpaid patient bills for the county-owned nursing home, which is currently outsourced. The position could also help manage the workload for the county's juvenile diversion program amid increases in felonies, particularly methamphetamine violations, he said.

County employee policy doesn't allow a department head to supervise immediate family, but Paul Wood said state statute allows it with commissioners' approval and proper disclosure.

Commissioner Steve Downer said it would be beneficial to have the county attorney's office handle all of the county's litigation, instead of contracting out some of the work.

"We'll get comments about hiring a family member," he said.

Commissioner Jacque Riener suggested that the county's policy regarding hiring immediate family may need to be rewritten. She said the policy should include a caveat for a professional position since there's a scarcity of willing and qualified applicants.

Commissioners will decide on the budget and new role next week.

The $19,020 proposed salary for the part-time position accounts for nine months, with a start date this fall. The position's salary for a full year would be $24,000.


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Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department reports mosquitos in three mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile Virus. West Nile Virus is a virus primarily spread to humans by infected mosquitos. The virus can cause flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, rash, body aches and joint pain. It can also cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord). 70-80% of people infected with WNV will have no symptoms are common in.

 

West Nile virus (WNV) came to the attention of public health officials in the United States in 1999. Every state except Alaska has detected West Nile Virus. WNV is NOT spread from person to person or from animal to person. It is NOT spread by handling live or dead infected birds or by eating infected birds or animals.

 

“It is important to be vigilant and avoid getting bitten by mosquitos,” explains Melissa Propp, Public Health Nurse. “There are a number of insect repellents containing products, such as DEET or Picaridin, which can help keep mosquitos from biting.”

Mosquitos rest in dark, humid areas and typically lay their eggs near bodies of water. The use of larvicide to treat water is one method to reduce mosquitoes. Outdoor flying insect repellent may also be utilized to reduce the number of mosquitoes.

 

For more information on West Nile Virus, visit the webpage at www.swhealth.ne.gov or social media pages on Facebook or Twitter. Information is also available at both offices: McCook: 404 West 10th Street (one block north of Arby’s) or Imperial: 501 Broadway (south entrance). You may reach Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department at 308-345-4223 or 308-882-4269. Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department serves nine counties including Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Hayes, Hitchcock, Keith, Perkins and Red Willow.



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August 12, 2018 (Lincoln, Neb.) At approximately 7:05 p.m. Sunday night, Aaron Schlieker (#87675) escaped from the Work Ethic Camp in McCook.

The Nebraska State Patrol and local law enforcement were notified. The facility has been secured and an emergency count conducted. All other inmates have been accounted for.

Schlieker was described as a 25-year old white male, 6’1”, 195 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing khaki pants, a gray sweatshirt and gray beanie hat.

Schlieker was sentenced to three to five years on one count of burglary in Dodge County. His tentative release date is April 19, 2020. He is eligible for parole in 2019.

Work Ethic Inmate Aaron M. Schlieker was apprehended at 4:15 am on Monday August 13, 2018 by Red Willow County Sheriffs Office.

The Work Ethic Camp is a minimum security facility. Inmates are able to work in the community with intermittent supervision.

 


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The Nebraska State Fair is proud to announce this year’s Celebration Parade
Grand Marshals. The Grand Marshal Program celebrates and thanks the folks
who have made significant contributions within their county fair communities. In
keeping with our tradition to salute those who have served, a veteran is selected
to be Grand Marshal for the Celebration Parade with a Salute to our Veterans on
Labor Day Monday.
Imperial, NE
Dan Kunnemann has been selected to serve as the Grand Marshal for the
Nebraska State Fair Celebration Parade on Saturday, August 25. Growing up,
Kunnemann was involved with 4-H and FFA. He joined the Chase County Fair
Board in 1985 on which he served on the Board for more than twenty-six years.
Kunnemann also served on the Nebraska State Fair Board and the 1868
Foundation Board.
Burwell, NE
Stacie Roblyer has been selected to serve as the Grand Marshal for the
Nebraska State Fair Celebration Parade on Sunday, August 26.
Roblyer has been very involved with the Garfield County Fair. Stacie helped
bring the Traveling Nebraska Children’s Museum and the Nebraska’s Big Rodeo
Historical Museum to the Garfield County Fair.

Waco, NE

Douglas Ziemke has been selected to serve as the Grand Marshal for the
Nebraska State Fair Celebration Parade on Tuesday, August 28. Ziemke has
been a member of the York County Ag Society Board for more than eighteen
years. Ziemke heads the Building and Grounds Committee at the York County
Fair and has been instrumental in the most recent three major building projects
on the fairgrounds. He also stays very active in the livestock show at the Fair.
Geneva, NE
Dale and Jeannette Stengel have been selected to serve as the Grand Marshals
for the Nebraska State Fair Celebration Parade on Wednesday, August 29. Dale
has served on the Fillmore County Ag Society for more than forty-six years.
During his tenure, he supervised many of the building projects for the Fair
including the building of the new sheep, cattle, hog and small animal barns, the
show arena, horse arena and camper sites at the Fair.
North Platte, NE
Marvin and Jeanette Rousey have been selected to serve as the Grand Marshals
for the Nebraska State Fair Celebration Parade on Thursday, August 30. Marvin
served on the Lincoln County Fair Board for more than twenty-eight years.
During that time, he was responsible for building the new grandstands and the
two multi-purpose buildings on the fairgrounds. Marvin served on the Nebraska
State Fair Board for nine years. During that time both Linda and Marvin
organized the Grand Marshal Program at the State Fair. Marvin is also a past
president and vice-president of the Nebraska Association of Fair Managers.
Fairbury, NE
Lois Welsh has been selected to serve as the Grand Marshal for the Nebraska
State Fair Celebration Parade on Friday, August 31. Welsh has served on the
Jefferson County Fair Board for more than thirty years. Welsh is one of the
founding members of the Jefferson County Art Guild, is active in the Senior
Songsters and a member of the Blue Valley Wranglers Saddle Club and many
other organizations.
Jansen, NE
Deb Umland has been selected to serve as the Grand Marshal for the Nebraska
State Fair Celebration Parade on Saturday, September 1. Umland has been
very active in 4-H and FFA in many different capacities; she organized the
Jefferson County Agri/Business Banquet for more than nine years, helped set up
the pens for livestock and ran a successful food stand for the Jefferson County
Fair for many years.

St Paul, NE
Kevin and Theresa Jorgensen have been selected to serve as the Grand
Marshals for the Nebraska State Fair Celebration Parade on Sunday, September
2. Kevin is currently the Howard County Fair Manager, and Theresa is on the
Howard County 4-H Council. Kevin has also been a member of the Nebraska
Association of Fair Managers and Theresa is involved instructing young kids
involved in the 4-H horse club.
Grand Island, NE
Ben Murphy has been selected to serve as the Grand Marshal for the Nebraska
State Fair Celebration Parade with a Salute to Our Veterans on Monday,
September 3. Ben enlisted in the Navy in 1963 and served until 1992. After he
retired Ben has continued to serve his community through countless hours of
volunteering to numerous community organizations including the Nebraska State
Fair.

The Nebraska State Fair runs from Friday, August 24 through Monday,
September 3, in Grand Island.

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Grand Island, NE - Things will look much different for visitors this year at Husker Harvest Days coming up in mid-September. Members of the media got a sneak peak on Monday morning of all the improvements that have been made on the grounds that will be the most exciting site update in the 41-year history of HHD. 

New show site items include new/upgraded/improved 
*Storm sewer system & retention pond 
*Security fence 
*Concrete floors in all the Diversified Industries Buildings
*5-90" Musco light towers 
*Internet distribution 
*PA System 
*Electrical System 
*New Bathroom 
*Fire Hydrants 
*New Fueling station for field demonstration 
*Traffic entry structures 
*One way traffic flow into show office lot 
*New entrance into northeast Exhibitor/Volunteer parking lot 
*Streets re-numbered, exhibitors remain in the same locations with a new "address" 

Below listen to an interview with Matt Williams & Husker Harvest Days/National Events Director with Farm Progress Matt Jungmann. 


Matt Jungmann

On July 9, 2018 the Furnas County Sheriff’s Office received two arrested warrants for Colby G. Carpenter, 33, of Arapahoe, Furnas County, Nebraska. The two warrants were each for one count of possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person. The bond amount set on each warrant was $250,000 subject to 10%.

The Sheriff’s Office also received a search warrant for Carpenter’s residence to search for additional weapons. Mr. Carpenter was contacted outside of his residence and taken into custody without incident. The search warrant was executed on the residence. Natasha Carpenter, 33, and four juveniles were at the residence at the time of the service of the warrant. During the execution of the search warrant for weapons methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was located. A second search warrant was obtained to search the residence for drugs and drug paraphernalia. Additional items of drug paraphernalia were located in the residence.
Mrs. Carpenter was arrested and jailed for one count of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine. Mr. Carpenter was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine and possession of a drug paraphernalia. The four juvenile children were removed and placed into the custody of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter’s bond on the drug charges was set at $15,000 subject to 10%. At the time of this press release Mrs. Carpenter has posted bond and is scheduled for arraignment on July 23, 2018 at 1:00 pm in the Furnas County Court. Mr. Carpenter remains in custody with a total bond of $515,000 subject to 10% and is scheduled to appear in Furnas County Court on July 20, 2018.


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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.


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(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.
 


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