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AUGUST 28, 2019 (CURTIS, NEB.)  — The Frontier County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Nebraska State Patrol and several other law enforcement agencies, has arrested a juvenile for making a threatening social media post toward Medicine Valley School.

Tuesday morning, August 27, Medicine Valley School was made aware of social media posts that included a threat of violence against the people of the school. The Frontier County Sheriff’s Office responded and worked to secure the school.

Several other agencies assisted in various aspects of the investigation, which led investigators to arrest a 14-year-old female. The juvenile was cited for making terroristic threats. A probation assessment determined that the juvenile could remain at home following the arrest.

The investigation revealed that no other person was involved in the creation of the threats. There is no safety concern at the school this morning.

The Frontier County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska Information Analysis Center, North Platte Police Department, McCook Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI. 

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UPDATE from North Platte Police Crimestoppers

The person in the picture posted earlier had been identified. Please be aware that in our day and age, criminals sometimes steal pictures from regular law abiding citizens and re-post them pretending to be them. However, we will still do our best to identify those pictured, as this person has been identified. 

This male is a person of interest in a case regarding threats. We are requesting the public's assistance to get him identified as soon as possible.
Please contact Crime Stoppers by calling 534-8400 or 1-800-933-TIPS or the North Platte Police Department at 308-535-6789 if you can identify them.

UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: STATEMENT FROM NPPSD
This morning the North Platte Public School District’s School Resource Officer was made aware of threats made toward Medicine Valley Public Schools via social media. The threat did NOT include any schools in the North Platte Public School District. All schools in the North Platte Public School District are operating under normal school functions, as this threat is not related to us. Safety is, and will always be, a primary goal here at North Platte Public Schools. We will continue to work with the North Platte Police Department to monitor the situation.

Maywood Schools are also on Lockout according to a message sent to HFR from Maywood administrator. Medicine Valley and Maywood Schools are always on Lockout, which means their doors are always locked during school hours, and people must buzz to gain entry.

We'll have more later in the day as this situation develops.



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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.


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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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WILBER, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man was convicted Wednesday of killing a 24-year-old Lincoln woman and could now face the death penalty.

A jury began deliberating Wednesday afternoon and in less than three hours agreed to convict 52-year-old Aubrey Trail of first-degree murder in the 2017 death of Sidney Loofe. Trail also was found guilty of criminal conspiracy to commit murder.

Trail and his girlfriend, Bailey Boswell, were both charged with first-degree murder. Loofe's body parts were found in 14 pieces in ditches along a state highway, weeks after her November 2017 disappearance.

Trail had maintained Loofe's death happened accidentally during rough sex. Trail said he made up stories, including one about killing 14 other people, to throw investigators off track.

On Thursday, a second phase of the trial will begin to determine if Trail's action qualify for the death penalty.

Boswell is awaiting trial.

Trail missed much of his own trial after slashing his neck in the courtroom on June 24. Trail yelled "Bailey is innocent, and I curse you all" before he swiped something across his neck that day. Deputies rushed to help as Trail lay bleeding.

Trail opted to skip the trial after that until he returned earlier this week to testify in his defense.

Prosecutors said Trail and Boswell planned to kill someone before Boswell met Loofe on the dating app Tinder.

Boswell solicited young women through social media sites, and she and her boyfriend together picked out a victim.

Trail said he and Boswell actually met Loofe several months earlier, but she didn't want to participate in their other crimes. He said they rekindled a relationship in November 2017 through Tinder.

Prosecutors said Trail repeatedly changed his story during the investigation and trial.

Authorities said Trail and Boswell were captured on video at a Home Depot in Lincoln on Nov. 15, 2017, buying tools used to dismember Loofe, hours before Loofe's death and while she was still at work.

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WILBER, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska murder trial has resumed without the presence of the defendant who slashed his neck in the courtroom.

Judge Vicky Johnson noted 52-year-old Aubrey Trail's absence to jurors Tuesday, saying Trail chose not to attend.

Trail yelled "Bailey is innocent, and I curse you all" Monday before swiping something across his neck in the courtroom in Wilber, 35 miles (56 kilometers) southwest of Lincoln. Deputies rushed to help as Trail lay bleeding.

Trail's attorney, Joe Murray, says Trail needed stitches but was released from a hospital. Murray also says a potential mistrial was discussed but that Nebraska law says a defendant's actions cannot cause a mistrial.

Trail and 25-year-old Bailey Boswell are charged with first-degree murder in the killing and dismemberment of 24-year-old Sydney Loofe.

Boswell awaits trial.

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WILBER, Neb. (AP) — A man accused in the 2017 slaying of a Nebraska woman slashed his neck and fell from a wheelchair during his murder trial.

Fifty-two-year-old Aubrey Trail yelled "Bailey is innocent, and I curse you all" Monday before swiping something across his neck in the courtroom in Wilber, 35 miles (56 kilometers) southwest of Lincoln. Deputies rushed to help as Trail lay bleeding on the floor.

It is unclear when the trial will resume, or how badly Trail is injured. Authorities say he's had a stroke and two heart attacks since his arrest.

Trail and 25-year-old Bailey Boswell are charged with first-degree murder in the killing and dismemberment of 24-year-old Sydney Loofe.

Prosecutors say the pair planned Loofe's abduction and killing . Trail's attorney says her death was an accident during a consensual sex fantasy.

Boswell awaits trial.

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