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Authorities say they’ve found the remains of a missing woman in southwest Nebraska and arrested three people suspected of involvement in her disappearance and in the kidnapping of another woman.

The Chase County Sheriff’s Office says the body was found Sunday afternoon near Imperial. Her father had reported three days earlier that he hadn’t heard from his 22-year-old daughter for about a week. Her name hasn’t been released.

A 43-year-old man from rural Enders was arrested Thursday. County court records say Russell Mann is charged with two felony counts of being an accessory to kidnapping. The records don’t list an attorney for him.

The sheriff’s office says two more people were arrested Saturday in Fort Collins, Colorado. Twenty-four-year-old Kevin German, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and 22-year-old Keonna Carter, of Taylorsville, Utah, are charged with kidnapping, use of a firearm, assault and other crimes. 

All three are also suspected in the kidnapping and assault of a 20-year-old woman. The sheriff’s office says she’s safe now.


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The finance director of the Nebraska State Fair has resigned, saying the state fair may be on the verge of bankruptcy.


Patrick Kopke resigned Friday at a meeting of the fair board, telling members that his concerns about excessive spending had not been addressed.

Kopke told the board the State Fair, which has been held in Grand Island since 2010, has lost money the last two years. He projected the fair to be nearly $1.7 million in the red for 2019 and could be forced to file for bankruptcy next year.

Former Grand Island mayor Jeremy Jensen, who is chairman of the fair board’s finance committee,says that Kopke's projection was premature.




Following Kopke’s resignation, the board approved a new budget that could require cutting as much as half of the fair's staff and is dramatically different from the 2019 budget in a number of ways. 



Jensen estimated the savings from the new budget will be about $600,000.



Jensen on resignation

jensen on 2020 budget

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi has cast doubt on the possibility of passing an updated North American trade deal by the end of 2019 as impeachment-related delays could throw updated U.S. trade policy into the heat of the presidential primary campaign.


U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, an outspoken advocate for trade and agriculture, called Pelosi’s claim nonsense.


"Nancy Pelosi is holding Nebraska farmers and ranchers hostage and House Democrats are wasting time on circuses instead of doing real work for the American people. Last week Speaker Pelosi said a vote on the USMCA trade deal was 'imminent,' but today she's saying that there's not enough time to do it this year. That's some pure, grade-a bunk. The USMCA will pass tomorrow if Speaker Pelosi calls the vote and she knows it. Let's get this done."


The selling points for the new pact known as USMCA are that it updates NAFTA for the 21st century with hard-won provisions on digital trade, intellectual property, financial services and agriculture trade.



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Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested a Phelps County sheriff’s deputy on suspicion of third-degree assault and child abuse for an altercation that left a 15-year-old girl with a black eye.


The patrol announced in a news release that 37-year-old Deputy Jamie Tilson was arrested Friday and booked into the Phelps County Jail.


The patrol says the arrest came after it was asked by the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office to investigate a report of a Sept. 3 assault in Holdrege. An arrest affidavit says Tilson attempted to slap the teen in the mouth during an argument, and instead hit her in the eye when she flinched.



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On November 21st at approximately 1:30 pm the Chase County Sheriff’s Office received a report from an Imperial Resident that he hadn’t seen or heard from his 22 year old daughter for approximately a week and was concerned for her safety. At that time, the Sheriff’s Office began a Missing Person’s Investigation; multiple people were contacted and interviewed. These were individuals who the Sheriff’s Office believed might have information regarding her whereabouts.

On the evening of November 21st, 2019, several individuals were brought into the Sheriff’s Office for additional questioning. After interviewing these persons, it was determined that one person, a 20 year old female, was the alleged victim of an assault and kidnapping, this expanded Sheriff’s Office Investigation in to the missing person. Another subject (Russell Mann) age 43 of rural Enders was arrested as a result of this investigation for allegedly committing two Counts of Accessory to Kidnapping, both Class IIA Felonies. Mr. Mann is currently incarcerated with a $250,000 10% bond.

As the investigation continued into the disappearance of the 22 year old Chase County resident, information was obtained which led the Sheriff’s Office to believe the missing female may have met with foul play. As soon as this information became available an organized search began in a rural area south of Imperial. This search began on the evening of November 21st.

On November 22nd, around 9:00 AM and after obtaining and executing several search warrants, a more organized search commenced in the rural area of Imperial. The Chase County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Chase County Emergency Management, Nebraska Game and Parks Game Wardens, and a Search and Rescue Team from Torrington Wyoming. This team was able to provide a Cadaver Dog along with a Tracking Dog. The search continued throughout the day but was unsuccessful in locating the missing female.

During the course of the investigation congruent with the search efforts, the Sheriff’s Office developed two suspects. Arrest warrants were obtained for those individuals in relation to several kidnappings and the disappearance of the missing female. It was determined that the suspects could most likely be located in the Fort Collins Colorado area. The Sheriff’s Office requested and was given the expert assistance of the Fort Collins Police Department and their Crimes Against Persons Team and Criminal Impact Team. Both individuals were apprehended in Fort Collins on the afternoon of Saturday November 23rd. A Chase County Deputy was immediately dispatched to Fort Collins to work with detectives in order to interview suspects and develop additional leads.

The individuals arrested in Fort Collins were (Kevin Scot German) age 24 and (Keonna Nilsa Carter) age 22. Each are charged with 2 counts of; Use of a Firearm to Commit a Felony, Kidnapping, False Imprisonment-1st degree, Terroristic Threats , and Assault-3rd degree. Each are currently being held in Fort Collins on $1,000,000 10% bonds pending extradition to Chase County Nebraska. Additional charges may be forthcoming.

On the afternoon of Sunday November 24th, the remains of the missing Chase County woman were located by the Chase County Sheriff’s Deputies, Nebraska Game and Parks Officers, and Chase County Emergency Management. The Woman’s remains are currently being recovered with the help and expert assistance of the Nebraska State Patrol and the evidence will be processed by their forensic technicians and investigators. Fort Collins Police Officers also continue to offer their assistance. The family of the deceased woman has been notified and the victim will not be named. The investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time.

Sheriff Kevin E Mueller


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A multistate outbreak of Hepatitis A has been linked to eating blackberries purchased at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market in three states:  Indiana, Nebraska and Wisconsin. It is noted that these same berries were also distributed in IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, MN, NE, OH, PA, and WI.

 

Teresa Anderson, Health Director Central District Health Department advises, “The blackberries would have been purchased at Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets between September 9th and September 30th, 2019. If you didn’t freeze these berries you probably won’t have any left. However, if you purchased and froze berries during this time period and still have them, please contact us so that we can work with Nebraska DHHS in testing any berries that are still available.

 

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the Hepatitis A virus. It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Although rare, Hepatitis A can cause death in some people. Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person. Symptoms begin somewhere between 2 and 7 weeks after exposure. Individuals are considered most contagious during the 2 weeks before and 1 week after onset of symptoms. Those diagnosed with hepatitis A or persons symptomatic after a known exposure should not work or prepare food for one week after symptoms begin and until symptoms are gone for greater than24 hours.


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North Platte Authorities say human remains found in a stock trailer could be those of at least one of two Wisconsin brothers who prosecutors say were fatally shot by a Missouri farmer.


Lincoln County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Roland Kramer said Monday that a rancher near Hershey, found the remains mixed with dirt in a plastic tub inside the trailer he recently purchased in Missouri.


Garland Nelson, a 25-year-old Missouri farmer, is accused of fatally shooting 35-year-old Nick Diemel and 24-year-old Justin Diemel, of Wisconsin, then burning their bodies and dumping them in a manure pile. He faces two counts of first-degree murder.


Kramer says Missouri authorities confirmed the remains could belong to one of the brothers.



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(Kansas City) - Patrick Mahomes tip-toed down the sideline for a game-turning touchdown, added three TD passes, and the Kansas City Chiefs made their first Super Bowl in a half-century by beating the Tennessee Titans 35-24 for the AFC championship. In two weeks in Miami, they will play the winner of the NFC title game between Green Bay and San Francisco. Mahomes did his usual superb job passing, but it was his 27-yard tap dance down the left sideline late in the first half that gave the Chiefs their first lead. From there, they outran the run-oriented Titans and star back Derrick Henry. 



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The Aurora Girls led from beginning to end in a 49-37 win over Columbus on Saturday. It broke a six game skid. Aurora scored a season high. Cassidy Knust put in a career high 21. Aurora will be at Holdrege Tuesday on 97.3 the Wolf.

The Aurora boys couldn't maintain a fast start in a 51-44 loss. Nate Boerkircher scored 16. Tate Nachtigal added 14 for the Huskies. Next action for the boys will be Thursday at Kearney Catholic as part of a girls'/boys' double header on the Wolf. 

Listen to post-game comments from Junior Cassidy Knust and Assistant Rick Bell




Cassidy Knust

Rick Bell

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The Nebraska football program announced today that Matt Lubick has been hired as Nebraska’s offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach, pending the completion of a University background check.

Lubick brings more than two decades of coaching experience to Scott Frost’s staff, including 16 seasons at Power Five Conference schools. Lubick most recently served as Washington’s co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach in 2017 and 2018, and spent four years on the Oregon coaching staff from 2013 to 2016 where he served on the Ducks’ staff with Frost.

“Matt Lubick is a great addition to our coaching staff,” Frost said. “I have always wanted to work with Matt again since our days at Oregon together.  He is the only person I considered for this position.

“Matt has an innovate offensive mind, provides a veteran presence on our staff and brings a proven track record of success at the Power Five level.  Matt and I developed a great relationship working together previously, and I look forward to adding his expertise to our offensive staff.”

The son of long-time Colorado State head coach Sonny Lubick, Matt Lubick began his college coaching career for his father in 1995. He has been part of teams that won six conference titles and played in 14 bowl games, including the 2014 College Football Playoff championship game at Oregon.

“I am humbled to have the opportunity to be part of Nebraska Football,” Lubick said. “Growing up I was in awe of Tom Osborne and Bob Devaney’s unmatched run of success. It is a special situation for me to be reunited with an elite staff and Coach Frost who is the best in the business. The University of Nebraska is a world-class institution with the best fan base in college football.”

In his two seasons at Washington, Lubick helped the Huskies to 20 victories, the 2018 Pac-12 Championship and appearances in the Fiesta Bowl and Rose Bowl. The Husky offense completed better than 66 percent of its passes in each of Lubick’s two seasons on the Washington staff.

Lubick spent four seasons at Oregon from 2013 to 2016, working with Frost on the Duck staff for the first three of those seasons. Oregon ranked in the top five nationally in both scoring and total offense from 2013 to 2015.  Lubick took over as Oregon’s offensive coordinator after Frost left to become head coach at UCF.

While serving as Duke’s wide receivers coach from 2010 to 2012, he was named the 2012 Football Scoop Wide Receivers Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year. An NAIA All-American defensive back, Lubick coached the secondary at Arizona State from 2007 to 2009, helping the Sun Devils to the 2007 Pac-10 Conference co-championship.

Lubick’s coaching career also included stints at Ole Miss (2005-06), Colorado State (1995, 2001-04), Oregon State (1999-2000), San Jose State (1997-98) and Cal State Northridge (1996). Lubick was part of two conference title teams at Colorado State and assisted Oregon State to the 2000 Pac-10 co-championship and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl.

Lubick Coaching Career

2017-18               Washington (Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers)

2016                     Oregon (Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers)

2013-15               Oregon (Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers)

2010-12               Duke (Wide Receivers)

2007-09               Arizona State (Defensive Backs)

2005-06               Ole Miss (Wide Receivers)

2001-04               Colorado State (Wide Receivers)

1999-2000           Oregon State (Defensive Backs)

1997-98               San Jose State (Wide Receivers)

1996                     Cal State Northridge (Defensive Backs)

1995                     Colorado State (Graduate Assistant)




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The Nebraska football program announced today that offensive coordinator/receivers coach Troy Walters and the Huskers have mutually agreed to part ways.

Walters has been on the Nebraska coaching staff for the past two seasons, and has served on Scott Frost’s coaching staffs for the past four years overall. Walters was a finalist for the 2017 Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach.

“Troy has been a valued member of our coaching staff for the past four years,” Frost said.  “Troy is a good mentor for his players, provides great energy on and off the field, and carries himself with a presence off the field that will be missed. I want to thank him for his work on our coaching staff, and wish him and his family all the best going forward.”

 




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WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin took a stick to the face and put three pucks in the net for a hat trick to lead the Washington Capitals past the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Thursday night. Ovechkin reached 31 goals this season with his 25th career hat trick. He has scored five in his past two games to reach 689, one back of Mario Lemieux (leh-MYOO') for 10th on the NHL's all-time list.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alyssa Nakken (NAK’-ihn) has become the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history after being named an assistant under new Giants manager Gabe Kapler. Nakken is a former softball standout at first base for Sacramento State and joined the Giants organization in 2014 as an intern in baseball operations. The NBA has several female assistant coaches. The NFL's San Francisco 49ers have Katie Sowers as an offensive assistant.

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros star outfielder George Springer and the tainted team have settled on a $21 million contract for next season. Springer led the Astros to their first title in 2017 and was the Most Valuable Player of the World Series that year. This week, Major League Baseball released a report that detailed a cheating scheme the Astros used during their championship season to steal signals from opposing catchers and relay them to hitters.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH'-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON'-poh) had 32 points and 17 rebounds, Khris Middleton scored 23 points and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Boston Celtics 128-123 Thursday night. With the victory, the NBA-leading Bucks extended their winning streak to five games. Kemba Walker scored a game-high 40 points to lead the Celtics.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Brooks Koepka (KEHP'-kuh) shot a 6-under 66 in his return to competition after a knee injury and was tied for third place after the opening round of the Abu Dhabi Championship. Koepka, ranked No. 1 in the world, missed three months after re-injuring his knee while competing at the CJ Cup in South Korea. Koepka is two shots behind co-leaders Shaun Norris, of South Africa, and Renato Paratore, of Italy.




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SPVA tournament brackets have been released. Games will be played starting with first round matchups on Monday & Tuesday, Jan. 20th & 21st. Below are the brackets to view & download. 

SPVA Brackets 




TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed 36-year-old Larry Fitzgerald to a one-year contract after he led the team with 75 receptions, 804 receiving yards and four touchdown grabs this season. Fitzgerald is the Cardinals’ all-time leader with 250 games played, 1.378 receptions, 17,083 receiving yards, 120 receiving touchdowns, 120 total touchdowns and 49 100-yard games. He ranks second on the NFL all-time list in receptions and receiving yards, while his touchdown receptions are sixth.

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins is forgoing his final college season to enter the NFL draft. Higgins grabbed 59 passes for 1,167 yards and 13 yards as the Tigers won the ACC championship and the CFP semifinal before losing to LSU in the championship game. He had a team-record 27 touchdown catches in three seasons with the Tigers.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Receiver Justin Jefferson and safety Grant Delpit are among a half dozen players from LSU's national championship team who've stated their intention to enter this spring's NFL draft. Offensive linemen Saahdiq Charles and Lloyd Cushnberry also announced they are turning pro, as did linebackers Patrick Queen and Jacob Phillips.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have announced that Zion Williamson will make his long-anticipated NBA debut next Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs. The first player taken on last year’s draft has missed New Orleans’ first 41 games this season and will sit out three more while rehabilitating from arthroscopic surgery to repair the lateral meniscus in his right knee. His arrival comes at a good time for the Pelicans, who have won nine of their last 13 to pull within four games of a playoff spot.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Peter DeBoer (deh-BOHR’) will begin his stint as the Vegas Golden Knights’ interim head coach tonight in Ottawa, one month after he was fired as head coach of the San Jose Sharks. Gerard Gallant was dismissed by the Knights yesterday, less than two years after coaching the team to the Stanley Cup finals in its first NHL season. The Knights have dropped four-straight to fall into a virtual third-place tie with Vancouver in the Pacific Division, but they are just three points behind the first-place Arizona Coyotes.




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The Nebraska football program announced Thursday that Mike Dawson has been hired to coach Nebraska's outside linebackers. Dawson returns to Head Coach Scott Frost's staff following his second stint coaching in the National Football League.
 
"I am thrilled to bring Mike Dawson back to Nebraska to re-join our coaching staff," Frost said. "Coach Dawson has a great history with our coaching staff and brings all of the attributes we look for in an assistant coach.  He is a man of great character, has outstanding defensive acumen and knowledge of our defensive system, is a proven teacher and recruiter and relates well to his players."
 
Dawson rejoins the Nebraska staff after spending the 2019 season coaching outside linebackers for the New York Giants. Prior to the 2019 season, Dawson coached Nebraska's defensive line for the 2018 season and served in the same capacity on Frost's coaching staff at UCF in 2016 and 2017.
 
A coaching veteran in his 21st season, Dawson has coached at the FCS, FBS and professional levels. He has spent 17 seasons in the collegiate ranks, including 11 at FBS schools. Dawson also boasts four years of coaching experience in the National Football League and has coached both outside linebackers and defensive lineman in college and the NFL.
 
Dawson has helped build impressive defenses throughout his career, including working with a UCF squad that ranked second nationally in takeaways in 2017, and a Philadelphia Eagles defense that ranked second in the NFL in sacks in 2014. Dawson coached two All-Big Ten defensive linemen in his one season at Nebraska in 2018, and has coached four defenders to all-conference accolades in his two most recent college seasons.
 
"I am excited to rejoin Coach Frost and the rest of the Nebraska staff in Lincoln," Dawson said. "The opportunity to coach at a school with Nebraska's football tradition and commitment is special. I am fired up to represent the N, and sell Husker Football and the University of Nebraska to young men around the country.
 
"Our family fell in love with Nebraska during our one year here. The passion of the fans and the culture Coach Frost has brought is extraordinary. We look forward to making it home again."
 
Nebraska has also completed contract extensions for assistant coaches Greg AustinTravis Fisher and Ryan Held, extending each of their contracts through Dec. 31, 2021.  Austin has added the title of Run Game Coordinator in addition to his role as Offensive Line Coach.  Fisher and Held each received salary increases, with Held adding the title of Recruiting Coordinator.



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BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have fired manager Alex Cora a day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred implicated him in the sport's sign-stealing scandal. Cora was the Astros’ bench coach when they won the 2017 World Series and led Boston to the title the following year in his first season as manager. MLB also had been investigating allegations the Red Sox had stolen signs en route to their 2018 World Series championship.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A person familiar with the deal says the Minnesota Twins have worked out a four-year, $92 million contract with third baseman and 2015 American League MVP Josh Donaldson. The 34-year-old Donaldson returned after an injury-spoiled 2018 to bat .259 with 37 homers, 94 RBIs and a .900 OPS for the Atlanta Braves last season. The deal likely means a position change for third baseman Miguel Sano (sah-NOH’), who just finalized his three-year, $30 million contract with Minnesota on Tuesday.

UNDATED (AP) — Tight end Antonio Gates has formally announced his retirement after a 16-year NFL career spent entirely with the Chargers. He holds the league record for tight ends with 116 touchdown catches, doing it without playing a down of college football. Gates didn’t play last season and is the Chargers’ all-time leader for TDs, receptions and receiving yards, grabbing 955 passes for 11,841 yards.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (KEEK’-lee) is retiring after eight seasons, announcing in a video posted on the team’s website that he feels now is the right chance to move on. Kuechly was selected to seven Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro five times. However, he suffered three concussions during his career, which may have led to his decision.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa is leaving school a year early to enter the NFL draft, posting on Instagram that his time with the Hawkeyes was everything he hoped it would be. He was an Associated Press second-team All-American and an AP All-Big Ten first-team pick this past season, recording 11.5 sacks to become the first Hawkeye to hit double-figures in that category in consecutive seasons since 2002-03. Epenesa paced the Big Ten with 10.5 sacks as a backup in 2018.





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The Aurora girls suffered through a tough shooting night in a 29-18 loss to Hastings.

The Aurora boys led most of the way before falling to the number one team in Class B 49-44. Nate Boerkircher scored 14. Tate Nachtigal added 11 for the 3-8 Huskies. Connor Creech became the first 1000 point scorer in Hastings High Boys History in the win for the 12-0 Tigers. 

We heard from both head coaches after the game. 




Girl's Coach Cole Carriher

Boy's Coach Tom Leininger

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