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JANUARY 17, 2020 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol Technical Crimes Division have arrested a Palisade man for child enticement by electronic device.

This morning, investigators served a search warrant at a residence at 110 N. Kerr St. in Palisade, in Hitchcock County. The investigation began after NSP received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that an individual at that address had received child pornography via Facebook in December 2019.

The occupant, James Hicks, 42, was arrested for child enticement by electronic device. He was lodged in Hitchcock County Jail. The investigation remains ongoing.

The NSP Technical Crimes Division is one of dozens of federally funded Internet Crimes and Children Task Forces throughout the country and works for the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Program to address child exploitation crimes.



(NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) arrested four people and seized marijuana, THC products, and fraudulent credit cards during three traffic stops on Interstate 80 Tuesday evening.

At approximately 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, a trooper observed a Honda sedan fail to signal a turn while exiting I-80 at Kearney. During the traffic stop, the trooper detected clandestine activity and performed a search of the vehicle, revealing 15 pounds of marijuana and approximately $1,500.

The driver, Peter Blizzard, 43, of Redway, California, was arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and possession of money during a felony drug violation. Blizzard was lodged in Buffalo County Jail.

At approximately 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, a trooper observed an eastbound Chevrolet Malibu speeding near Lexington at mile marker 242. During the traffic stop, a K9 from the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office detected the odor of a controlled substance. A search of the vehicle revealed 53 pounds of marijuana, 3 pounds of THC wax, and 300 THC vape cartridges.

The driver, Nathan Wessels, 24, of Lincoln, was arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound and possession with intent to deliver. He was lodged in Dawson County Jail.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, another trooper noticed a Range Rover speeding on I-80 at mile marker 305, near Alda. During the traffic stop, the trooper because suspicious of criminal activity. Troopers searched the vehicle and found multiple fraudulent credit cards, a forgery device, and marijuana.

The driver, Elliot Wills II, 27, of Chicago, Illinois, and passenger, Ahnaya Mosley, 21, of Santa Clarita, California, was arrested for criminal possession of a financial transaction device, possession of blank financial transaction devices, possession of a forgery device, unlawful manufacture of a financial transaction device, and possession of marijuana – less than an ounce. Both were lodged in Hall County Jail.



On 1/14/19, the Grand Island Police Department, in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), arrested a 17 year old male, and a 37 year old Brian Mohr of Grand Island.

The 17 year old male is identified as a student at Northwest High School, where Mohr is a teacher. The arrests are in relation to a case in which the 17 year old male obtained elicit images of minors via a social media ruse, and used some of those images to coerce them into performing sexual acts. Those images were shared with Mohr. Numerous images have been identified as students at the school where Mohr is employed and the 17 year old attends.

The 17 year old suspect was arrested as a suspect in the investigation of 1st Degree Sexual Assault, Human Trafficking of a Minor, Unlawful Intrusion, and multiple counts of Distribution of Sexually Explicit Material (Child Pornography).

Brian Mohr was arrested as a suspect in multiple counts of Possession of Sexually Explicit Material (Child Pornography). All crimes listed are classified as felonies.

This is an ongoing investigation, and is being worked with the full cooperation of the Northwest School District. If you, or someone you know is affected by this case or as a part of any online exploitation, it is important that you know you are not alone, and that you can contact the Grand Island Police Department at 308-385-5400 or the HSI anonymous tip line at 866-DHS-2-ICE or It is important to know that potential victims in this activity are not alone. The Grand Island Police Department and HSI will continue to work toward keeping the youth of our community safe, and will have Victim Advocates in place to assist persons affected by this case.




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The 2019 NSAA Girls State High School Tennis Tournament is underway for today May, 16th and wraps up tomorrow May, 17th in Lincoln. View the Class B results below.


#1 Singles


#2 Singles

#1 Doubles


#2 Doubles

Team Scores


VIERO, Fla. – Adverse weather limited the opening round of the National Junior College Athletic Association golf tournament Tuesday to just three holes. On Wednesday, the McCook Community College golf team played 33 holes and now at the mid-way point, the Indians find themselves 20th out of 24 teams.

The Indians were only able to finish the ninth, 10th and 11th holes Tuesday before the horn sounded for threatening weather. On Wednesday MCC finished the first round posting a 301 which was 18th among the 24 teams competing at the Duran Golf Club.

Three MCC sophomores finished first-round play with scores of 74 including Cameron Lampe (Windsor, Colo.), Ronnie Quick (London, England) and Graham Gaspard (Breckenridge, Colo.). Freshman KC Carlson (Delta, Colo.) finished the first round at 79 and Chesney Tatman (North Platte) shot an 84.

MCC finished the second round Wednesday with a 309 and a two-round total of 610, which is 34 shots over par.

“After a very long day we finished Round 2. It was a tough round, the wind picked up and the course was much, much harder for the afternoon wave of tee times,” said MCC Golf Coach Tyler Loop. “We lost a lot of steam on the back nine.”

Lampe and Tatman had the low individual scores in the second round with 75s, Quick shot a 77, Gaspard an 82 and Carlson an 87.

Indian Hills Community College of Iowa leads the team standings with a two-day total of 551 – 25 shots below par and four strokes better than New Mexico Junior College. Eastern Wyoming Community College, the Region IX champion is tied for 12thplace with a 487, Central Wyoming is 23rd with a 625.

New Mexico Junior College’s Leam Duncan is 10 under par to lead the field (134). He is two shots in front of Harry Doig of Indian Hills CC and three ahead of George Clarke of Indian Hills CC.

The week in Florida began at the National Tournament Banquet Monday where Cameron Lampe and Ronnie Quick were named to the NJCAA All-District 1 team.

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including, scheduling changes, live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:


1. Indian Hills CC 281-270--551 (-25)

2. New Mexico JC 277-278--555 (-21)

3. Midland CC 281-281--562 (-14)

4. Central Alabama CC 282-281--563 (-13)

5. Eastern Florida State 285-286--571 ( -5 )

6. Odessa College 285-291--576 ( E )

7. Iowa Western CC 287-290--577 (+1)

8. Calhoun CC 286-293--579 (+3)

9. Ranger College 293-291--584 (+8)

T10. Wallace State CC 287-299--586 (+10)

T10. Hutchinson CC 292-294--586 (+10)

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T12 Eastern Wyoming 289-298--587 (+11)

20. McCook CC 301-309--610 (+34)

T23. Central Wyoming CC 309-316--625 (+49)



Cameron Lampe 74-75--149

Ronnie Quick 74-77--151

Graham Gaspard 74-82--156

Chesney Tatman 84-75--159

KC Carlson 79-87--166


Kevin Cross Signs with Huskers Two-time All-State Performer Joins Husker Frontcourt


Lincoln – Nebraska Men’s Basketball Coach Fred Hoiberg announced Wednesday that Kevin Cross (Little Rock, Ark.) has signed a National Letter-of-Intent to play basketball for the Husker program next season. Cross, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward, played for Coach Raymond Cooper at Mills University Studies High School, earning all-state honors in Arkansas for the past two years. Cross selected Nebraska over Oklahoma State and TCU. “We are excited to have Kevin join our program.” Nebraska Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “He is a skilled big who brings versatility to our frontcourt with his ability to score both inside and out. We think he is a player who will develop in our up-tempo system.” Last year, he helped Mills to a 28-5 record and runner-up honors in Class 4A, averaging 18 points, 10 rebounds and two assists per game. For his efforts, he was named first-team all-state in Class 4A by the Arkansas Basketball Coaches Association and garnered second-team all-state (all classes) by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Cross had 24 point and nine rebounds in the state title game loss to Magnolia, and also put together a 29-point, 21-rebound effort during his senior campaign. Following the season, he earned MVP honors at the All-Metro Classic with a 32-point effort, which included six 3-pointers. Cross was also a first-team all-state Class 5A selection by the coaches association and a second-team all-state honoree by the Democrat Gazette as a junior when he averaged 14.9 points and 6.8 caroms per contest as the team went 29-3 en route to a runner-up finish at the state tournament.


Huskers Add Derrick Walker to Hoops Roster

Kansas City Native and Tennessee Transfer Will Have Two Seasons of Eligibility

Lincoln – Nebraska Men’s Basketball Coach Fred Hoiberg continued to bolster the Huskers’ interior presence with Wednesday’s announcement that Derrick Walker (Kansas City, Mo.) will join the program for the upcoming season. Walker, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound forward, spent the last two seasons at the University of Tennessee, appearing in 64 contests, as the Volunteers won 56 games and made a pair of NCAA appearances during his tenure at the school. He will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2019-20 season. “Derrick is a physical player who gives us skill and versatility in the post,” Nebraska Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “He has played in big games over the last two years, and his experience will be an asset for us with so many newcomers on the roster.” Walker played in 30 games as a sophomore, as Tennessee reached the NCAA Sweet 16 and finished with a 31-6 record in 2018-19. He came off the bench and averaged 0.8 points and 1.1 rebounds per game in just over five minutes per contest. He shot 53 percent from the floor, including 6-of-7 from the field in SEC play. He had five points, two boards and a pair of assists in a win over Georgia. As a freshman, he was an integral member of the Volunteers’ 2017-18 SEC title team, appearing in 34 of the Vols’ 35 contests and averaging 1.9 points and 2.2 rebounds in 8.8 minutes per game. He was efficient on the offensive end, shooting nearly 60 percent from the floor, including 68 percent (19-of-28) in SEC section. He totaled five or more points six times, including career bests in points (10), field goals (five) and minutes (25) at South Carolina when he hit all five field goal attempts. He set personal bests in both rebounds (seven) and blocks (two) at Alabama and also grabbed seven board against Ole Miss. In all, he reached double-figures in minutes 11 times, including seven games against SEC competition. He spent his senior and postgrad years at Sunrise (Kan.) Christian Academy, where he averaged 14 points and seven rebounds per game in 2016-17. He was a four-star prospect by and three-star choice by Rivals and 247Sports, which rated him as the No. 2 prospect in Missouri in 2017. Walker played for the MoKan Elite in the summer of 2016, helping the team win the Nike Peach Jam championship. On that team, he played with 2018 first-round NBA picks Trae Young and Michael Porter Jr. He spent three seasons at Raytown High School, helping the school to a conference title and earning second-team all-conference honors. Walker, who attended the same high school as former Husker legend Tyronn Lue, also played three years of football at the school.


Huskers Add High Scoring Guard

Samari Curtis Earned Ohio Mr. Basketball Honors in 2019

Lincoln - Nebraska Coach Fred Hoiberg added his second recruit of the day on Wednesday evening when Samari Curtis (Xenia, Ohio) signed to play basketball for the Huskers beginning this fall. Curtis, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard, was Ohio Mr. Basketball in 2019, averaging 33.8 points and 5.2 assists per game for Coach Kent Anderson at Xenia High School. He shot 51 percent from the field as a senior, including 34 percent from 3-point range. His senior year was highlighted by a 52-point performance, his second career 50-point game. Curtis also finished eighth in state history with 224 free throws, as Xenia went 13-11 despite replacing four starters from the previous season. He finished his career with a school-record 2,109 points, breaking the previous mark by nearly 500 points. He led the Greater Western Ohio Conference (GWOC) in scoring each of the past three seasons, averaging more than 30 points per game in each of his final two seasons at the school. “Samari is an elite guard,” Nebraska Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “He gives us size and length at the guard position and his skillset blends well with the other guards currently on our roster.” Curtis, who originally signed with Cincinnati last fall, is a four-star selection by, while he also ranks among the top-200 recruits nationally by 247Sports.

As a junior, he averaged 30.4 points, 5.2 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field en route to third-team All-Ohio accolades by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association. A three-time All-GWOC selection and District 9 honoree, Curtis also garnered honorable-mention honors as a sophomore when he averaged 24.1 points per game.

Curtis joins Tennessee transfer Derrick Walker, who also signed with the Huskers earlier Wednesday. Curtis becomes the 11th scholarship player to sign or re-affirm his commitment since Hoiberg took over the Husker basketball program on March 30. The Huskers lose four starters from a year ago while junior forward Isaiah Roby is testing the waters of the NBA process. Curtis joins fellow freshmen Yvan Ouedraogo, Akol Arop and Kevin Cross while the rest of the class includes graduate transfers Matej Kavas and Haanif Cheatham, junior college transfers Jervay Green and Cam Mack and transfers Dalano Banton, Shamiel Stevenson and Derrick Walker.


Four McCook Community College baseball players have been named to All-Region IX teams, including sophomore shortstop Ricardo Jimenez, Hialeah Fla., who was selected to the first team.

Selected to the second team were freshman pitcher Isaac Vargas, Las Vegas; sophomore utility player Tyler Clark-Chiapperelli, Austin, Texas; and sophomore outfielder Julio Seperich, Las Vegas.

“I’m really happy for all four of these guys, they all had nice years for us,” said MCC Coach Jon Olsen.

Jimenez, a transfer from Central Florida Community College, played in 48 games, batting .319 with six home runs and 24 RBIs. He was third in Region IX with 17 doubles, eighth in total bases with 88 and eighth in slugging percent, .550. He had 15 multi-hit games including a five-for-five game April 20 against Otero Junior College. With the team pushing toward a berth in the Region IX tournament, Jiminez hit .375 over the final 15 games and slugged .750 including three home runs in the final series against Northeastern Junior College. He has signed on play next season at Longwood University, a Division I school in Virginia.

Vargas appeared in 14 games as a freshman, starting 10 of those. He was 6-3 with a 2.71 ERA with a save. In 73 innings pitched, he struck out 98 hitters. His ERA was sixth best in the region, he ranked fourth in wins and innings pitched, third with four complete games and strikeouts, and second with 12.08 strikeouts per game.

Seperich, who played shortstop as a freshman, played this season in centerfield. In 45 games he batted .328 with eight double, four home runs, 16 RBIS and 10 stolen bases. His batting average ranked 12th best in the region and his .492 slugging percentage was also ranked 12th. Seperich will play at NAIA Benedictine University at Mesa, Ariz. next season.

Clark-Chiapparelli appared in 12 games as a pitcher as well as playing third base and outfield for the Indians. On the mound he went 3-2 with two saves and a 3.23 ERA. He struck out 50 hitters in 53 innings of work. As a hitter he batted .270 in 152 at bats with 14 doubles, two triples, eight home runs, 28 RBIS and 17 steals – fifth most in Region IX. He also ranked in the top 10 in doubles, triples, home runs and total bases and slugging (.546.). He has received several Division I offers and hopes to make his decision soon.

“Three of them are moving on and I want to wish them the best of luck as they head off to their new schools, and we are extremely excited for Isaac and all of the freshman we have returning,” Olsen said.

2019 First Team All-Region IX

OF Jaxsen Davis Lamar CC .387

OF Jaxon Rosencranz Northeastern JC .377

OF Dylan Norsen Northeastern JC .368

INF Brevin Owen Western Nebraska CC .380

INF Lincoln Choate Lamar CC .355

INF Ricardo Jimenez McCook CC .319

INF Davyn Adamscheck Northeastern JC .348

C Skyler Nelson Lamar CC .366

DH Reid Baty Trinidad State JC .281

P Tanner West Lamar CC 8-5, 2.07 ERA

P Tyler Ruetschle Lamar CC 8-4, 3.96 ERA

P Anthony Durbano Trinidad State JC 8-3, 2.86 ERA

2019 Second Team All-Region IX 

Isaac Vargas – Pitcher McCook CC 6-3, 2.71 ERA

Tyler Clark-Chiapperelli – Utility McCook CC 3-1, 3.23 ERA, .270 batting average

Julio Seperich – OF McCook CC .323


Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals Claws Back, but Falls Just Short Against Team Pollmann Pirates

Despite a 4-run deficit in the second inning, Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals almost came all the way back, eventually falling 7-6 to Team Pollmann Pirates on Tuesday. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals scored one run on a home run in the third inning. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals was right in it until Team Pollmann Pirates homered in the sixth inning. Team Pollmann Pirates opened up scoring in the first inning. Team Pollmann Pirates scored one run when Trenton Raile singled. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals tallied three runs in the fourth inning. Quentin Terry got the start for Team Pollmann Pirates. He lasted three innings, allowing two hits and two runs while striking out nine. Bryson Gullion led things off on the pitcher's mound for Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals. He went four innings, allowing five runs on six hits and striking out nine. Cason Waugh threw two innings in relief. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals tallied one home run on the day. Gullion had a homer in the third inning. Gullion led Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals with two hits in two at bats.

Team Pollmann Pirates scattered seven hits in the game. Terry and Raile all had multiple hits for Team Pollmann Pirates. Terry went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Team Pollmann Pirates in hits. Team Pollmann Pirates tore up the base paths, as three players stole at least two bases. Raile led the way with four.


Early Lead for Mets Sets Stage for Victory Over First Central Bank Royals

Mets jumped out to an early lead over First Central Bank Royals and took home a 9-3 victory on Tuesday. Mets scored on a single by Landon Kmoch, a groundout by Noah Mashek, and a stolen base by Gabe Roberts in the first inning. Mets secured the victory thanks to six runs in the second inning. The offensive onslaught by Mets was led by Ethan Schmidt, Tristan Campbell, and Roberts, all driving in runs in the frame. Mets notched six runs in the second inning. The offensive onslaught came from singles by Campbell and Roberts and a walk by Schmidt. Kmoch led things off on the mound for Mets. He lasted three innings, allowing one hit and one run while striking out seven and walking zero. Cole Walter was on the hill for First Central Bank Royals. He went one inning, allowing three runs on two hits and striking out one. Jalen Collicott, Reid Loop, and Riley Riggins each contributed in relief for First Central Bank Royals. Mets tallied seven hits. Kmoch and Campbell each racked up multiple hits for Mets. Campbell and Kmoch all had three hits to lead Mets. Mets tore up the base paths, as five players stole at least two bases. Kmoch led the way with three. Mets was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Roberts had the most chances in the field with six. First Central Bank Royals tallied five hits in the game. Loop and Beckett Heskett all managed multiple hits for First Central Bank Royals. First Central Bank Royals was sure-handed and didn't commit a single error. Collicott made the most plays with four. First Central Bank Royals stole 13 bases during the game as four players stole more than one. Loop led the way with four.


The McCook Bison Tennis Camp is quickly approaching. The Camp is open to all ages and playing levels and is designed to promote a better understanding of the game and strokes of tennis. Camp will be held at the Bison Tennis courts starting June 3rd for 3 weeks followed by 2 weeks of League. Deadline to register is Friday, May 17th. Flyers can be picked up at McCook Lettering, McCook High School Junior High, McCook Central Elementary and McCook St. Pats. 




Maywood-Hayes Center has hired a New Head Football Coach for the upcoming Fall. Jeff Erickson will take over the program after former Head Coach Joe Spangler stepped down. View full interview with Coach Erickson below.

Jeff Erickson


The 2019 NSAA Girls State Tennis Tournament gets underway starting on Thursday, May 16th and finishing on Friday, May 17th.  Hometown Family Radio Sports Network talks with the McCook Head Tennis Coach Matt Wiemers about the seedings and matchups for McCook and what he thinks it will take to win the Class B State Title.  You can listen to the full interview below as well as check out the brackets for the state tournament.


#1 Singles


#2 Singles


#1 Doubles


#2 Doubles


Team Scores

Matt Wiemers


The NSAA Boys District Golf Tournament took place yesterday, as area athletes competed for a chance to qualify for next weeks NSAA Boys State Golf Championships on Tuesday May 21st, and Wednesday May 22nd.  Class B will play at Elks Country Club in Columbus, Class C will play at Meadowlark Hills Golf Course in Kearney, and Class D will play at Lake Maloney Golf Course in North Platte.  View the District Results below.


Class B4 Results


Class C5 Results

Class D4 Results


Class D5 Results



McCook Community College sophomore Makayla Jones has signed a national letter of intent to continue her basketball career next season at West Virginia Tech in Beckley, West Virginia. WVT is a division of West Virginia University. “West Virginia Tech is getting a competitor in every sense of the word. Makayla just brings it every day and it has shown in how far she has come since she got to McCook,” said MCC Women’s Basketball Coach Brandon Pritchett. Makayla Jones, a 5-5 guard from Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., played in 32 games averaging 6.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. She scored 205 points, had 165 rebounds, 59 assists and 37 steals. From the floor she shot 46.0 percent on 189 shots. She was one of only five players in Region IX named to the all-defensive team. Despite being 5-5, she was second in the Region IX with 94 offensive rebounds. She ranked 11th in the region in total rebounds. “I am really excited for Makayla,” Pritchett said. “She loves the game so much.” Her new team, the Golden Bears, went 24-10 this past season and played in the NAIA Division II women’s basketball national tournament, losing to Indiana Tech in the first round 73-63. WVT went 16-1 in the River States Conference East Division winning both the regular season and post-season conference championships. “She is going to a very successful program where she'll be able to compete for championships, we're excited to watch her at that next stage,” Pritchett said.

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