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News Director Ryan Baker talked to Police Chief Dennis DaMoude tonight after the shooting in Holdrege Thursday afternoon.  

Press Release from Nebraska State Patrol

A Holdrege man has been arrested following the shooting deaths of two people and the wounding of a third person in multiple incidents that occurred in Holdrege during the afternoon hours of Thursday, February 21.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., the Holdrege Police Department responded to a report of a shooting at 416 Logan Street. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the incident. Additional crime scenes were then identified in multiple units at the Sunrise View Apartments at 1422 12th Avenue.

A short time later, a vehicle owned by the suspect was seen traveling in the north part of Holdrege. A short, low-speed pursuit ensued and the suspect drove to the Phelps County Sheriff’s Office where he was taken into custody without further incident.  

The suspect, Manuel Gomez, 45, of Holdrege, has been lodged in Phelps County Jail. Gomez is the only suspect in all three shootings.

The victims are identified as Raymond Burton, 65, David Rogers, 54, both of whom were found deceased in separate units of the Sunrise View Apartments. The third victim, Doyle Morse, 64, was able to call 911 after being shot at 416 Logan Street. He has been life-flighted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney in critical condition.

The Nebraska State Patrol has been assisted by the Holdrege Police Department, the Phelps County Sheriff’s Office, and South Central Area Law Enforcement Services in the investigation. The investigation is ongoing.

Interview with Dennis DaMoude

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Ogallala High School graduate Dan Bauer will be on CBS's SWAT on Thursday night.  He will be playing the role of an intern at a radio station.  News Director Ryan Baker had a chance to talk to him this morning.  

Dan Bauer

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KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — Authorities are trying to find the mother who left her newborn male twins after their birth at a central Nebraska hospital.

Kearney police officers were sent to CHI Good Samaritan hospital Monday afternoon and learned the mother had provided false information to the hospital when she was admitted. The babies were born Saturday.

The twins have been placed in state custody. Police investigators are working with the hospital and state Health and Human Services Department officials on identifying the boys' mother.

It's not clear whether the mother left her boys at the hospital under provisions of the state's safe haven law. Nebraska lawmakers approved the law in 2008 to protect newborns from abandonment.

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Backers of an effort to legalize medical marijuana in Nebraska have filed formal paperwork for a statewide ballot campaign.

Nebraskans for Sensible Marijuana Laws submitted their proposed constitutional amendment Tuesday to the Nebraska Secretary of State's office.

State Sens. Anna Wishart and Adam Morfeld, of Lincoln, are co-chairing the effort to place the issue on the 2020 ballot.

Wishart has introduced a bill that would allow lawmakers to legalize the drug for medicinal purposes, but it faces stiff opposition from state and local law enforcement, Gov. Pete Ricketts and prominent Nebraskans including former Husker football coach Tom Osborne.

Legalization supporters have said they will pursue the ballot campaign if lawmakers don't pass a measure this year.

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CHAPPELL, Neb. (AP) — A murder charge has been filed against a woman accused of stabbing a man outside a mobile home in the Nebraska Panhandle.

Deuel County District Court records say 49-year-old Susan Glenn was charged Friday with first-degree murder and a weapons crime. A woman who answered the phone Tuesday at her attorney's office said there would be no comment from the attorney. Glenn's next court hearing is scheduled for Feb. 21.

Glenn had been charged with assault and use of a weapon.

The court records say a witness who'd been standing outside the home talking to Robert Mick on Jan. 13 in Chappell was on the phone with 911 dispatchers when Glenn came out of the residence, stabbed Mick and fled in her car. He died four days later.

The records say she's acknowledged to investigators that she stabbed Mick.

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JANUARY 23, 2019 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — During the evening hours of Friday, January 18, Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) conducted alcohol inspections in Keith County.

This project was supported in whole or part by grant #93.959 under the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Region II Human Services, and DHHS Division of Behavioral Health.

In total, 15 businesses were checked. One of the businesses sold alcohol to a minor for a non-compliance rate of 7 percent. All of the businesses checked the minor’s ID.

The business which failed the inspection was:

Fat Dogs – Ogallala (checked ID, sold to minor)

The businesses include liquor stores, convenience stores, restaurants, and bars. Businesses that fail the inspections are referred to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. Clerks who sell alcohol to a minor are cited for procuring alcohol for a minor.

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COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — A 19-year-old driver is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 26 for the Platte County crash death of a motorcyclist.

Court records say Daisy Gonzalez, of Madison, pleaded no contest Tuesday to misdemeanor vehicular homicide. Prosecutors dropped a related charge in return for her plea.

The records say the collision occurred Aug. 2 at the intersection of Nebraska Highway 91 and 490th Street. The records say her minivan collided with the motorcycle driven by 22-year-old Joshua Gasper, of Columbus. He died days later of his injuries.

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CAMBRIDGE, Neb. (AP) — A March 4 sentencing hearing is scheduled for two 18-year-olds accused of planning to attack a high school in south-central Nebraska.

Furnas County Court records say Joseph Williams, of Oxford, and Aron McMains, of North Platte, pleaded no contest Monday to misdemeanor attempted terroristic threats. Prosecutors had lowered the charges from felony counts.

Court records say Williams, McMains and two 17-year-old boys had been discussing an attack on Cambridge High School for months. When one student transferred to a different school, they tried to recruit another student.

One of the students told police he thought the plan was a joke but wasn't sure whether the others felt that way.

Both 17-year-olds are seeking to be prosecuted as juveniles.

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A personal loan company in Nebraska is once again asking lawmakers to raise the maximum interest rate it can charge customers.

A representative for OneMain Financial spoke in favor of a bill Tuesday that would allow lenders to charge interest of up to 29 percent per annum. Current law lets lenders charge up to 24 percent per annum on principal amounts up to $1,000, and 21 percent per annum on any remaining unpaid balance.

The bill drew sharp criticism last year from some lawmakers. Sen. Ernie Chambers, of Omaha, said the measure would benefit "cutthroat gougers."

Company officials say they face intense competitive pressure from online, out-of-state lenders that can charge higher rates on so-called installment loans. They say they've closed 11 branches in the last decade.

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TALMAGE, Neb. (AP) — Law enforcement officials in southeastern Nebraska have safely destroyed a live grenade found in a trash bin.

The Nebraska State Patrol says the grenade was found Monday in a dumpster in Talmage as the home of person who had died was being cleaned out. The Otoe County Sheriff's Office, which was initially contacted about the grenade, called the patrol's bomb squad for help.

The patrol squad used a counter charge Monday night to destroy the grenade. No one was injured.

The patrol used the incident to remind people who find an explosive device not to touch it and immediately call emergency responders.

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