The search continues in Nebraska for an escaped prisoner, who is considered armed and dangerous.
Authorities with the Nebraska State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies are urging the public to be on the lookout for an inmate who escaped from a prisoner transport earlier today in Saunders County.
Eric G. Scott, 37, escaped on Highway 77, near Ithaca, at approximately 2:30 p.m. while being transferred by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office from the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln to Dodge County Jail.
The transfer was in preparation for a court appearance Thursday. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and khaki prison pants. During the escape, Scott stole the deputy’s car. He later left that vehicle at Nebraska Furniture Mart in Omaha.
Scott is considered to be armed and dangerous. If you see him, call 911 immediately. Do not approach him yourself. If you any information concerning the whereabouts of Eric Scott, please call 911.
NSP has utilized the Aviation Support Division and Troopers on the ground in cooperation with the Saunders County Sheriff’s Office, Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies.
The Nebraska State Patrol is officially under new leadership.
Gov. Pete Ricketts named John Bolduc, 52, who spent the last seven years as police chief for the Port of San Diego, as the new superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol.
Ricketts announced the hiring on Thursday.
Major Russ Stanczyk, acting superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol, said, “On behalf of the men and women of the Nebraska State Patrol, I’d like to welcome John Bolduc to our proud organization. We look forward to the leadership Chief Bolduc will provide as our Colonel and to working together to protect the citizens of Nebraska.”
An Amber Alert has been issued for four children abducted from Omaha.
The Omaha Police Department is looking for the children who were last seen at 4115 S. 37th Street and are believed to be in danger. The children's names are Michayla, Michael, Kaleb and Miley Brummett.
Michayla is a 13 old female, with Black hair that was last seen wearing Black Leggings. Michael is a 13 old male, with Black hair that was last seen wearing White Shorts. Kaleb is a 12 old, with Black hair that was last seen wearing Jeans. Miley is a 7 year old, with Black hair that was last seen wearing Purple pants, White short-sleeve shirt.
The child may be in the company of #1. Michael Brummett, W/M, DOB 02/03/1970, 5 ft 5 in, 200 lbs. #2. Brenda Brummett - W/F, DOB 07/19/1983, 5 ft 9 in, 150 lbs.. They may be traveling in a Unknown year, White Chevy Cavalier (style) 4dr, Nebraska plates, unknown balance - Rust spot on drivers side wheel well, and a dent on the drivers side trunk area. That was last seen heading from 4115 S. 37th Street Omaha at high rate of speed, direction of travel unknown.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of these children, please call 911 or contact Omaha Police Department at 402-444-5636 immediately.
An Amber Alert has been issued following a child abduction in eastern Nebraska.
The Omaha Police is looking for a child who was last seen at and is believed to be in danger. The child's name is Driver Smith.He is a 8 old male.
The child may be in the company of Michael Westerholm, 9-13-1983. They may be traveling in a Grey 2008 Chevy Malibu NE UZZ 793 that was last seen heading Possibly WB.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Driver Smith, please call 911 or contact Omaha Police at 402-444-5636 immediately.
The head of the Nebraska State Patrol was fired today by Gov. Pete Ricketts, and several others were removed from duty, at least temporarily.
At a news conference this morning, Ricketts announced he had relieved the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Colonel Brad Rice of his duties following a review into how use of force investigations are conducted by NSP.
“Today, I have relieved State Patrol Colonel Brad Rice of his duties,” said Governor Ricketts. “My decision was based on the initial findings of the review being conducted by my Chief Human Resources Officer. My team will commence a search immediately for the next Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol to lead this agency which is vital to protecting Nebraska’s public safety.”
“Over the past week, my review has focused on how recent use of force investigations have been conducted,” said the Governor’s Chief Human Resources Officer Jason Jackson. “This review found interference into the internal investigation process of the State Patrol and violations of internal policies among other concerning issues at the highest levels of the agency’s leadership.”
The Governor has named Administrative Services Major Russ Stanczyk, the senior member of the command staff, as Interim Superintendent of the State Patrol effective immediately.
At the news conference, Jackson said that in addition to the Governor’s dismissal of the Colonel that two other command staff had been placed on paid administrative leave. Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Schwarten is among those being placed on leave.
A total of six personnel are being placed on paid administrative leave, including the command staff named above.
Jackson has turned over initial findings from his review to the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for further investigation. Jackson’s review continues into other matters.
The Nebraska State Patrol will put in extra hours in an effort to keep Nebraska roads safe over the July 4th holiday.
Beginning Monday, July 3 and continuing through Wednesday, July 5, troopers and communications specialists
will put in overtime hours thanks in part to a $15,960 grant from the Nebraska Department of Roads Highway
“The Fourth of July is a great time to celebrate with family and friends,” said Colonel Brad Rice, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “It’s important that motorists and law enforcement work together to prevent accidents and save lives as traffic increases on Nebraska roadways. Drivers can contribute to that effort by complying with traffic safety laws.”
The special enforcement will include vehicle checks and high visibility patrols across the state with an emphasis on decreasing impaired driving. Motorists are encouraged to wear their seat belts, obey the posted speed limits, pay extra attention in work zones, and never drive impaired or distracted.
For information on special enforcement activities over the July 4th holiday, call your nearest Nebraska State Patrol Troop Area Headquarters. You may also view a calendar of selected NSP enforcement activities by clicking on the link on the Nebraska State Patrol homepage: https://statepatrol.nebraska.gov/.
Local veterans will be able to receive free dental care thanks a to program put on by Aspen Dental.
On Saturday, June 24, Aspen Dental practices across Nebraska and the United States will open their doors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to provide free dental care to veterans. Local veterans can call 1-844-AspenHMM to schedule their appointment. Appoints are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The June 24 Day of Service will be Aspen Dental's fourth annual. It is part of Aspen Dental's "Healthy Mouth Movement," a community-giving initiative to deliver free dental care to veterans.
MAY 19, 2017 (LINCOLN, NEB.) — A safe kickoff of the 2017 holiday travel season includes Nebraska’s participation in the national “Click It or Ticket” safety campaign. The focus of this national effort is to get motorists to buckle up, every trip, every time.
The “Click It or Ticket” campaign begins Monday, May 22 and runs through Sunday, June 4, encompassing the heavily traveled Memorial Day holiday weekend. “As we head toward the first major holiday of the summer travel season, this national campaign is a tremendous reminder for all of us to always utilize seatbelts while in vehicles,” said Colonel Brad Rice, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “Whether one is the driver or an occupant, by wearing your seat belt, you increase the odds of surviving a crash by up to 50 percent. This is one simple step that can help keep all of us stay safe. Buckle up every trip, every time.”
Troopers and communications specialists with the Nebraska State Patrol will put in overtime hours during the “Click It or Ticket” campaign with special emphasis placed on the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The special enforcement is paid for thanks in part to a $27,950 grant from the Nebraska Department of Roads--Highway Safety Office(NDOR-HSO).
Colonel Rice said, “All roadway users need to join together as partners so the summer travel season begins safely. Please do your part and always buckle up, and never drive impaired or distracted.”
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Schwarten—Acting Public Information Officer
Northeast Nebraska is already an economic hot spot, so it’s no surprise the area will serve as the kick off a regional celebration next weekend.
Save the date for June 1 to be at the Stables of Norfolk for the Nebraska Diplomats’ first stop on a six-location tour.
“I’m thrilled that the Nebraska Diplomats chose Northeast Nebraska. It goes to show that Northeast Nebraska truly has the respect of the whole state of Nebraska as a great place to do business and raise a family,” said Greg Ptacek, Neligh Economic Development Director.
The Norfolk event will include Courtney Dentlinger, Director of the Department of Economic Development, talking about state economic development efforts. Regional strategy discussions will take place about housing, workforce and infrastructure problems. Governor Pete Ricketts will present regional awards, including the Northeast Nebraska Diplomat of the Year, Community of the Year and Business of the Year.
The Nebraska Diplomats is an organization comprised of business executives and community leaders across the state. The Nebraska Department of Economic Development is at the heart of the organization while the Diplomat’s goal is to support them. In previous years, there have been two statewide events. Now, to encourage more membership, Nebraska Diplomats are partnering with economic development organizations to hold events throughout Nebraska, starting in Norfolk.
The Northeast Nebraska Economic Development Network is excited to showcase Norfolk’s newest reception venue. The Stables, formerly known at the Times Square Event Center, is operated by the owners of Black Cow Fat Pig.
“There are not many organizations that could pull off a regional event in a few months but put a room full of economic developers together and work gets done,” said Ptacek.
Building Nebraska’s economy through the growth and expansion of existing businesses, attracting new businesses to the state and improving Nebraska’s business climate and competitiveness is the Diplomat's mission. The Nebraska Diplomats is the largest economic development organization comprised of over 286 memberships of business executives and community leaders.
The full agenda and registration can be found online at www.NebraskaOnTheMove.com. Registration is open until May 26.
No Limits, Nebraska’s youth-led tobacco prevention movement, is now accepting applications for the No Limits Summer Summit, May 30–31 at Divots Conference Center in Norfolk. This event is open to Youth ages 12–18, in grades 7–12. It is being held to replace last year’s Fall Summit due to winter storms that prevented Northeast Nebraska youth from attending. Content of the Summer Summit will be identical to the Fall Summit and will explore how the tobacco industry targets young people and what they can do to counter it. The event’s theme, “Same ol’ dog. Same ol’ tricks.,” focuses on Big Tobacco’s persistent use of manipulative tactics to recruit teens to become new customers.
Summit participants will learn how the tobacco industry uses colorful packaging and candy flavors to market products such as cigarillos and smokeless tobacco to youth. Other sessions will examine misconceptions about the potential dangers posed by electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and efforts by tobacco companies to target minority populations.
No Limits youth board member Brooklyn Larimore is one of several No Limits leaders who have earned national recognition for their work fighting Big Tobacco. “As youth, we can make a difference,” said Larimore. “The Summer Summit prepares teens to take steps in their own communities to change attitudes about tobacco.”
The No Limits Summer Summit is free and includes transportation to Divots Conference Center. Youth can attend as an individual or as a member of a group. A group sponsor is encouraged but not required. Space is limited and applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis. Applications must be submitted by May 3, 2017. More information and application forms are available at NoLimitsNebraska.com or by contacting Molly Kincaid, No Limits program coordinator, at 866-FYI-TEEN (866-394-8336) or info@NoLimitsNebraska.com.