The first Husker football game in Lincoln is on Saturday, and traffic delays are expected for anyone traveling in the area.
Motorists are advised that there will be lane restrictions on US-77 between South 12th Street north of Cortland and L-55W (Warlick Blvd.) in Lincoln. Expect traffic delays and drive with caution.
Game day travelers should note that four hours before game time, at Exit 401, southbound traffic (I‑180/Highway 34) headed downtown will be merged to the left lane allowing I-80 exit traffic the right lane to go downtown. After the game, the right lane will be closed at the I-80 eastbound on-ramp (I‑80/I-180) to allow the downtown traffic on I-180 to merge onto I-80.
Motorists are also advised that the northbound Superior Street on-ramp to I-180 will be closed after each home game. This allows for traffic from I-180 downtown to keep moving faster without having to watch on-ramp activity.
Motorists are reminded to buckle up and pay close attention to the increased traffic both before and after Husker football games. Use 511 resources before you travel to be aware of possible construction. Call 511 or 800-906-9069 and follow the prompts. 511 is available on the web at www.511.nebraska.gov.
A series of robocalls have been going out to Nebraskan’s throughout the state today. The round of calls going out today show a caller ID number for NPPD’s Beatrice Power Station. Many Nebraskans are then calling BPS back to question the call. NPPD believes the scammers are ‘spoofing’ this caller ID in an effort to make the scam call appear more legitimate.
The recording is threatening the caller with having their power shut off and that they need to call back an 800# in order to pay their overdue bill. This call and number are not legitimate and are an attempt to scam folks into paying for a bill that is not legitimate. No one should make any payments if contacted by phone. NPPD only communicates with overdue customers by mail.
UPDATE: The alert has been cancelled. Leo Pezdirtz has been located.
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An elderly man with dementia has gone missing in eastern Nebraska, and an endangered missing advisory was issued Tuesday night.
The Omaha Police Department is attempting to locate, Leo Pezdirtz, an 85-year-old, white male, who is approximately 5’ 10" tall, approximately 140 pounds, with white hair and hazel eyes. His clothing is unknown.
Pezdirtz went missing from the 3600 block of South 75th Street in Omaha, Nebraska, and was last seen at 11 a.m. on July 23, 2019. He is possibly driving a red 1999 Honda CR-V bearing Nebraska plate VRC600.
He suffers from dementia and known to frequent the area of 90th and Center as well as the Platte river area in Sarpy County. If you have any information, please call 911, or contact the Omaha Police Department at 402-444-5818 immediately.
Nebraska is currently leading the nation in votes for the best looking cruiser contest.
A Nebraska State Patrol cruiser pictured in front of a tornado is out in front with 46,048 votes — 16.95 percent — in the annual Best Looking Cruiser Contest, sponsored by the American Association of State Troopers. Michigan is in second with 37,405 votes. Voting closes on July 30 at 2 p.m.
If you would like to cast a vote, you may vote for your favorite cruiser here. (scroll to the bottom to vote)
Nebraska State Trooper Clint Zost snapped this picture of his Dodge Charger Police Interceptor after reporting a tornado near Richardson County in May. The twister was an EF3 that lifted just a few hundred yards from the Nebraska-Kansas border.
Troopers like Zost are trained for severe weather situations. They often watch for rotation in the clouds during storms, and when they spot tornados, they contact dispatchers to sound sirens in the nearby communities.
Temperatures are expected to spike this week and an excessive heat watch has been posted in the eastern half of Nebraska for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
Heat indices will approach 110 degrees thanks to temps close to 100 degrees and dewpoints in the lower 70s, meaning it will be both hot and humid especially between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. Children and older adults will be at greatest risk.
Staying cool, keeping hydrated, and moderating outdoor activities during hot weather can help Nebraskans decrease the potential for heat-related illness, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
The risk for heat-related illness and death is higher for infants and the elderly, whose internal thermostats do not regulate body temperature well. People with chronic medical conditions, outdoor workers and people who exercise outside are also at increased risk.
Your best defense against heat-related illness is prevention. Use these tips to stay safe and healthy during a heat wave:
Heat exhaustion can develop following exposure for several days to high temperatures. Symptoms include rapid heartbeat, cold, pale clammy skin, nausea, dizziness, weakness, and fatigue.
Heatstroke, the most serious heat-related illness, is a medical emergency characterized by a body temperature of 103 degrees or greater. Symptoms include hot, red skin, rapid heartbeat, shallow breathing, disorientation, delirium, and coma.
The Nebraska State Patrol has issued an endangered missing advisory for a missing teen who suffers from a medical condition and may be in danger.
The Boys Town Police Department is attempting to locate, D'Angelo Bravo who is a 16 years old, white male, approximately 5’ 3" tall, approximately 124 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, and wearing a blue hoodie with black sport shorts. Bravo has a tattoo on the right side of his neck with the words "Jayden" and tattoos on his knuckles with the words, "Vida" and "Loco."
Bravo was last known to be in the vicinity of the Boys Town, Nebraska, at approximately 9:30 p.m., July 14, 2019. Bravo suffers from a medical condition and has not taken his medication, which puts him in danger. If you have any information, please call 911, or contact the Boys Town Police Department at 531-355-2622, immediately.
Two people wanted in connection with a possible homicide in Nebraska were arrested Sunday night after a brief standoff with law enforcement.
Jefferson County Sheriff Sorensen announced in a press conference that Justin Crenshaw and Caitlyn Grable were located and a county hostage negotiator talked them out of a house via a public address system.
At approximately 4:15 p.m. on July 7, Jefferson County Communications received a 911 call regarding the two subjects that were wanted in connection to a possible homicide under investigation by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol.
Sheriff’s units were dispatched to the residence at 1504 D Street in Fairbury. With the assistance of the Thayer County Sheriff’s Office and Nebraska State Patrol, a perimeter was set up and several nearby houses were evacuated.
A hostage negotiator with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office used a public address system on a patrol vehicle to make contact with the two subjects. At approximately 5:30 pm, a male and a female exited the front of the residence. Both were taken into custody without incident. They were identified as Caitlyn Grable, 21, and Jerry W. Gilbert, 25, both of Odessa, TX. Gilbert has been identified in connection to the possible homicide investigation.
Continued investigation has determined that Justin Crenshaw, previously sought in connection to this case, was not involved in the incident.
The investigation is still ongoing. Authorities with multiple agencies are still looking for the victim and the silver Honda with TX license plates. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office believes that there is no threat to the public at this time.
An Endangered Missing Advisory has been activated to determine the whereabouts of Hailey Baca, a 14-year-old from Thayer County.
The Thayer County Sheriffs office is attempting to locate Hailey Baca, a 14-year-old white female, 5'6, 140, Hazel eyes and brown hair, last seen wearing a black bikini.
She was seen in a Gold 2001 Ford Taurus with no license plates driven by Keaton Meyer, a 21-year-old male, 5'4, 150 Blue eyes and black hair.
The Thayer County Sheriff's office believes Hailey may be in danger.
Call 911 or Thayer County Sheriff's office at 402-768-6139 with any information.
An Endangered Missing Advisory has been activated to determine the whereabouts of Eufemia Cruz.
The Grand Island Police Department is attempting to locate Eufemia Cruz, a 75-year-old Hispanic female who suffers from memory loss and is missing. She is 5'1", 160 pounds with grey hair. She was last seen today wearing brown sweat pants and a red sweater. The Grand Island Police Department believes Cruz may be in danger and unable to care for herself. If you see Eufemia Cruz please call 911 or the Grand Island Police Department at 308-385-5370.
An Endangered Missing Advisory has been issued for a Fremont male.
The Fremont Police Department is attempting to locate, Curtis Fleeman who is a 73 years old, white male, approximately 5’ 9" tall, approximately 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, and wearing red collared shirt, white under shirt, jeans, glasses, and brown shoes.
Fleeman was last known to be in the vicinity of Fremont, Nebraska, at approximately 9:00 p.m., June 7, 2019. Fleeman was last seen driving a blue 1994 GMC Sierra pickup bearing Nebraska plate 05-528A. If you have any information, please call 911, or contact the Fremont Police Department at 402-727-2677, immediately.
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