An O'Neill teen reported missing has been located and is safe, according to the O'Neill Police Department. Mackenzie Dow was located Wednesday.
"We are thrilled that our daughter is safe," her father wrote on Facebook. "Thank you to everyone who shared and reached out to us we appreciate you all very much! We also appreciate all the hard work put in by the police, but we are deeply disappointed to learn this information on Facebook like the rest of the world instead of being contacted by the authorities first."
No more information is available at this time.
An Auburn man missing since Sunday has been found dead in Kansas.
According to the Nebraska State Patrol, an Endangered & Missing Advisory for 65-year-old Rick Kubes has been cancelled after locating him deceased.
The alert stated that Kubes suffered from a medical condition and was enroute to the Auburn hospital from Clay Center, Kansas, but he did not arrive.
No information has been released regarding the circumstances of his death.
Mackenzie A. Dow has been identified as a missing/runaway juvenile.
Mackenzie A. Dow (D.O.B. 05-06-2003)
W, F, 5'02", 145lbs
Long Dark Brown Hair, Brown eyes.
May have possibly changed her appearance by changing hair cut and color. Unknown direction of travel. Last seen wearing black jacket, sweatpants with O'Neill Eagle Wrestling down one leg and sweatshirt. Has a charcoal colored backpack and gold mesh style beach bag.
If seen contact O'Neill Police Department. 402-336-1313.
An Endangered Missing Advisory has been activated to determine the whereabouts of Rick Kubes.
The Nemaha County Sheriff's Office, Auburn, is attempting to locate Rick Kubes, a 65 year old white male. Kubes is driving a Silver 2010 Ford Ranger pickup, NE personalized plate KUMFISH, with a black bug guard and a Big Red "N" sticker on the back driver's side window. Kubes suffers from a medical condition and was enroute to the Auburn, Nebraska hospital from Clay Center, KS but has not arrived. Please call Nemaha County Sheriff's office at 402-274-3139 or 911 if you observe Mr. Kubes or this vehicle.
The music department at Northeast Community College will host its annual winter concert later this month. The Northeast Community College Winter Concert will be held on Sunday, February 10, at 2 p.m. in the Lifelong Learning Center on the Norfolk campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The College/Community Concert Band; Concert Choir; Ebony & Crimson, Northeast’s men’s and women’s audition ensemble; and Singer’s Express, the show choir, will take the stage.
Selections to be performed by the Community/College Concert Band include “Yellow Mountain” by Jacob de Haan and “Second Suite in F for Military Band” by Gustav Holst.
Ebony & Crimson will sing “Colors of Winter” by Amy Bernon, “The Snow, Opus 26 No. 1” by Edward Elgar and “Hallelujah,” arranged by Roger Emerson. The concert choir will perform “Hosanna Deo!” by Greg Gilpin, “Winter Dreams” by Pinkzebra and “Aurora Borealis” by Amy Bernon. “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen, arranged by Mac Huff, will be performed by Singer’s Express.
The College/Community Concert Band is led by Kevin McLouth, instrumental music instructor/director of instrumental activities at Northeast.
Stewart Cramer, music instructor and director of vocal activities, is the director of Concert Choir, Ebony & Crimson and Singer’s Express. Margaret Schultz is the accompanist.
Members of the Community/College Concert Band include:
Flute: Emily Case, Gibbon; Carrie Jensen, Norfolk; Annika Johansen, Pierce; Virginia Maas, Hoskins; Linda Steele, Norfolk; Britnie Rath, Battle Creek; Marie Scheer, Madison; and Cait von Lau, Creighton.
Baritone Saxophone: Ryan Ginn, Norfolk; and Holden Vavricek, Shelby.
Euphonium: Ken Hamsa, Norfolk; Celia Howser, Norfolk; and Riley Montoya, Newman Grove.
Trombone: Josh Fulton, Stanton; Zach Morris, Winside; Dr. Randy Neuharth, Norfolk; and Jerimy Placke, Palmer.
Oboe: Caylan Hirschman, Norfolk; Brooke Painter, Norfolk; and Ashley Pedersen, Pierce.
Trumpet: Marty Beyer, Neligh; Christalin Ginn, Norfolk; Nick Gubbels, Randolph; Sarah Harrod, Battle Creek; Lynn Matthies, Norfolk; Curtis Stevens, Creighton; and Les Swanson, Norfolk.
Bassoon: Melora Hirschman, Norfolk; and Zaidya Hirschman, Columbus.
Tenor Saxophone: Reid Arens, Hartington; Ryan Colsden, Stanton; Joshua Hughes, Norfolk; and Hayley Schmidt, Pender.
Percussion: Noah Kalvelage, Battle Creek; Connor Lemke-Elznic, Winside; Malcolm Opoku, Lincoln; Dalton Rath, Randolph; and Jeremy von Lau, Creighton.
Clarinet: Allison Backer, Norfolk; Gordon Braun, Norfolk; Karen Goetsch, Norfolk; Rosemary Gubbels, Plainview; Andres Hughes, Norfolk; Kala Rast, Newman Grove; Sue Sieler, Norfolk; and Amanda Smith, Norfolk.
Horn: Alexa Dougherty, O’Neill; Dr. Bryon Hirschman, Norfolk; Pat Leavell, Norfolk; and Zia Moore, Oakdale.
Bass Clarinet: Cecilia Ponce, Hartington.
Tuba: Seth Rivest, Battle Creek, and Corbin Dean, O’Neill.
Alto Saxophone: Judene Abels, Norfolk; Isaiah Baker, Norfolk; Rhyan Kotrous, Verdigre; and Brittany McConnell, Neligh.
Members of Singer’s Express include Rachel Biehl, Lexington; Brandon Fentress, Oakland; Caleb Franzen, Columbus; Andres Hughes, Norfolk; Morgan Kavulak, Bee; Shelby Laird, Pender; Megan McWhorter, Neligh; Emma Meisenheimer, Hartington; Sydnie Niemann, Wayne; Katherine Perrigan, Norfolk; Cecilia Ponce, Hartington; Kala Rast, Newman Grove; Dalton Rath, Randolph; and Sheldon Wattier, Norfolk.
Members of Ebony & Crimson include all members of Singer’s Express in addition to Grace Baker, Silver Lake, and Hope Boyle, Norfolk.
Concert Choir members include all Singer’s Express and Ebony & Crimson members as well as Drake Boyle, Norfolk; KC Carey, Norfolk; Amy Hammond, Randolph; and Alexis Lautzenhiser, Norfolk.
This endangered missing advisory has been canceled as William Hare has been located and with family.
An Endangered Missing Advisory has been issued for Eastern Nebraska. The Omaha Police Department is attempting to locate William Hare, who is a 88 year old, white male, approximately 5’11" tall, approximately 145 pounds, with green eyes and gray hair. Hare was last seen wearing a black puffy coat and dark "kangol" style cap and driving a 2016 Green Subaru Forester bearing Nebraska license plate number UMJ389. Hare was last seen in the vicinity of 50th and Dodge streets, at approximately 11:55 p.m. on January 24, 2019. If you have any information, please call 911, or contact the Omaha Police Department at 402-444-5636, immediately.
This advisory is for the following State Patrol Troop Areas: Troop A, Troop H
The new year has brought changes for owners of utility and farm trailers in Nebraska.
From January 1, owners of utility or farm trailers will be asked to include the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of their utility or farm trailer when registering their trailer for the first time, or when renewing their registration.
If the trailer does not have a VIN, or if the VIN is unknown, the County Treasurer office will provide one. The County Treasurer will also provide a decal to display the assigned VIN on the trailer at no additional cost to the owner.
“This is an important step to bringing the registration of utility and farm trailersinto line with other, similar types of trailer,” said Rhonda Lahm, Director of the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles. “By including the VIN, or allocating a VIN to a trailer which doesn’t have one, we are able to track ownership of trailers more accurately. In the event of theft, a VIN displayed on the trailer and registration document will assist in pairing the trailer with its owner.”
Currently, Nebraska residents are not required to provide a VIN to the County Treasurer office when registering a utility or farm trailer.
In 2017, there were 184,770 utility and 81,784 farm trailers registered in Nebraska.
“Without a VIN recorded on the registration document, it can be a challenge to track ownership of a trailer,” said Betty Johnson, Administrator of the Driver and Vehicle Records Division. “We have been working closely with County Treasurer offices and agricultural groups to prepare for the upcoming changes. Existing utility and farm trailer owners do not need to do anything until their trailer registration is renewed. At that time, they can renew their trailer as normal and include the trailer VIN to ensure it is properly registered. The new information will ensure greater consistency in how trailers are registered and result in us providing a more comprehensive service to our customers.”
New trailer registration is completed at the owner’s local County Treasurer office.
Renewals can be completed online at dmv.nebraska.gov, by mail, or at their local County Treasurer office.
Nebraskans started the new year with some new laws taking effect.
Starting January 1, 2019, Nebraska’s child passenger laws changed:
• Children must ride rear-facing up to age 2 or until they reach the upper weight and height limit allowed by the car seat manufacturer;
• Children up to age 8 must ride in a correctly installed car seat or booster seat;
• Children up to age 8 must ride in the back seat, as long as there is a back seat equipped with a seat belt and it is not already occupied by other children under 8 years of age.
• Children ages 8-18 must ride secured in a seat belt or child safety seat.
The violation carries a $25 fine, plus court costs.
Online Sales Tax
Nebraska will start collecting online sales tax from outside retailers who sell to Nebraskans, according to the Nebraska Department of Revenue. New Year’s Day is the deadline for larger online retailers to start collecting sales taxes from Nebraska residents although some sites, including Amazon, had already previously started doing so.
Nebraska Tax Commissioner Tony Fulton said the state plans to enforce the law on businesses with more than $100,000 worth of sales or at least 200 separate transactions in Nebraska during the year.
Gas Tax Increase
Nebraska’s motor fuel tax rose from 28 cents per gallon to 29.6 cents, a rate that will be in effect from Jan. 1 through June 30, 2019.The rate is automatically adjusted to comply with provisions of a 2015 law that gradually increased the state gas tax rate from 27 cents per gallon.
The gas tax increase was enacted by the Legislature to provide additional funding to help complete expressways and replace rural bridges as part of the roads program.
On the federal level, a new law requires hospitals nationwide to list the cost of their standard services online in a way that’s easy for patients to access.
Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) worked diligently over the final weeks of 2018 to remove dozens of impaired drivers from Nebraska roads. The annual holidays “You Drink & Drive, You Lose” campaign resulted in 64 arrests for drunk or drugged driving.
During the enforcement, which ran from December 14 through January 1, troopers and dispatchers worked overtime hours in the effort to keep Nebraska roads safe for all travelers. The operation resulted in 61 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol and three arrests for driving under the influence of drugs. The effort included high visibility patrols in all parts of Nebraska.
“The holidays should be filled with positive memories,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “Impaired driving not only puts yourself at risk of injury or death, but also poses a risk to everyone else on the road. Our troopers and dispatchers worked hard over the last several weeks to take impaired drivers off the road, and ensure safe roads for all of Nebraska.”
In addition to the drunk and drugged driving arrests, NSP issued citations for speeding (1,055), driving under suspension (75), no proof of insurance (54), minor in possession (13), open container (35), no seat belt (57), and improper child restraint (15). Troopers also arrested 66 people for possession of drugs and six for reckless driving.
During the campaign, troopers helped 787 motorists in need of assistance, many coming during the strong snow storm that struck Nebraska last week.
The “You Drink & Drive, You Lose” campaign is made possible thanks in part to a grant for $25,000 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office.
Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) declared an unusual event at its Cooper Nuclear Station at 9:04 Saturday morning. The utility declared the emergency classification when site personnel discovered a hazardous gas environment in the basement of the plant. While investigating the gas, safety and plant personnel detected a fire within a pipe chase.
The station’s fire brigade extinguished the active fire at 9:51 a.m. but additional responders have been brought in to monitor the piping, assess any equipment damage, provide engineering support, and maintain a fire watch in the area until there is no long any potential for a fire to restart.
At no time did plant conditions threaten public safety, and the plant remained stable and operating during the event.
A NOUE is defined as unusual events, minor in nature, which have occurred or are in progress which indicate a potential degradation in the level of station safety at the station. If placed on a scale of 1 to 4, with 1 being the least serious level of an emergency and 4 being the most serious level of an emergency, a NOUE would equal a 1.
In situations like this, plant personnel follow an emergency response plan and notify appropriate local, county, state, and federal agencies as part of their processes.
Cooper Nuclear Station is located three miles southeast of Brownville near the Missouri River. It is owned and operated by the Nebraska Public Power District, with headquarters in Columbus. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
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