One man was arrested after assaulting a local Nebraska State Trooper outside a home in Plainview Tuesday evening.
The incident occurred around 5:00 p.m. at a residence at 616 N. West Street, in Plainview. Trooper Brandon Viterna went to the residence to follow-up with a woman on a previous car accident. When he arrived at the home, Trooper Viterna was confronted by a man outside the home.
The man, identified as Billy Ray Hoscheit, 52, reached into a vehicle, pulled out a machete, and continued yelling at the trooper. Hoscheit then put the machete back into the car and approached the trooper. Trooper Viterna pushed him away, but Hoscheit charged again leading to a physical confrontation. At that time, Hoscheit struck Trooper Viterna in the face.
Trooper Viterna called for back-up and additional officers from the Plainview Police Department, Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, and Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) arrived at the scene. Hoscheit went inside the house and locked the door. After attempting to get Hoscheit to voluntarily surrender, officers made entry into the house. A second struggle ensued in which Hoscheit was taken into custody.
After being taken into custody, Hoscheit began complaining of chest pains and was transported to the Plainview Hospital where he was evaluated and released. NSP arrested Hoscheit for Assault on an Officer, Resisting Arrest, Obstruction, and Disobeying a Lawful Order. He was lodged in Pierce County Jail.
Trooper Viterna was evaluated and released from the Plainview Hospital.
On Tuesday morning, the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) denied TransCanada's motions to change its route for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline through Nebraska.
On Dec. 12, the PSC approved an alternate mainline route for the Keystone XL project, not the preferred route stated in the application. TransCanada was not satisfied with this decision and motioned for an amendment.
By a unanimous vote of 5-0, the commissioners denied all the motions on Tuesday morning. TransCanada presented an Order on the Motions for Reconsideration in the OP-0003 Keystone XL Pipeline Application docket.
"Had the PSC denied TransCanada’s KXL Pipeline Application an amendment could have occurred - now TransCanada cannot amend and has no avenue to request alternative relief from the PSC," Brian Jorde, attoney with Domina Law Group. "The PSC process is now over and the appeal process of the PSC decision can now begin and run all the way through the courts with TransCanada’s own denied Motion for Reconsideration foretelling its likelihood of success on appeal."
Jorde said this is the "best possible outcome for landowners."
"As this is a legal proceeding and the possibility for court appeals exists, there will be no comment from the Commission," the PSC press release stated. "The Order will speak for itself."
Central Valley Ag Cooperative (CVA) recently hosted their Annual Meeting for member-owners to review the fiscal year. CVA reported $21.7 Million in Total Profit for fiscal year 2017 ending on August 31, 2017.
“We are proud of the way our Cooperative performed this year in a difficult environment,” said Carl Dickinson, CEO/President of Central Valley Ag. “We believe that true success comes from not only serving farmers, but also in returning profits to its owners.”
This year, CVA will disperse $8.0 Million in patronage to member-owners with 25% paid in cash and the balance in Non-Qualified Equity. Over the 2017 fiscal year, $7.9 Million was paid out in cash patronage, equity redemptions, and estates. Not only is the cash received as a benefit for member-owners; $26.4 Million was reinvested in assets to improve speed, space, and efficiency in 2017.
At the meeting CVA also announced the newly elected members of their Board of Directors. CVA relies on its Board of Directors to position CVA for future success and profitability for member-owners. The CVA Board of Directors is made up of local, agricultural producers who are recognized for their industry expertise, as well as economic and community development skills. CVA member-owners elected the following individuals to represent their voice on the board: Alex Brookhouser – Brunswick, NE; Duane Schumacher – Bloomfield, NE; Pat Wemhoff – Humphrey, NE; Jay Uehling – Oakland, NE; Lucas Carlson – York, NE; Larry Naber – Utica, NE; Luke Shamburg – Beloit, KS; and Mark Phillips – Akron, IA.
“It is our goal to focus on customer needs and the processes that improve our customers’ experience and to do these things in a cooperative manner to help them achieve maximum profitability,” said Dave Beckman, CVA Board Chairman. “Our Board of Directors play a large role in helping us achieve that goal. I also want to thank our departing board of director members Gordon Quiring, Gary Resco and Don Nelson for their dedication to CVA over the years.”
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.
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