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Nebraska Probation Reporting Center to Open in Beatrice

BEATRICE – The Nebraska District One Probation office in Beatrice is set to become one of state’s latest reporting centers, early next month.

An open house is scheduled at the probation office, November 7th, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  The office is on the second floor of the Beatrice Police Headquarters.

Jeremy Behrends is the new Chief Probation Officer for District 1, which covers eleven southeast Nebraska counties.

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The reporting centers will provide services to those on probation, including relapse prevention, therapy, crime victim empathy classes and other services.

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State funded equipment improvements of up to $50,000 will become the property of Gage County.  A goal of probation is to turn people back into productive citizens, who then don’t become repeat offenders.

A ribbon-cutting will be held at the District One Reporting Center, during the open house, November 7th.

Affiliated Foods Midwest Combines with AWG; Arter Named Senior Executive

NORFOLK — Associated Wholesale Grocers announced today its successful unification with Norfolk based Affiliated Foods Midwest. Last Sunday, AWG’s first shipments to stores out of its newest divisions in Norfolk and Kenosha, Wisconsin began serving over 1000 independent members. This combination of retailers makes AWG the largest wholesale grocery cooperative in the United States supplying groceries in 35 states. AWG says its expanded retailer member base and geographic footprint allows the new unified company to expand its offerings to its retail members.

David Smith, AWG’s President and CEO said: “From the moment Barry Queen (AWG’s Chairman of the Board) and I started our discussions with AFM’s President and CEO Martin Arter and his Chairman John Clarke, we knew our companies were a great fit”. This new region of AWG will be led by new senior executive Martin Arter, the former President and CEO of AFM. According to Smith, “Marty is an extraordinary individual and he is the perfect leader for this new endeavor.”

AWG says that this combination allows AWG to better serve retailers in northern states such as North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Smith commented, “The expansion of our collective distribution areas into several new adjoining states where there remains a large number of independent grocers but few wholesale options is already paying dividends as retailers in those states are already making inquiries and asking how soon we can onboard new customers. With the current enthusiasm we are witnessing, our new Great Lakes Division in Kenosha may top $1 Billion in annual sales sooner than we initially anticipated.” The company also says that the combination allows AWG to expand its footprint west to service independent grocers in Wyoming and Colorado.

Smith stressed, “We are so thankful for the support of our membership, our dedicated employees, and our fantastic vendor partners. It takes all three of these constituencies working together in unison to become and remain successful. We have that going for us and believe that we will accomplish great things as we are truly stronger together. ”

Prospects look good as pheasant season opens Oct. 29

LINCOLN — Prospects look good for Nebraska’s pheasant, quail and partridge hunting season, which opens Oct. 29.

Conditions for upland birds are better than in recent years, and pheasant and quail abundance in Nebraska this year is higher than the five-year average over most of the state. Most of the state, which experienced a generally mild winter, received timely spring rainfall, producing abundant nesting and brood-rearing cover for pheasants.

Pheasant abundance this fall should be similar or slightly lower than during the 2015 hunting season, which saw a 26 percent increase in harvest compared to 2014. Southwestern Nebraska and the Panhandle should offer the best hunting opportunities this fall. Surveys indicate pheasant abundance is higher in the central and Sandhills regions, compared to 2015. Abundance in other regions of the state is predicted to be similar or slightly lower than 2015, but not significantly.

Quail abundance continues to be high across the species’ Nebraska range. The southeast, Republican River, and east central regions should provide the best hunting opportunities for 2016. Surveys show that abundance should be as good, or better, than the 2015 hunting season, which was 73 percent greater than the year before.

Public and private land will offer plenty of options for hunters this season. Public land and lands open to public hunting through the Open Fields and Waters program can be found in the Public Access Atlas, available online at Tall wheat and milo stubble fields open to public hunting also are in the atlas.

This fall, Pheasants Forever (PF) has taken notice of Nebraska’s pheasant hunting prospects. It recently selected Nebraska as one of the nation’s top eight pheasant hunting states, describing the Cornhusker State as a “bird hunting cornucopia.” The Commission partners with PF and Quail Forever to improve habitat, increase hunting opportunities and enhance hunting experiences for thousands of hunters.

The hunting season for pheasant, quail and partridge is Oct. 29 – Jan. 31, 2017. Hunting permits may be purchased at Mobile permits are available.

For a closer look at the upcoming season, read the Commission’s Upland Game Hunting Outlook at

Game and Parks to sell permits on Veterans Day

Hunters will be able to buy firearm deer permits at Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offices on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The November firearm deer season is Nov. 12-20.

Customer service will be available to sell permits at the following Game and Parks offices: Lincoln headquarters; district offices in Alliance, Norfolk and North Platte; service centers in Bassett and Kearney; Omaha office; and Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium. The offices will be closed for all other business. To view office addresses, visit

Deer and other permits can also be purchased at

Lake McConaughy SRA trash cleanup day is Nov. 5

Lake McConaughy-area residents are encouraged to participate in a trash cleanup day Nov. 5 at the state recreation area (SRA).

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is partnering with Keep Keith County Beautiful and Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District (CNPPID) for this effort from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Commission staff will be headquartered at three locations around the SRA. Each location will provide materials such as trash bags, buckets, pickers and orange vests. UTVs will be used to help transport materials. Each location will have dumpsters, which will be funded by CNPPID. The locations will be: Martin Bay high-water boat ramp parking lot, Cedar Vue lakeside boat ramp parking lot and Van’s Lakeview boat ramp parking lot.

“Visitation continues to rise annually at Lake McConaughy, and with it, so does the amount of litter in the area,” Park Superintendent Colby Johnson said. “Area residents are encouraged to pick up at any area of the park they wish and bring the collections to one of the headquarters for disposal. Be a part of the solution and join us to help keep Lake McConaughy beautiful.”

A park entry permit is required of each vehicle entering the SRA.

Norfolk Man Pleads Guilty to Involvement in Fatal Accident

MADISON – A Norfolk man will be sentenced in December after admitting his involvement in a fatal car accident.

Twenty-three year old Brandon Plante pleaded guilty to two charges of vehicular homicide as part of a plea deal in Madison County District Court Tuesday.

He was arrested in June. Authorities say he was driving the wrong way on Highway 81 when he crashed into another vehicle head-on, killing both passengers, Tar Eh and Yeh Htoo.

In return for his guilty pleas, prosecutors agreed to drop charges of DUI and driving while revoked, as well as a criminal mischief charge related to an argument police say Plante had with his girlfriend earlier that evening.

Plante faces anywhere from two to 100 years in prison when he’s sentenced on December 19th.

One Man Dead in Sunday Evening Wreck in Nemaha

NEMAHA – An Auburn man died Sunday night after crashing his SUV into a building and parked truck in Nemaha.

Just before 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, 25-year-old Matthew Sciarappa of Auburn, was driving southbound on Highway 67 when his 2001 Dodge Durango left the roadway and struck an empty building and a parked pickup truck near the intersection of HWY 67 and Washington St. in Nemaha. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sciarappa was not wearing a seatbelt, and speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the accident.

The crash is still under investigation by the Nemaha County’s Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Nebraska State Patrol. Nemaha and Auburn Fire and Rescue were on hand at the scene.

Patrol IDs 3 Southeast Nebraskans injured in rollover wreck on I-80 near Avoca, Iowa

Authorities have identified the three Talmage, Nebraska, men who were seriously injured Saturday night in a single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 80 near Avoca in western Iowa.

One person was killed in the crash, the Iowa State Patrol said, and the name of that person has not been released.

The patrol said the crash occurred around 8:30 p.m. on eastbound I-80 when Jesus German, 26, lost control of a 1996 Honda Passport. The SUV entered the I-80 median and rolled several times, with the person who was killed partially ejected from the Honda, the patrol said.

German, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken by medical helicopter to Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, the patrol said.

Two passengers, Steven Baney, 20, and Antonio Aguilar, 26, were taken to Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan for treatment of their injuries, the patrol said. Baney was not wearing a seat belt, the patrol said, and Aguilar was restrained.

Avoca is about 45 miles northeast of Omaha and Talmage is about 15 miles southeast of Nebraska City.

UPDATE: 12-year Old Seriously Injured After Being Hit by Truck

NORFOLK – A 12-year old is in an Omaha hospital after being hit by a truck just after school Thursday.

Norfolk Police Captain Michael Bauer says the incident happened at around 3:30 p.m. just outside of Norfolk Junior High. Bauer says 12-year old Sean Frerichs was struck by the passenger side mirror of a westbound pickup truck. Bauer says the accident happened about 10 to 15 feet west of the crosswalk near the intersection of 5th Street and Pasewalk Avenue.

Frerichs suffered serious injuries and was transported to UNMC Hospital in Omaha.

Bauer says police are still investigating the incident and asking anyone who witnessed the accident to call them.

Monolith Materials Groundbreaking Event Thursday Brings Companies Together

HALLAM – Thursday morning members of the Nebraska Public Power District, Norris Public Power, Monolith and Governor Pete Ricketts gathered to celebrate the ground breaking of the new Monolith Materials headquarters in Hallam, Nebraska.

The first phase of this project will help employee 50 or more people with a $30 million impact. With the second phase adding closer to 600 jobs and a $600 million impact by 2020. Governor Ricketts says that bringing Monolith to Hallam will help the Sheldon Power Station become eco-friendlier.

“Well, it’s going to have a big impact here in Hallam to help create jobs, and also the neighboring communities as well. The reason we are here is because of the Sheldon Station, so we are really leveraging the technology Monolith has with their unique process to be able to take natural gas and turn it into Carbon Black, and take one of the byproducts of that, the hydrogen, and be able to turn it into the hydrogen burning utility plant, which is what we have here at Sheldon Station.”

This process will allow the coal that is being burned at the Sheldon Station to be replaced with hydrogen therefore cleaning up the air. Nebraska Public Power District president and CEO Patrick Pope says the environmental aspects are only part of the benefits.

“This is cutting-edge technology that Monolith with be using to create Carbon Black. The environmental sustainability, they are literally replacing an industry that was terribly dirty and producing Carbon Black, so it’s environmentally friendly and sustainable. Then the economic development, not only the capitol dollars they are going to invest here, but the jobs they are going to produce and these are going to be good paying jobs, so these people are going to go out and spend some of that income and that’s going to generate other opportunities for retailers, restaurants, bars, you name it. So really, in every sector it’s a win, win, win.”

The event took place at the new site of Monolith Materials at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast and speakers before the groundbreaking ceremony at 10:00 a.m.

Pair Arrested in Connection With Filley Burglary

BEATRICE –  Two people are under arrest as suspects in a burglary that occurred in Filley, not long after the incident happened early Thursday.

56-year-old Terry Ann Harris of Beatrice and 28-year-old Derek Reno of Lincoln were arrested after Gage County law officers stopped the truck the two were riding in, at the intersection of Filley’s Main Street with U.S. Highway 136.

Derek Reno
Derek Reno

Officers had responded to a report of a burglary-in-progress at about 2:30, this morning.  A male and female were observed removing items from a home at 300 Peoria Street, and loading them into the bed of a pickup.  The occupant of the residence, Devon Kagy, is in Gage County Jail and told law officers no one had permission to be on the property.

When officers stopped the pickup, they discovered several items in the bed of the vehicle, identified by the owner.  Multiple electronics items, a bike and miscellaneous items were in the truck’s bed. Officers say the garage door at 300 Peoria Street had been ripped off its hinges.  A side window had been broken out and a screen left lying on the ground.  Authorities also say a back door to the home was open.

Harris and Reno were arrested on suspicion of burglary.  Their court appearance bonds have been set at $7,500 each.  Both face further hearing, November 15th.

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