FEBRUARY 14, 2019 (GRAND ISLAND, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested several people and seized 100 pounds of marijuana during five traffic stops this week on Interstate 80. All five stops happened between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.
At approximately 1:55 p.m. MT Tuesday, trooper located more than two pounds of marijuana after stopping an eastbound Toyota Yaris for speeding at mile marker 18 near Kimball. The driver, Jessica Reyna, 25, of Sacramento, California, and passenger, Chase Sinclair, 29, of Charlotte, North Carolina, were both arrested and lodged in Kimball County Jail.
Troopers then found 85 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop at approximately 3:45 p.m. CT Tuesday. A trooper had stopped a Chevrolet Tahoe parked in a no-parking area on the shoulder of the on-ramp at exit 324 near Giltner. The driver, Franklin Schillfarth, 55, of Maryland, was arrested and was lodged in Hamilton County Jail.
On Wednesday at approximately 7:20 a.m. CT, another trooper stopped an eastbound Kia Rio for speeding at 114 miles per hour on I-80 near North Platte at mile marker 176. Marijuana containers were plainly visible in the vehicle and the trooper found approximately two pounds of marijuana during a search. The driver, Brianna Glover, 23, and passenger, Rashawn Hampton, 23, both of Michigan were arrested and lodged in Lincoln County Jail.
At approximately 9:00 a.m. CT Wednesday, a trooper stopped a Chevy pickup pulling a trailer for failing to stay in its lane near Kearney at mile marker 280. The trooper could smell the odor of marijuana in the vehicle and conducted a search. The search revealed personal use marijuana and a handgun. Additionally three pounds of marijuana was located hidden inside a large, older television. An investigation revealed that the driver was unaware of the marijuana inside the television. The driver, Ryan Taylor, 35, of Florida, was arrested and cited for a concealed handgun violation and personal use marijuana. He was lodged in Buffalo County Jail.
Finally, at approximately 10:45 a.m. MT, a trooper discovered seven pounds of marijuana after stopping an eastbound Hyundai Sonata for speeding near Kimball at mile marker 18. The driver, Christopher Seligman, 35, of Maryland, was arrested and lodged in Kimball County Jail.
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On March 5, 2019 Deputies were sent to mile marker 197 (just east of Brady, NE.) on U.S. Highway 30. It was reported two vehicles had struck each other and there were injuries to both drivers. Deputies arrived and met with the drivers of the vehicles.
The investigation showed a black GMC Denali was eastbound on Highway 30 in its proper lane. A white Mitsubishi Mirage was westbound on Highway 30 and crossed the center line and struck the GMC Denali. The driver of the GMC was injured but refused medical treatment.
The driver of the Mitsubishi suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Great Plains Health. He was identified as thirty-one year old Joshua Baker of North Platte. Deputies believed Mr. Baker was under the influence of narcotics at the time of the accident. Deputies found suspected THC Wax in the vehicle and other items. Mr. Baker did not have a license or insurance at the time of the accident. Criminal charges are pending Mr. Bakers release from the hospital and laboratory testing. The investigation continues.
MNB Bank McCook is one win away from heading to the State American Legion Baseball Tournament. MNB Bank has found themseleves in the Championship game which will take place tonight (Monday, July 23rd). Live coverage can be heard on 93.9 The Zone and online 939thezone.com.
RPAC Basketball Tournament continues this week. View Updated Bracket.
The 2018-2019 Republican Plains Activity Conference Girls & Boys Basketball Tournament bracket that has been updated following the Semifinal play held last night (Thursday, 01/24/2019). Semifinal play continues tonight with West/East Division boys games held at Paxton, NE and Bertrand, NE. Championship Saturday play will be held tomorrow (Sat., 01/26/2019) in McCook, NE at the Graff Events Center on the McCook Community College campus. Please note that the updated bracket(s) are accurate with the game order being Girls Consolation/Boys Consolation/Girls Championship/Boys Championship.
Lincoln – Nebraska Men’s Basketball Coach Fred Hoiberg finalized his staff with the hiring of Luca Virgilio as Director of Basketball Operations.
Virgilio comes to Nebraska after spending five seasons at St. John’s, most recently as a management analyst for the Red Storm basketball program for the past two seasons. He was a part of the St. John’s staff which made a pair of NCAA Tournaments (2015 and 2019) in his tenure at the school.
In his role at Nebraska, Virgilio will serve as the primary day-to-day administrator within the basketball office, coordinating team travel and serving as a liaison to administration, academics, HuskerVision, athletic communications, digital communications, marketing and life skills.
In his role as the program’s management analyst, Virgilio was responsible for devising and delivering strategies to improve basketball operations by using advanced knowledge of research methods, information management and quantitative methods to analyze all areas of the program. Virgilio assisted the coaching staff by preparing analytical reports, delivering recommendations, and overseeing the implementation of these strategies for practice and training, style of play, scouting, scheduling and recruiting.
During his time as assistant to the head coach, Virgilio provided support for a variety of daily operations within the program. His responsibilities included managing the team’s schedule, organizing travel, and supervising student-athlete development activities. Virgilio also assisted with the coordination of on-campus recruiting activities, maintaining NCAA compliance-related records and other duties as assigned by the head coach.
He began his tenure as a graduate assistant for two years, where he helped in daily operations, including the team calendar and overseeing the team’s managers. Virgilio also aided both the assistant to the head coach and director of basketball operations with administrative responsibilities and team operations.
Virgilio graduated from St. John’s in May 2016, earning a graduate master’s degree in sport management with a concentration in international dimension of sport. Hailing from Italy, Virgilio earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration at Universita degli Studi di Roma Tre in 2012 and a master’s of science in Business Administration at Tor Vergata School of Economics in 2014.
An extremely limited quantity of Nebraska volleyball single-game tickets will go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. through Nebraska Athletic Development and Ticketing. Tickets can be purchased online here, though they are expected to be sold quickly. Nebraska has sold out 234 consecutive regular-season volleyball matches, an NCAA women's record. Fewer than 200 tickets remain for the Red/White Scrimmage at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18. Those can also be purchased at the link above. Fans who attend the Red/White Scrimmage will get a sneak peek at the 2017 NCAA Championship documentary, "Nebraska Volleyball: Culture of a Champion," produced by NET, Nebraska's PBS & NPR Stations. It will be played on the Devaney Center video boards after the scrimmage. The Huskers are coming off a second NCAA Championship in three years and a repeat Big Ten title in 2017. Nebraska opens the regular season by hosting the VERT Challenge on Aug. 24-25. NU will face Florida in a national title rematch, as well as Oregon on opening weekend.
Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (15-9, 5-2 Big Ten) delivered a first-inning knockout punch with six runs in the opening frame and pitched a shutout for the second consecutive game, as the Huskers throttled the Boilermakers, 17-0, at Hawks Field on Friday night. It marked Head Coach Darin Erstad’s 250th win at Nebraska.
Senior right-handed pitcher Matt Waldron, making his fifth start of the season, recorded a career-high nine strikeouts in 7.0 scoreless innings. He allowed only four hits and no walks. Waldron surpassed 200 career strikeouts and moved into eighth place on Nebraska’s career strikeouts list with 208 after his performance on Friday night.
The Husker offense smashed 19 hits, as seven Huskers tallied multi-hit efforts. Joe Acker and Mojo Hagge each led the way with three hits apiece, while five other Huskers had two-hit games.
NU scored six runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back. Acker hit a leadoff single before Aaron Palensky drew a walk. After a sacrifice bunt advanced the runners, Carter Cross delivered a two-RBI single. Keegan Watson was hit-by-pitch and Angelo Altavilla was walked to load the bases. A wild pitch scored one run. Cam Chick drove in one run with an RBI single before another run scored via wild pitch. Chick scored later in the inning on a wild pitch.
Nebraska added two runs in the bottom of the second to build an 8-0 lead. Palensky smacked a leadoff double before Mojo Hagge drove him with an RBI single up the middle. Later in the inning, Hagge scored on Altavilla’s RBI single.
The Huskers manufactured five more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Chick launched a leadoff home run, the first of his career to start the inning. Seven of the next eight Huskers got on base with four doubles, two singles and a walk. Gunner Hellstrom and Hagge each had two-RBI doubles during the frame.
NU tacked on a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth. Ben Klenke pitched the final 2.0 innings and recorded two strikeouts, while allowing only one hit. Purdue falls to 10-18 this season, with a 4-2 mark in Big Ten play.
The Huskers and Boilermakers continue their series on Saturday, starting at 2:05 p.m. (CT) at Hawks Field.
The Nebraska football team practiced for just under two hours on Wednesday inside the Hawks Championship Center in full pads and helmets. Offensive coordinator Troy Walters addressed the media after practice and was asked about last weekend’s scrimmage. "It went well," Walters said. "The guys went out and they competed. Offense beat the defense at times and then defense got the best of us, it's a good competition. We want to put the guys in game situation, coaches off the field and see how they react. I thought across the board on offense they did a good job." Walters was also asked about how the quarterback competition is shaping up after more than a week of fall camp. “They're all doing a good job,” Walters said of the quarterbacks. “This week we're going to evaluate them and then going into next week we'll make some decisions as we get closer to the game. All of those guys are competing and they all bring different elements to the table, and we've got to figure out which one leads the offense the best and that's going to be our guy." Walters also commended the work of the offensive line during fall camp and touched on the Huskers’ tight end unit.
"Jack (Stoll) has had a great fall camp," Walters said. "I'm excited about what he and Austin Allen are going to do. As a matter of fact, the tight ends probably played the best out of anyone in the scrimmage. They made some plays down the field in the pass game which is awesome. I think we've got tight ends that are good run blockers, so I'm excited about that group." As fall camp continues, Walters said the coaches want players to maintain focus and continue to improve. “This time in fall camp, the great players sustain,” Walters said. “The average players, you see a little dip in their production. Poor players, you see big dips. So, across the board we've got to maintain." Walters also noted that the offense has made a lot of improvement through the first week and a half of fall camp. "Across the board we've made progress, everyone is a lot better," he said. Nebraska kicks off its season on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Akron at Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. CT.