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In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the communities within our service area, Mid-Plains Community College is taking the following precautions to protect our students, staff, and the communities we serve.  MPCC will hold classes as scheduled next week, March 16-20.  At the close of next week, MPCC will be on an extended spring break for the two weeks beginning Sunday March 22 – Saturday April 4.  Online classes will continue as scheduled.  Faculty will return to campus on March 30 to prepare to adjust their courses to a remote education delivery format where possible.  When classes resume on Sunday, April 5, most courses will have been moved to a remote education delivery format.  Applied tech courses and other courses with required labs will resume on campus. There will be some exceptions based on certain programs so students are encouraged to communicate with their instructors about the adjusted expectations and format of their courses moving forward. 

Dual credit and early entry students taking courses at one of MPCC’s campuses should check with their college instructors on upcoming changes.  Students taking courses at high school locations should continue to follow their high school schedules. 

Scheduled on-campus events are on an event-by-event basis dependent on the size of the anticipated audience for each event and the final decision to proceed, postpone, or cancel will be made by the appropriate Vice President in conjunction with the President.  North Platte PTK Induction, scheduled for Sunday, and North Platte Inter-High Day, scheduled for next Wednesday, March 18, have been cancelled.   

Residence halls, food service, student services and all other college functions will continue to operate and serve those students remaining on campus.  MPCC will provide student services to students in a virtual environment for advising, registration, etc. 

Intercollegiate athletes will continue to participate in competitions as long as the NJCAA and Region IX continue to hold competitions.  All athletic facilities will be accessible by college for-credit students only and will be closed to the general public effective immediately.   

Out-of-state travel for college-related business will be suspended until further notice.


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Four individuals were charged Thursday  connected to sex trafficking in Furnas County, 
Joseph H. Baumbach, 59, of McCook has been charged with Manufacturing Child Pornography and Evidence Tampering, both felonies. Baumbach's arraignment is scheduled for Monday at 9:30 a.m.
Jacob E. Kramer (21) of Oxford has been charged with one count of Sex Trafficking of a Minor and one count of 1st Degree Sexual Assault, both felonies.
Terry L. Smith (37) has been charged with one count of 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child and one count of Sex Trafficking, both felonies. Smith's arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday at 2 p.m.
Bucky J. Weaver has been charged with one count of 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child, a felony. 
We will have information as soon as its released.

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson News Release
 

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MARCH 3, 2020 (KEARNEY, NEB.)  — Family, friends, colleagues, and fellow law enforcement officers will gather to honor the life and service of Trooper Dale Fahnholz #227 on Thursday, March 5 in Kearney.

A funeral service for Trooper Fahnholz will be held at 11:00 a.m. CST Thursday, at First Lutheran Church, 3315 G Avenue in Kearney. Members of the public are welcome to attend the service. The ceremony will include the honor guard from the Nebraska State Patrol.

For those wishing to send cards, please send them to the Nebraska State Patrol Troop C Headquarters at 3431 West Old Potash Highway, Grand Island, NE, 68803.


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January 28, 2020 (McCook, Neb.) An inmate was apprehended shortly after jumping the fence at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) in McCook this morning. The escape occurred just before 9:30 a.m. Ryan Lykens #76263 (37) was taken into custody near the facility around 45 minutes later.

Staff members noticed that razor wire along the fence line at the facility had been pushed aside and followed tracks in the snow to a nearby canyon. While Lykens moved through the canyon, staff members from WEC continued their search. When they found him, he refused multiple directives to stop and surrender. Staff members then deployed chemicals (oleoresin capsicum) to gain his compliance. Shortly thereafter, deputies arrived on the scene and took Lykens into custody.

Lykens was taken to an area urgent care facility for stitches resulting from an injury he received during the escape. Two staff members received scrapes and bruises when they accidentally ran into a snow-covered fence during the search.

Lykens is currently sentenced on charges out of Dodge County including possession of a deadly weapon, terroristic threats and domestic assault. He has a tentative release date of October 31, 2020. In April 2019, Lykens was released on parole. In December he violated his parole and was returned to the custody of NDCS.

Lykens will be moved to the Red Willow County jail. Authorities will determine if he will face additional charges resulting from the escape.

The Work Ethic Camp is a minimum security facility. Inmates are able to work in the community with intermittent supervision.



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The Furnas Co Sheriff's Dept is still in efforts to locate Larry Hardenbrook. 78 years old, 6-1 tall and 190 lbs. If you have any information about Mr. Hardenbrook please call 911 or the Furnas Co Sheriff's Dept at 308-268-2245.

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JANUARY 17, 2020 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol Technical Crimes Division have arrested a Palisade man for child enticement by electronic device.

This morning, investigators served a search warrant at a residence at 110 N. Kerr St. in Palisade, in Hitchcock County. The investigation began after NSP received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that an individual at that address had received child pornography via Facebook in December 2019.

The occupant, James Hicks, 42, was arrested for child enticement by electronic device. He was lodged in Hitchcock County Jail. The investigation remains ongoing.

The NSP Technical Crimes Division is one of dozens of federally funded Internet Crimes and Children Task Forces throughout the country and works for the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Program to address child exploitation crimes.

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(NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) arrested four people and seized marijuana, THC products, and fraudulent credit cards during three traffic stops on Interstate 80 Tuesday evening.

At approximately 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, a trooper observed a Honda sedan fail to signal a turn while exiting I-80 at Kearney. During the traffic stop, the trooper detected clandestine activity and performed a search of the vehicle, revealing 15 pounds of marijuana and approximately $1,500.

The driver, Peter Blizzard, 43, of Redway, California, was arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and possession of money during a felony drug violation. Blizzard was lodged in Buffalo County Jail.

At approximately 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, a trooper observed an eastbound Chevrolet Malibu speeding near Lexington at mile marker 242. During the traffic stop, a K9 from the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office detected the odor of a controlled substance. A search of the vehicle revealed 53 pounds of marijuana, 3 pounds of THC wax, and 300 THC vape cartridges.

The driver, Nathan Wessels, 24, of Lincoln, was arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound and possession with intent to deliver. He was lodged in Dawson County Jail.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, another trooper noticed a Range Rover speeding on I-80 at mile marker 305, near Alda. During the traffic stop, the trooper because suspicious of criminal activity. Troopers searched the vehicle and found multiple fraudulent credit cards, a forgery device, and marijuana.

The driver, Elliot Wills II, 27, of Chicago, Illinois, and passenger, Ahnaya Mosley, 21, of Santa Clarita, California, was arrested for criminal possession of a financial transaction device, possession of blank financial transaction devices, possession of a forgery device, unlawful manufacture of a financial transaction device, and possession of marijuana – less than an ounce. Both were lodged in Hall County Jail.

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On 1/14/19, the Grand Island Police Department, in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), arrested a 17 year old male, and a 37 year old Brian Mohr of Grand Island.

The 17 year old male is identified as a student at Northwest High School, where Mohr is a teacher. The arrests are in relation to a case in which the 17 year old male obtained elicit images of minors via a social media ruse, and used some of those images to coerce them into performing sexual acts. Those images were shared with Mohr. Numerous images have been identified as students at the school where Mohr is employed and the 17 year old attends.

The 17 year old suspect was arrested as a suspect in the investigation of 1st Degree Sexual Assault, Human Trafficking of a Minor, Unlawful Intrusion, and multiple counts of Distribution of Sexually Explicit Material (Child Pornography).

Brian Mohr was arrested as a suspect in multiple counts of Possession of Sexually Explicit Material (Child Pornography). All crimes listed are classified as felonies.

This is an ongoing investigation, and is being worked with the full cooperation of the Northwest School District. If you, or someone you know is affected by this case or as a part of any online exploitation, it is important that you know you are not alone, and that you can contact the Grand Island Police Department at 308-385-5400 or the HSI anonymous tip line at 866-DHS-2-ICE or https://www.ice.gov/tipline. It is important to know that potential victims in this activity are not alone. The Grand Island Police Department and HSI will continue to work toward keeping the youth of our community safe, and will have Victim Advocates in place to assist persons affected by this case.

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